Blurb: It was easy for society to overlook Lady Ida Howlett; they found her bookish, opinionated, and off the marriage mart. But little did they know that behind a calm exterior beats the heart of an adventuress, one who, determined to discover her runaway sister's whereabouts, steals a carriage and sets off on a daring mission. Then she discovers she's not alone! Bennett, Lord Carson, is inside, and he refuses to leave.
Lord Carson's plans had always been to find a soft, gentle wife who would run his home and raise his children. Still, he makes a bargain with Ida--he won't desert her during her mad adventure. He'll make sure she's safe, and then find a suitable lady to fall in love with. But when rules (and garments) become discarded during this long, intimate journey, it's soon clear that this surprisingly daring lady is the woman he's needed all along.
Review: There is nothing better than an intelligent heroine. Some are street smart, some are smart between the sheets, and some are book smart. All are equally fabulous (you do you girls), but book smart lasses hold a very special place in my heart because books are life... obviously.
Ida Howlett is the perfect heroine. She's witty, adventurous, and compassionate--if not a little headstrong. Where other girls are concerned about being ruined themselves Ida is more worried about Bennett being forced to marry her because he wouldn't be happy. She's positively adorable in that regard.
If you've been following the Duke's Daughter series then you're already acquainted with Lord Carson and the many ways he's concocted to get out of marrying a Howlett sister. But we all knew his luck was going to run out sooner or later. I love that it's the talkative, all-knowing Ida with the dry sense of humor and the impulse control who lures him in. Just perfect!
The hottest part about this historical is that it's not Bennett leading the way romantically, but Ida and her ideas. She takes what she wants, she says what she feels, and she's not afraid of being judged for it. Not anymore. And when Bennett says he's tired of being in charge, Ida is more than happy to take the lead in all matters.
I don't think it was my absolute favorite book of the series thus far, but that's because I adored Olivia and Edward. Still, this is an excellent addition to the story and I cannot wait to see what happens to Della and Pearl! You can purchase the book right freaking now! Click here.