From the back cover- Man Of Honor It was a point of honor with the Earl of Argyle never to take advantage of the "lower orders". The Earl was a rake -but a discriminating one, who only succumbed to the charms of his own kind. But there was something about his new maid Megan that made the Earl yearn to break his own rule. With her blue eyes smiling up at him, even the most honorable gentleman might yield to temptation. Maid To Order For six months Lady Margaret "Megan" Linton had to serve as a maid in a noble household, of forfeit her grandfather's fortune. It was a shocking condition, but the resourceful Megan was determined to fulfill her grandfather's last wish. Because the Earl of Argyle prided himself on never abusing his maids, she thought she would be safe from him. But she never expected that danger would lurk in her own undeniable passion for the handsome lord of the manor! Fantastic book! An extremely amusing regency romance even though (and I agree with Laura here) its totally far fetched, but thats what makes it such a fun read. Justin is the delicious rakish Earl who is completed dumbfounded by his attraction to the lovely outspoken maid Meggy. And likewise the independent and strong-willed masquerading Lady Linton desperately denies her love for the adorable rogue. They are two fantastic well-matched characters. Its worth reading the entire book just for the ending when they come face to face as Earl and Lady. LOL! Fireworks! Highly recommended to those looking for a funny historical romance read along with The Country Gentleman. ***minor spoiler*** The reason for the less than perfect rating is a personal one. I don't like my hero's having sex with any other woman other than the heroine once they meet. Its a mood killer for me. So the descriptions of Justin's bawdy house romps after Meggy left dropped him down a notch in my estimation. And to know that he even called some of the women Meggy during the act brought on the Ick-factor. Other than that the book is excellent.
an excellent, albeit implausible, Regency...
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 14 years ago
the other reviewers have pretty much summed up the storyline so let me just add a few points: First and foremost-if you are like me, an avid Regency Romance reader-be forewarned. To truly enjoy this comical story, you must seriously employ your suspension of disbelief and temporarily forget what you already know of the moires' of ton society to enjoy this book. The author has every character in the book behaving quite implausibly for the period. If you are a Regency accuracy purist, you may have a tough time getting through this book. But, if you can put that aside, I think you will enjoy what is an otherwise funny, sweet and smart story. I loved the characterizations in this book and Miss Holbrook must be commended for her use and knowledge of so much Regency vocabulary and slang. She wrote several things I've never even read in my many years of reading Regencies, but I do not doubt their accuracy. If you like a strong, funny and intelligent heroine, then you'll love Megan. No simpering Miss here. This book is lighthearted, enjoyable and a fast read. I recommend it and look forward to trying other books by this author. 4.5 stars.
THE MAID IS A LADY!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
Charming story with an unusual twist. In order to gain her vast inheritance, Lady Margaret "Megan" must abide by her late grandfather's wishes and go into 'service' for 6 months. The lawyer is aghast - but Megan's affection for her lovingly eccentric grandfather, was reason enough for her to carry through with the masquerade. She becomes a maid in the Earl of Arglye country home - believing that she is safe not only because it's well known the Earl doesn't dally with the 'lower orders' but because the estate was usually deserted! Needlesstosay, the family chooses this time to visit and uncharacteristically Maid 'Meggy' becomes a companion to the Earl's scatterbrained mother, friend to his younger brother and...the Earl's greatest temptation! This is an excellent read if you can find a copy of it!
Enchanting, sweet, funny :)
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
As a part of her "eccentric" grandfather's will Lady Megan must spend six months as a servant in someone's home. Not one to back down from a challenge, especially one that promises to be fun, "Meggy" enters the Earl of Argyle's rarely visited country estate as a maid. And then Justin and his town friends descend on the house along with his flighty mother, rascal bother, and crazy uncle. A spunky, intelligent, hoyden and a stuffed shirt of a Nobleman! Whatta combination! She can't (and won't) help who she is and he can't help but fall in love. A pleasure to read! Away from the confines of the ton's rigid rules the characters break out in true form: real, funny, sometimes vunerable, always human. Meggy is truly ahead of her times and Justin tries (poor man) so hard not to give in to himself. CH's writing of the different relationships in the story is also flawless and touching. The personalities of the main and supporting characters are seamless and indentifiable.One author I will be following. A definite keeper!
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