WITH HIS LADY’S ASSISTANCE by Cheryl Bolen

BLURB:

To help him mingle in the highest echelons of English society to investigate threats on the Prince Regent’s life, super spy Captain Jack Dryden must feign an engagement to the exceedingly plain spinster, Lady Daphne Chalmers. Together they embark on an investigation which brings them into grave peril – and makes the captain reevaluate the skinny maiden who has a most amorous effect upon him

RHFL CLASSIFICATIONS:

HISTORICAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY

REGENCY ERA

HEAT RATING: 1

REVIEWER RATING: 4 STARS

REVIEW BY VIKKI

His Lady’s Assistance was a delightful read. The characters are very well developed, and I fell in love with both, Captain Jack Dryden and Lady Daphne Chalmers. After two attempts are made on the Prince Regent’s life, Wellington sends his best spy home to uncover the culprits behind the plot. Captain Jack Dryden meets with the Prince, but there’s one problem, Jack is only the second son of a country squire, so he won’t be able to move very well among the ton.  The Prince Regent suggests that Jack use Lady Daphne Chalmers in his search for the mastermind behind the plot, since she is the daughter of the Earl of Sidworth and highly thought of by the ton.

When Jack meets with Lady Daphne, he finds a highly intelligent twenty-four year old spinster, who cares nothing about fashion, but is very well liked by the ton, so he knows she’ll be able to help him. He suggests that they pretend to be engaged. Lady Daphne knows that her father would never accept a lowly captain for her, so she makes up an identity for Jack. He becomes Mr. Rich, a diamond mine owner from South Africa.

At first Jack is only attracted to Lady Daphne’s keen intelligence, but as the story progresses, he is able to see past her dowdy appearance and see the charming vivacious young woman that she is, and he starts to fall in love with her. Lady Daphne refers to Jack as Captain Sublime, but she knows nothing can come of their attraction, because her father will never approve. As the mystery unfolds and the couple spends more time with each other, they fall deeply in love.

I loved how Ms. Bolen brings her characters to life, and I fell in love with Jack and Daphne.  When they triumph in the end, I wanted to cheer. It’s so refreshing to read a romance that can stand strong without a lot of sensuality. This was a story about a man with high morals and principles, instead of a story about a rich rake, who is reformed by a woman, and I found it to be enchanting. I’ve read quite a few of Ms. Bolen’s books and this one did not disappoint. I highly recommend it because it has the true essence of the regency period.

**At the time of review the digital edition of this title was available for $3.49 **

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story popped in her head in November 2009, and it just wouldn’t leave. SinCe then, she has now written 5 historical romances, and she is presently working on the sixth. As an avid reader of historical romance, she’s a romantic at heart. Vikki loves a “Happily Ever After”, and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her romances, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels. Vikki lives in Tennessee with her beloved husband Jim. She attended the University of Tennessee and St. Leo University and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. For many years, Vikki worked for several large coporations if team management, but she finds writing much more enjoyable. While she still has a day job, it gives her ample time to devote to her craft.

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