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Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes
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Dec 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: christmas, historical-fiction, romance

Lady Louisa Windham daughter of the Duke of Moreland, has a secret that could ruin her reputation forever. Sir Joseph Carrington, known almost as the P. I. to the nobility (not to mention being a pig farmer), has a few secrets of his own. Who will find out whose secrets, first?

What I liked about this novel: neither Lady Louisa, nor Sir Joseph, are particularly young. Louisa, at nearly 30, is practically an aged spinster in that era. Sir Joseph is a widower with young daughters. I like that, as seems to be a trademark in Burrowes’ Duke of Moreland series, the entire family gets involved in sorting things out. This is something we don’t see in many romantic novels; the hero and heroine seem to exist in a vacuum, with perhaps one best friend apiece, unlike real life. I love that the novel includes plenty of humor and very steamy sex scenes.

I liked that Louisa was very bold with her sexual needs. “Instead of sending a note, she’s been greedy, sensing she could at least have shocking intimacies with him, even if the worst were to happen tomorrow.”

What I didn’t like about this novel: Sir Joseph’s secret social standing is conveniently high enough to make him a perfect match for Louisa. He is also almost too understanding of her erudition and literary ambitions.

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