A desperate Elizabeth Langham is
harboring a terrible secret. She's possessed of a nervous tendency
towards relieving the people around her of their personal effects. Should the ton
ever find out, her chances at landing her suitor, a bland yet wealthy Marquis, will become nil.
Worse still, she and her young son will be drummed out of polite society
A trip to the stationer's to buy
a pen set for her darling offspring, before he leaves home to attend a
young gentleman's school in the countryside, has Elizabeth feeling
particularly agitated. On this outing she "pinches" a bit more than
just a trinket, she also pats down the well-formed backside of the tall
man in line before her!
Visiting American Wildcat MacInnes realizes
too late that his cherished bandolier bag has gone missing, and is certain
the soft gentlewoman from the stationer's knows something about it. But of what use would such a thing be to a genteel women like that?
The handsome Lenape warrior quickly becomes convinced that like
the other aristocratic lovelies he's encountered, Elizabeth is just trying to lay the
foundation for a tryst with him.
Wildcat searches out the
pale beauty, bent both on retrieving his prized possession as well as taking
the lady up on her offer. But he never expected their brief liaison to
soften his stoic heart, and soon finds himself willing to do anything for
Elizabeth, even if it means going to Newgate prison in her stead!
What worked for me:
Elizabeth's "sticky fingers" issue was very unusual and made for some
creative plot twists. The opening in
particular was an excellent example of this, employing both a bit of humor
and a hint of sensuality in the way Elizabeth picked Cat's pocket.
Elizabeth was quite plump and had no qualms about it other than the pain
of trying to keep her stays laced as tightly as possible.
What didn't work for me:
Elizabeth was sweet, but a bit on the dependent side, which really didn't
make much sense given her history. (I also didn't
particularly care for her other dangerous secret, and found it
difficult to see how she managed to move about in Society, even with an
Earl on her arm.)
I couldn't quite get into Wildcat
either. His character was a bit
underdeveloped and just didn't ring true to me, or at least his
experiences in London didn't. A 6'9" Lenape brave, even if he's
half Scot, doesn't seem likely to be accepted by the haute ton.
did Elizabeth's best friend and almost sister-in-law Valerie have the opportunity
to get herself into so much trouble? You would have thought that
despite her ripe old age of twenty-two, Valerie's dragon of a mother would have been
keeping her gimlet eye on her wild daughter at all times. Or at least
would have employed a duenna who would have kept her in line.
(Not that her mother came across as the loving and concerned type, but in that
day and age girls were a commodity to be brokered. You'd think her
mother would have been more cautious with her financial future.)
Another case of
tumbling into bed before a declaration of love. (I know this happens
and yes, it's titillating, but it sure would be nice if the romance came
first in a romance novel.)
solid read for fans of sensual Regency-settings or
Native American heroes.
Warning: there are some steamy scenes in this book.
If you liked
"Cat and the Countess" you might also enjoy
"Only in my Dreams",
"Miss Carlyle's Curricle",
"Into Temptation", "Suddenly
Bride", "The Bride
and the Beast", "The
Fire-Flower", "The Last Days
of a Rake",
"Somebody to Love",
"Cat and the Countess",
"The Courtship", or
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