Review: My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe

April 24, 2014 Review 0

Review: My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe

Book #1 in a new series of historical romances... with a twist.

The Bluestocking 
Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance.

The Rake 
Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray.

Neighbors for years, they've been at each other's throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

Title: My Lady My Lord
Author: Katherine Ashe
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: I Married the Duke
Published by Billet-Doux Books
Source: Publisher
Published: 10 March, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 317
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

Oh this was SUCH a fun book and used several more modern influences to bring the ‘enemies to lovers’ trope to life.  Taking the modern references from It’s a Boy Girl Thing, Freaky Friday and Truly Madly Yours, Ashe has reworked these movies and book and brought a fresh new twist and set it in a late Regency setting while adding in some Greek statuary and influence to start the story.

Corinna is an unmarried woman, nearing thirty, and famous for the gatherings she hosts bringing literary, scientific and political scions together with her father’s support.  Serving as his hostess, her life is complete.  Part of society, yet not willing to officially flaunt her lack of regard for the institution, she has managed to maintain an air of respectability even as her own interests are far from accepted by the tonne.

Ian, the Earl of Chance is a renowned libertine, famous for his fine stable of thoroughbreds, his dexterity at cards and the inability of any of the mama’s in the marriage mart to encourage his regard for their eligible daughters.  But, his life has been one moment of survival and recovery after another: his own reputation and family fortunes and reputations tarnished by his disreputable father.

Corinna’s family country home and the estate of Chance’s family abut one another, and the families and children grew up together.  Ian and Corinna have long battled and sniped at one another: never long without an argument when in one another’s company. This has gone on for years, to the dismay of Ian’s mother and brother, who both see the two are so completely compatible, but they are fighting their emotions.

From the influences for the book, you already know that the two will be subject to switch, and the realization that each gains from inhabiting one another’s body  still isn’t, at first, enough to engender a truly deeply felt truce.  Their otherworldly matchmaker, in the form of an alabaster statue of Aphrodite is integral and wholly deceptive, determined that these two should find their truth and let go of childish prejudices, the gossip and preconceptions of society and their own personal fears about love and commitment.

Full of some truly laugh out loud moments, great conversations, alternating points of view and a wonderful display of societal expectations and roles for men and women, as they learn, grow, struggle and come to see the truth that has been before them for nearly all their lives.

Katherine Ashe writes funny, smart and well-defined historical romances with a twist for the modern reader.  Her stories manage to engage, delight and entertain, and never leave readers without a favorite character.   For those not sure historic romance is the genre for them, this is a great story to start with: soon you will be as addicted to them as I am.

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