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My Fair Lord ➧ [Ebook] ➢ My Fair Lord By Wilma Counts ➲ – Thomashillier.co.uk Well bred, well dressed, and well read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have bonded over good books since their schooldays Now these cultured ladies are ready to make their own happy Well bred, well dressed, and well read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have bonded over good books since their schooldays Now these cultured ladies are ready to make their own My Fair PDF/EPUB ² happy endings each in her own way Lady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the ton s bachelors are only interested in her wealth But despite the warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can t resist the challenge rudely posed by her stepsister transform an ordinary London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for the marriage mart Only after a handshake seals the deal does Retta fear she may have gone too far When Jake Bolton is swept from the grime of the seaport into the elegance of Blakemoor House, he appears every inch the rough, cockney working man who is to undergo Retta s training in etiquette, wardrobe, and elocution But Jake himself is a master of deception with much at stake than a drawing room wager But will his clandestine mission take second place to his irresistible tutor, her intriguing proposal and true love.


10 thoughts on “My Fair Lord

  1. Caz Caz says:

    I ve given this a C at AAR, so that s 2.5 stars rounded up.The first in her new Once Upon a Bride series, Wilma Counts My Fair Lord is exactly what one would infer from such a title a Pygmalion inspired tale with the principal roles reversed Our Covent Garden flower seller is morphed into a London dockworker by the name of Jake Bolton and our professor is Lady Henrietta Retta Parker, eldest daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, who is goaded into accepting a wager proposed by one of her s I ve given this a C at AAR, so that s 2.5 stars rounded up.The first in her new Once Upon a Bride series, Wilma Counts My Fair Lord is exactly what one would infer from such a title a Pygmalion inspired tale with the principal roles reversed Our Covent Garden flower seller is morphed into a London dockworker by the name of Jake Bolton and our professor is Lady Henrietta Retta Parker, eldest daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, who is goaded into accepting a wager proposed by one of her sisters, that she Retta could transform any worker off the London docks into your typical gentlemen of the ton It s a popular trope and the best version of it in historical romance, to my mind, is still Judith Ivory s The Proposition , but unfortunately, in Ms Counts hands it makes for rather a dull, pedestrian read, mostly because there s a lot of telling and not much showing and there s a distinct lack of chemistry between the principals.Lady Henrietta is the only child of the Earl of Blakemoor from his first marriage, and she is several years older than her younger half siblings, twins Gerald and Richard, and daughters Rachel and Miranda The countess her step mother resents Henrietta and, of course, favours her own children, something which wouldn t bother Retta quite so much if it weren t for the fact that her father knows it and does nothing about it Disgruntled because the countess prevented her accompanying them to Vienna where the Earl is to attend the Congress and needled by the constant catty remarks made by her sisters over the fact that Retta isor less on the shelf, she allows her irritation to get the better of her and is manoeuvred into making the above mentioned wager with spiteful Rachel While her eldest brother, Gerald, urges caution, Retta s stubborn streak won t allow her to back down in the face of her sisters mockery, and the bet is made, even as Retta s common sense tells her it s a bad idea.The search for a suitable subject starts the following day down at the docks and eventually settles upon Jake Bolton, who is, to say the least, surprised at the proposal set before him But as luck would have it, his being installed in the London home of the Blakemoors could be just the thing Jake needs in order to uncover the identity of the person or persons responsible for leaking important government information which could undermine England s negotiations in Paris and Vienna For Jake is no dockworker he s Major Lord Jacob Bodwyn, a military officer and third son of the Duke of Holbrook who has been temporarily seconded to the Foreign Office on the orders of his commanding officer, the Duke of Wellington The Blakemoors, along with several other prominent families, all of whom have varying degrees of access to sensitive information, have been under discreet surveillance for a while, and his removal to Blakemoor house will allow Jake to do someclose up snooping.The family comes up with a cover story to account for Jake s presence, and his education begins It s not long before Retta is feeling the first stirrings of an inappropriate attraction and Jake is feeling much the same, frustrated at having to maintain his cover around Retta Their lessons enable the pair to spend a fair bit of time together, while Jake sets about accomplishing his task, his observations leading him to suspect that one or two members of the household are very likely engaged in treasonous activities.The premise is an intriguing one and promised much, but is let down by the execution, which is stodgy and lacks any sense of urgency in the suspense espionage plotline The opening chapter, which introduces Retta and I really dislike that diminution of Henrietta I keep typing Hetta and having to change it and her two sequel bait friends is basically one long info dump, and as I said earlier, there is a lot of telling and not much showing throughout, which makes for an extremely low key, lacklustre romance We re told Retta is attracted to Jake and that she is bothered by it given the difference in their stations we re told Jake is attracted to Retta, but I was shown nothing to convince me of the connection I was asked to believe was growing between them Jake enjoys their verbal sparring and sharing of views but we are rarely privy to any of these sparring and sharing sessions We re told near the end of the book that Jake and Retta have spent a lot of time together over the four months of the experiment, but they don t actually spend much time together on the page most of the time, we are given a brief run down of what happened after the fact.There is pretty much no sexual tension between the couple and their first kiss is decidedly prosaic, with no build up to it whatsoever unless you count build up as the author telling us two or three pages earlier that it s going to happen A kiss perhaps A kiss What would that be like with Jake She shook her head.No It simply could not must not happen.But then it did The very next day.I also wasn t wild about the fact that Retta, in an attempt to stomp out her attraction to Jake, decides to accept the attentions of other men, going driving or to the theatre or opera and other social events with a couple of other beaux One of them is a gentleman whose proposal she had recently turned down, and it takes her a while to realise that she s giving him false hope I found it hard to believe she didn t know what she was doing and really didn t like her for it.On a positive note, I did enjoy the familial relationships Retta has with her brothers, who are faraffectionate than her sisters, and with her uncle and aunt, who both credit and respect Retta s intelligence and don t try to interfere with her scheme even though they have their doubts about it The author nicely contrasts these relationships with Jake s longing for his own family, whom he hasn t seen in a decade, and his sadness and frustration that he can t be reunited with them or even let them know he is back in England while he is carrying out his mission.On a technical note I read an advance copy of the book, and there s a large error I hope is corrected before publication which is that two chapters appear to have been transposed there is an incident referred to at the beginning of Chapter 16 that doesn t happen until the middle of Chapter 17.I m consigning My Fair Lord to the could have been better pile Uninspired prose, unmemorable characters and a poorly written romance contrive to make it a book I can t recommend


