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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review: Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale

Not a bad way to pass the time. There were a few head scratching moments for me but I loved the humor and heart in this story.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: December 27, 2016

In the third installment of Maya Rodale’s captivating, witty series, a marquess finds his fair lady—but must figure out how to keep her.


Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?


Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancĂ©e jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones . . .


By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .

Loosely based off of the 90’s teen movie She’s All That (One of my guilty pleasures), Maya Rodale’s Lady Claire is All That is about a bet made between the brawny Lord Fox and his less than likable friend that Fox can turn the brainy American heiress Lady Claire into the belle of the season. Fox’s arrogance leads him to believe the bet will be easily won, but when he starts spending time with Lady Claire so he can change “transform” her and win the bet, Fox starts finding out that there are more important things in life than popularity and social acceptance.

Fox and Lady Claire were both very likable characters. Fox may have been the brawn to Claire’s brains but Rodale didn’t cast him in the role of the dumb brute that had only his looks to recommend him. He had his own brand of intelligence but also an insecure side. Constantly being regaled as a gorgeous specimen of a man by society made an impact on how he saw himself and I really did like that he wasn’t invulnerable to insults. Fox started off as a shallow, one-dimensional but popular guy but by the end he had more to offer than just his physical appeal.

Lady Claire on the other hand was a woman ahead of her time. I enjoyed the way her mind worked and how logical she was. I felt she was the more sensible character of the story but she wasn’t perfect. As smart as she was, Lady Claire didn’t exactly know how to live. She was so into her studies and being smarter than a lot of the men in society that the simple things in life eluded her. She was confident in herself but she wasn’t social, didn’t have many friends who weren’t similar to her. I liked that imbalance in her life and personality because it gave Fox a chance to shine in her eyes because he did live his life yet he needed to learn how to let his real personality show instead of the fake one that everyone expected.

Lady Claire is All That took the time to develop the plot and both characters’ personalities which to some readers might make the book seem pretty long. The timeline gives the relationship more believability, especially if you’re not a fan of insta-love. However, there’s something that I noticed with this book and that was how modern some of the dialogue came across at times. I know that most historical romances take liberties with a lot of things including dialogue. I usually don’t mind because it’s fiction but sometimes I felt the dialogue was a little too modern and it took me out of the story. It didn’t happen often but it was enough for me to notice.

Final Verdict: Light hearted and fun, Lady Claire is All That may have been inspired by a popular teen movie but the story is all its own. Fox and Lady Claire were more than a match for one another and I had fun reading this book.

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