Shakespeare stole the show :D. Publish Date March 5, Feb 04, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: challenge , net-galley , historical-romance , challenge.
Suprising Lord Jack begins with Frances Hadley disguised as a young boy and running to London and away from her aunt who is intent on selling her into marriage; icey roads and a lame horse however force her to stop at an inn for the night. Lord Jack Valentine escapes his mother's valentines ball and an aggressive lady with her sights set on him and sets out for London but also finds himself at the inn due to the iced roads.
Jack's usual room however is occupied-by a young boy who Jack can not se Suprising Lord Jack begins with Frances Hadley disguised as a young boy and running to London and away from her aunt who is intent on selling her into marriage; icey roads and a lame horse however force her to stop at an inn for the night. Jack's usual room however is occupied-by a young boy who Jack can not see being tossed out,so , Jack agrees to share. This is just another rung in Frances ladder to ruin. Frances Hadley is a strong heroine with a great sense of self, she has spent ten years managing the family estate in the absence of her father and Twin brother and is determined to secure her dowry so she can live by herself away from her traitor of an Aunt.
Lord Jack is a wonderfully compassionate , caring and patient hero. Lord Jack and Frances relationship grows while they are trying to escape the scandal of being discovered o have shared a bed and the marriage of necessity the Scandel brings with it;along the same time line the author alo gives out a murder mystery that Jack is involved in trying I enjoyed this book the hero and heroine are strong characters and the few twist to the story the author throws in to the story line keeps the book from being a cookie cutter romance, the one caveat for me was that the ending left me wanting more ; which in hindsight is the very thing that willbring me back for the next book!
I was looking for more info on their relationship and how Frances fit into Jack's life and Charities also more info of. Frances relationship with her brother and recently reunited grandparents. Arc courtesy of NetGalley and Kensington publishing for an honest review. Jun 15, Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it really liked it Shelves: read Picks up right where Bedding Lord Ned left off.
I really liked Frances. I liked that she wasn't perfect, maybe not the nicest person. She realizes it and becomes better. I liked Lord Jack and not everyone is as they seem. I thought his extra-curricular activities were admirable. Missed Ash, he isn't in this at all, but I think his story and Jack's take place concurrently. Great story that I finished overnight.
Feb 27, SidneyKay rated it it was ok Shelves: romance-regency. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Tis better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all - like in this book. Oh, where art thou, luv?
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One of the reasons I read Sally MacKenzie is because usually her stories have a strong sense of humor mixed with romance. When Sally MacKenzie is at the top of her game, she makes me laugh. Sorry to say, Surprising Lord Jack had little humor and hardly any romance.
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Here's my take on the plot: our heroine, Frances, overhears her evil aunt plotting to marry her off to a local nin Tis better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all - like in this book. Here's my take on the plot: our heroine, Frances, overhears her evil aunt plotting to marry her off to a local nincompoop. Now, Frances has a brother, but he's a creep and her father is absent.
Actually it wouldn't matter if her father was around because for whatever reason he doesn't' particularly care for Frances. Of course our heroine has an inheritance that is being cared for by a solicitor in London. Well, as all self-respecting heroines know, the only way to run away to London is to disguise oneself as a boy. For some reason, women in romance novels never look their age when they put on a pair of pants; I never quite understand that. I know I look my age when I have a pair of pants on. The only thing that would make me look like a year-old boy would be a face lift.
Back to the plot. As luck would have it, our disguised-as-a-boy heroine soon has a lame horse and the roads are bad and she's got a blister on her foot because she's wearing her snarly brother's boots.
But look, what's that? Why it's an inn! An inn crowded with boisterous men, but an inn nonetheless. The landlady takes pity on the poor unfortunate boy and lets him have a room that is normally reserved for the absent Lord Jack. Our disguised heroine is much tuckered out so her and her blisters fall into a deep sleep. Miles away at the annual matchmaking ball given by his mother is our hero, Lord Jack. Lord jack does not want to be there, so he escapes into the night. Guess where he ends up? Well it is his reserved room at the inn, after all.
Of course like most heroes he only sees what he is told - a rather coltish boy sleeping. He doesn't suspect the boy is a woman. And why should he? Frances isn't well-endowed in the chest area. She's one of those heroines with long legs. You know I've noticed that if heroines have long legs they don't have big chests and if they have big chests they are usually short and the top of their heads only come up to the hero's chin. I guess a heroine can't have both long legs and a big chest.
Speaking of long legs, when her disguise is eventually revealed, we do have the standard male fantasy of leg wrapping. On with the plot. So anyway, we have Lord Jack and Frances the woman-disguised-as-a-boy stuck together because Jack must protect this young fellow. Frances, on the other hand, doesn't want anything to do with her savior.
You see she hatesssss men - all men - her father treats her badly, her brother treats her badly - all men are evil. And, besides all men being bad, Jack is a rake, lothario, man-about-town. Little does she know that all those horrible rumors about him are not true. Nope, Jack is a good-deed-doer.
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Why, that house in London which appears to be a brothel is actually a house where he puts the or-ph-ans he has rescued. He also runs around rescuing prostitutes and makes sure they are protected. But he doesn't want anyone to know he is a good-deed-doer; he wants to maintain the facade of lascivious lord. I have to ask why?
Why does he want to be perceived as bad? Why can't he let his family know? It's not as if they are some dysfunctional family. They all have novels of their own. Why I bet if his family knew what he was doing they'd want to help - but nooo , it's a big secret. I found this annoying. And, why aren't any of these or-ph-an and save-the-prostitute homes in a better part of the city or out in the country where the air is clean?
Why are they still forced to live down some dark street? So, after swinging by Jack's rescue spa, our couple head toward Jack's home, and it is at this time that the light bulb finally goes off in Jack's brain.
Francis is really a Frances! He's a she! Now, he must marry her! He's been in her company for days! He's been in her bed! It doesn't matter that he didn't know she wasn't a boy.
They must wed! But faithful readers, he forgot that our heroine hatesss men - all men - she refuses. It's time for Jack to call in reinforcements in the guise of his family. Allll those people from previous novels come barreling in. And the first priority is Yes, what romance novel could be without the requisite dress maker and all her minions changing our 14 year old boy into a glorious long-legged beauty.
This of course leads to the awakening of our hero's Mr. I have to say that Jack's Mr.