Once upon a time in Mayfair, a group of wallflowers formed a secret society with goals that had absolutely nothing to do with matrimony. Their most troublesome obstacle? Rogues!
They call her Beastly Beatrice.
Wallflower Lady Beatrice Bentley longs to remain in the wilds of Cornwall to complete her etymological dictionary. Too bad her brother’s Gothic mansion is under renovation. How can she work with an annoyingly arrogant and too-handsome rogue swinging a hammer nearby?
Rogue. Scoundrel. Call him anything you like as long as you pay him.
Navy man Stamford Wright is leaving England soon, and renovating Thornhill House is just a job. It’s not about the duke’s bookish sister or her fiery copper hair. Or the etymology lessons the prim-yet-alluring lady insists on giving him. Or the forbidden things he’d love to teach her.
They say never mix business with pleasure. But when Beatrice and Ford aren’t arguing, they’re kissing.
Sometimes, temptation proves too strong to resist…even if the cost is a heart.
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 stars. I wanted to give this 5 stars, but I did think that the resolution with Ford’s grandfather was a little too easy. That said, in general, I appreciated that Beatrice and Ford didn’t hesitate to discuss their problems openly, even though Ford did keep a secret from her because of a promise to his mother. Whenever there was angst, it was short-lived, which did my heart good. Their relationship is so sweet and heartwarming. When Ford built her the bookshelves from the floorboards they pulled up together, my heart absolutely melted.
The overall message of the book is that love conquers all—a classic in the romance genre. While that may be hard to believe during these trying times, it’s nice to read it coming true on the page.
Beatrice and I would be the best of friends. I loved her love of words and how she takes charge of herself and her life. I’ve never seen a heroine born with palsy before, and, though I can’t quite relate myself, I appreciate the representation. Ford is a wonderful working-class hero. Not only that, but he respects Beatrice and women’s opinions and abilities. I don’t know how anyone could not love him.
I’m very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series when it comes out and appreciated the glimpses we get into future books in the epilogue (at least, if I’m correct in my guesses). I’ve actually only read one other of Bell’s books, but now I want to tackle that backlog. I enjoyed the cameos from previous novels, even though I haven’t properly met those characters yet.
I love Bell’s writing style. It’s humorous, witty, and savory all at once! I liked this one so much that I pre-ordered the mass market paperback after I read my advanced copy.
This book comes out tomorrow, so go snag yourself a copy!