Valerie Bowman and her latest book in the Playful Brides series–THE UNLIKELY LADY–are an insomniac’s nightmare. A bit of an oxymoron, I know, but allow me to explain…

Sleep is a struggle at the best of times for an insomniac, but when that person is a self-professed romance novel junkie, like myself, reading a “Good” book only exacerbates the problem. Reading a “GREAT” book means that even after you’ve reached the point of exhaustion you’re still kicking the Sandman’s butt to make it to the story’s finish line before dropping.

FOR THE BACHELOR AND THE BLUESTOCKING… Certain that no man wants a bluestocking for a wife, Miss Jane Lowndes is careful to wield her books and her spectacles as weapons against matrimony. Convincing her ambitious mama that she’s content to stay a spinster is easier said than done, however. It’s a good thing Jane is not above a bit of manufactured scandal if it will keep her from the altar, and the argumentative, contrary Lord Garrett Upton…

ROMANCE IS NEVER BY THE BOOK With the war over, Garrett is determined to enjoy his bachelor’s life while he can, even when it means attending a house party in celebration of a friend’s wedding-and suffering Jane’s notorious disdain. But when a masquerade ball leads to a mistaken kiss, he’s surprised to learn that Jane’s bookish exterior hides a truly passionate soul. When two such headstrong people are determined to remain unattached, can love lead to a happy ending?

…when you read a story like Jane and Garrett’s that is this impossibly charming, witty and sexy fun…

NOW, when you read a story like Jane and Garrett’s that is this impossibly charming, witty and sexy fun–think “Moonlighting” (for those who remember Dave and Maddy before the show went to crap)–you are in some serious trouble if you haven’t already read EVERYTHING the author has written previously.

6:30 in the morning, I was doing the zombie walk to the computer to pull up Ms. Bowman’s web page to check out her bookshelf, instead of finally hitting the sack, following a marathon read of THE UNLIKELY LADY. Thirty minutes later my e-reader was packed and my pillow will probably have cobwebs before I see it again.

Good thing it’s a slow work week!

*If this review feels a bit incoherent, I blame Ms. Bowman entirely :)

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.