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Much to her father’s dismay Lady Louisa Kathryn Alice Present is quite solidly on the shelf. She shows no interest in finding a husband after three long seasons of, well, not particulalry trying. She begins this season anew, somewhat jaded and uninterested in yet another season and the annoyance she’ll certainly face from her family when she remains with them, yet again. B Much to her father’s dismay Lady Louisa Kathryn Alice Present is quite solidly on the shelf. She shows no interest in finding a husband after three long seasons of, well, not particulalry trying. She begins this season anew, somewhat jaded and uninterested in yet another season and the annoyance she’ll certainly face from her family when she remains with them, yet again. But a single glance from one of the new set has her reeling— straight back into a potted palm. Maitland Alice Elliot-Rigsby has trained to be the wife of a Duke... Or perhaps a Viscount, an Earl at the very least. She has only her training — and a rather healthy dowry — to recommend her. So when she catches the eye of a viscounts daughter her own mother is thrilled at the prospect. Louisa hasn't ever trusted anyone the way she trusts Maitland and it frightens her, but how will they survive a world in which the both of them must marry? •><•>•<•><• The Lady and Her Secret Lover is the seventh full - length illustrated historical romance in the Lords of Time series and is a companion novel to The Duke and The Baron. TW: sexual assault AVAILABLE BOOKS IN THE LORDS OF TIME SERIES: THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE THE DUKE AND THE BARON THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE THE SPARE AND THE HEIR THE SADIST AND THE STOLEN PRINCESS THE LADY AND HER SECRET LOVER


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Much to her father’s dismay Lady Louisa Kathryn Alice Present is quite solidly on the shelf. She shows no interest in finding a husband after three long seasons of, well, not particulalry trying. She begins this season anew, somewhat jaded and uninterested in yet another season and the annoyance she’ll certainly face from her family when she remains with them, yet again. B Much to her father’s dismay Lady Louisa Kathryn Alice Present is quite solidly on the shelf. She shows no interest in finding a husband after three long seasons of, well, not particulalry trying. She begins this season anew, somewhat jaded and uninterested in yet another season and the annoyance she’ll certainly face from her family when she remains with them, yet again. But a single glance from one of the new set has her reeling— straight back into a potted palm. Maitland Alice Elliot-Rigsby has trained to be the wife of a Duke... Or perhaps a Viscount, an Earl at the very least. She has only her training — and a rather healthy dowry — to recommend her. So when she catches the eye of a viscounts daughter her own mother is thrilled at the prospect. Louisa hasn't ever trusted anyone the way she trusts Maitland and it frightens her, but how will they survive a world in which the both of them must marry? •><•>•<•><• The Lady and Her Secret Lover is the seventh full - length illustrated historical romance in the Lords of Time series and is a companion novel to The Duke and The Baron. TW: sexual assault AVAILABLE BOOKS IN THE LORDS OF TIME SERIES: THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE THE DUKE AND THE BARON THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE THE SPARE AND THE HEIR THE SADIST AND THE STOLEN PRINCESS THE LADY AND HER SECRET LOVER

