|My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars|
This book is utterly delightful!!!
I will be honest. This is not the kind of book I normally read. There were no vampires in it. In fact, there was nothing paranormal at all in this book! (There was some mystery, but it appears to be set across the series as an underlying tone, so I'm "forced" to read books 4 and 5 to see how that concludes. ;) )
In continuing with my honesty, I probably would have never even picked up this book had it not been given to me at the RT Convention this past April. But that will teach me to judge a book by it's cover. The author, Sabrina Jeffries, was part of two workshops I attended at the convention. In fact, both workshops talked about romance books (regular romance, not PNR). Jeffries writes Regency novels, which of course, the historian in me finds great fun in reading. ;)
In How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, we find Lady Minerva Sharpe trying to find a way around her grandmother's ultimatum - marry or lose her inheritance. She comes up with a plan to trick her grandmother into thinking she is going to marry a scoundrel, Giles Masters, a barrister with quite the reputation. Minerva writes Gothic novels, and uses Giles as the inspiration for a spy in the series.
As the pair team up to persuade her grandmother to let her out of the ultimatum as well as work to unravel the mystery of her parents' death years before, Giles and Minerva find that things aren't always as they seem. Giles really is not the rogue he makes himself out to be, and Minerva learns that even after you've convinced yourself you will not fall in love with someone, you really can.