What a Lady Needs (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2013
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"Michaels has done it again...delectable."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Butler Did It
"Michaels has done it again...delectable."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Butler Did It
"Michaels has done it again...delectable."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Butler Did It
"Kasey Michaels aims for the heart and never misses."-New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts
"The historical elements....imbue the novel with powerful realism that will keep readers coming back."--Publishers Weekly on A Midsummer Night's Sin
"A poignant and highly satisfying read...filled with simmering sensuality, subtle touches of repartee, a hero out for revenge and a heroine ripe for adventure. You'll enjoy the ride."-RT Book Reviews on How to Tame a Lady
About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels is the author of more than one hundred books. She has earned four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and has won an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and several other commendations for her contemporary and historical novels. Kasey resides with her family in Pennsylvania. Readers may contact Kasey via her website at www.KaseyMichaels.com and find her on Facebook at http: //www.facebook.com/AuthorKaseyMichaels
Top Customer Reviews
All in all I can only hope that the rest of this series improves but I doubt that I shall be ordering any more of Kasey Michaels books for a while.
Further, when Valentine left them alone at the Redgrave family home with nobody to chaperone except for servants, that was pretty much over the top. The Redgraves' series of books have a very dark storyline and one that I actually don't really care for, except that I did enjoy Gideon's and Jessica's book way more than this one. When the book is 3/4's over and the search for the journals which actually brought Simon and Katherine together has not even begun, then I do wonder exactly what the point of this book was.
Yes, there was some sweet, heartfelt dialogue and honest feelings were expressed between Simon and Kate, but there was never one itsy bit of angst of any kind. I do love my H/h to get along and hate the "big misunderstanding" that so many authors use in their books. But come on, this story was missing something and might have even benefited from a little misunderstanding, or something - perhaps a couple of somethings.
One real treat in this book was that the Beckets of Romney Marsh showed up for a few scenes. I do love Ainsley Becket.
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The Redgrave family, of the Saltwood earldom, has always been lucky. Its ancestry traces several centuries back, and through sheer cunning and pragmatism, have managed to profit from England's turbulent 18th century history. Naturally, every noble family has its own scandals, except the Redgraves are now confronting the rebirth of the Society, a hellfire club that the current generation's grandfather had created, suspecting its unknown members of plotting treason. I won't explain further, as the prologue provides a good understanding of the gist of this mystery/suspense, which is the underlying component of the Redgraves series.
Taking over the reins from Gideon Redgrave, the current Earl of Saltwood, is his sister Katherine. Kate is the youngest of the four Redgrave siblings, and having been raised by their eccentric grandmother Trixie, is now an adventurous and bold beauty possessing a curious combination of worldly knowledge and innocence. She and her brother Valentine are to search for the hidden journals of the Society, along with Simon Ravenbill, the Marquess of Singleton, whose interest in the Redgrave family is mired with his own family secrets. At first sight, Simon is struck by Kate's beauty, but as he comes to understand her more, and she him, they come to truly fall in love with each other.
Simon and Kate are both unique individuals who are well-crafted on their own but together, they complement each other so well the chemistry really flares up between them. The first chapter sums up well Kate's appeal. Having a gorgeous body, a strong intellect and intense curiosity as well as an adventurous spirit, she could lead any man on a merry chase. Kate's character is of more focus in the book, as she represents the scandalous Redgraves in her spirit and unladylike behavior. By this I don't mean anything truly scandalous, but rather indulging her curiosity and intelligence where it suits her, and living her life as she wants under the careful watch of her loving brothers and servants. Having received a fulsome education from Trixie, Kate is confident in her own beauty and irresistable charms, but from all manners she is simply an independent, singular lady, and not shrewish nor manipulative as she might have turned out had another author without Mrs. Michaels' touch for characterization written it. To put it simply, I was both pleasantly surprised and delighted at Kate's mischievousness, sharp wits, loving nature, and mental maturity throughout the story as she deals with the crushing realities of her father.
Simon is just as likable as Kate, and in some instances, more so because he was less impacted by their discovered secrets. He is kind and sweet towards Kate, despite their initial brief hostility towards each other. Not only can he see through Kate's vulnerabilities, but he treats her as an equal and appreciates her for who she is, not wanting to change any aspect of her personality. He gradually realizes that he will have to marry Kate, because to not do so would mean living a miserable existence. Simon is a true gentleman, letting Kate win their mock battles at times, and other times hilariously showing off, but all the while conscious of Kate's feelings and slowly falls in love with her. Simon's first gift to Kate is his trust and friendship, which lends this novel to far more value than those others that are only concerned with repressed passions. Simon's giving Kate time to sort out her feelings to their discoveries, along with his promise that he will always be waiting for her, is just the sweetest action any hero can do for the heroine in a time of confusion.
