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The Unlikely Lady

(Playful Brides #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,590 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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 th ...more
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Valerie Bowman
Aug 18, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Finally! Jane and Garrett's book with a plot based on their much-debated play Much Ado About Nothing! ...more
3... 3.5 stars..
Review to come

I was expecting the humour of Benedict and Beatrice antics, but not the drama of Hero and _ what's his name? _ Claudio relationship...
Well, at least no one had to fake one's death! ;)

Arc provided by St. Martin's Paperbacks through Netgalley

Release Date: May, 5th

I have enjoyed Jane's and Garrett's banter since day one. Meaning, since I first read "An Unexpected Duchess".

And it wasn't before long that I knew I could count on them, to help downplay things when
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Fun historical romance.

I read this in paperback, and I enjoyed it, though I didn't love it. The multiple POVs drove me batty, and I didn't like the "evil other woman" trope, but the story was still enjoyable. Easy read.

May 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I have so many objections to this, I don't even know where to begin.

I picked it up because it appeared to be a Regency adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Now, on it's own, that sounds delightful. In fact, I really, really want someone to write a regency adaptation of Much Ado that is not this. I'm not saying this book does nothing interesting. There is a nonexistent chaperone called Mrs. Bunbury (a previous book in this series is based on Importance of Being Ernest). It's also a gender-flippe
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Miss Jane Lowndes and Lord Garrett Upton have always enjoyed a bit of chiding banter back and forth, but the bluestocking and the lord never thought they would never come to terms with the attraction they have for one another.

Hoping to thwart her parent's insistence she find a husband, Jane continues the concoction of an upstanding companion so she can attend her friend's pre-wedding celebrations without hindrance of a proper chaperon. Jane is happy being a single lady and if she can hold out l
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Jane Lowndes and Lord Garrett Upton began as real nemesis. They can't stand each other and trade harmless barbs and they never agree on anything. But forced to spend time together for a mutual friend's wedding, dislike at first sight is about to be transformed into a shared attraction. All it takes is good-naturedly devious matchmaking friends, an absent chaperone, a jealous and pernicious widow, a masquerade and an elicit kiss to change the way Jane and Garrett see each other and fall in l ...more
Maria Rose
There is nothing more wonderful than finding a new author and truly enjoying their work, with the exception of finding one that also has a backlist! This was my experience with The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman, a new to me author but definitely one worth discovering.

This story treats us to the romance between Jane Lowndes and Garrett Upton. Jane is a confirmed bluestocking spinster at the ripe old age of 26. She's quite happy in this role, spending her time reading as much as possible and av
Blodeuedd Finland
Jane loves books and has glasses. Seriously, not many heroines have glasses. Wohoo glasses! Though, I did not like when he went all oh you are so beautiful without them. Excuse me? *grumbles something*
Oh right, she is a bluestocking too and speaks her mind. A proud spinster.

Garrett fought in the war and feels guilt about a friend dying. That has implications later on. But so, Garrett, he thinks Jane is a bluestocking (yes she is duh Garrett) and they always argue when they meet. Fun times. The b
4.25 Stars

I received a free e-ARC of this book from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jane Lowndes and Garrett Upton have been circling around each other for the past two books in the Playful Brides series. Now, in The Unlikely Lady, their bickering comes to a head and an unexpected attraction emerges. I found this book to be the most well-developed and entertaining of the series and I am excited to read more from Valerie Bowman in the future.

Jane is a self-descr
This is the third installment of the Playful Brides series. Miss Jane Lowndes inspire to be a bluestocking spinster and has no desire to ever marry. While she is happy that both of her best friends have found their mates. Jane desires to be left alone with her books. This book has me rolling with so much laughter. I truly enjoy the intellectual banger between Jane and Lord Garrett Upton. Their day would not be complete without some cross swords with words with each other. Garrett tries to keep t ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my what a lovley romance. Jane is one of my favorite hs so far. I can relate a lot to her since she is a bookworm like me which is so refreshing to see and refreshing that Garrett isn't some rake like I witness in pretty much every historical romance I've read so far. Lovely setting, which is a wedding, the relationship between Jane and Garrett is sooo wonderful, there is only one sex scene in the entire book but it is very steamy. A light and fluffy romance. Five stars.