30 review for The Lady and Her Secret Lover: a Lords of Time story.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    I'm not typically drawn to historical fiction, but when I saw this book, three things called to me; the title, the blurb, and the cover. The leads are wonderful characters, I was rooting for them from the get-go. Hugh, how can you not love him? Amelia, I could've done without. There's some darker content but, thankfully, nothing too graphic. Just enough so you know what's going on. My one complaint is the pacing. At times the story came to a virtual standstill. I starting flipping pages in the hop I'm not typically drawn to historical fiction, but when I saw this book, three things called to me; the title, the blurb, and the cover. The leads are wonderful characters, I was rooting for them from the get-go. Hugh, how can you not love him? Amelia, I could've done without. There's some darker content but, thankfully, nothing too graphic. Just enough so you know what's going on. My one complaint is the pacing. At times the story came to a virtual standstill. I starting flipping pages in the hopes it would pick up again. I normally cry foul about any kind of straight sex in lesfic, but what transpired was so beautiful and selfless, and fitting, it simply had to be there! Copy received via NetGalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Actual rating 1.5 Rep: lesbian mcs CWs: rape, homophobia, physical abuse, lesbian has sex with a man (consensual but uncomfortable) Galley provided by publisher I’m always on the lookout for f/f historical fiction, because if there’s anything I think is lacking it’s that. So, when I saw this book, I was very excited. I saw the content warning for sexual assault, and I was like, okay, but still hopeful. And then I read the book. For me, this is one of those books that could have been so On my blog. Actual rating 1.5 Rep: lesbian mcs CWs: rape, homophobia, physical abuse, lesbian has sex with a man (consensual but uncomfortable) Galley provided by publisher I’m always on the lookout for f/f historical fiction, because if there’s anything I think is lacking it’s that. So, when I saw this book, I was very excited. I saw the content warning for sexual assault, and I was like, okay, but still hopeful. And then I read the book. For me, this is one of those books that could have been so good, but just fell into some grim homophobic tropes. The potential was there! But it just wasn’t met. The Lady and Her Secret Lover is about Louisa and Ellie, two members of the ton, whose mothers are pushing for them to find husbands, and soon. But neither of them are all that interested in marrying, and instead find companionship in each other. WHAT I LIKED: > There was an unambiguously happy ending! There was a found family with a polyamorous throuple (urgh that word)! They were finally left in peace! > That was, unfortunately, about the sum total of what I liked. WHAT I DISLIKED, OR EVEN HATED AT SOME POINTS: > I’m gonna start with dislike and build up to hate in this. > I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing, to be honest. It was kind of ridiculous and purple-prosey, but if that had been the least of my issues I could have dealt with it. > Instalove? I raise you love (and associated gushing) at first sight. As in, literally first sight. They had only met a total of four times when they started confessing their love for one another. Even when two people click most naturally, surely you’re not going to be confessing love after four meetings. It was all “oh she’s an angel”-this, “oh she’s so lovely I can’t speak”-that. It was tedious, to be honest. At a quarter in, they had met four times, kissed once, and already planned to run away and live as spinsters (seriously, if they had followed through with that plan, we’d all be a lot happier). This spanned about five days of the book. > Louisa’s father has someone rape her (for god knows what reason, to check if she’s a virgin or something? I don’t know because I skimmed it). This is a genuine plot point. And a suspicious part of me wonders if this was some kind of corrective rape. Because, earlier, we get a hint that Louisa’s stepmother knows about her and Ellie, so is it such a huge jump to think maybe her father knows too? Either way, it was awful, but had it been given the due it deserved, then maybe it could have been less so. Instead, it’s relevant for a few chapters and then forgotten. Did you know that rape and sexual assault are among the traumatic events associated with the highest rates of PTSD? So to have Louisa seem to forget about this within a few days (granted she also gets beaten up by her father and sent to a home for reformed prostitutes – maybe it all blurred into one and she repressed it), smacks of it being not dealt with particularly well. But then again, we also get a three year time jump immediately afterwards, so don’t actually get to see any of Louisa. Maybe that’s it. > Okay, this is the one that really gets me angry. Ellie is a lesbian. She shows no attraction towards men (in the text, she says she wouldn’t ever want to marry a man), she only only shows attraction towards Louisa. She’s a lesbian. She marries Hugh so that she and Louisa, and he, Charles and Amelia, can all live together without society being suspicious. There’s a wedding night. Ellie wants kids. Can you see where I’m going with this? Hugh and Ellie have sex. Now. If Ellie was bi, I’d have no problem with this. But Ellie is a lesbian. And, sure, it’s consensual, but it’s the most uncomfortable a sex scene has ever made me. Neither of them really want it. Amelia has to come in and turn Hugh on, so that he can actually get it up. Ellie literally talks about “close your eyes and think of England”. I saw someone refer to this scene as selfless. I would use the word sickening instead. Because it feels kind of violent, for lack of a better word, to have your lesbian character have sex with a man, no matter how consensual it is. And I know that this probably happened a lot in those days, but when you’re reading it in 2019 and the author has made this conscious decision? It’s bad, scoob. And that’s why I also added it into the content warnings. So, overall, this book could have been so good. The found family? Letting lesbians get a happy ending? It had the potential. It just didn’t live up to it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J.V. Speyer

