I am trying to find the right words to express why this book delighted me so much. LADY DERRING TAKES A LOVER took me by surprise because, honestly, I was dazzled, and that doesn’t happen to me very often anymore, especially with the start of a new series. This was my first book by Julie Anne Long and I can’t believe I slept on her stories for so long!
From page one I was wholly invested in Delilah (Lady Derring) and her personal journey. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, because it would spoil part of the fun of this book, which is how Delilah picks up the pieces of a shattered life. Let me just say, this book is full of girl power and women supporting women and it was all done within a (mostly) believable for the time period frame.
The absolute best part of this story was the banter! It brought me back to classic Amanda Quick novels (one of the highest compliments I can give a book!). The humor was dry, sarcastic, and had me actually yelling, “BURN” a few times. I can’t count the number of times I laughed out loud. The dialogue flowed effortlessly and at no time did the story drag.
Now on to the romance/hero. Where can I find my own Captain Tristan Hardy? He was mature, he was arrogant, he was slightly stuffy at times but had a wicked sense of humor, but best of all: he only melted his icy exterior for the heroine. I felt like Tristan and Delilah just couldn’t stay away from each other and it delighted me to no end.
Overall, I highly, highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun and fast-paced historical romance and the start to what I am sure will be one of my favorite new series of 2019. I can’t wait to see where JAL takes us from here!
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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