5 Hearts · Adult Historical Romance

The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman


Miss Jane Lowndes is a confirmed bluestocking. She’s convinced that if she can wait out her parents’ demand that she marry, someday she can be a confirmed spinster and hold intellectual salons, her fondest dream. No man wants a bluestocking for a wife, after all. And that’s exactly the way Jane likes it. In fact, she’s invented a fictitious chaperone to help her achieve that purpose.

Lord Garrett Upton is a devil-may-care confirmed bachelor. He’s lived through the war, and now that he’s back in London, he intends to enjoy life to the fullest. Marriage is certainly not a part of that plan. He’s known Miss Lowndes for years, and the two of them have long engaged in a war of words. Jane’s latest scheme to pretend she has a fake chaperone is none of his business . . . until her desire to involve herself in a scandal becomes all too personal.

When Garrett and Jane mistakenly kiss at a wedding party masquerade, their well-documented dislike for each other is turned on its ear. And when a devious widow, who will stop at nothing to have Garrett, plots to keep them apart, will their desire for each other overcome their dreams of remaining unattached?


I truly enjoyed this one. The girl is not skin and not an obvious beauty. She is awkward, has struggled with weight, wears glasses and hides behind her books. That makes it a winner to me already.

Garret plays the part of the rogue, but really he is far from it. With the struggles he has been through during the war, in Spain, he suffers PTSD over the loss of a friend. We are not sure for majority of the story, why he has such turmoil and guilt over the death of this friend. We do come to find out near the beginning of the novel that he sends money to his deceased friend’s widow. His good intentions toward this widow, becomes one of the main obstacles that arises.

I recall reading the first one in this series in 2014. I didn’t realize I skipped the second book. So now I want to go back and reread the first and read the second one. Like many Historical Romance novels, the females come in sets of 3. Three friends and each book is her story. I cannot believe how scandals some of these women can be when they are supposed to be so demure; but obviously we all love it if we keep coming back to read more of these sassy novels.

One thing I liked about this book was the use of the knife. It sounds weird, but it was super-hot. J Sometimes a good tussle is in order.

Now if you don’t know what a blue stocking is (because I wasn’t sure and that phrase is used A LOT in this book) I will enlighten you. A Blue Stocking is a women with scholarly interest. Her literary and intellectual abilities and interest are all geared from her extensive reading.
Within the book the tear is almost used as a put down by some individuals.

This story follows the same story line as William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It is so funny, the similarities between the stories and Jane points it out to Garret.

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