Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Review: Barely A Lady by Eileen Dreyer

Barely A Lady (The Drake's Rakes series) by Eileen Dreyer
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (July 1, 2010)
Goodreads Description:

Olivia Grace has secrets that could destroy her. One of the greatest of these is the Earl of Gracechurch, who married and divorced her five years earlier. Abandoned and disgraced, Grace has survived those years at the edge of respectability. Then she stumbles over Jack on the battlefield of Waterloo, and he becomes an even more dangerous secret. For not only is he unconscious, he is clad in an enemy uniform.

But worse, when Jack finally wakes in Olivia's care, he can't remember how he came to be on a battlefield in Belgium. In fact, he can remember nothing of the last five years. He thinks he and Olivia are still blissfully together. To keep him from being hanged for a traitor, Olivia must pretend she and Jack are still married.

To unearth the real traitors, Olivia and Jack must unravel the truth hidden within his faulty memory. To save themselves and the friends who have given them sanctuary, they must stand against their enemies, even as they both keep their secrets.

In the end, can they risk everything to help Jack recover his lost memories, even though the truth may destroy them both?

I REALLY wanted to love this book but I just kept getting frustrated with it. There were some lengthy boring parts but what really bothered me was that I didn't really feel that Jack deserved Olivia. It didn't seem like Jack really earned his redemption from Olivia and yet she was crawling all over him. She got moody with him some and gave him the cold shoulder...for all of a minute...and then went back to pretty much forgiving him for some unforgivable behavior. It really made Olivia seem like a pushover. What I did enjoy about the book was the secondary characters Lady Kate and Grace. Both are very interesting and even though I didn't quite like this book I would not hesitate to read their stories. As a matter of fact, the next book in the Drake's Rakes series is Never A Gentleman, which is Grace's story. At the back of Barely A Lady is an excerpt from Never A Gentleman and it really intrigued me so I plan on giving this series another chance when that book comes out in the Spring.



1 comment:

bittenbyromance said...

Great review! I have this one. I am not going to be in a hurry to read it.