Alicia Rasley -- who incidentally now offers creative writing tips and guidelines at her website-- has an impeccable writing style. Her word choices and turns of phrase are near-perfect, and she has a knack for evoking just the right mood in a given scene, whether it be adventurous, humorous or passionate. She also has an excellent sense of pacing and timing.
An excellent Regency romance, which posits the question: can a man and a
woman be platonic friends in Regency society. The hero is a dashing
rake, and the heroine a faultless upper class lady, but the plot is
something other than run-of-the-mill "opposites attract." The secondary
characters are entertaining, including the lady's irrepressible children.
This is the third Alicia Rasley book that I've read, and they're all excellent. She deserves to be more widely read.
From the Rita-award winning author of Regency romances, and a Kindle bestseller!
Overview of the Story
Is there such a thing as Platonic friendship? The rakish Earl of Tressilian and virtuous Lady Killeaven are determined to prove it's true--a man and a woman can truly be just friends. In decadent Regency London, of course, their friendship proves more scandalous than any flaming affair.
And Tressilian, after years of "just friends," is starting to wonder if that is, indeed, all he wants to be. So this Royal Navy hero embarks on a campaign as dangerous and complex as any battle at sea, to win the heart and hand of the one woman who knows him too well to be seduced.
The Reluctant Lady is the second in the Regencies by Rasley series, and serves up the traditional Regency with an elegantly lush style and a dash of humor. 95K words, PG rated.
**If you'd like to read about a girl who learns to be
careful what she wishes for (but does get the passionate artist in the end),
search for Charity Begins at Home.
**If you were looking for another romance from the early Regency period, check out Royal Renegade.
**If you like rogue heroes, search for Poetic Justice.
**If you like sweet stories with naval heroes, you might like my short Valentine's novella, The Wilder Heart.
**If you were hoping for something shorter or spicier, check out my pennamed (Cesca Ross) erotic short story The Gift by Cesca Ross. But be warned, it's more graphic than the usual Regency story!
**If you were looking for my husband's books about Nepal, search for Light in the Mountains by Jeff Rasley. (Yes, two writers in the same family. Moodiness galore!)