April Jardine is a maid at the Pleasure
Emporium, a famous London brothel. Informed by the Madame
that she is worth more to the business if she auctions off
her virginity, and then works as a lady of the night, April
turns to blackmail to make her living. Armed with Madame’s
diary, she finds the men listed and tells them she is their
daughter, trying to insinuate herself into their lives. The
men offer her money to disappear.
That is until she tries her scheme with
the Duke of Westbrook. The Duke is not at home, but son,
Jeremy, welcomes her with open arms. His oldest son, Riley,
Lord Blackheath, is not so welcoming, though.
Riley, a circuit judge, is not
convinced as his brother and father are that April is the
Duke’s daughter. While the others welcome her with open arms
he seeks to find out the truth. The more time he spends with
her, though, the more attracted he becomes to her.
What April doesn’t realize, though, is
that her arrival at the Duke’s household has set off a
firestorm of gossip, and the family’s reputation can only be
saved with her marriage to Riley. Can these two people from
opposite sides of the spectrum find love, or are they doomed
by society’s conventions?
When a Lady Misbehaves
was a fun tale with an interesting plot. I have to admit
that at first I didn’t care for April, whom I found to be a
little selfish, especially in her dealings with her friend
Jenny. But by the end of the book she had grown and that
redeemed her in my eyes. Riley, on the other hand, is
delicious. I loved his character and his take-charge
attitude. I did have a little problem with his quick
about-face where April was concerned. I felt like he would
have thought things out just a little more.
There were a few “hum” moments for me, including the misuse
of a legal term that made me blink twice and head for a
dictionary to check the term probate, but all in all,
When A Lady Misbehaves is good fun. Ms. Marcos has
crafted a tale that kept me turning pages, especially the
final ones, late into the night. This is Ms. Marcos’ first
book, and I think the series has promise. This is a sweet
tale with lots of intrigue, for those who enjoy historicals.
I look forward to reading the other books in this series.