Title: Lady August
Author: Becky Michaels
Genre: Historical Romance
August Summer thinks she is a nobody until a London solicitor barges into her employer’s drawing-room, revealing not only is she the daughter of an earl but a wealthy heiress as well. Optimistic about a new life, she travels to her ancestral home of Linfield Hall, only for her brother to banish her to London to live with her aunt, a dowager duchess with a reputation.
When Lord Bolton asks him to fetch his illegitimate daughter, solicitor Samuel Brooks does not expect himself to become so invested in the young woman’s debut after wanting nothing to do with dinners and balls before. But as August navigates her way through this new world of the British aristocracy, Brooks is the one who is most dazzled by her unexpected charms.
Since society demands every young girl must marry, August decides she will accept nothing less than someone’s heart in exchange for possession of her newfound fortune. Forced to reexamine his negative views of love and marriage or lose August forever, Brooks soon realizes his heart is the only thing in danger of becoming possessed.
This review has *light* spoilers. Continue reading if you don’t mind.
Three special seconds to gush about that cover.
Yes, I love the cover that much! I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and a friend retweeted a tweet from Leni Kauffman’s timeline and I was, for the lack of a better word, blown away.
Her art is so vivid and enthralling, and at that moment I made up my mind to read all the books she has ever worked on. Because, why not?? You can find some of her other illustrations on her official website.
As expected, I’m loving it so far! My first pick is a historical romance novel titled Lady August and it is written by Becky Michaels.
August, the female main character, is gutsy and a fictional embodiment of taking life by its loins. She tries to make the best of any situation she finds herself in, and that’s part of her charm.
It speaks to her need to have a family of her own that she is ever willing to mend the fence with her father’s family, and tries to be receptive even though they are cold to her until the end.
When she meets her mother, she is forgiving and understanding of the guilty woman, and her actions are very on-brand with what we already know about her.
August exudes a type of natural warmth that ebbs and flows around her, and because of this, people are always entranced by her.
Although, everyone knows that she is the by-blow of the Earl’s affair with a hitherto unknown woman, she isn’t lacking in suitors.
Her love interest, Samuel Brooks, is as obstinate as they come, and all but throws her into the marriage market because of his preconceived notion of marriage and its pitfalls.
Yes, he finally declares his love for her—after marriage—but, even that will not stop me from liking him.
The easy camaraderie between the both swiftly blossoms into love, and when they finally come to terms with their feelings towards one another, their lust explodes like a ticking bomb—magical, that’s what it is.
If you can’t tell that I enjoyed this book, I should say it plainly: I loved this book so much that I’ll be re-reading it in the coming months. It’s very light and written so well that you might just finish it in one sitting.
You’ll love this book if you enjoy plucky heroines and dashing heros who can give as good as they get!