This is a story of a debt of honour and mistaken identities. Maggie's brother died at Waterloo saving James' life, so he feels a debt to protect the man
s sister, Maggie. His investigator has told him she has no money, yet she seems to be making ends meet. This puzzles him, until the investigator follows Maggie to a Bawdy house. There is a woman, of the nobility, who works there in mask, as Madam X. She is the toast of the males in London, and as James checks to confirm this, he finds Maggie in the house masked! Acting, he kidnaps her and tells her he is trying to protect her for her own good.
Maggie is at first scared of James, then puzzled since she knows her brother adored and respected him, and finally outraged when she finds out he thinks she is supporting herself as the mysterious Madam X.
It is so funny, warm and delightful. Lynsay gives you a gentle romp with her usual side-splitting situations, that always leaves you with a smile on your face
This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Leisure, Feb 2002, 5.99, 371 pp.
Lord James Huddleton promised to protect the sister of his now deceased friend. However in 1815 he never expected to learn from Bow St. that the sibling Margaret Wentworth is the notorious courtesan Lady X. As bad, the chit is heading to Madame DuBarry's establishment frequented only by male members of the aristocracy.
Not sure how to reform the fallen lady, who apparently has had sex with everyone but him, James kidnaps Margaret even though she denies his accusations. However, James soon finds himself falling in love with his captive who reciprocates his feelings. As he learns that she is not Lady X, James needs to keep his beloved safe, as someone wants her dead.
James is a caring individual who sticks by his word though no one but he knows what he vowed. However, he also learns that good intentions can prove a strange road. The identity crisis is amusing, as readers who like an earnest battle between the sexes will laugh a lot. Though Margaret's danger adds excitement, that subplot spins away from the prime theme of THE RELUCTANT REFORMER. Still, Lynsay Sands furbishes an engaging tale that the Regency crowd will find delightful.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner