My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts
Series: Once Upon a Bride #1
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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Well-bred, well-dressed, and well-read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have bonded over good books since their schooldays. Now these cultured ladies are ready to make their own happy endings—each in her own way . . .
Lady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the ton’s bachelors are only interested in her wealth. But despite the warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can’t resist the challenge rudely posed by her stepsister: transform an ordinary London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for the “marriage mart.” Only after a handshake seals the deal does Retta fear she may have gone too far . . .
When Jake Bolton is swept from the grime of the seaport into the elegance of Blakemoor House, he appears every inch the rough, cockney working man who is to undergo Retta’s training in etiquette, wardrobe, and elocution. But Jake himself is a master of deception—with much more at stake than a drawing room wager. But will his clandestine mission take second place to his irresistible tutor, her intriguing proposal . . . and true love?
Henrietta, in a disagreement with her half-sister, agrees to let her pick out a man from the docks so that Henrietta can turn him into a gentleman. The stakes are high as if she loses Henrietta, or Retta as she’s known to her family, has to hand over her favorite horse.
The man that Retta’s sister picks ends up being the third son of Duke who is undercover. Since Retta’s household is under suspicion of handing sensitive information over to the French, Jake takes the chance to get inside the Parker house. Retta knows that something is not quite right with Jake as he learns extremely quickly, plays the piano and states quotes from philosophers. She wants to win the bet so she brushes off her misgivings. Jake is enthralled with Retta from the start but knows that he has to play his part til the end. He just didn’t plan on falling in love with his teacher.
This was a take on the old the My Fair Lady story. Teach a lower class person to be one of the nobility and fool the masses. Only Jake was fooling the Parker’s all along as he was actually nobility already.
The story was cute and I liked Jake but I never felt a connection with either Retta or Jake and didn’t see the connection between the two of them either, I’m sorry to say.
The spy part of the book was more than a bit confusing but in the end was very simple. I think the author added things in to make things exciting but it felt like filler and, imho, was unnecessary. It dragged in places and I found that frustrating. Overall a decent read but not wonderful for me.
Rating: 3 out of 5