I won this book as a g
Tanya Sridhar
3/5 stars.

I even debated giving it a 2.5, but the fact that I labored on to read it till the end made me give the 0.5 extra star.

The third book in Valerie Bownman's Playful Brides series is a hit in some ways, and a complete miss in some. For me, personally.

Jane Lowndes is nothing like other ladies of the ton . She's a bluestocking, more interested in a book and learning than dresses and fashion and men. She's long since given up the on the concept of marraige, knowing well enough that it'll
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fave one of this series, and what I was looking for in the first book. I didn't enjoy the parts where the widow was coming between them since it was a little too over the top, but I still enjoyed the romance and that masked ball! ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t remember the last time I read the book that had a female villain that I despised. It was gleeful how much I despised Isabella. I know that when I review a book I should start with the plot or the characters or the sex, but it was so much fun to hate the evil seductress.
While I hated Isabella, I really liked Jane. She’s a determined bluestocking and she liked being that way. She has two close friends who love and support her. Things are good in her life except for the annoying friend in h
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

The Unlikely Lady is the third book in the Playful Brides series and finally gives us Garrett and Jane's story. These two have been prominent characters through the series and their contentious relationship has provided plenty of entertainment, but it's time for these two to realise they've been blind to the possibility of true love right in front of them.

Jane is the definition of a bluestocking. She's happiest when she's left alone with a book and the last
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I find that reading Valerie Bowman's work just makes me smile. Sensual best describes it. Strong heroine with dreams of something more and fun heroes with dreams of a bit of fun..

The Unlikely Lady is book three in Ms. Bowman's Playful Brides Series and I apologize now for only having reviews of books 1 and 3... seems I missed book 2 on Netgalley (and I was so looking forward to it) and now I have to pay.. grrrrr But sometimes my
Kimia Safavi
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic and Delightful!
The Unlikely Lady is the third book in the Playful Brides series. I have been waiting to read Jane and Upton's story since the first book in this fabulous series.
Valerie Bowman's writing is captivating, delightful, funny, charming with adorable characters. I could not put this book down and was chuckling from the first page.
Miss Jane Lowndes is a bluestocking and her dream is to be a confirmed spinster and hold intellectual salons.
Lord Garrett Upton is a confirmed bachel
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brittany by: Valerie Bowman
Shelves: 2015
I really enjoyed this book. The story picks up right where the second in the series ends. However this story is about Jane and Garret. Honestly, from the previous books, I was curious on how the author would get these two characters together. It didn't feel unnatural or too quick a turn about from their conflicting feelings in book one and two. I loved the dynamic between all the characters, the dialogue, and unexpected characters. There are delicious twists and turns that kept the plot at least ...more
This book was not a flawless but nevertheless an enjoyable read.

at the beginning I had some real troubles with the heroine, as I did not find her so much witty as plain unfriendly.

but that changed over the course of this book and in the end I quite enjoyed it
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fun. Find every synonym for fun and insert here.

The Playful Brides historical romance series by Valerie Bowman is a pleasure of mine and not an ounce of my pleasure is so much as tinged with guilt. The merriment! The mischievous heroines and clever, cheeky dialogue! The distinguished gentleman dressed in a rake’s clothing. Ohh I love it all! I reviewed the first book in the series, The Unexpected Duchess, last year ,and it totally made my best of 2014 reading list. The second book in the series,
4.5 stars

This was the first series for me to read by this author. I swept through the first three books in record time, especially for having rated the prior two books three stars each.

This is definitely my favorite story thus far! I knew that Jayne and Upton were perfect for each other from book 1.

