Leisure, Apr 2002, 5.99, 304 pp.
Geoffrey Rathburn wonders about life as an earl as he is stuck with all the obligations, but none of the fun. He has overcome his late father's gambling debts and even losing the love of his life to someone else when his sister informs him she shall marry soon. Normally the Earl would feel elated, but he has no idea how he will scrap together her obligatory dowry except to marry an heiress.
His plans go awry when Lady Caroline Woodley climbs a tree to enter the house through his bedroom window. Geoffrey thinks she has come to share a dalliance with him, but Caroline is just escaping from her boring destiny Harry. She admits to herself that her reaction to Geoffrey is very unscientific as his kisses make her tingle. Though he wants Caroline by his side forever, she is no heiress and family duty is the first requirement of an Earl.
MISS WOODLEY'S EXPERIMENT is an engaging Regency romance that will be better appreciated by those fans who previously read the prequel, RULES FOR A LADY, as this tale continues the adventures of several cast members form the earlier novel. The story line of this book is lighthearted as Geoffrey and Caroline make a fine charming couple with the prime problem being his desperate need to gain fast cash (don't we all). Regency readers will want to peruse Katherine Greyle's latest story, but would be better suited to get her previous work to receive more than twice the pleasure as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner