Title: Unlaced (Undone by Love #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
First Published: 2004
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon freebie)
All Lucy Abbington wants is to get through her first London season without losing sight of her true ambition—gaining some informal training in veterinary arts so that she can retire peacefully to the countryside with her beloved horses. Instead, she’s caught up in a whirlwind of balls, marriage proposals, and ton intrigues. Worse, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to her sponsors’ maddening neighbor, Henry Ashton, the Marquess of Mandeville. The handsome, arrogant, sometimes infuriating Mandeville stokes a passionate fire within her that won’t be denied, no matter the consequence.
Deep, emotional scars secretly plague Henry, Lord Mandeville. As a result, he’s avoided romantic entanglements at all costs. Only, now he needs a wife—someone from a wealthy, powerful family to further his political aspirations. Instead, he finds himself all but obsessed with the beautiful but unconventional Lucy Abbington—a woman whose passions and wit stir desires he’d rather ignore. And yet…she might just be the one woman who can heal his wounded heart.
Lucy and Henry’s heads say no, but their hearts say yes. Will they find themselves undone by love?
Stupid Henry. Stupid, stupid boy. He needed a fine kick to the romp.
Sorry, but I was saying/thinking that throughout the entire book and it had to be the first thing I stated in this review. Henry was a blooming moron and almost lost Lucy before he even had her. Yes, I understand that he is not trusting because his mother was cruel and his ex-fiancee cheated on him. HOWEVER, time and time again Lucy was proven to be way better then them, but no...just because she was born a doctor's daughter and didn't have a dowry that would benefit him he was ready to write her off at every turn. What an ass.
I did like Lucy. I did love the fact that she dreamed to be a Vet and take care of animals. Not an appropriate occupation of a lady during the time, but I did enjoy her being a bluestocking with an actual plan if/when she gets freedom. Many times in books like this the rebel gal has no plan or ideas on how to get money to support them. Lucy was smart enough to realize she needs a way to make money if she wants her freedom and so forth.
Ooooh the ton. Their arrogance and their rumor spreading never gets old and never ceases to surprise me. Poor Lucy. The ton was so mean to her. Which can only be expected due to her station, dreams, and her beauty.
I liked Collin. I want to read more about him and I hope he finds his HEA.
The twist was good. I kind of expected it, but I had doubts that the author would actually do it, but I'm glad she did. Also, I adore the cover. That is the only reason why I got it at first haha.
But yes, this was an entertaining book. Some eye-rolling moments, lots of unnecessary drama, snottiness that is unwarranted by the ton (but what do you expect?), and a HEA ending.
In the end, I recommend this to those needing something light with some drama. I really needed romance to lighten up my reading. I wanted to kick Henry, but I'm glad Lucy got her HEA even tho Henry was an ass. I hope Collin gets his HEA! I liked him a lot! Out of five stars, I stamp this with 4 stars.