  2. Christina Christina says:

    A reverse My Fair Lady but with a twist _ Lady Henrietta Parker, daughter of an Earl, has turned down many possible suitors that she fears are just fortune hunters Then despite her friends concerns she agrees to a challenge her stepsister poses that she transform a dockworker into a gentleman The dockworker in question is not all he appears to be and the both of them get swept up inthan just winning the wager.


  3. Donna Donna says:

    Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me an advance copy of this book A regency romance which I found hard to put down It was a good length The storyline was original and had romance and a bit of mystery built in The characters were believable and all in all it was a very good read I think fans of this genre will really enjoy it.


  4. Janet Janet says:

    4.5 starsWell bred, well dressed, and well read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have bonded over good books since their schooldays Now these cultured ladies are ready to make their own happy endings each in her own wayLady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the ton s bachelors are only interested in her wealth But despite the warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can t resist the challenge 4.5 starsWell bred, well dressed, and well read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have bonded over good books since their schooldays Now these cultured ladies are ready to make their own happy endings each in her own wayLady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the ton s bachelors are only interested in her wealth But despite the warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can t resist the challenge rudely posed by her horrid stepsister to transform an ordinary London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for an evening at Almacks the marriage mart Only after a handshake seals the deal does Retta fear she may have gone too far When Jake Bolton is swept from the grime of the docks into the elegance of Blakemoor House, he appears every inch the rough, cockney working man who is to undergo Retta s training in etiquette, wardrobe, and elocution However Jake himself is a master of deception with muchat stake than a drawing room wager, he also has his secretsPygmalion in reverse or was it I read this captivating book with a smile on my face The premise of the bet was ludicrous but it worked Jake s accent demeanour all added to this delightful book his transformation lapses all added to the enjoyment We learned that he was a Duke s son but Retta didn t know so her elocution lessons were so amusing, then there was the waltz that was just so hot Even when Jake played the piano Retta didn t think it strange that he played so well The characterisation was good the plot well paced I just really really enjoyed it look forward to Hero Harriet s storiesMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read


  5. Krystal Krystal says:

    This was one of those unfortunate stories that is fairly forgettable I liked that the author chose to include a spy aspect in the story, even if sometimes it felthistorical spy novel and less historical romance novel I liked the chemistry such as it was between the two main characters, however I do feel like Jake should have beenhonest with her Technically, she does enter the bet under false pretenses, and it would have served him right if her sister had declared her a loser This was one of those unfortunate stories that is fairly forgettable I liked that the author chose to include a spy aspect in the story, even if sometimes it felthistorical spy novel and less historical romance novel I liked the chemistry such as it was between the two main characters, however I do feel like Jake should have beenhonest with her Technically, she does enter the bet under false pretenses, and it would have served him right if her sister had declared her a loser, even though Henrietta herself did not know the truth I did think there were some aspects of this story that were a little too out there to be believable To begin with, I find it very hard to believe that even with him being the third son of a Duke, none of their friends from the ton recognized him Regardless of the fact he had been gone for awhile, someone still should have recognized him I also find it hard to believe that her aunt was so accommodating of her plan Throughout the story, it is repeatedly brought up how much scandal there would be if their plan were found out, however, that doesn t seem to deter those who should know better Overall, I am sure this story appeal to those who enjoy a well written historical romance novel that includes something a little less traditional I would readfrom this author.DISCLAIMER I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review This has not affected my review in any way All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own


