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LOVERS AND LADIES
JO BEVERLEY
ISBN#: 978-0-451-22336-4
April 2008
Signet Eclipse
375 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10014
Trade Paperback
$14.00
436 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 3 cups

The Fortune Hunter

Amethyst de Lacy has the weight of her family’s future upon her shoulders. As the family beauty it is her duty to marry for money, even if her heart belongs to another.

Harry Crisp is well born, and well connected as well as being very attractive, but his fortune will not save Amy’s family.

A young beauty uses the money from a lottery win to fund a season in London. As the beauty of the family and the most practical of a lot of dreamers, she must do what she can to ensure the future of her sisters and brother.

This is a fine regency with classic characters and a good plot line. Amy and Harry are very well written and their bumpy romance is everything it should be. Rescue comes from a very unexpected source.

Deidre and Don Juan

Lady Deidre has always felt like a sparrow in a nest of swans. Her brothers and sisters are very attractive and the best that could be said of her is that she is plain. She has found a man who needs her and is determined to marry him, but her mother has other plans.

Lord Everdon, or Don Juan as he is known to the Ton, was disappointed in love early, when his young wife ran away with another man. Genie is now dead and he is obligated to find a new wife, but this time she will not be beautiful or flighty.

A dashing young lord is determined to marry a plain miss, having learned the hard way not to fall in love. Unfortunately, that miss has someone else in mind and it is up to him to convince her otherwise. His reputation as a rake is definitely against him, but there is much more to Don Juan than the Ton sees.

I really enjoyed this story. Don and Deidre are the most unlikely pair at first, but as the story moves on, their union becomes more and more possible, especially when Don’s family history is revealed. The characters are very well written, most normal but some quirky to liven things up. The plot is a classic one, but so well done it seems new again.

These two reissued tales are tied together by some characters, but each stands alone. It is a bonus to get them together. The author writes very good plots with distinct and vivid characters. The plots are classics but with enough originality that they are not boring. I really liked the “Daffodil Dandy” Kevin Renfrew who was bizarrely profound. This two-in-one reissue is definitely worth reading, there just are not enough good regencies around anymore.

Maura
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