My good friend Jackie has started a new blog called The Crafty Reader. To kick things off, she is having a romance novel celebration called Smut-tember. So, go check out her blog and feel free to use her as an excuse to dig into some romance novels!
An expert in etiquette, Emma takes her pristine reputation most seriously. But the devilish Lord Marlowe is determined to prove that some rules of proper behavior are made to be broken…
Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London’s readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she’s in the perfect position to make her dream come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for can-can dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city’s leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he’s her best chance to see her work in print…until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!
As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can’t believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in an uproar and his honor in question! Harry decides it’s time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren’t proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he’d ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more… (Source:Goodreads)
I loved the idea of this novel: most characters in historical romance novels are all members of the ton…they’re rich and privileged. The exception is if a servant/lower class character gets fitted in somehow. This one is different: Emma is a working gal: and she is happy to be one! She works in publishing, and loves her job…except for her boss. Captain Butthead.
As the book progresses, she (somewhat unintentionally) begins to take him to task and whip him into shape. He realizes that Emma has some hidden depths, and decides he wants – and needs – her in her life, any way he can get her.
This is quite the sweet story, I loved how quickly they came together. They have a lot of chemistry, and Guhrke can definitely pen some steamy scenes! I also love that Emma got to do what she really wanted to do: write. She is definitely a heroine you can relate to and root for, and the book definitely delivers in giving her a satisfactory ending. I definitely recommend picking this up if you’re a fan of historical romance!