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Though barely out of the schoolroom, Melody Ashton was determined to save her mother from scandal. Guardian of several “orphans” (in actuality the illegitimate children of the ton!) poor Mama was accused of pilfering contributions. To make matters worse, the infuriatingly handsome Lord Coe had accused them all of blackmailing his sister, whose child resided with them!
After such rudeness, his offer to make Melody his mistress was the outside of enough! Ignoring all lessons learned in Mingleforth’s Rules of Polite Decorum, she told the rake exactly what he was–starting with reckless reprobate and on to debauched womanizer, self-righteous sapskull, and buffle-headed bounder.
Lord Coe was quite confused! Never had a conquest proved so difficult. And never had he feared he was falling so helplessly in love…! (Goodreads)
This is the second book I have read by this author and she has a lovely way of writing characters and an interesting story.
There was a bit of confusion in the first part of the story, but once I got characters sorted out, it worked great. Lord Coe was a player and he stayed that way for a good part of the book or at least he did in his own head. He was a stand up hero, except for when it came to women (especially at first) but again he was a man of the times and it seems as if this is what they all do in this genre.
Melody was very young, strong, funny, kind, and interesting. I really enjoyed her and how she saw things and didn’t conform and yet tried really hard to do so. How she put up with her mother and always tried to see the good in her, when clearly her mom was a piece of work and not in a good way, was sad to me. The “mom” had a drinking and drug problem, she seemed unbalanced to me. Although,she didn’t mean to be a b!@# she didn’t seem to realize how shallow she was in the big picture.
The romance in this story is super light, a few kisses so if you are wanting a historical romance with lots of heat, this isn’t for you. If you enjoy the old school story historical romance this is for you.
The best part of this story were the secondary characters, the kids, and what they were about. Each child was different and I just loved their personalities. I’m a sucker for differently abled children in real life and fiction. The author did a great job with each little person and the older children.
There was a mystery, but it was clear to see where that was going, so no surprise there. Yet it worked within the story.
I highly recommend this book for people who enjoy, have to say again old school historical romance, with really good characters and a fun story.