    I was excited to see this book available in NetGalley, so of course I picked it up just as soon as I could. There was a big kerfuffle recently in the RWA magazine about whether or not LGBTQ+ people (among others) should be allowed to have historical romance as defined by the industry due to “historical accuracy.” The description of this book summed up many of my responses to that particular assertion. The thing is, I almost didn’t finish it. The language used through the book, particularly in th I was excited to see this book available in NetGalley, so of course I picked it up just as soon as I could. There was a big kerfuffle recently in the RWA magazine about whether or not LGBTQ+ people (among others) should be allowed to have historical romance as defined by the industry due to “historical accuracy.” The description of this book summed up many of my responses to that particular assertion. The thing is, I almost didn’t finish it. The language used through the book, particularly in the first half, is anachronistic and inconsistent. There’s a strong insta-love component that makes it difficult for me to suspend my disbelief, and the primary villain never seems to have a motivation. There’s a side character who suffers from a serious mental illness that seems to be a prior incarnation of River Tam, without the badassery, and I felt a little uncomfortable with that depiction of mental illness. While the story has a stated time period, I never saw the detail that made me feel it couldn’t have been set in 1675, or 1910. I try not to leave negative reviews of fiction, but I’d committed to leaving *a* review because of NetGalley. What was I to do? Here’s the thing. All of the above issues are true, and they’re issues that I noticed in other reviews I saw. None of those things change the fact that I cried six times before I finished the book. Yeah, six times. The heroine most harmed by the story turns out to have a heart six times the size I’d have expected at the intro, and is six times more creative too. Lou and Ellie go through some terrible times, Lou especially. Lou saves them all by devising a solution that is unique and reasonably plausible under the circumstances. So, there are some issues with this book. If you’re a historical-romance purist, you probably won’t be able to get through it. That said, LeBlanc has crafted a damn fine story whose main characters are easy to become attached to and whose ultimate happy ending will bring tears of joy and triumph to your eyes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Corgel

    Okay, so I got this because that cover art is amazing, and I love historical fiction with LGBT characters in it.The blurb felt like it was one of those "bodice rippers" romances, but with lesbians, and I had to see what it was all about. I noticed in my advanced copy that the book has illustrations in it, but due to file sizes we aren't able to view them. Not a big deal, but I bet they're much better than the story they are based on. Man, the story is such a disappointment. It starts out fine, w Okay, so I got this because that cover art is amazing, and I love historical fiction with LGBT characters in it.The blurb felt like it was one of those "bodice rippers" romances, but with lesbians, and I had to see what it was all about. I noticed in my advanced copy that the book has illustrations in it, but due to file sizes we aren't able to view them. Not a big deal, but I bet they're much better than the story they are based on. Man, the story is such a disappointment. It starts out fine, with Louisa and Ellie, two women who aren't particularly fond of London's ball season. Louisa, because this is her third year and she feels the pressure to find a suitable husband before she officially becomes a spinster at the young age of around twenty. Ellie is a debutante and she just doesn't like the people and the parties. But man, when their eyes meet, its instant chemistry and they feel all the things. Its amazing how much pining they do even though they are right in front of each other. From there, it could have been a simple lusty story about the two secret lovers, but there's so much drama added in, with Ellie's impending marriage to a Duke, and Louisa's plotting to get her hitch to Louisa's long time dear friend Hugh even though Hugh is in love with Amelia, another young noble stuck in the plot for reasons. Its an angst ridden mess that has way too many problematic plot points for comfort. It is a cheesy romance, which is fine, and if you're a fan of the series, I can't see why you wouldn't want to pick this one up. It just wasn't for me, which is so disappointing, because that cover deserves a better book. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Quick read with a lovely central relationship. I received this as an e-arc from netgalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dannica Zulestin

