The Likelihood of Lucy by Jenny Holiday
Series: Regency Reformers #2
Also in this series: The Miss Mirren Mission, Viscountess of Vice
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 26th, 2015
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She would never bow to any man...
Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of the Crown. Until one tumultuous night churns up the past he'd long left behind...
Turned out by her employer for her radical beliefs, Lucy Greenleaf reaches out to the man who was once her most beloved friend. She never expected that the once-mischievous Trevor would be so handsome and gentleman-like and neither can deny the instant attraction. But Lucy's reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel's future and his duties as a spy. Now Trevor must choose between his new life and the woman he's always loved...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
You know how sometimes when you’re reading a historical the language and expressions can get a little tedious because it’s so…well, historic?
I’ve found Jenny Holiday’s historical romances very fresh in this regard. While keeping it in period, the writing is current and easy to follow, it doesn’t feel like those modern adaptations of Shakespeare where the dialogue does not match what they are doing but in reverse. To me, it makes the story much more enjoyable.
Now, this story is about Trevor and Lucy, two kids who grew up on the streets of London. Lucy’s mother had been a governess before her employer took advantage of her. Sadly, both Trevor’s and Lucy’s mothers had been forced to sell themselves in order to provide as little as they could. From a very young age, Trevor saw himself as Lucy’s protector.
When he found a chance to get a better life for Lucy, he didn’t have to think twice before sending her away.
Years later, Trevor is a self made man. He has many businesses, started a very progressive new venture, and is (unknown to most of his acquaintances) a spy.
Lucy, has been working as a governess for years. Her forward thinking and championing of women rights are not helping her to keep stay employed. Lucy manages to get by until circumstances force her into the streets again… and she realizes her street smarts are all gone. She turns to the only person who could help her: her childhood protector.
Trevor is no longer a scrawny boy, and she isn’t a little girl either, and the young innocent love of two lost kids turn into the passions of adulthood.
This story was interesting, it had a couple of mysteries going on, murder, inappropriate behavior (we wouldn’t have it any other way), intrigues and visits from the characters of the previous book in the series.
I had a major issue with Trevor thinking himself undeserving of Lucy. He thought she was better than him because her mother had been a governess before sharing the trade of his own mother… and this dragged, and dragged and draaaaged on for almost the whole book. I’m ok with the H thinking the world of the h and that he needs to be deserving of her love…but in this case I think it took him too long to realize the truth.
I liked Lucy. I thought some of her ideas were a little out there (nearing TSTL but not exactly) but it was consistent with her character.
Truth be told, I didn’t love this book as much as I did the first one. I think that might be Trevor’s fault, though. I still found it very enjoyable and will keep reading this series and any other book by Ms. Holiday.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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