"Romantic comedy and suspense in one dynamite package"
Lord James Huddleton promised to protect the sister of
his now deceased friend. However in 1815 he never expected
to learn from Bow St. that the sibling Margaret Wentworth
is the notorious courtesan Lady X. As bad, the chit is
heading to Madame DuBarry's establishment frequented only
by male members of the aristocracy.
Not sure how to reform the fallen lady, who apparently
has had sex with everyone but him, James kidnaps Margaret
even though she denies his accusations. However, James
soon finds himself falling in love with his captive who
reciprocates his feelings. When he learns that she is not
Lady X, James needs to keep his beloved safe, as someone
wants her dead.
James is a caring individual who sticks by his word
though no one but he knows what he vowed. However, he also
learns that good intentions can prove a strange road. The
identity crisis is amusing, as readers who like an earnest
battle between the sexes will laugh a lot. Though
Margaret's danger adds excitement, that subplot spins away
from the prime theme of THE RELUCTANT REFORMER. Still,
Lynsay Sands furbishes an engaging tale that the Regency
crowd will find delightful.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 12, 2002