Do not read or listen to this series if you are looking for historically accurate or angst romance. However, if you enjoy improbable retellings of the other comedic plays, I believe that this entire s
Tracy T.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Story and pretty good narration (audible review)

This was an enjoyable story. I really liked Jane. She was smart, witty, sarcastic and funny. I liked Garrett too. He was handsome and mysterious. They had some good chemistry that was real and genuine. There was also a very nicely written sex scene.

The story line and plot was pretty good. There was some fun antics done by Lucy and crew that made you LOL. There was a couple surprises you didn't see coming and a lot of fun moments.

I am bummed tha
Jessica Robbins
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
The Unlikely Lady is Bowman’s latest installment in her Playful Brides historical romance series, and it is my favourite to date! As one of my most anticipated spring reads, I’m happy to say it lived up to my expectations.

Miss Jane Lowndes is a bluestocking and she likes it that way. She would gladly give up her mother’s enthusiasm for the marriage mart and place herself firmly on the shelf. Alas her mother is determined that Jane make an advantageous match. So what’s a girl to do? One fictitiou
THE UNLIKELY LADY: Blue Stockings & Rakes Who Aren’t


Brilliant and bespectacled Jane and Garrett, who is not really a rake have been at odds with each other forever. It takes their friends to help them each see that they have found in each other their intellectual match. First, Jane has to stop seeing Garrett as a rake. And he has to stop seeing her as an unattractive shrew. I talked about thematic clusters in my Sunday Post on May 17
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
London - April 1816

Jane Lowndes, ages 26, is a bluestocking, book reading, follower of Mary Wollstonecraft, and wears glasses. Her idea of a perfect day is spending the day in the library reading books. Therefore, when she is forced to attend a soiree, she can often be found in a corner reading having secreted a book in via her reticule. Jane’s father is Sir Charles Lowndes and her mother has been pushing her to find a husband and settle down.

Jane’s friend, Lady Cassandra Monroe (Cass), is soon
Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favourite plays, so when I found out this book was inspired by that, I knew I had to read it! (Not to mention that they've been teasing us with this potential couple since book one of the series). True to it's inspiration, there's a lot of banter, comedy and mischief!

Garrett and Jane have been at each's throat since the day they met, but with some scheming friends, a masquerade, and shared moment, the rules of engagement get thrown out the window. Despite what
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Jane was a bit on the intelligent side of life. She was a wallflower with strong friends and a bit of a competitive streak. She had a on going thing with Lord Garrett Upton. Garrett was the one man that could push her buttons every time he came in the room. For years they had this little game going. Was it really over the play Much a Do about Nothing or something more.

I loved watching Jane become more than the books she carried. I in turned loved watching as Garrett became the man that I though
Isha Coleman
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Valerie Bowman you are a treasure. From the very first page I had the feeling this book would be something special. Throughout The Unlikely Lady, Ms. Bowman storytelling conveys the right amount of comedy, angst and drama. A lover of historical romance and movies I was drawn into the story. Her style of storytelling puts me in the mindset of many of my favorite historical romance authors: Jane Austen, Cathy Maxwell, Julia Quinn, Victoria Alexander and Lisa Kleypas to name a few. What Ms. Bowman ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An Unlikely Lady is a fun and entertaining historical romance. I liked the main characters, Jane and Garrett, and really enjoyed reading their story. The interaction and banter between them was what made the story for me. It was great! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for an honest review.
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Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books h

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Playful Brides (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides, #1)
  • The Accidental Countess (Playful Brides, #2)
  • The Irresistible Rogue (Playful Brides, #4)
  • The Untamed Earl (Playful Brides, #5)
  • The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides, #6)
  • Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides, #7)
  • The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides, #8)
  • A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides, #9)
  • Kiss Me at Christmas (Playful Brides, #10)
  • No Other Duke But You (Playful Brides, #11)

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