Wednesday, July 9, 2014

With This Ring-Celeste Bradley

With This Ring
Celeste Bradley
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Jul 1 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250016140

In 1818, Lady Elektra Worthington obsesses with a deep desire to restore her family estate to its once glorious past.  However that means money, which her impoverish clan lacks.  Her only commodities are her beauty and her Worthington eccentricity to do whatever oddity it takes regardless of what outsiders think.

After a decade in exile in the Bahamas due to a scandal he did not cause but took the hit, Lord Aaron Arbogast heads to his grandfather’s estate in a storm; he hopes to prove to the family patriarch that he is worthy of being the Earl.  During the trek Aaron exchanges coats with his manservant Hastings to give his ailing companion a warmer outerwear.  They reach an inn where Elektra waited for his arrival.  She kidnaps him, but Aaron insists he is not the aristocrat but instead the servant Hastings.  Chagrined over her plan’s failure, Elektra and Aaron travel to London.  While on the road, they fall in love, but he must decide between the zany female he adores and his grandfather’s demands.

The latest Worthington family madcap Regency frolic (see And Then Comes Marriage and When She Said I Do) is a humorous screwball comedic romance, as Aaron plays the straight man to wonderfully wacky Elektra.  Readers will enjoy the inane yet entertaining and amusing abduction (of his heart).

Harriet Klausner

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