Series: Devine & Friends #3
Genres: Historical, Romance
A woman of pristine breeding, Lady Rosalind Devine is also an unrepentant meddler and snoop—which is why her brother refuses to leave her to her own devices while on his wedding trip. But Rosalind will not make things easy for any unseen, unwanted "nursemaid"—and vows to use her considerable wiles to expose her mystery guardian.
Nicholas Kincaid, the Marquess of Winterbourne, agreed to secretly guard his friend's spoiled, stubborn sister, though her infuriating penchant for mischief is causing him to question his decision. Though bound by the rules of society—and friendship—Rosalind's spirit and sensuality have sparked a fierce desire in Nicholas to play a very different role in her life, one that entails passion, ecstasy...and unavoidable scandal.
Was slightly disappointed when it ended.
Thoughts on Guarding a Notorious Lady
I was sad when Guarding a Notorious Lady ended. Not because I was so enthralled I rushed to the ending only to be crushed with disappointment when the story ended. More because I never connected with the characters enough that their story didn’t feel over. I wanted more emotional connection.
A notorious (heh, I think I’m clever) piece of writing advice is to show, not tell. The dangerous part of that advice is that description can become mechanical. Insert peg A into slot B. I wanted more of a look into the characters’ thought process so their actions had context and deeper meaning.
As it was, it seemed like the majority of the book was Nicholas in charge of “guarding” Rosalind, who had secretly loved Nicholas, who had secretly wanted Rosalind for years. Yeah. Every time they were alone, the two ended up kissing. Or heavy petting. Or more. Like it was impossible not to do so. But in a way that was often confusing, because Nicholas was supposed to be staying away, but then he’d kiss her, then go away. And… I kinda just wanted to shake those two.
The guardian idea seemed ridiculous until it became necessary, but it was all very convenient and resolved quickly. I just wanted… more. Deeper. Emotions!