Following the events of NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE, Lord Nicholas St. John is named “A Lord to Land” in a popular ladies’ magazine. When his friend Simon, Duke of Leighton, asks him to find his missing sister, Nick jumps at the chance to escape London and the mayhem of matchmaking mamas.
When his mission leads him to Yorkshire, Nick meets Lady Isabel by saving her life. Isabel knows where the duke’s sister is hiding. She is in Minerva House, her house which takes in women in trouble despite not having the money to afford proper upkeep. Due to the financial difficulties, Isabel must sell her collection of marble statues. Nick happens to be one of England’s leading experts in Hellenistic statuary. What a crazy random happenstance!
What follows is a well told, if generic, plot revolved around trust and ultimately Isabel’s fear of love leading to the same unhappy fate of her parents.
TEN WAYS TO BE ADORED WHEN LANDING A LORD suffers from a very common ailment that, unfortunately, is becoming more prevalent. The secondary or background love story is more intriguing than the main one. A pairing between a gentleman’s daughter and a Turkish Muslim mercenary in the Regency era is far less common, thus making it more memorable and special for the reader.
In the end, the story is solid. The characters are likable and the prose is easy to read and enjoyable.