For me, summer means relaxing on the patio with iced tea and a good “escape” book—one that is fun and takes me to a whole different world. I usually enjoy romance novels as my escape reading, and two titles that are filled with humor and fascinating characters are:
Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney Both of the main characters have an obstacles to overcome—Lady Kiri Lawford is of mixed blood London society looks down upon her heritage, despite the fact that she is the daughter of a Duke. Damian Mackenzie is the illegitimate brother of a Baron and the owner of a gambling establishment– who also works as a spy. Damien rescues Kiri from smugglers and they embark on a mission to expose the network responsible for attacks on the royal family. Both characters use their intelligence and resourcefulness in their hunt for the conspirators. Kiri is an unconventional heroine and both main characters are interesting and believable. Putney has created a memorable and enjoyable regency romance.
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn differs from many romances in that the main characters have known each other since childhood. Honoria has grown up in a large family that included her brother’s friend Marcus in many of it’s activities. They have grown apart and Honoria is attending ton events, on the lookout for a suitable husband. She and Marcus meet again and over time, they come to realize that they are meant to be together. This is a sweet, touching story with humor, charm and characters you will care about—a delightful romance!