    I had mixed feelings on this one. First of all, I didn't realize it was the seventh book in a series going in, bc I'd heard about it on a list of f/f books coming out soon. So... there are parts of this book that are kind of confusing, that would probably make more sense if I'd read The Duke and the Baron, which overlaps heavily with this book in the second half. In fact, the second half of the book was as much about the MCs of that other book as it was about the main couple of this one. I don't I had mixed feelings on this one. First of all, I didn't realize it was the seventh book in a series going in, bc I'd heard about it on a list of f/f books coming out soon. So... there are parts of this book that are kind of confusing, that would probably make more sense if I'd read The Duke and the Baron, which overlaps heavily with this book in the second half. In fact, the second half of the book was as much about the MCs of that other book as it was about the main couple of this one. I don't mind Hugh, bc he was introduced in the first half and seems sweet, but the other two characters, Amelia and Charles, were just... not developed enough for me to care about them. Whenever the plot returned to Amelia, as a result, I got kind of bored. So. As a standalone, kind of confusing. Might be different with more context. Now, to the actual MCs, Louisa and Ellie: They both were really sweet. Did they have a huge case of love at first sight? Yes, it was very strong and included some long descriptions of eyes and beautiful dresses. But I honestly thought it was kind of sweet. At first they're like, "Ah, I can tell bc of the vibes between us that we will be great friends, the first real friends we've ever had." Then they're like... wait... the feelings I get when you kiss my cheek aren't really friendly feelings... WHAT IS THIS? Which was all very cute and sappy and I was rooting for it. But of course things go sour. (I'm going to put this chunk in spoiler tags but the short version is TW for rape, abusive family, and violent homophobia.) (view spoiler)[So Louisa has apparently been single for too long bc she hasn't marred for three whole seasons, and her father, to... idk, punish her? ...arranges for her to be raped by a character who incidentally will never show up again. And she is raped. The scene is not too graphic but still disturbing. Shortly following, Louisa and Ellie are kind of making out in a comforting way when Louisa's father walks in on them. He throws Ellie out of the house, beats Louisa and sends Louisa to an asylum. (hide spoiler)] I have mixed feelings about these events. On the one hand, yes, historically homophobia and rape definitely happened to people. And I don't necessarily think a romance should avoid dark content. But the rape in particular just feels so unnecessary. It has few actual repercussions on the plot. I don't like rape used for drama most of the time unless it's very important to the plot, and this was not an exception--especially since until then, the story had been relatively light apart from some "forbidden love" type angst, which made for some major mood clash. To LeBlanc's credit, she did give a trigger warning at the beginning of the book (along with a summary of the entire plot which I'm unsure if exists in non-ARC versions, so if you want to avoid spoilers you should probably skip that), but I guess I still wasn't prepared. So, overall... idk. I didn't enjoy this read that much, partly bc I'm not familiar with the series, partly for other reasons. It's probably a good installment to the series, though, and you might enjoy it if you like historical romance with heavy drama. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    wonderfullyweird88

