After reading the first two books in this series—my first from Jayne Fresina—I was excited to see a third book listed with upcoming releases, but LADY MERCY DANFORTHE FLIRTS WITH SCANDAL fell slightly short of expectations.

“When a Perfectly Proper Lady…

Lady Mercy Danforthe always has a plan. It’s what makes her such a successful matchmaker, and why she’s obligated to spend a great deal of time generously organizing the lives of her friends and family. But there’s one man beyond her help. One man whose recklessness she can’t rein in; whose chaos she can’t contain. Her ex-husband, Rafe Hartley. Her one—and only!—mistake.

Flirts with a Reckless Rogue…

Rafe has never forgiven Mercy for running out on him. Their hastily annulled marriage may have one lasted three hours, but that doesn’t mean he needs her help finding a proper wife. Someone needs to teach little Miss Know-It-All a lesson about keeping her adorably freckled nose out of other people’s business. And it just so happens that Mercy “Silky Drawers” Danforthe still owes him a wedding night…

A Scandal’s Never Far Behind”

I imagine that it’s tough for any writer to take a character like Lady Mercy, who was something of a meddling brat when she appeared inside the pages of THE WICKED WEDDING OF MISS ELLIE VYNE, and turn her into a romantic heroine that readers can relate to. In this case, the author manages to do that and does that well, but the evolution was a much slower process than some readers might have patience for.

The potent chemistry, humorous name calling, flirting, fighting and sense of long standing emotions denied…

The scenes between Mercy and lifelong nemesis/secret love, Rafe Hartley are enough to make this story worth reading, especially once you understand the tragic, underlying reasons behind Mercy’s obsession with proper order and duty. The potent chemistry, humorous name calling, flirting, fighting and sense of long standing emotions denied, were written into each scene with perfection but…

I do think their story might have been better served had it been released as a shorter novella that allowed the focus to remain primarily on the core interactions and growth of the two main characters, without all the extraneous filler that at times bogs down the reader with unnecessary secondary dialogs and details that expand the page numbers more than being relevant, in terms of progressing the story along.

On the power of the first two books in this series alone I will personally not give up hope on the future titles we are sure to see from this author—not every title can be a perfect gem—and look forward to what we might see from Jayne Fresina next.

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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.