Freyja Bedwyn is called Free by her four brothers and one sister. She lives up to her name. Betrayed by a former lover, she believes she is immune to love, and fears ever being vulnerable to romance again, but no other danger phases her.
Joshua Moore was an unwanted orphan in his aunt's house as a child. Now, his cousin has died, and Josh is the heir. Determined not to return home, there are dark secrets that he has vowed never to reveal.
Josh and Freyja meet when he breaks into her room at an inn, trying to hide from his young lover's vengeful father. Free punches him in the nose, shocking Joshua that a woman has actually resisted his advances. He throws himself out the window barely in time to escape capture.
Each time they meet, it's under circumstances even more odd. Freyja eventually realizes she's enjoying toying with his emotions, and when he suggests she pose as his fiance to help him avoid hurting someone, she decides it will be too much fun to resist.
Their mutual attraction grows, and each learns to respect the other.
This report prepared by Kayelle Allen
Dell, Jun 2003, 5.99, 400 pp.
Like her five siblings, Freyja Bedwyn enjoys independence, freedom, and adventure, the very traits that the Ton detests in a woman. Still with four wild brothers as role models, Freyja does her own thing in spite of the aristocracy frowning at her scandalous behavior. His family believes he needs to be married, a state they ignored until he gained the title when his uncle passed away. However, as he visits his grandmama in Bath, Lord Joshua Moore is tired of his family's effort to find him a wife.
While Joshua flees the latest matchmaking machination, he meets and pleads with an amused Freyja to hide him. When they talk, he offers her a deal. She pretends to be his fiancee so that he can have a little relief from the marriage mart and she can use that cloak to go on an adventure. Freyja accepts. However, neither Freyja nor Joshua expected to fall in love, an emotion putting a cramp on what they thought they desired.
The third “Slightly” Regency romance is a fun tale headlined by two strong, stubborn, yet seductive stars. The story line is amusing, as neither Freyja nor Joshua wants to fall in love. Though in many ways, Freyja is a female version of her brother Rannulf (see SLIGHTLY WICKED), fans of Mary Balogh, the sub-genre, or just a delightful entertaining novel will appreciate this fine tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner