A Shocking Delight by Jo Beverley Publisher: Signet Series: The Company of Rogues #15 Goodreads | Amazon| B&N
single afternoon, Lucy Potter’s world turned upside down. Not only has her
father announced his plans to marry again when her mother had only been dead one
year, but he wants Lucy to abandon helping him on his mercantile interests, and
get married to have her own children. Suffice it to say, the normally sensible
and intelligent Lucy felt her place would be usurped by her new stepmother and
her father’s future son, so she agrees to her aunt’s invitation to have a
Season, joining company she normally detests.
is the reluctant 7th Earl of Wyvern, a title forced upon him by his predecessor
(also his brother-in-law), in events detailed in The Dragon’s Bride. He is also
Captain Drake, head of the local smuggling ring, and desperately in need of
funds. He sets his eye on the richest unmarried heiress, Lucy Potter, and
begins a dangerous flirtation with innocent Lucy, who abhors fortune hunters
interesting about this book is in its attraction-of-opposites approach between
two similar people. David held the first advantage with knowing Lucy’s identity
and not vice versa, so he saw that her opinions on free trade, fortune hunters,
and the aristocracy, contrast his own positions. But not his person. Stripped
of his responsibilities, David is an honorable, slightly reticent man who
appreciates Lucy’s insights and intelligence, and saw through her façade of a
a very complex character. She claims to hate fortune hunters and wishes not to
marry. Yet David’s physical allure fells her, and we see more often her
passionate side overruling her rational side. She is a rather contradictory
character, though, as she both wants to avoid David but also dangles her
fortune after him in hopes that he’ll pursuit her. And that enigma is answered only
throughout the book, as Lucy matures.
theme of this novel is of honesty and deception. David and Lucy both think the
other is skilled at deception, yet neither truly is. They had both set out to
deceive the ton, but very quickly an honest bargain of truth was established. This
book is related to Jo Beverley’s Company of Rogues series, and readers who have
not read the previous books (like me) may feel like being thrust into a new
world, but the author does try to make this a comfortable transition.
blurb does not do justice to this book, as the plot has a good number of
twists. In true Jo Beverley fashion, I was surprised and intrigued by not only
Lucy and David’s persons, thoughts and actions, but also the turns in the plot.
This is a great delight to read, to be sure.
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