Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Proposition by Judith Ivory

This was a delightful story about a rat-catcher receiving lessons in speech and etiquette from a lady who, in perfect Pygmalion style, transforms him into a gentleman.

Mick Tremore is a man of limited means who makes an honest living for himself by catching rats in shops and homes throughout London. When an incident brings him to the notice of the wealthy Lamont brothers, they instantly view Mick as an opportunity to make a wager. And with proclaimed spinster and linguist, Edwina Bollash present, the scene is quickly set for a fun and fast-paced romance.

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the characters were well crafted and interesting. Ivory did an excellent job of showing Edwina teach Mick how to talk properly and how to behave in polite company until he's finally able to get away with pretending to be a viscount at a ball. And Edwina was the very proper lady who longs to let go a bit and live a little - an endeavor that Mick is more than happy to help her pursue.

Their romance was gradual, initially based on a physical attraction that eventually grew into undeniable love.
A wonderful read that I would highly recommend to any historical romance enthusiast.

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