Title: A Proper Companion (Regency Rakes #1)-Clean, smut free, romance.
Author: Candice Hern
Review: Confirmed yet again that I am definitely a Regency Romance fan!!! This is a sweet story about a genteel woman who has been left with nothing and is forced to work as a Lady’s Companion. She works hard and is appreciated by her employers and her employers’ staff who wager she is well-bred from the wrong side of the sheets. Well the story starts with her employer’s grandson announcing his engagement to a young woman whom this grandmother is not thrilled with. Matchmaking and interference with the engagement ensue and with the combination of the era, the romance and the mistakes they all make makes this a fun, fast read that I enjoyed.
This romance is completely sex and smut free. Jane Austen type of story and I’ve read all of hers at least a few times. If you enjoy romance and especially historical romance you will love this story. The interaction between the characters is fun and I love the rules of the day and the way the people got around them when necessary. This is one for anyone to enjoy and trust me it is safe for all ages who enjoy reading romance.
I also read Desperate Measures (A Regency Short Story), by the same author. It was quite short, but I was able to follow the story line without problems and found it to be sweet and endearing. I read it because it was from the same author and free on Kindle at the time.
Published: Published April 5th 2011 by Smashwords.com (first published January 1st 1995)
Pages: Kindle Edition
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Where I Obtained the Book: Found this on Amazon Kindle for free and I love this type of story.
Synopsis: Fans of the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this witty romance from award-winning author Candice Hern. Robert, Lord Bradleigh, is a rakish earl with a recently arranged betrothal to a lovely young girl he barely knows. Emily Townsend is an impoverished spinster employed as a companion to his grandmother, the formidable dowager countess. Robert agrees to help his grandmother find a husband for the beautiful Emily. But once he comes to know the charms of Emily, he begins to regret his hasty engagement. This sparkling tale will take you from the Pump Room at Bath to the ballrooms of London as the unexpected and undeniable attraction between Robert and Emily blossoms into something more … something that could put one of them in danger.
Author Biography: Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency period. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.