    This book is part of a series, but each book can be read as a standalone but this book, in particular, has spoilers for The Duke and The Baron: book 2 in the series. I have read several of the books in this series out of order, and there is crossover with the characters. Lady Louisa Present has been attending society functions for the last three years, but the thought of marrying is far from her mind much to her father's dismay. Her entire world is disrupted when she meets the one person she has This book is part of a series, but each book can be read as a standalone but this book, in particular, has spoilers for The Duke and The Baron: book 2 in the series. I have read several of the books in this series out of order, and there is crossover with the characters. Lady Louisa Present has been attending society functions for the last three years, but the thought of marrying is far from her mind much to her father's dismay. Her entire world is disrupted when she meets the one person she has felt a connection with. Maitland "Ellie" Eliott- Rigsby is attending the season for the first time, and her mother has every hope she will secure a titled gentleman and elevate the families standing. When she feels someone watching her, she is expecting to find some rake ogling her she wasn't anticipating to see Louisa. In a time when same-sex love was a crime, these two women must overcome horrific circumstances if they wish to be together. This is an LGBTQ novel featuring two women who fall in love. There is also a trigger warning for those sensitive to sexual assault. There are complicated romance scenarios that are outside the norm even for today's standards featured in this book, Miss LeBlanc excels in creating characters that have unconventional romances. This book is about love and the different ways it can strike people. I would recommend it to anyone who is tired of typical romances and is looking for a change. I received an arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    The story mainly revolves around Louise and Ellie who live in a time where same sex love is prohibited. Also in the story is another love triangle that involves Hugh, Amelia and Charles and the struggles they face. Hugh and Louise are the best of friends but he loves Amelia. When Louise’s father finds her and Ellie is a compromising situation, he takes Amelia to an asylum and pays them to keep her. At the same time Hugh, who does not trust Louise’s father, learns what her father did to her and f The story mainly revolves around Louise and Ellie who live in a time where same sex love is prohibited. Also in the story is another love triangle that involves Hugh, Amelia and Charles and the struggles they face. Hugh and Louise are the best of friends but he loves Amelia. When Louise’s father finds her and Ellie is a compromising situation, he takes Amelia to an asylum and pays them to keep her. At the same time Hugh, who does not trust Louise’s father, learns what her father did to her and follows to rescue her. The book is full of danger, forbidden love, and HEA. There is a lot to this book that you need to discover for yourself. I loved the book and would highly recommend it as a great read and new addition to this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I'm sad that this series is over. The Lords of Time had a truth to them that you just understood, in your heart if not your mind. There is a whole lot of different in this story than in the others, but it's still wrapped in history and love. Doesn't matter to me who you love, just that you have the ability to do so. I really think you need all the other stories to understand where this one story came from. It makes sense. To read it out of order would not do justice to the author or the series. I'm sad that this series is over. The Lords of Time had a truth to them that you just understood, in your heart if not your mind. There is a whole lot of different in this story than in the others, but it's still wrapped in history and love. Doesn't matter to me who you love, just that you have the ability to do so. I really think you need all the other stories to understand where this one story came from. It makes sense. To read it out of order would not do justice to the author or the series. In regards to the characters. As always, LeBlanc writes her characters to stick with you. To make you think, to make you want, and to give you all the emotions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen Kord

