Duke Looks Like A Groomsman
The Footmen’s Club #2
“He’s posing as a groomsman.
Rhys Sheffield, the Duke of Worthington, has bet his friends an ungodly sum of money that despite his loftiness, he can pass himself off as a servant at the house party of the Season. But when his clever ex-flame arrives and recognizes Rhys in the stables pretending to be a groomsman, she realizes it’s the perfect opportunity to pay him back for breaking off their engagement.
She’s the bride-to-be.
The lovely Lady Julianna Montgomery may be the only young woman at the house party who’s not in the market for a husband. She’s quite happily engaged to a marquess, thank you very much, and scarcely remembers the pain of being callously tossed over by the Duke of Worthington nearly two long years ago—till now.
All bets are off.
Rhys seems to be everywhere, flexing his muscles, laboring in the sun—and Julianna has never found him more appealing. With his signature charm, he persuades her to keep his secret. But when she learns he’s determined to win a bet of honor, she can’t resist playing a game of her own. She’ll spend the next fortnight tempting Rhys at every turn and making him lose his precious wager. Even if it means she must lose her heart in the process…”
** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review **
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
My biggest critique of this novel is that I needed more. The ending was not as definitive as many of Bowman’s past novels, aside from that I adored this novel. The intrique of Rhy’s past was exciting, his rejection of Julianna as a result of injury seemed fitting to the setting, and Mary’s subtle nudges did not go unnoticed.
In regards to character development, Rhy is an interesting character. Of course, as a Duke, he has to worry about gold-diggers, so I enjoyed his ruse to make others believe his coffers are low. I felt that Julianna could have had a bit more development in regards to why she would accept the other suitor’s hand.
The story perfectly meshed with the first of the trilogy, “The Footman and I”. At first I was hesitant of this format because I thought it would be just a lot of the same scenes, but surprisingly very little overlap is elaborated on. It makes sense, since the majority of this novel takes place outside of the house, and it worked really well. Instead of just getting the same scene from a different perspective, I got to see more complexity to the way people interact as well as their thoughts and feelings.
Overall, this story was great. I honestly can’t say I’ve ever found a Valerie Bowman novel I’ve disliked.
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.”