Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Surprising Lord Jack by Sally MacKenzie

Surprising Lord Jack
by Sally MacKenzie
Series: Duchess of Love #2
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Publication date: March 5, 2013
Genre: Adult Historical Romance 
Source: Publisher for unbiased review
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One naughty little masquerade can't hurt… Unladylike Behavior- Frances Hadley has managed her family’s estate for years. So why can’t she request her own dowry? She’ll have to go to London herself and knock some sense into the men interfering in her life. With the nonsense she’s dealt with lately, though, there’s no way she’s going as a woman. A pair of breeches and a quick chop of her red curls, and she’ll have much less to worry about… Jack Valentine, third son of the famous Duchess of Love, is through being pursued by pushy young ladies. One particularly determined miss has run him out of his own house party. Luckily the inn has one bed left—Jack just has to share with a rather entertaining red-headed youth. Perhaps the two of them should ride to London together. It will make a pleasant escape from his mother’s matchmaking melodrama!
When I requested Surprising Lord Jack I was intrigued by the synopsis.  A girl disguised as a man who ends up sharing a bed with a Duke? I am all in! I didn’t realize at the time that this was book two in the Duchess of Love series but I am delighted to report that this works as a standalone. From the very first page MacKenzie had me swept up in Frances Hadley's story and I enjoyed every minute of this delightfully captivating and suspenseful tale. Three word review: Funny, romantic, suspenseful.

Frances escapes her childhood home disguised as a lad and heads off to London to request her dowry and escape her Aunt’s dastardly plans to marry her off.  When her horse becomes lame she is forced to stop at an inn. The inn is full except for the room reserved for Valentine family. Since the family is hosting a ball, the landlady takes pity on the poor lad and offers him (her) the room. Exhausted and fearful of being discovered she climbs under the covers fully dressed and promptly drifts off to sleep. When Lord Jack shows up requesting his room, he discovers it is occupied. When the landlady informs him of the young lad, Lord Jack agrees to share the bed and see that the lad safely arrives in London. The tale that unfolds while predictable was fast paced, romantic, and completely enjoyable!

Frances is twenty-four and has lived with her Aunt since her mother’s passing at the tender age of twelve. Her twin brother went off to London and her father traipses the world studying flora. Both have shown no interest in her well being. I instantly liked Frances and the more I discovered about her the more I liked her. She is smart, quick witted, naïve, and slightly damaged. Her past has left her with a lot of misconceptions and watching her sort things out was a pleasure. Lord Jack rumored to be a rogue is handsome, caring and a humanitarian. He is honorable and you cannot help but fall in love with him. The interaction between the two of them was quite enjoyable, and as their relationship developed it felt sweet, passionate and genuine. I adored Jack’s parents especially the Duchess. (The Duchess of Love).

I will admit to loving this type of plot where a girl trying to escape ends up being ruined unless the man who accidentally became involved steps in and does the honorable thing. MacKenzie added a few twists to make the tale fresh and I loved it. There is also a murder mystery threaded into the tale. Lord Jack and his friends are working to solve the case and guard the woman as well. It added a nice suspense level to the tale and I loved guessing whodunit. Shakespeare a clever dog won my heart and I enjoyed all of the secondary characters as well. The tale flowed wonderfully and the romance developed slowly. I plan to go back and read book one Bedding Lord Ned, which deals with Lord Jack’s older brother and will continue the series.

Fans of historical romances will find Surprising Lord Jack the perfect escape for a rainy afternoon.

Four cups of hazelnut coffee out of five
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22 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was fun, and I enjoyed it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM , Anonymous emaginette said...

Sounds like the perfect read to me. :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

Glad you enjoyed this, and like Kindlemom1 said--I too wish they could label ARCS with series orders. Happy Memorial Day!! Enjoy the cook-out!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

This sounds fun - I like the whole "traveling as a lad" trope and I'm glad it works as a standalone. I have a historical romance arc to read too that's #2 in a series and I haven't read #1, and I'm not sure what to do. I always dislike wondering if I ought to buy the first one to catch up. :/ Lovely review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

Looks like you enjoyed this book! I love that puppy on the cover! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ha, my job here is done!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this was fun Lily and I plan to go back and read one and continue the series!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

I have enjoyed some of her books in the Naked series, and now you make me want to read this one. Thanks for the review, adding it to my wishlist.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Lily B said...

okay I am hooked! I love a good historical and this one sounds fun and witty. I have to admit , the premise captures my attention as well eheh

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ha, aren't we always catching up and yep I plan to grab book one as well!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*giggles* this was a fun read!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

This sounds like such a fun premise for a historical romance! I love girl disguised as a guy stories, and I don't think I've ever read one where it leads to mistakenly sharing a bed before. I'd love to see what happens between Frances and Lord Jack, and a whodunit mystery bonus just sweetens the deal even more. This sounds like a fun read for summer. Great review! :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Diana Leigh said...

Frances is a fiesty one - love it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh the dog was fun and the murder mystery thread was good too

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I have to admit, that plot isn't my fave, but I do like the sound of the dog. :D What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good panting character. LOL Still, good to see that it is a standalone and I might have to dive into this one for the summer.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Lol, the blurb already made me smile

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was such a good read, and the type of series that didn't spoil anything, so its all good, but yes I wish they all had clear labels.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahahaha..it was fun finding out!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah, it is really my fault, they email me a list of books each month and I should have researched beyond their website.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Jenea, I look forward to it and reading the next book when it releases

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This particular series deals with couples, and while I actually met the previous couple it didn't hinder either book..i mean when you crack open a historical romance you expect an HEA, so no harm, no foul.

 

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