    God, this book is such a goddamn mess. It showed so much potential in the first third and then it all got fucked. I wrote a very angry, detailed review on my blog, so read it there, and then don't read this book, just swoon over the gorgeous cover https://imallbookedup.wordpress.com/2... God, this book is such a goddamn mess. It showed so much potential in the first third and then it all got fucked. I wrote a very angry, detailed review on my blog, so read it there, and then don't read this book, just swoon over the gorgeous cover https://imallbookedup.wordpress.com/2...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I hesitate to leave a review for this, for a few reasons. 1) I don't want to dissuade authors from writing lesbian romances. We need more!! 2) I didn't realize this was part of a series when I requested it on NetGalley, and so I felt like I was missing something - especially during the back half of the book 3) The cover is so, so, so beautiful From the above, you can probably tell I had some quibbles with this novel. My main issue is that it's set in ... well, I have no idea. There's hardly anythin I hesitate to leave a review for this, for a few reasons. 1) I don't want to dissuade authors from writing lesbian romances. We need more!! 2) I didn't realize this was part of a series when I requested it on NetGalley, and so I felt like I was missing something - especially during the back half of the book 3) The cover is so, so, so beautiful From the above, you can probably tell I had some quibbles with this novel. My main issue is that it's set in ... well, I have no idea. There's hardly anything in the descriptions that will tell you about the time period. The dialogue is full of anachronisms, which threw me straight out of the action. Honestly, hearing a Duke talk about someone "cheating" on another person is just... no? Nope. Don't want it. I want to feel immersed in the time. I want to feel as if I'm shadowing the characters, smelling what they smell and hearing what they hear. Instead, I was caught in a Beverly Hills 9020* and Outlander* mash-up. It was jarring. Further, I had a difficult time discerning which heroine was which. There's hardly anything about Ellie or Louisa as individuals that stood out. I can't remember which one had a mother who died. Which one was Amelia's maid? Etc, etc. Not to mention their raging case of insta-love, which was all birds and flowers and oh, your dress is so pretty! Is that really how women fall in love? Ask me, I've done it, and it's not. Lastly, the use of rape as a plot device was ick (again, reminded me of Outlander - what shall we do to create tension here? I KNOW, RAPE!!) and I also wasn't the hugest fan of (view spoiler)[Ellie being deflowered by a dude (hide spoiler)] . I'm sure from my review you're wondering why I didn't just throw the towel in. Well, for the simple fact that a lesbian historical romance is such a novelty. Unless you're reading Sarah Waters (and bless her, she puts out a book every 4 years - I wish I could clone her, not even kidding), there is a dearth of good lesbian fiction out there. Especially lesbian historical fiction. I was so excited when I saw the cover that I think I hyperventilated briefly. Finally, I will say that I found the characters' plight in the back-half of the novel to be moving, and I really did want to see how they ended up untangling the web they found themselves in. I don't want to dissuade any other authors from tackling lesbian historical fiction - I WILL READ IT. Just please, ditch the modern phrasing. Do some research! Get me into your time period! Let me feel any of this could possibly happen! (I did not feel any of this could possibly happen). 3 stars for writing this in the first place. And 5 ginormous stars to the cover artist. ;-) *I love both of these shows. Well, Outlander in the first season. Now, it's garbage. (Yes, I know they were books first)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Listen, I don't see how the rape can be justified there. It has literally no bearing on the story whatsoever. It's also full of the usual myths about rape (that it's a stranger, that it happens in a dark corner, that the victim's reaction is to fight). Not to mention how it falls into the historical trope of making your queers suffer. But I'll concede that her found family's reacti0n being non-judgmental at all, being to support her entirely, including checking for her consent and respecting her Listen, I don't see how the rape can be justified there. It has literally no bearing on the story whatsoever. It's also full of the usual myths about rape (that it's a stranger, that it happens in a dark corner, that the victim's reaction is to fight). Not to mention how it falls into the historical trope of making your queers suffer. But I'll concede that her found family's reacti0n being non-judgmental at all, being to support her entirely, including checking for her consent and respecting her agency (mostly) for everything, was good (if not fully realistic for the time period and from a male character, but it's refreshing still). The ending also, happy with a found family and some very open(-minded) dynamics, was refreshing if unrealistic (but who cares). The writing was so melodramatic... but I appreciated all the tenderness, mostly in the first part. I'm not sure that I liked Lou that much, but Ellie was very lovable. I think I didn't like Lou that much because we get a dynamic of the more experienced, more forward, kinda top and the more innocent, more angelic, kind bottom and I really didn't like that. I also found Hugh likeable but completely unrealistic. And the "villains" pretty simplistic. The pacing was weird, I never knew how much time passed between anything, and their love develops in approximately 2 milliseconds of gazing and 2 minutes of stammering their names, and almost the next time they meet, they're kissing, and the next, they're having sex. Speaking of pacing, the anount of time spent on the wedding night was completely unecessary. I did think it had some... okay tidbits in how it portrayed the dude as respectful and careful and gentle, and how they cared for each other enough for it to not be completely breaking, but it didn't need such lengthy description and so much attention, especially when the other sex scenes (the lesbian consensual scenes) weren't allowed as much time and attention. And then, they keep doing it for a month, and no one needs to talk about it, process their feelings, anything. Speaking of pacing some more, the ending was... too short imo. As if her giving birth is the end of it, as if a woman giving birth is the climax of the story. (Not to mention that the placenta was still in there, and after a difficult dangerous delivery, I felt like we didn't know she was out of danger...)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Huh

