Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Historical Romance
About: Lord Nicholas St. John has made the list of London’s Lords to Land – a list he wishes not to be on. Pearls and Pelisses, the ladies magazine responsible for the list, offers lessons in how to land these lords. The ladies of London have Nick in their sights so he and his trusted friend Rock happily accept a request to find the Duke of Leighton’s sister who has gone missing. Their search takes them to Yorkshire and ultimately Townsend Park – home to Lady Isabel Townsend. Isabel’s only relative is her young brother, and future earl, James. Her father left his wife and children and went to London to live a scandalous lifestyle. In doing so he wasted his fortune and shamed his family. His wife took to her bed and slowly faded away. He died penniless leaving his children only Townsend Park which is in disrepair.
Nick has occasion to save Isabel from a runaway team of horses and that leads Isabel to invite Nick and Rock to Townsend Park. Knowing Nick is an esteemed antiquarian she wants him to see her statuary collection. Selling the marbles is her only hope to raise funds to repair the house. She needs the house because in addition to Isabel and her brother, there are about two dozen other young women living there. Isabel has become a protector of sorts. She takes in wayward girls who have nowhere else to go. She has to keep that a secret because it could be seen as aiding and abetting these runaways. Little does Nick know that the girl he and Rock are searching for is practically under their nose.
Descriptive Words: Romantic, amusing, steamy.
Thoughts: After reading Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake (MacLean’s previous book) I knew I’d enjoy “Ten Ways”. I love the way she works humor into her characters. Yes, there’s drama and romance but I find the sparkle she gives her main characters wonderful. They are honorable, trustworthy, at times self-deprecating and at other times laugh-out-loud funny. MacLean has a gift for writing dialogue. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Source: HarperCollins via NetGalley
Recommend? Yes, to fans of Historical Romance and Sarah MacLean.