Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review 'The Likelihood of Lucy' by Jenny Holiday

Danger and desire are explosive in the newest romance from Select Historical!!

She would never bow to any man...

London, 1815

Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of the Crown. Until one tumultuous night churns up the past he'd long left behind...

Turned out by her employer for her radical beliefs, Lucy Greenleaf reaches out to the man who was once her most beloved friend. She never expected that the once-mischievous Trevor would be so handsome and gentleman-like and neither can deny the instant attraction.

But Lucy's reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel's future and his duties as a spy. Now Trevor must choose between his new life and the woman he's always loved...

My Review:

A view weeks ago I reviewed ‘The Miss Mirren Mission’ by Jenny Holiday. This was the first book in the Regency Reformers series and I loved it. So when I was approached by Entangled Publishing with the question if I would like to read and review ‘The Likelihood of Lucy’, the second book in the series, I was super excited and immediately said yes.

In ‘The Likelihood of Lucy’ we meet Lucy Greenleaf, a countess who’s also a reformer. When Lucy gets herself in trouble, her last option is to go to Trevor Bailey, her old friend who she hasn’t seen in years. What Lucy didn’t expect was that Trevor became a very handsome and rich man in the time they were apart. Two things that make Lucy wary of the man. A handsome and rich man can only bring trouble in Lucy’s opinion.
Trevor on the other hand is opening a new big hotel. The last thing he needs is a reformer walking inside his brand new hotel, but when he sees Lucy, he really has no choice and offers her safety. Trevor is desperate to help Lucy out, just like he did when they were younger.

Just like with ‘The Miss Mirren Mission’, this book began a little slow. Not bad slow, but just so you can get a feel for the characters and their surroundings. Soon after reading the first few pages I realized this book would be just as good as the first one in the series. I love Jenny Holiday’s writing. The writing is modern and there aren’t too many difficult old English terms and it really makes this book even more fun. This book is very easy to read and also makes you want to keep reading.

The main characters Lucy and Trevor are very nice. They have a history together, and although it takes you a while to understand what kind of history they shared, it is their shared history what makes this romance even better. I loved the way they interacted with each other and how they obviously cared for one another.  

What I also love about this book is that it’s a standalone. You really don’t have to read the first book, but it’s written in the same style. Another great Jenny Holliday book!!


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About the Author:

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channeled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths.

For more information about Jenny Holiday and her books please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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