    Not my style of book Through 2/3 of the story you have 2 strong women but for the last 1/3 of the book a very weak woman is introduced. She is portrayed as having a mental problem. To me she came off as overly needy. Then the 2 strong women give up their chances for independence, the 2 men act initially are kind and thoughtful but when this needy woman enters the picture everything revolves around the needy woman. I do not wish to go further because I might ruin the story line for others so for me Not my style of book Through 2/3 of the story you have 2 strong women but for the last 1/3 of the book a very weak woman is introduced. She is portrayed as having a mental problem. To me she came off as overly needy. Then the 2 strong women give up their chances for independence, the 2 men act initially are kind and thoughtful but when this needy woman enters the picture everything revolves around the needy woman. I do not wish to go further because I might ruin the story line for others so for me I was generous in giving it 2 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This is my first NetGalley read and the first romance novel I've read as an adult. And what a delight! LeBlanc wove a mesmerizing tale of a lovers kept apart by societal norms and dramatic moments. Great to see so many othering traits celebrated in a historical romance - queerness and polyamory and neuro diversity (oh my!). There were an unfortunate number of distracting typos and an occasional 'extra' moment. But the fast paced story line and the truly lovely characters more than made up for it This is my first NetGalley read and the first romance novel I've read as an adult. And what a delight! LeBlanc wove a mesmerizing tale of a lovers kept apart by societal norms and dramatic moments. Great to see so many othering traits celebrated in a historical romance - queerness and polyamory and neuro diversity (oh my!). There were an unfortunate number of distracting typos and an occasional 'extra' moment. But the fast paced story line and the truly lovely characters more than made up for it. Quite an enjoyable beginning to my NetGalley reads!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heatherblakely

    After reading other reviews, I’m bumping this down—the things I thought I was being picky about were things that bothered other readers. This book was fine. There's a rape that happens to progress the story (a rape that is set up by a parent? I couldn't tell, honestly), which I didn't like, and a lesbian has sex with a man (both characters are cis), which I also didn't like. And there's this whole plot that basically has everyone be poly, which I have no problems with as long as everyone is willi After reading other reviews, I’m bumping this down—the things I thought I was being picky about were things that bothered other readers. This book was fine. There's a rape that happens to progress the story (a rape that is set up by a parent? I couldn't tell, honestly), which I didn't like, and a lesbian has sex with a man (both characters are cis), which I also didn't like. And there's this whole plot that basically has everyone be poly, which I have no problems with as long as everyone is willing and consenting....but it felt weird. Like, two female characters talk over and over about how they only want to be with women and only love women and no men, and then one of them fucks a man because she "has" to because apparently lying isn't a thing, and then the other one is also like ohh yeah I guess I love him romantically too. The boundaries didn't work for me and it felt like too much of an easy cop-out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I requested this book from NetGalley because I have read the companion book The Duke and the Baron. I was hoping the book would fill in the backstory of Louisa and Ellie. There is just so much violence that it was put on the DNF pile. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley. Thank you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sheen

    This book had potential love the beginning but there were some scenes that were too much and unrealistic. I wished the author had concentrated more on the relationship. I don't understand why would a father get his own daughter raped. This book had potential love the beginning but there were some scenes that were too much and unrealistic. I wished the author had concentrated more on the relationship. I don't understand why would a father get his own daughter raped.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The Lady and Her Secret Lover When a lady has a secret lover then gets found by her father and beaten by him her world turns upside down. I would love to have a friend like Hugh. I think he really saved them all.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dansaremm

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Carpenter

  21. 4 out of 5

    mergele

  22. 4 out of 5

    ethelene

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Stavetski

  24. 5 out of 5

    TheBrat

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bree

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elle Sabine

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy Cameron

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marielle

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