Series: Regency Reformers #1
Published by Entangled: Select
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
She would never bow to any man…
Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of the Crown. Until one tumultuous night churns up the past he’d long left behind…
Turned out by her employer for her radical beliefs, Lucy Greenleaf reaches out to the man who was once her most beloved friend. She never expected that the once-mischievous Trevor would be so handsome and gentleman-like and neither can deny the instant attraction.
But Lucy’s reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel’s future and his duties as a spy. Now Trevor must choose between his new life and the woman he’s always loved…
Growing up in Seven Dials, Lucy Greenleaf had always been able to count on her best friend, Trevor Bailey. Forced to flee from her employment because of her radical beliefs, she finds herself turning to him for help. Lucy gets shelter from Trevor and subsequently is offered the job of hotel manager when Trevor discovers her skills in organizing and managing.
Trevor Bailey has risen above his past on the streets and enjoys life as a gentleman of means, hobnobbing with members of the ton and serving as a spy for the Crown. Now he is in the verge of achieving his highest aspiration: opening a hotel and only one person can distract him from his mission, Lucy Greenleaf. Trevor has always looked out for Lucy, even to the point of getting her out of Seven Dials because she deserved a better future. With Lucy back in his life, Trevor finds himself overwhelmed by the memories of their shared past and also developing feelings for Lucy that are very far from what he felt for her when they were younger, but he still sees himself as that ragamuffin from the street who isn’t worthy of her affection and love.
Lucy resents the restrictions placed on her as a woman by society and is an ardent supporter of Mary Wollstonecraft and her advocacy for equality and independence for women, views that were very radical for that time and cost her her job as a governess, views that could also cause problems for Trevor and his hotel as she took on the job of the manager.
I really enjoyed Lucy, her outspoken personality and intelligence, her determination, her passion, her resourcefulness and her love for life, even though she comes across as a little naive. However, these same qualities made her reckless and unconcerned with her own safety several times, leaving Trevor with the job of watching out for her.
Trevor was actually my favorite character. I really loved how protective he was of Lucy. Even though he was mostly quiet and broody, his devotion to Lucy was never in doubt and showed in the many ways he took care of her and kept her safe. I enjoy a good friends-to-lovers story, so I loved seeing Lucy and Trevor reconnect and develop tender feeling for each other, even though their reasons for staying away from each other were a little weak.
I enjoyed the writing and especially liked that The Likelihood of Lucy has a little bit of everything – mystery, intrigue and romance.
My only issue is the murder story line. The discovery of the murderers was a bit anticlimactic and a letdown, mostly because Lucy’s aptitude for languages was the key to finding them and not any investigative abilities of the spies tasked with the job. All the same, The Likelihood of Lucy was an enjoyable read with likable characters.
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