Published: February 4th 2021
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Length: 200 Pages
My Rating: 4 stars
She’s running from her past; he’s hiding from his.
Miss Ellen Burney doesn’t have a penny to her name. Determined to escape scandal, she flees to London and becomes Miss Smith: spinster and lady’s companion. London offers security in anonymity. So long as Ellen can rein in her overactive imagination and become the perfect picture of propriety.
Calum Callaghan spent ten years in the Royal Navy fighting Napoleon and has the scars to prove it. Now he’s a duke, but all of London thinks he murdered his brother. Heartbroken and battle weary, he’s locked himself away for four long years, a prisoner in his own townhouse.
That is, until Cal’s grandmother comes to stay with him for the London Season, her new lady’s companion in tow. A lady’s companion with a passion for life and love that can hardly be contained by even the most spinsterish of lace caps. She’s fooling nobody, especially not this grumpy duke.
Who doesn’t love a Beauty and the Beast theme. This inexperienced author really hits it out of the park. Sparks fly between our main characters and I loved that Callum’s main skill was that he baked. This led to some hilarious moments. I figured out Ellen’s secret early on but I loved how it was handled. This is a family of unique characters and one that is not a blood bond. They are family regardless and it just goes to show that its not the family that you were born into that creates the strongest ties.
This was a fantastic read, humour, steam and angst blend together to create a real page turner. I loved it. I highly recommend this book
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.