Review The Lady’s Secret by Joanna Chambers
Former actress Georgiana Knight always believed she and her brother were illegitimateâ€”until they learn their parents were married, making them heirs to a great estate. To prove their claim, Georgy needs to find evidence of their union by infiltrating a ton house party as valet to Lord Nathaniel Harland. Though masquerading as a boy is a challenge, it pales in comparison to sharing such intimate quarters with the handsome, beguiling nobleman.
Nathan is also unsettled by Georgy’s presence. First intrigued by his unusual valet, he’s even more captivated when he discovers Georgy’s charade. The desire the marriage-shy earl feels for his enigmatic employee has him hoping for much more than a master-servant relationship…
But will Nathan still want Georgy when he learns who she truly is? Or will their future be destroyed by someone who would do anything to prevent Georgy from uncovering the truth?
In all honesty I expected the Lady’s Secret to suck. Seriously. I thought it was going to be horrible. I was so freaking shocked it was awesome I was extremely happy it was so good. I loved the idea that Georgina was surrounded by crazy creatives, who were dreamers and were complete non-conformists and pushed her to pretend to be a man, a valet in the 19th century in order to get into the house of her father’s familly so she could prove that he and her mother were married, thus making her and her brother legitimate.
The intrigue and mystery surrounding Georgiana’s legitimacy is a fantastic storyline but its second to the great chess game that occurs between Nathan and Georgy, first when he worries about his sexuality being attracted to his male valet, and secondly when he finds out that she is a girl and he is hiding his knowledge of her situation from her, its a fantastic tale of cat and mouse, of playacting and maneuvering, and when they both finally are honest with each other, the chemistry and the romance, and the tension is off the scales. Its so supremely hot this play and match, the way they both are trying to maneuver each other around and they both are working to get to different places, working at cross purposes and around each other, its fantastic and I love it.
Their banter and constant game of one-upmanship is entrancing. Its addictive, its smart, and funny and hot. Its just fantastic. Oh and the mystery surrounding their parent’s marriage, the subequent assasination attempts and their struggle to regain their lost heritage isn’t bad either.
Overall Rating: B