This book falls into the category that I call Regency fantasy. Of course all Regency novels have a little fantasy about them. If writers were to stick to the real facts they wouldn't have readers! This book, however, goes that step further. The author doesn't even try to stick to a skeleton of facts. For example, Almacks has become the Albion Rooms complete with Hostesses and vouchers. This is a story of three childhood friends, a brother and sister, Peter and Felicity Carvel, and their neighbour, Jason, the Duke of Netherford. Peter and Jason are best friends while Felicity has tagged along after them since she was very small. Felicity has loved Jason since she was 8 years old. Jason was scared off by her declaration of love when she was 16 and warned off by her brother. Peter knew what a profligate life Jason leads. Things change when Felicity is 23 and is left a fortune by a relative. Her brother is away on an expedition and she is faced with the prospect of being besieged by fortune hunters. She turns to Jason for help and the game is on! Since there are sections of the story that reflect modern day American society rather than the British aristocracy of the Regency period, I suggest that you suspend belief and just sit back and enjoy the romp.
This was my second Gaelen Foley read - the first was the series prequel. Both fun books to read. However, this one felt very modern both in the character's attitudes, speech (very modern language) and the author's narration - not Historical at all. That said, I enjoyed reading it very much and loved the h/h, hence the higher rating. Well written and very steamy.
I see a lot of people on Amazon gave it one star. It doesn't deserve one star in my opinion - I reserve one star for Very Bad Writing. Yes, I did feel it was written in a NA or YA style (with the added steam that makes it NOT PG), that said, maybe she did it on purpose to attract younger readers- who knows. I'm a granny (young - LOL) and I enjoyed it. A fiction book is supposed to be an escape and escape I did for the afternoon. I'm now reading a Julia Quinn novel which is also a fun escape, but I suspect I'm going to choose a dark, drama filled, intense, gothic read next...
PS - I have bought Gaelen's book 'The Duke', so I guess I'll see for myself the change in writing style between these 2 series.