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 long enough to be declared "on the shelf", her parents might actually leave her alone to wallow in spinsterhood. The ex-soldier and confirmed bachelor, Garrett knows that Jane is up to something, as usual, but keeping away from Jane's schemes are an impossibility. Garrett has too much baggage in his past to make him believe he would be a good husband to anyone, but when he kisses a beautiful lady at a masquerade his passion is unleashed. When he deduces that the mysterious lady he kisses is none other than his nemesis, Jane, his head is going in all different directions. Needless to say, sparks are flying between the bachelor and the bluestocking and those sparks are to evident to be denied. Oh how the mighty will fall.
The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman is such a clever and enlightening tale. Both Jane and Garrett are characters who stick out with their determination and intelligence. Neither one could see what was coming, but once that desire is unchained Jane and Garrett have no where to go but forward. Ms. Bowman has cemented her place as one of my favorite authors, her stories are smart and entertaining and always leave me with a smile on my face.