What a Lady Needs

 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.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Book Information
  • Author: Kasey Michaels
  • Series: The Redgraves (2)
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Our Week in Books – Week 15, 2013

 Tracey

Another slow week for reading this week but I still managed to fit four books in. I finished Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones – a very good start to the series and I am looking forward to the rest, full review to appear later this week – 4 stars.

I then went back to my Kindle and started Scandal of Love by Janelle Daniels, I enjoyed it but it was a bit too short for me, I am not a big fan of novellas unless they are linked to a favourite series. The story was good though, definitely more of a pure romance and not really as scandalous as the title suggests. I do enjoy a good romance though and would look to read the others in the series if I could find them very cheap or free on kindle – 3 stars.

Next I started a review copy I received from NetGalley – What a Lady needs by Kasey Michaels (Published by Harlequin), and is released 30th April.  I loved this one and a full review will follow this week – 4.5 stars

Having been nagged constantly by my husband about reducing the amount of physical books I have, I felt I should read another and picked up a romance by Kathleen Creighton – The Sheriff of Heartbreak County. While I expected an enjoyable romance I actually got a good suspense story too. A good read which kept me glued throughout and of course a wonderful romance – 4 stars

Thats all for this week folks!

 Grete

I’m still trying to get up to speed with my reading as I have so many great books begging to be read!

I finished Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan which ended up really surprising me.  Find out why in my review in the next few days 😉

Next I turned to Darynda Jones and her Charley Davidson series.  I read, loved (and reviewed) the first book at the start of the year but with my memory being what it is right now, I wanted to re-read it so the characters were fresh in my mind before I moved on to the second.  So First Grave on the Right was just as good the second time round and I finished Second Grave on the Left yesterday which was fantastic.  A review will be coming and I am going to start Third Grave Dead Ahead tonight!

That’s it from me, time to get my nose stuck in a book 😉


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.