Title: How to Please a Lady
Series: The Lost Heiresses, #2
Author: Jane Goodger
The Lost Heiresses
Run though they might, love will find them…
Lady Rose Dunford is shocked--and titillated--by the number of female visitors coming and going from her mysterious new neighbor's Manhattan brownstone. Recently widowed by the death of her very sweet, but not very exciting husband, Rose finds it difficult to imagine just what the attraction could be.
And then she meets the bachelor in question. Not only is Charlie Avery dashing and outrageously good looking--she knows him! He is none other than the man who once helped her escape the dreary matchmaking plans of her father, the man she once dreamed she could love. Can Charlie's presence next door be an accident? Or has he come to show her everything he has learned about…
How To Please A Lady
ARC received from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange of an honest review
I loved the book! Ms Goodger writes great stories.
The story takes place in New York City, the present, and an estate in Great Britain(forgot the area), the past. It starts with Rose and Charlie meeting again after 5 years. Rose is completely surprised by her new neighbor who is her family’s former groom. After this we are transported to the past and Lady Rose’s engagement ball. She’s to marry a duke, who is an abuser and rapist and I want him dead, and Charlie gave in his notice, he’s moving to America. The morning after the engagement the duke and Rose are on a walk and he humiliates and forces her to give him a blow job. She tries to tell her mother what the asshole did and that she wants to break the engagement, but the “lady” pretends she doesn’t understand and tells her who wouldn’t want to marry a duke. After this Rose concocts a plan to escape the pending marriage and lots of stuff happens. I’m not telling more because I don’t want to spoil everyone.
At it’s heart, this is a story of class differences and misunderstandings. Rose thinks Charlie thinks of her as only his employer and her part in his humble beginnings, Charlie thinks Rose sees him as only a servant and that she could never see past his former employment. They also have a big problem of not talking with each other, the saying “Assume makes an ass out of you and me” totally works for them…
Rose is a true lady, besides loving horses and going to the stables, she would never think of not listening to her parents and not observing the strictures of propriety. Her run to America was a completely desperate act that she would never have done if Charlie wasn’t there to help her. She would have totally settled in that horrible marriage if she didn’t have him to confide to and help. She isn’t a snob, but she’s a product of her upbringing so sometimes she says or does something that you want to smack her for. She’s also very brave, has a lovely sense of humor, and is very compassionate.
Charlie is driven to succeed, has an amazing mind and isn’t afraid of hard work. He’s also very affected by his past and he couldn’t understand some of the thing Rose went through and thought. For him everything is mostly black and white. He has always been in love with Rose.
All in all, I loved the book. I love Ms Goodger’s writing style and her very human characters with fears and dreams and faults. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.