Regency romance author Emily Greenwood makes her debut with a witty series with young ladies who discover a little mischief can make a big difference!
Third in the series, each story stands alone.
A Little Night Mischief
Gentlemen Prefer Mischief
Mischief by Moonlight
About the Story: Colin Pearce, Earl of Ivorwood, loved his history books and spent hours in research for writing. He was also best friend to Nicholas Hargrave financed to Colin’s lovely, charming and slightly impulsive neighbor, Josephine Cardworthy.
Nicholas after knowing Josie for six weeks left to war leaving his fiancée in the care of his best friend. During the year Nicholas was away Colin had taken his responsibility seriously. He also found he enjoyed Josie’s companionship thus he found his way on the path between their homes more often than not. Even though he wished that Josie might look at him differently, he knew that he and she could not be anything but friends. But then it became near impossible to keep his hands off her. He was unable to control his feelings after that one night having tea with the family at Josie’s home. Colin was all about honor and control since he saw how out of control his parents were and how unhappy they were. No, his relationship had to be in control—just affection and friendship would be ample. That would make a marriage of comfort.
Josie was concerned about her sister, six years her elder. She wanted to make sure that Josie could find a good match for herself before Nicholas came back and they married. She decided that Colin might help her sister with that endeavor by having his aunt sponsor a season in London. She had even encouraged Edwina to consider Colin as a suitor, but Edwina flatly refused. In fact, Edwina had ingrained in her by her late father the only thing she had going for her was beauty. It’s true, Edwina had a sharp tongue with a nasty tone which kept most people from liking her. In her defense she pushed people away from her before they could push her away. All that was to change when she went to London.
Once Edwina and Josie got to London neither was ready for the changes that seemed to come over both of them. Colin continued to struggle to keep Josie at a distance. She enjoyed Colin’s friendship which made it difficult for her to understand why he was warm and personable with her one moment and cold the next. Colin was good at covering up how he felt so Josie didn’t understand why the different messages. Attending Josie and Edwina became increasingly difficult. He was undone the moment that Josie put it into her head to kiss him without thinking anything other than she wanted to.
My Thoughts: Sisters Josie and Edwina have the same problem although both sisters are very different in demeanor. They both think they know what’s best for them in marriage and yet do all to avoid what their heart is telling them.
This story was hilariously funny in points because of the way the characters reacted to situations and to each other. As Colin and Josie’s relationship changes after the death of Nicholas, both begin avoiding each other, but not at the same time. As one of them is interested in pursuing the relationship, the other isn’t. Then when the one who wasn’t interested becomes so, the first changes their mind. This type of situation goes back and forth as they get more and more frustrated with each other, and that much more involved.
Edwina comes to learn who she is and what she wants and doesn’t want while in London. She no longer believes what her father always told her so we experience the real Edwina.
Both women learn to lean on each other and use each other as confidant as the plot unfolds. They work together to help their mother kick an addiction no one knew she had.
The story unfolded well-paced with adventure and sorrow along the way. Emily Greenwood with her usual wit, creates an entertaining, delightful story. Whereas the plot was seemingly simple, it became more complex and the reader finds layers of stories within the story. Both Edwina and Josie have their stories. Their mother has her own. Even though the tone of the story is light-hearted, there are some serious emotions that are present and faced.
I enjoyed Emily Greenwood’s third book as I did the first. As far as history, there was little, but you felt that the story was taking place during the Regency period. If you enjoy Regency Romance with men trying to remain honorable and women who explore who they are and what they want in life, albeit rashly at times, this book is for you.
About the Author: (taken from Goodreads.com) Emily Greenwood worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures, but she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance novels are the chocolate of literature. A Golden Heart finalist, she lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.