Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Lady in Waiting (Reluctant Brides #1) by Marie Tremayne

"You are the only bit of good luck your family has seen in all of this, my lord. Never forget that." - Clara Mayfield

Lady in Waiting
Series: Reluctant Brides #1
Author: Marie Tremayne
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Published: March 13, 2018
Source: Publisher

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She wants to escape her present . . .

When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she’s prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn't expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family's reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she becomes Helen, maid at the Earl of Ashworth’s country estate. After all, below stairs is the last place anyone would think to look for an heiress . . .

He wants to forget his past . . .

William, Lord Ashworth, is attempting to rebuild his life after the devastating accident that claimed the lives of his entire family, save his beloved sister and niece. Haunted by memories of what was and determined to live up to the title he never expected to inherit, William doesn’t have time for love. What he needs is a noble and accomplished wife, one who can further the Ashworth line and keep the family name untarnished . . .

Together, can they find the perfect future?

From their first encounter, the attraction between them is undeniable. But Clara knows William is falling for Helen, a woman who doesn’t even exist. The question is, if she reveals the truth about her identity, can she trust the broken William to forgive her lie and stand by her side when scandal—and the baron—inevitably follow her to his door?

I had an interesting experience reading Lady in Waiting. First of all, I'm not typically a historical romance reader. There have been books in the past that have caught my attention, but they don't usually lure me to read it. Since I am an Avon Addict again, I'm starting to pay a bit more attention to the genre. One of the books that caught my attention right off the bat was Lady In Waiting. This is going to sound so bad, but here we go... I actually kept falling asleep shortly after I'd start reading. That has absolutely nothing to do with the book, I swear! It's just me and the genre have such a difficult time being in the same room. 

With all that said, I actually quite enjoyed reading Lady in Waiting. It was a blend of two tropes I love: hidden identity and boss/employee romance. Wrap that up in a pretty little bow and you get this adorable book. While I wondered how none of the other servants picked up on how Helen seemed a bit off when it came to doing some of her chores, I did love Clara's interactions with them. She seems like the type of person that would continue to treat servants with kindness even though her status is obviously above them. William was amazing. I wish there was more from his perspective, but I loved him nonetheless. I loved the attraction and chemistry between Clara and William.  I do love a good "I love you, but I know I shouldn't" type of romance. The scenes where William takes care of Clara melted my heart. I won't go into detail, but they're quite dramatic. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Lady in Waiting. It definitely started my new journey into the world of historical romance on a positive note and now I'm totally looking forward to the second book in the series.

Marie Tremayne graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. While there, a copy of Pride and Prejudice ended up changing her life. She decided to study the great books of the Regency and Victorian eras, and now enjoys writing her own tales set in the historical period she loves. Marie lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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