“I’ll be right across the hall if you should need anything,” he managed to say. Her head bowed, he heard the rip of cloth…he tried, one more time, to close the door. Summer spun, her hair flipping over her shoulders and cascading across her breasts, her hands at her hips, her legs splayed wide in her high-heeled boots, making her nakedness somehow even more exciting.
If it weren’t for those bloody boots he might’ve had a chance.
Her chin tilted. “DON’T YOU DARE LEAVE ME.” A demand. His brow lifted, and he quirked a grin. “I wouldn’t dream of it.”
Title: My Unfair Lady
Author: Kathryne Kennedy
Redonk Nutshell: American heiress seeks help from uptight Duke on being presented to the Queen
Official Synopsis: The impoverished Duke of Monchester despises the rich Americans who flock to London, seeking to buy their way into the ranks of the British peerage. So when railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee offers him a king’s ransom if he’ll teach her to become a proper lady, he’s prepared to rebuff her. But when he meets the petite beauty with the knife in her boot, it’s not her fortune he finds impossible to resist. Frontier-bred Summer Wine Lee has no interest in winning over London society—it’s the New York bluebloods and her future mother-in-law she’s determined to impress. She knows the cost of smoothing her rough-and-tumble frontier edges will be high. But she never imagined it might cost her heart…
Kathryne Kennedy is a favorite author of mine. She has a wonderful imagination, and often times her characters are witty, intelligent, and brilliantly sensual. My Unfair Lady is one of my favorites, a book I’ve read many times and have enjoyed each time with a wide, idiotic grin on my face.
You can’t help but like Summer Wine Lee, the knife-totting, smart mouthed, and beautiful American heiress who wants nothing more than to win over her “sort of” fiancé’s hoity-toity family. She travels to London with her companions, one human and one runt of a dog, in order to make over herself. She solicits the help of a Duke, the impoverished yet popular Duke of Monchester.
Byron is a cynical man, a man who has made his living whispering into the ear of the Prince. He is startled and skeptical of Summer’s proposition to help her enter into London society, but he accepts, if only because he’s morbidly curious.
They begin the arduous journey of smoothing and buffing her out and in the process they become friends. When strange accidents begin occurring around Byron, both he and Summer wonder if someone has it out for him, and why. Their initial goal becomes more complicated as they encounter one disaster after another, and then, of course, they end up falling for each other.
My Unfair Lady is a play on My Fair Lady/Pygmalion, the story of a man taking a coarse woman under his wing in order to sophisticate and tame her. In the process, he ends up losing a bit of himself to her innate charms, and they fall in love. Summer’s “coarse” behavior is a result of her being raised in a Frontier town, though she’s far from barbaric. She ends up domesticating Byron back into the world of compassion. It’s really very lovely. This story had me giggling out loud and smiling.
I’d highly recommend giving Kathryn Kennedy a go.
Romance: 4/5 Raunch: 3.5/5