I received this book from the Publisher for an honest review.
'My Darling, My Disaster' is the second book in Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan's seriesI received this book from the Publisher for an honest review.
'My Darling, My Disaster' is the second book in Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan's series 'Lords of Essex'. From my experience of having not read the first book in the series, 'My Darling, My Disaster' can be read as a standalone even though it seems as if the first book in the series, 'My Rouge, My Ruin's' story arc is coinciding with 'My Darling, My Disaster's. You don't get to much of the details of what happened in the first book though it still is pretty spoiler heavy in terms of the conclusion of the first book etc.
Princess Svetlanka Volkonsky (Lana) and her younger sister are Russian Princesses who have ran away to England to hide from their devious Uncle who has killed their parents and plans to wreak even more misery upon the two princesses. Lana assumes the role of a lady's maid to Lady Briannon Findlay while her sister is placed into hiding in a country estate of a trusted confidante. A stash of horribly written sonnets and letters hidden by Lana's father and spirited away to England with the princesses are their only hope of uncovering their Uncle’s long suspected treasonous activities and being able to return home to Russia.
Lord Graham Findlay (Gray), Viscount Northridge is not too impressed by his sister's new ladies maid who doesn't seem like a ladies maid at all but can't stop himself being completely bewitched by Lana regardless of her less than perfect maid's skills/manner. Try as he might, knowing it's wrong to start an affair with his Sister's ladies maid and also hiding a scandalous secret of his own, Gray can't seem to stay away from Lana, wanting to know her secrets and help her in anyway he can.
I really enjoyed 'My Darling, My Disaster'! I'm always a sucker for who couples who start off disliking each other but gradually fall in love so this was just the thing for me. Gray and Lana play off one another really well and in every scene they have together there is instant chemistry. Lana really is bad at being a maid but come on, she is a princess and was never made to do servants work ever in her life. She seems to 'stay in a servants' place for her encounters with most of the Findley family except for Briannon (as her maid and companion) and of course, Gray who she can't seem to keep her temper around. Gray...Oh Gray. He really is a sweetheart. A sweetheart with a raging boner every time a certain maid is around but a sweetheart none the less. But what can you expect the man has been celibate for a bit over 3 years. I really loved his interactions with his 'scandalous secret' and just how sweet he is in general. That said he can be a bit of an idiot like in one scene where he gets super hammered at his sister engagement party and stupidity ensues-this was a bit OOC for me but it was one of those 'necessary' things to keep the story going. All in all the story was intriguing, I thoroughly enjoyed the romance and characters and I actually want to read the first book in the series to find out what exactly was happening there.
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