- Title: Love in Disguise: A Regency Romance
- Author: Anneka R Walker
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications (June 1, 2019)
- Genre: Historical Regency Romance
- ISBN-10: 1524409863
- "I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own."
Marion Watt is set to embark on her first London Season, and her parents have spared no expense to help her secure a suitable husband. Unlike most of the social-climbing young women in her position, Marion has no desire to marry hastily or for anything less than love. But when she learns of her mother's declining health, she knows she must keep an open mind and allow herself to be courted. What she does not anticipate, however, is that the attentions of the insufferable Lord William Everton will be placed squarely on her. He might be the most sought-after bachelor of the Season, but she sees in him nothing but a frivolous cad.
Until William inherits his father's title and seat in parliament, he must rely on his own devices to change the world. Dressing like a ridiculous dandy serves its purposes, but he is certain his newest disguise will help him find a wife to please his parents and further his own agenda. From among the glittering group of debutantes, William finds only one woman who passes his test. Unfortunately, the perfect choice is the only woman in all of London who despises him.
When I first started reading this novel I didn't like the main character, William. He seemed to be a rude and pompous jerk that I hoped Marion steered clear of, especially after what happened in the first chapter. Thank goodness for William's wonderful mother and her guidance. My only wish is that the "disguise" part had been expanded in the plot. It would have added to the humor and relationship development.
I did like the interaction between the "frenemies" as Marion tried to figure out what William was on about. Some of the witty dialogue had me laughing out loud. The novel does show the struggle between the two "would be" lovers who both have trust issues and many other obstacles in their way. It was nice once we got to know the real William and from that point, I was firmly in his corner. I liked Marion but wish she'd have stood up more for herself, especially when it came to dealing with Judith.
The underlying plot of forgery and possible financial ruin could have been expanded more. It also seemed to be resolved too quickly. The romance part had enough going on without the subplot. The romantic tension between Marion and William was written very well. I always loved when they were together.
Love in Disguise is a very fast read and Regency Romance lovers will enjoy this novel.