The story's plot is done with superb pacing, with not a single seemingly useless detail mentioned that would not prove its worth. The intrigue is maintained throughout the novel, never losing my attention even when the action slowed down in the middle as the romance gained more attention. No hacked off ending or convoluted and improbable plot twists marred the story, and the historical detail paid was astounding; it's evident that Mrs. Michaels had thoroughly done her research for this novel, even down to the diction and dialogue.
With regards to dialogue, it ranges from humorous to outrageously hilarious; I was laughing throughout the book at the antics of Kate's doltish and idiotic brother-in-law Adam, the amusing and loving butler Dearborn, and Kate's charming brother Val, who is getting his story next. All of the aspects of a fine novel are showcased in WHAT A LADY NEEDS, and I urge readers to read and see for yourselves what a great read this is. I've only recently been introduced to Kasey Michaels, and now I can say with certainty that her writing is original even in this heavily populated genre of historical romance.
Then I found the plot confusing, hard to follow, and a bit far-fetched. I'm OK with far-fetched as long as the author can convincingly bring me down the rabbit hole with them, but this one didn't really work for me. And I read the previoius book in this series so I should have been able to follow it. I did manage to finish it so that's something I guess. And I liked some of the side characters. The grandmother in particular I would like to have spent more time with.
As mentioned by others, this is the second in the series of four Redgrave books. In the first, brother Gideon, the Earl of Saltwood, meets Jessica Linden, the daughter of another Society member. Jessica's father had recently met his demise, along with Jessica's stepmother, and Jessica wants custody of her half brother, a quiet boy she had last seen 5 years earlier when he was 12. Gideon and Jessica initially square off over the issue of custody, but meeting Adam is enough to have Jessica rethinking obtaining custody. Jessica and Adam each hold a key to the mystery that may be missing from the second book.
What's not frequently mentioned, even on the author's website (that I could find), is that there is an even earlier introuction to the Redgrave family in the "Rules of Engagement" anthology. The story, "The Wedding Party," involves a family friend and occurs prior to the first book. As I remember, none of the current mystery is introduced in that story, but the incident where Valentine fell down the stairs and broke his leg (mentioned in the first book) does occur in this story.
While all four Redgrave siblings are introduced in Book 1, we do not see brothers Gideon or Max in Book 2. Along with Kate, we get to see Adam, Jessica's half-brother and Gideon's ward, as well as brother Valentine. I would have liked to see Gideon and Jessica in Book 2, but I understand that they are not needed to further the plot. We did, however, get to see some of the characters from the Romney Marsh series. I liked seeing them, but at the same time, I was trying to remember if there was anything from those books that shed some light on the mystery here, so that was a bit frustrating.
As one of the other comments mentioned, this story is complex. There was a point in the middle of the book where I thought that it got bogged down in detail, and it was hard to stay focused and retain all the relevant details. Another concern about the complexity is the lag between installments. I was just thinking that i may need to go back and re-read the first and second books before I read the third installment, because there are so many things to remember.
In summary, I think that the author is particularly adept at weaving story lines through multiple books in a series. But, in this case, I think that although you may not need to read all of the books, you might understand better if you do. There are things in the first book that were personal to Jessica that were just not appropriate to share with her husband's young sister. I understand that, but if you haven't read the first book, you may not realize the significance of some of the things that are said (or not said).
I just found a listing on Amazon for the third book, What a Gentleman Desires, with a release date of September 24th. I'm looking forward to it.
Lady Katherine Redgrave has returned to her family's estate to search for her deceased father's journals. The horrible hellfire club started by her father is active once again, and the Redgraves need information so stop them. Simon Ravenbill, Marquis of Singleton, has joined forces with the Redgrave family to uncover the truth about the secret society he believes murdered his brother. He joins Kate to help search.
WHAT A LADY NEEDS was a fun and engaging story. Kate isn't a simple miss, but highly intelligent and knows her mind. She is full of sass and calls things for what they are. She doesn't hide. Simon was a great match for her. They got on well, and their banter and activities really showed off their character and their development. The romance was amazing and believable: it felt so real. Even the mystery was nicely done with more to be solved along the series.
Like I mentioned earlier, the family relationships was probably the best part of this series. I loved how the brothers and sister interacted as well as their grandmother. Holy Moly! That lady is great. But just the few pages I got with the siblings makes me crave the next book.
What an Earl Wants (The Redgraves)
What a Lady Needs
What a Gentleman Desires (Hqn)