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#BookReview: “My Fair Bluestocking” by Nina Jarrett

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Blurb

A young woman who despises high society and its fashions. A spoilt lord who loves it. Will they give in to their unexpected attraction to reveal a deep and enduring passion?

She thinks he is arrogant and vain …
The Davis family has ascended to the gentry due to their unusual connection to the Earl of Saunton. Now the earl wants Emma Davis and her sister to come to London for the Season. Emma relishes refusing, but her sister is excited to meet eligible gentlemen. Now she can’t tell the earl’s arrogant brother to go to hell when he shows up with the invitation. She will cooperate for her beloved sibling, but she is not allowing the handsome Perry to sway her mind … or her heart.

He thinks she is disheveled, but intriguing …
Peregrine Balfour cannot believe the errands his brother is making him do. Fetching a country mouse. Preparing her for polite society. Dancing lessons. He should be stealing into the beds of welcoming widows, not delivering finishing lessons to an unstylish shrew. Pity he can’t help noticing the ravishing young woman that is being revealed by his tuition until the only schooling he wants to deliver is in the language of love.

Will these two conflicting personalities find a way to reconcile their unexpected attraction before Perry makes a grave mistake?

Review

In book three of the Inconvenient Brides series, Peregrine Belfour is the younger brother of the Earl of Saunton and lives a carefree life of scandalous pursuits. His horrific childhood defines him, but his brother and his new sister-in-law are determined to set him straight. After they task him to collect a young woman from the countryside, he finally meets his match.

Miss Emma Davis desperately misses her little cousin who has recently left the Davis family to live with his new-found father, Perry’s brother. Then Peregrine arrives and request she return with him to London to see the child and have a Season. Her bluestocking ideals and insecurities put her at odds with him, but their heated banter and debates draw them together.

This is the ultimate story of opposites attract. Perry and Emma were such different characters, but they fit well together. She needed to learn confidence, and he needed to reevaluate his life and poor choices. I loved the book, at least until the scenes where Perry withdrew from Emma and then publicly humiliated her and betrayed her confidence. Although he didn’t cheat on her, his actions were so deplorable that he might as well have. Because of this, I struggled between choosing a 3 or 4 star rating, but the story really is well-written with sympathetic characters. I enjoyed the HEA, but I wish Perry had groveled more to regain Emma’s favors.

Anyway, if you’re in the mood for angsty historical romance with moderate steam, My Fair Bluestocking fits the bill.

4 Stars

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