Title: Say You’ll Be My Lady (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair #2)
Author: Kate Pembrooke
Publication date: February 22nd, 2022
Opposites attract in this irresistible Regency romance, where a proper gentleman who lives by the ton‘s rules and a lady who lives to break them try to resist one another—perfect for fans of Netflix’s Bridgerton series.
Lady Serena Wynter doesn’t mind flirting with a bit of scandal—she’s determined to ignore society’s strictures and live life on her own fiercely independent terms. These days, she chooses to pour her passions into charitable causes with the vibrant group of ladies in her Wednesday Afternoon Social Club. But there is one man who stirs Serena’s deepest emotions, one who’s irresistibly handsome, infuriatingly circumspect, and too honorable for his own good…
Charles Townshend, former boxer and consummate gentleman, worries Serena’s reckless nature will earn her the ton’s scorn…or put her in serious danger. Though Charles isn’t immune to the attraction between them, a shocking family secret prevents him from ever acting on his desires. But it seems Lady Serena doesn’t intend to let his penchant for propriety stand in the way of a mutually satisfying dalliance.
Serena and Charles definitely caught my eye when I was reading Not the Kind of Earl You Marry – so I was gleeful to see the next book would follow their love story. You could just tell these two were kindred souls who felt they didn’t deserve a happy ever after no matter what they wanted. Reading their love story was beautiful and a lesson in second chances and deserving good things in life no matter your past.
Serena and Charles have such a contentious friendship, where Charles just wants to protect her and gets upset when she puts herself at risk – whereas Serena just wants to be her own person outside the confines of the ton. This causes a few dustups, but after a few run-ins they start to see those passionate feelings are good for them and could be an interesting arrangement.
However they both are harboring secrets in their pasts, one’s that stand to change everything for them. Serena’s past broke my heart but her second chance at love was so very beautiful. And the child they adopted was just adorable and completely stole the show.
Very excited for the third book in this series, and will definitely continue to read Pembrooke’s regencies.
Thank you to Forever and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!