Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord - 2nd in the Love by Number series
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1823 England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Sarah's Website/Blog: www.macleanspace.com
Nicholas St. John, the second son of a Marquess, is asked by his friend, the Duke of Leighton, to find his missing sister. Nicholas, who is an expert in antiquities, tracks the Duke's sister to Cornwall. While looking for the girl Nicholas meets Lady Isabel Townsend, who has some statues that need appraising. Because he thinks Isabel might be hiding something Nicholas agrees to evaluate Isobel's collection. Isabel, who is the sister of the ten year old Earl of Reddich, lives in a manor, which is falling down around her ears and takes in women who are in dire circumstances and most are in hiding. Isabel can't afford for anyone to learn her secrets and Nicholas and his friend seem to always be around.
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord is an enjoyable historical romance with several humorous scenes and likable characters. I found myself chuckling at several points in the story, and some of the secondary characters are quite endearing, especially Isabel's brother. Nicholas is a great hero who likes to save damsels in distress. This propensity has got him in trouble before, but he can't resist Isabel and seeks to help her. Isabel is a strong, independent heroine, who has great responsibilities. While I understand Isabel's hesitation to trust Nicholas after the betrayals of her parents, she held on to this fear a little too long for my tastes, and I became a little annoyed with her character. Other than the trust issues, I found Isobel to be a great heroine, and the women that she helped are inspiring characters who have overcome a lot and become strong, independent women. There is, also, a lovely secondary romance between Nicholas' Turkish friend and Isabel's cousin.
All in all, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord is an entertaining read, which I recommend.
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