Lady Katherine Redgrave has one mission – to find her deceased father’s journals, which may hold the key to a traitorous conspiracy that puts Kate’s family in danger. Kate vows to let no obstacle stand in her way . . . but when she meets Simon Ravenbill, Marquis of Singleton, her attention is diverted as the sinfully handsome nobleman tempts her beyond reason.
Simon has a mission of his own: to uncover the truth about the secret society he believes murdered his brother. All he needs is to get to the Redgrave journals before Kate does. The solution is simple—he’ll romance the fiery beauty in hopes of distracting her from her quest, all while covertly searching for the diaries himself. Yet what begins as a charade soon becomes an all-consuming desire . . . one that could lead them down the most dangerous path of all.
I really loved this book even though it is the second in the series and does involve quite a complicated conspiracy which began in What an Earl Wants (which I haven’t read). However, while I think I would have been better reading that first, the explanations given were sufficient to grasp what was going on. The Redgraves are clearly a very complicated family with an even more complicated history!
Kate is totally unlike any early 19th century lady I have heard of! Having been bought up by an unusual grandmother and with three brothers, she has no concept of ladylike behaviour. What a great heroine she is; funny, strong but with a bit of softness when needed. Her behaviour is probably a bit unrealistic to what women were like in those days, but who knows what the titled got up to in the privacy of their own estates!
Simon – well what can I say about Simon? He doesn’t really know what has hit him when he meets Kate and to his credit he does not get all uppity and try to change her behaviour. His reactions are extremely funny when she talks about things she clearly should have no idea of – the cards and talks of poles in moist ground had me laughing out loud. Unlike a lot of men in these novels, Simon has the good sense to realise that excluding Kate from his mission will lead to her finding out anyway, so he may as well give in gracefully.
The main story thread about a group called “The Society” is fascinating and I look forward to it developing in future books, the next one has already been set up nicely and I am very much looking forward to it.
I’m not 100% sure what Adam’s purpose in the book is, but I suspect he will feature in later books in some way and I gather he was involved in the first one. He is extremely irritating and almost too stupid to be true – maybe there is something else going on there…..
The plot moved along really well and I was totally drawn in. Of course there was the romance to keep me happy but it was not long and drawn out, if anything it happened a bit too quickly to be realistic, but hey who wants total realism in a romance book?
Overall I really enjoyed What a Lady Needs and will definitely be looking for more in this series. I can’t recommend it enough if you want a historical romance which does not grace the ballrooms of London, and has an intriguing plot thread strong enough to span several books.