Love and the Shameless Lady by Barbara Monajem – a Review
Disgraced lady Daisy Warren serves ale in a tumbledown inn, sings crude songs for the smugglers, and writes romantic novels in her spare time. Shunned by her own class, she’s resigned to her lowly life—until someone tries to kill her.
Gentleman spy Sir Julian Kerr noses out seditionists and traitors. When he visits the inn to investigate two suspicious Frenchmen, he meets the lovely but hostile Daisy. He doesn’t intend to get involved with her—but then he learns that someone is threatening her life.
He wants to find out more—it’s part of his investigation.
He wants to protect her—he’s a chivalrous man.
He just wants her.
But will Daisy’s bitter past allow her to risk love again?
4 out of 5 for this reader folks!
Love and The Shameless Lady by Barbara Monajem is the third book in her Scandalous Kisses series. A regency romance, this story follows Daisy and Julian, and I have to say I was really looking forward to reading about Daisy. She captivated me in the previous novels and she is everything I had hope she would be.
Daisy Warren is a ruined woman. Having seduced and bedded a smuggler before marriage, she has been shunned by her fellow high class society and in order to avoid her family any further embarrassment she has taken to living in a local inn and resigned to being a spinster. Daisy is a spitfire however, and while she may be resigned to live this way, she also takes her future in her own hands. She has secretly penned a romantic book series and uses stories and people she meets in this inn as inspiration. Her latest book is ready for release, but someone does not want it published and they have gone so far as to threaten and make attempts on her life to ensure it isn’t.
Julian Kerr is a spy. YUP, that’s right, a true gentleman like spy. While investigating, and doing his spy stuff, he lands at the inn that Daisy just so happens to reside. He is immediately attracted to her and wonders why such a well bred lady is residing in a place like this. When he witnesses her life being threatened, he jumps right into gentleman savior mode and whisks her away to safety. Just so happens he can do a little investigation in the process as well.
Before we know it, these two are breaking all the polite society rules and falling for each other. Julian brings her to her cousin’s home (just so happens to be Miles from the first book) where Daisy is afforded opportunity to heal in more ways than one. Sassy exchanges, healed relationships, a little action and adventure and blossoming beautiful romance soon come to surface.
Well written, this novel truely flowed from one page to another. I loved Daisy, I loved everything about her. I loved that she was hard on the outside but strong and soft on the inside. She has a vulnerability that is completely endearing and made my want to root for her. Julian .. he was easy to adore as well. His patience for Daisy was incredible, and while he wanted her badly, he knew that her previous experience was traumatic in ways and he wanted her to feel safe and loved.
A little slow in the beginning is the only complaint I have. Once the story got going, it was engaging. I recommend that you read the first two books of this series before this one.
HAPPY READING! 🙂
Reviewed by Rachel
Copy supplied for review