The Marquess of Wesley is out for blood. For a year, Lord Wesley has tried to undo the devastation his father left to Penndrake, their ancestral home, only to discover the man gambled it away right before his death. Now Wesley is being blackmailed by the new owner into marrying a woman he’s never met in order to get it back. But his intentions are less than honorable…
At one and twenty, Miss Kate Holden intends to become a governess, having sworn off all men years ago. However, her plans are halted when she receives a daunting letter from her cousin about a Lord Wesley. Ignorant of the name, and the devilish marquess that wears it all too well, she nearly ends up compromised. Refusing to fall prey to Wesley’s skillful seduction, Kate decides to turn things around on the rake. But the high-stakes game between them soon leads to her losing the last thing she expected…her heart.
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.
A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey is a historical romance set in the regency era. Think Pride and Prejudice. I actually like historical romances in this time period and thought it would be an easy read to go through.
I wasn’t disappointed.
I found this book to be enjoyable and easy to go through. The romance is there with a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. However, that said, I didn’t necessarily feel drawn to either character all that much.
Lord Wesley’s thought process seemed a bit out of whack. His idea of ruining a young woman’s reputation to get his property back just didn’t seem plausible. On the other hand, Kate Holden also didn’t seem all that believable. Her decisions to put herself into Wesley’s grasp just to grab letters that didn’t really seem to hold much value also felt a bit silly. That said, they both had similar decision making skills that basically says to me that they were meant for each other.
The book itself is well written and I did go through the story without wanting to put the book down and wanting to go to another book instead. The romance was sweet if a little out of place in times. All in all, it was a good book and not a bad read.
Final rating: 3/5