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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen

Looking for a quickie??? How about this one?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: December 5, 2017

A lady with secrets, a man with a burning desire, a love that breaks all the rules

Lady Charlotte Beaumont has spent her whole life being ignored. By her parents, her brother, even the servants. So she was secretly able to develop her talent for painting well beyond the usual watercolors. Too bad no one will let her actually use it-women are rarely accepted into the Royal Academy. But when a connection at the Haverhall School for Young Ladies gets Charlotte her dream commission, she'll do whatever it takes to make it work. Including disguising herself as "Charlie."

Flynn Rutledge has something to prove. His lowly upbringing is not going to stop him from achieving his artistic dreams. This commission is the key to his future, and his partner, an unknown youth in oversized clothes who is barely old enough to shave, doesn't exactly inspire confidence. But Charlie does inspire Flynn's artistic passion-something he worried he might have lost forever. For all his street smarts, nothing can prepare Flynn for the shock of Charlie's true identity. He doesn't care that she's a woman, but a lady of the ton is a different matter altogether . . .

What’s it About? Lady Charlotte Beaumont is considered a disappointment to everyone around her and all but ignored but she used that time to grow her talent for painting beyond the usual accomplishments of the ladies in her class. In order to make one of her dreams come true she disguises herself as “Charlie” so that she can work on getting recognized for her artistic talents. Unfortunately her biggest competition, and problem is Flynn Rutledge who is determined to prove his own worth. When “Charlie’s” true identity is discovered, Flynn is not only shocked but completely attracted to the talented woman, except she’s a lady of the ton and he considers himself so far beneath her socially.

Overall reaction to the story? For such a short story (novella length), there’s a lot going on in The Lady in Red and it’s all good fun! Charlotte’s masquerading as a man definitely changed things up a bit but in a good way. As a couple Finn and Charlotte worked really well, they had art in common and were a pair of oddballs among society. I loved the chemistry between them and that Charlotte wasn’t what you would call a conventional beauty.

The Lady in Red was my first time reading Kelly Bowen but I enjoyed myself enough to want to pick up another book by her in the future. Especially if she writes unconventional characters like Finn and Charlotte.

I will say that the cover is a bit misleading, this is NOT a Christmas romance. Not a holiday celebration in sight but that’s okay because this novella is a treat anyway.

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