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Not an Ordinary Baronet: A Regency Romance
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Written for: Adult
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One morning, along the wild Dorset coast, Sir Bertie is bewitched by Lady Catherine Redmayne. Smugglers intervene, and soon her life is in danger. Of course, Bertie feels compelled to protect her, but initially, Catherine believes him to be the menace. It doesn’t help that she is heartbroken and the subject of a scandal.
First, Bertie must convince Catherine of his innocence, then uncover the real threat. Will she yield her injured heart to him? Several forces are at work to separate them, and, after all, he is only an ordinary baronet and she is a marquess’s daughter.
I am grateful to Mindy Holt for giving me a copy of this book. The fact I received this book for free does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A splash of mystery and suspense, smugglers, attempted murder, a jilted Lady, and a baronet who is a Corinthian and a closet Egyptologist combine in this witty Regency romance, Not an Ordinary Baronet.
She took a seat in the back of the room. She had never gotten used to the sound of so many whispering voices at an event such as this. It reminded her of a hive of bees. She must take very great care not to get stung.
Sir Bertie’s mysterious air combined with his insecurity and need to protect made him the ideal hero. His description of his niece and nephew and their activities in a letter to Lady Catherine just made him more endearing.
Though I guessed early on who the attempted murderer was, I didn’t know the motive. Having guessed did not take away from my enjoyment of the book, and there were places later on that I was second guessing myself.
I loved this fun exchange that took place after Lady Catherine had been attacked in the East End of London and almost kidnapped.
“I promise, it wasn’t romantic at all. I was lying on the dirt, and my attackers were filthy brutes.”
“But when you saw Bertie come for you…”
“I did not even see him, Miss Saunders. I was unconscious. It was not at all like the best romances, I assure you.”
The girl looked dashed. “How disappointing.”
Catherine laughed. “Yes, it was very disappointing!”
Sir Bertie, sipping his Madeira, had been following this exchange. “I wasn’t wearing my mask and sword, either,” he added.
I am still wondering what the deal was with Lord William. Hopefully his story will be told in a future book. . .
Not an Ordinary Baronet is the third and last book from the Three Gentlemen of London series. Though it has characters from those books, and others the author has written in her Regency books, this book can stand alone.
The first line from the book is:
Sir Herbert Backman, baronet, had no idea why he was so attracted to lighthouses.
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