Listen To The Moon (Lively St. Lemeston #3) by Rose Lerner 4.5 Stars!!
John Toogood dreamed of being valet to a great man…before he was laid off and blacklisted. Now he’s stuck in small-town Lively St. Lemeston until London’s Season opens and he can begin his embarrassing job hunt. His instant attraction to happy-go-lucky maid Sukey Grimes couldn’t come at a worse time. Her manners are provincial, her respect for authority nonexistent, and her outdated cleaning methods-well, the less said about them, the better. Behind John’s austere façade, Sukey catches tantalizing glimpses of a lonely man with a gift for laughter. Yet her heart warns her not to fall for a man with one foot out the door, no matter how devastating his kiss. Then he lands a butler job in town-but there’s a catch. His employer, the vicar, insists Toogood be respectably married. Against both their better judgments, he and Sukey come to an arrangement. But the knot is barely tied when Sukey realizes she underestimated just how vexing it can be to be married to the boss… Warning: Contains a butler with a protective streak a mile wide, and a maid who enjoys messing up the bed a whole lot more than making it.
Oh this is so good!
A non London set Regency romance about a valet/butler and a maid. The themes are wonderful–opposites attract, marriage of convince to a much older man.
The characters are both lonely and charming with their own complex lives that come together.
The historical detail of holidays, food, class, women’s and servant’s rights in a small village are perfectly explored.
And it is very sexy. The banter and writing fierce and well paced.
There was some needless angst for me that took a little shine of the love story but overall all a really joy for any romance reader.
I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.