How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels

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How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (313 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

“I want to know you, to understand anything at all about you, because you are the most maddening lady I have ever encountered.”

He’s the perfect gentleman…

After years hidden away from the mockery of the Ton, proud Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall, is finally ready to face Society again. But when his horse is injured on the road to London, Andrew finds himself literally thrown at the feet of the beautiful, infuriating, and undeniably eccentric Katie Moore.

…she’s anything but a lady.

Katie always preferred the stables to society, so when she was badly injured in a riding accident, she was more than happy to retreat to the countryside and give up the marriage mart for good. She never expected an infuriatingly proper lord to come tumbling into her life—and she certainly never expected to find herself wondering what it would be like to rejoin the world at his side.

They couldn’t be more different, and soon Andrew and Katie find themselves at odds about everything but the growing passion between them…and a keen awareness of a threat that may end their unconventional romance before it has even begun.

It wasn’t a very auspicious beginning. He’s being chased and jumps his horse over a hedge. He lands on her potter’s wheel and smashes it and his horse falls with an injured leg. The first thing they do is argue.

This is the first book I read by Elizabeth Michels and I’d be happy to read another. She does a very nice job of creating a love/hate relationship as well as describing the ways of the ton. She takes two wounded characters and lets them work at helping the other person.

Andrew was going home until he got attacked by two highway men. He ended up at the feet of Katie, who didn’t want to be bothered. Andrew had been mortified a year ago at a big event and had been recovering from his shame in Scotland. Katie had been thrown by a horse and hobbled around with a cane – mostly so she wouldn’t have to ride again. Since his horse is injured, he was going to put him down. What he didn’t anticipate was Katie’s passionate response to that: She would heal the horse. And, no, she would not sell him another one to continue home, he could just wait.

This is a story of treachery on all sides. The ton had a lot of greedy people amongst them and they not only wanted all that they had but what others had, too. As you try to figure out who is trying to kill Andrew and why, you also find out that Katie’s family is involved. Their relationship was already a mess without factoring that problem in.

The ending is dramatic and fitting. There is no doubt anywhere about who loves whom at the end. There are only new beginnings and sometimes we all need that.

The author snagged me with likeable characters, a good plot, and a concern that things would turn out well. I need not have worried; she finished this up with a perfect ending.

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