February Dorchester ISBN Everyone knew Lady X or, at least, everyone knew of her. The masked courtesan was reputedly a noblewoman. It’s a case of mistaken identities and unmistakable attraction in New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ classic historical romance, previously. The Reluctant Reformer By Lynsay Sands – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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She had also learned that he wrote the articles and dispatched them via Banks, his butler. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I find that the story works well if one doesn’t get too tied up with stories having to be logical or the characters having to be smart and sensible. I have discovered that I like Sands’ novels that take place in this time period s rather than the ones that take place in the 13th century–those are all similar and the way they speak and act seem so out lymsay time that it’s hard to reconcile what’s happening in the story with the time period.

Was this what Madame Dubarry had wanted her to see? Dubarry ain’t like to take to that. I would have finished rrformer fast thd took me a week but I had bronchitis and a sinus infection and I wasn’t into reading But that had been when she could afford such pretty concerns as reputation etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But thankfully, his journey to arrive at that point doesn’t reluctany him, and doesn’t leave him as the lovesick feminine lapdog we find in Medeiros romances, for example.

The Reluctant Reformer

When her ears picked up only silence, she eased the door open and almost started to slip out, then recalled the mask Maisey had given her. Maggie is just doing her job. Unfortunately, what she had not considered was that Maisey may have been referring to her own left, which of course, with Maggie clinging to the wall facing her was Maggie’s right, which meant Maggie should have gone right.

The time since she had crept from the room had seemed like a century to Maggie and while she knew that was just the stress of rekuctant moment making it seem so, she was surprised to see that she must have taken quite a length of time anyway. Lady X’s mask is far more fancy.


I only subtracted one star because the final third was more straight and narrow compared to the fun shenanigans in the beginning. I love books that I can’t put down!

James imprisons Maggie at his country estate at Ramsey for safekeeping, hoping to convince Maggie of a change in career and prevent her from returning to a life in prostitution.

Pausing now, she turned rdformer toward the room and started to lift the flimsy red silk toward her face, stilling when her eyes fell on the bed and the woman gaping at her from the shadows of the bed, her hand up-raised and at her forehead as if she had been soothing a headache. I liked James and thought he was quite charming and funny in that appealingly self-deprecating kind of way.

A Journal Of My Reviews: The Reluctant Reformer, by Lynsay Sands [3]

I tried to find you right away. Still, Sands maintains a humorous, fresh tone throughout. Maggie simply could not part with the home of her brother, the last lgnsay member of her family before his death. Newer Post Older Post Home. After quickly trading clothes, Maisey had helped her climb back out onto the ledge, hissing to her that Lady X and her present customer were in the room on the left.

I think this was one of her very early books before she got so funny or had much plot. Maggie sets off on the outside ledge of the building and hops into the next window she comes across.

Ye step on out into the hall and I shall change. Clark, so when the column had started up again three weeks after his death, she had paid a visit on Maggie. She had ended up going all this way for nothing, for while curtains shrouded the window making the images inside blurred and foggy, they were discernible enough to see that it was two people engaged in the most energetic round of ride the pony it had ever been Maggie’s misfortune to witness. James had to ignore his quarry’s violent protests that he was an idiot, that she was never the infamous X.

The over arching mystery was pretty decent, it added suspense and danger, but for someone so smart the heroine makes a bunch of very stupid moves that land her in more danger than she out to have found. Humorous exchanges ensue as James misinterprets Maggie’s responses to his pointed questions “You enjoy it?! Jan 24, Autumn Mcquarrie rated it really liked it.


Unfortunately, despite substantial evidence to the contrary in the form of repeated attempts on her life, our seasoned investigative reporter xands to believe she is in danger. I wanted to give this book a five cause normally Lynsay Sands does such an amazing job that is what I give her books.

I will be staying at Ramsey for a while. Jun 23, Nisha rated it really liked it Shelves: She simply would not look through the crack to see who Maisey’s client was and what they were doing, she decided, then frowned as the voices moved closer, the man’s slightly reformerr timber striking a cord of recognition within her. Frances is waiting out there. That was all she had seen.

TSTL heroine who was still likable and a lovely beleaguered hero. Whirling, Maisey hurried to the armoire, returning a moment later with a plain red silk mask for her to wear.

And despite the fact that I definitely developed a great deal of empathy for the person determined to take her out, Maggie is quite likable, too. As for the other women, Maggie reformdr not feared recognition or detection by any teformer them since they moved in very reforner circles. After a brief but thorough examination of the brothel, that seemed the best bet to get the girl out.

Still, there were enough men out there willing to dig deep into their pockets to try to find out that Madame Dubarry was doing very well. I’ve not read Lynsay Sand’s books for quite sometime. Clark the adventurist writer who wrote columns for the Daily Express about the seedier side of London life; the rumors, the truth, the gaming hells, fortunes won and lost, affairs taking place, etc.