Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?
The fabled curse of the Fire Eye diamonds has destroyed many lives via the greed of those who would have them. Lady Ella Myerston is determined that they will not destroy her family too, and she hopes to find a way to be rid of them forever, even if it means going against her family’s wishes.
Lord Cayton is a widower who has made a lot of mistakes in his life, mistakes he is determined never to repeat. But it is not long before he gets dragged into the mess surrounding the Fire Eyes and one beautiful redheaded lady with mischief dancing in her eyes and a love of his daughter, and he cannot get her out of his head.
I did like A Lady Unrivaled more than its predecessor, The Lost Heiress, though I did become slightly lost on occasion as I have not read the second book in the series – The Reluctant Duchess.
The characters are well rounded and likable enough, especially Brooke, the gun toting fireball heroine of book one. White has a good attention to detail and is very skilled at writing the era, however I felt that the prose could get a bit heavy-handed at times, and moved along rather slowly. There were many parts where I struggled not to skim a bit.
Overall, the book is solid, but not quite suited to my personal tastes, though undoubtedly many others out there who have more love of Edwardian era novels than I, will like it.
**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a good review. I promise this review is my genuine opinion of the book.**
My Rating: Four Stars
Romance: Clean. a couple of kisses and a small amount of fondling. One character is a man’s mistress, but nothing is expounded upon
Drinking / Drugs: Laudanum is used to calm down a hysterical woman
Blood / Violence: A body is found – but not described. There is a small amount of blood from a childbirth and a couple of characters get shot. There are a few deaths.