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3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly disappointing Regency romance, 31 Jan 2003
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"The Reluctant Reformer" was my first book by the author and unfortunately it made me slightly disappointed. The story is set in Regency London and the English countryside. Lady Margaret Wentworth is an attractive yong woman who after her brother's tragic death stands alone in the world. She hasn't got enough income to keep her townhouse with all its servants unless she finds an employment. Lord James Ramsey is a handsome bachelor recently returned from the Peninsulan War and a loyal friend to Maggie's brother. He wants to keep his promise to Gerald to take care of his sister after his death.They meet under very unusual circumstances in one of London's most famous brothels where the highest attraction is Lady "X" a courtesan of noble origins and mysterious past. James mistakes Maggie for Lady "X" and their hilarious story begins. Their life is full of misunderstandings and humorous scenes which turn more serious by the end. I must admit that the author has a distinctive sense of humour and she has found an exciting and entertaining plot which could have been supported better by her cast.I find some of the scenes a bit funny, some of them ridiculous and very superficial. The characters of Maggie and James are sadly lacking in their manners as a lady and a genteleman in Regency society.I couldn't imagine them properly alive because they haven't been properly introduced and because they behave so much out of character.
I didn't manage to be there with them following their story with my full attention. Some readers may find the dialogues funny and the love scenes passionate but in my opinion they are missing some important elements. I miss the intelligence from most of the dialogues and the emotions from the love scenes.
THE RELUCTANT REFORMER didn't manage to capture my attention and I am sorry that the secondary characters were a weak support to the plot.I am positive that some readers will enjoy the lightheartedness of the undemanding storyline. I recommend it to all historical romance readers who like to escape for a few hours from their everyday life.
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