Lord Langley Is Back in Town

Elizabeth Boyle
Lord Langley Is Back in Town
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Release Date
June 2011
Historical Romance

Lord Langley and Minerva, Lady Standon, began their faux engagement with three simple rules set down by the baron's all-too-proper (and utterly unlikely) bride-to-be.

1. No more kissing. The intoxicating kiss Langley stole from her lips still has Minerva aflutter.

2. She will not share his bed. (For if his kiss is that tempting, Minerva doesn't dare imagine what a night in Langley's embrace will do to her already addled senses.)

3. No scandals during their engagement. With the infamous Langley back in Town, there is no lack of trouble he can bring to Minerva's unblemished reputation.

Oh, the wily Lord Langley will keep his word—but that doesn't mean he won't use every rakish trick he knows to get Minerva to break her own proper rules, especially once he realizes that this convenient arrangement has led him to the only woman he's ever loved . . .

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 25, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
183 people found the following review helpful
Reading LORD LANGLEY IS BACK IN TOWN is unexpectedly fun and funny. The "nannies" are hilarious, and Lord Langley himself is a sexy, honorable rogue who just positively catches my imagination.

Minerva Sterling, dowager Marchioness, just wants to live the rest of her life in peace and alone. However, unbeknownst to her, Lord Langley has been living in her attic for about a week now, and presumed dead, he is back to clear his name. When his former mistresses, aka the nannies, descend upon them, Langley isn't about to allow himself to be caught by any of them and makes an arrangement with Minerva for a pretend engagement that would benefit them both...

First, I have to say that I haven't read the previous books in the series and when I saw the cast of characters at the start of the book, I was a bit worried that I'd find myself floundering in the midst of it all. Happily, this wasn't the case. Despite this being the nth book in the series, Elizabeth Boyle's writing was so clear that I wasn't confused at all. She drops just the right amount of information to give the reader enough of a back story to catch up and place the characters. Within the first few pages, I was engrossed in the unfolding drama that was Minerva's life.

Ms Boyle's characters are three-dimensional and real, and it's a delight to peel back layer upon layer and see who they are. Minerva is not who she seems to be. She hides a deep secret, one that if revealed could wreck her life. Yet, I feel that the author's intent to create a suspense about Minerva's life is a bit weak, as I feel the impact of the secret being known won't probably be as huge as Minerva imagined. The most is that she would probably be cut by Society, but since she seemed to dislike balls and soirees, etc, I don't see how being cut would impact her. On the other hand, I thought Minerva was pretty gracious in "allowing" Langley's ex-paramours to stay at her place. She showed an astuteness that allowed her to judge rightly Langley's character, and she gives her loyalty to people she loved, even at the expense of herself.

Langley has been presumed dead and considered a traitor by the English, and he came back to clear his name. He's portrayed as a rake with tons of mistresses and paramours (what hero isn't?), yet that wasn't all he is. He's a father with a tender regard for his daughters (Felicity and Thalia, heroines of previous books) and a protective streak that called for sacrifice so that they may be safe. I empathize with him at one point, when one of the nannies scoffed at him when he mentioned that he wants to retire to the country. In his monologue:

For standing here...looking back at what had been amusing and energizing for so many years, suddenly paled in the face of coming home to England. The quiet green meadows. The farmhouses. The stone walls lining the lanes. He had ridden from Dover like a man waking from a dream.

Anyone who has been away from home for a long time can empathize with how Langley felt.

In contrast to the suspense surrounding Minerva, Langley's situation was tight and engendered more empathy from me. I was really rooting for him to find the traitor so he could clear his name.

Felicity was mentioned several times in this book, and as I haven't read her book yet, I'm not sure if the Fecility that is being depicted here is what I would find when I read her book. Yet, I find myself not liking this Felicity at all. I can understand why she'd want Lucy, Elinor and Minerva (widows related to her husband by marriage) to stay together in one house (to cut down expenses), but to even begrudge them the basic repairs that would make the house livable is I feel too much, especially as I'm sure she's rich, being a duchess. What happened is that I'm not left with a charitable impression of Felicity.

Ms Boyle's writing is clear and vivid, and immediately engaged me into the story. Overall, LORD LANGLEY IS BACK IN TOWN is a great read, one that fans of the series--or even if you're new to the series--shouldn't miss.
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