The Footman and I
The Footmen’s Club #1
“Let the games begin . . .
Every fortune-hunting female in London is after the newly titled Earl of Kendall, but he’s intent on finding a wife whose heart is true. So, while drunkenly jesting with his friends in a pub one night, he has an idea—what if the ladies of the ton didn’t know he was a wealthy earl? All he has to do is pose as a servant at his friend’s summer country house party and make sure the guest list is full of beautiful, eligible debutantes. What could possibly go wrong?
May the best footman win.
Miss Frances Wharton is far more interested in fighting for the rights of the poor than in marriage, but her mother insists she attend a summer house party—and find herself a husband. Frances would rather wed a goat than the pompous man her mother has in mind, so in order to dissuade the would-be suitor, she vows to behave like a shrew. The only person she can be herself with is the kind, handsome footman she runs into at every turn. Their connection is undeniable, and the divide between them is no match for the passion they feel. But what will happen when Frances learns that the footman she adores is actually the earl she despises? In a game where everything is false, can they convince each other that their love is true?”
** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review **
I feel as if I say this every time, but Valerie Bowman does not disappoint. This was the perfect book to get me out of my pandemic induced reading slump. Particularly as something as lovely as a house party with more than ten people sounds like a very enticing treat at the moment. Pandemic has made me more aware of human interactions in fiction. From the set up in the first chapter, I enjoyed the premise of the novel. The Footmen’s Club includes a varied group of eligible gentlemen, all with their own interesting personalities. (I am very much looking forward to Worth’s book)
Early on in the story I appreciated the awareness in Lucas that this could definitely go horribly wrong… and it did. But what is a romance novel without some major conflict. His conscientiousness of his deceit endeared him to me and made me wish I could console him.
While this was another insta-love story, it was delightfully entertaining. One thing I look for in romance novels are steamy and appropriately timed sex scenes. My one critique of this novel, is that I feel the sex scene was unnecessary. The chemistry between these characters was dynamic enough, the sex scene felt a bit tacked onto the end.
Overall, I loved this book, and will definitely be looking forward to consuming the rest of the trilogy. It was a lovely escape from the pandemic and oppression of the real world.
About the Author
“Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical
romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith
College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family
including her mini-schnauzers, Huckleberry and Violet. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading,
traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.”