  6. Pamela Pamela says:

    Rated 3.5 Lady Henrietta Retta Parker usually keeps her wits about her, but when her sister offers up a challenge, Retta has had enough She finds herself accepting a wager she never should have entered into Retta must take a dockworker off the streets and turn him into a gentleman in a few short months If Retta cannot do it, she will lose her most prized possession, her favorite horse Jake Bolton is a little suspicious when a gentleman approaches and asks him to meet with him after work J Rated 3.5 Lady Henrietta Retta Parker usually keeps her wits about her, but when her sister offers up a challenge, Retta has had enough She finds herself accepting a wager she never should have entered into Retta must take a dockworker off the streets and turn him into a gentleman in a few short months If Retta cannot do it, she will lose her most prized possession, her favorite horse Jake Bolton is a little suspicious when a gentleman approaches and asks him to meet with him after work Jake is thrown for a loop when the meeting is governed by a lady, and what she is asking him to do is preposterous Since it will aid him in his job spying for the Home Office, Jake agrees Suddenly, he finds himself playing many different parts Can Jake keep his true identity a secret until his mission ends What will Retta think of him when the truth is all revealed MY FAIR LORD is highly entertaining I could not put it down The characters are so alive and the details are so vivid that it just brings life to the story The only issue I had is the affair Jake and Retta had before the truth came to light I feel like he took advantage of Retta even though Jake left the ultimate decision up to her Nevertheless, Jake certainly makes up for it in the end I am looking forward to author Wilma Counts next installment in her ONCE UPON A BRIDE series


  7. Gerrie Gerrie says:

    3.5 out of 5 stars


  8. Meghan Lloyd Meghan Lloyd says:

    I love stories like this, where one person attempts to change another person to help them fit it Obviously this story iscomplicated than that, but it s along the same lines as so many other similar tales My favorite being The Proposition by Judith Ivory if you like this book, go try that one on for size What made this particular story so much fun was that the reader knows the whole time that the London dockworker is actually the son of a duke Exciting times for our heroine, as she I love stories like this, where one person attempts to change another person to help them fit it Obviously this story iscomplicated than that, but it s along the same lines as so many other similar tales My favorite being The Proposition by Judith Ivory if you like this book, go try that one on for size What made this particular story so much fun was that the reader knows the whole time that the London dockworker is actually the son of a duke Exciting times for our heroine, as she doesn t find out until much later.Lady Henrietta Parker has agreed to an outrageous bet with her stepsister transform an ordinary London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for the marriage mart , or else she will lose her horse given to her by her father Angry at her stepsister, she immediately agrees, and her stepsister chooses a dockworker who is as coarse in speech as he is handsome in appearance Try as she might, Retta is going to have a hard time withstanding this man s ample charm What she doesn t know is that this ordinary dockworker is actually Lord Jacob Bodwyn, the third son of the Duke of Holbrook, and he s on a mission for the Foreign Office He doesn t need the distraction of a pretty, humble society miss, but that s just what he gets when he agrees to aid her in her bet Now both must hide how they feel if they are to succeed Retta in her bet and Jake in his mission.I loved the chemistry between Retta and Jake, even though it was frustrating at times that he kept such a huge secret from her It s understandable, but it also meant that their romance was slow in coming But once they got there, oh, how romantic They fit together perfectly, and I was happy that they each found love with each other in spite of all the obstacles in their path I particularly like the quote below, towards the end of the book, when they are speaking hypothetically of a couple who is really themBut it is not merely a matter of loving another person, is it The world always has a way of intruding He leaned closer to her and placed an arm around her shoulders, aware of that woody floral scent she always wore Devil take the world, he said in that same soft tone and kissed her very, very thoroughly.Fans of My Fair Lady will love this book I am eager to read the next in the series I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review


  9. Nikki Kitchen Nikki Kitchen says:

    I liked this book It was entertaining and has good characters I would have given it a five star except for two things First, chapters 16 and 17 are out of order, they need switched Chapter 16 talks of the maid Annie s past and that it won t be held against her, and Jake saving her, and then in Chapter 17 Annie s past is revealed and Jake saves her My second objection to the book, I don t care for sex scenes There is one and I will admit it is not very descriptive, but I feel they are not n I liked this book It was entertaining and has good characters I would have given it a five star except for two things First, chapters 16 and 17 are out of order, they need switched Chapter 16 talks of the maid Annie s past and that it won t be held against her, and Jake saving her, and then in Chapter 17 Annie s past is revealed and Jake saves her My second objection to the book, I don t care for sex scenes There is one and I will admit it is not very descriptive, but I feel they are not needed and they are not romantic in the least.I like the storyline It s fun The ending is good, though I probably would have hadof a discussion between Retta and Jake at the end of the book when she discovers his secrets I feel like they allowed their issues to dissolve without working through them.I do recommend this book and I will readfrom this author, just be aware that there is a sex scene.I won this book in a goodreads giveaway


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I enjoyed reading this book, and it was exactly what I was in the mood to read The premise was fun, it wasn t dark or twisted or depressing and it hit the mark on what I was looking for Overall, it was a quick, lighthearted and enjoyable book with well developed characters and a interesting plot.


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