Title: Bedchamber Games
Written by Tracy Anne Warren
Series: The Rakes of Cavendish Square #3
Published by Jove
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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In this irresistible romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Happily Bedded Bliss, appearances can deceive, but the heart is not so easy to fool...
Rosamund Carrow has spent years learning the law by assisting her barrister father, despite the frustrating truth that the profession is closed to women. When he dies unexpectedly, necessity compels her to disguise herself as a man so she can step into the courtroom to finish his cases. She's willing to put her reputation at risk, but she never expects that the greatest peril will be to her heart...
Lord Lawrence Byron is a rising star in London's legal circles, despite his reputation as an unrepentant rakehell. When an upstart young barrister defeats him in court, he's determined to discover everything he can about his rival. He's stunned when he uncovers the shocking secret that his new opponent is actually a beguiling, brilliant woman, one he can't help but want in his bed. Passion draws them together as they break all the rules, but it may lead to something more lasting like love...
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This series was unmemorable for me TBH. I read the first book, The Bedding Proposal and I even rated it a 4/5, but for the life me, I just can’t remember the plot! I guess, this calls for a re-read! I also put the second book, Happily Bedded Bliss, on hold and I’m not really sure that I will even pick it up, but I am tempted to because of THIS book!
Let’s just say that I am a fan of cross-dressing ladies! And this book has it in spades! This also features a love between the classes and I absolutely LOVE that!
Rosamund Carrow masquerades as a man so that she can be a barrister and assist her brother after their father’s death. On her very first case, she soundly defeats Lord Lawrence Byron and he is intrigued. Of course, there were a few scenes where Lawrence finds himself falling for his new friend “Ross,” until he discovers that Ross is in fact, female! These two start a very steamy affair, all the while she was still masquerading as a man (there are quite a few close calls).
Bedchamber Games also turned into another tearjerker for me. To be honest, I haven’t really been brought to tears since I read The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne a couple of years ago. So yes, I am really, really happy about this.
This book does remind me a little bit of one of my favorite books written by Tracy Anne Warren, My Fair Mistress (my re-read review) in a sense that this is a very steamy assignation in the hero’s townhouse View Spoiler »with the heroine also ending up getting pregnant. « Hide Spoiler That was written ten years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday! Well, I have read it multiple times, though so I may be the unicorn in this.
Another negative is that the last 1/4 of the book was just boring. Also, for Rosamund to be written a very strong heroine turn around and turn out to be weak. Although I get why she acted the way she did in the end. But STILL!
The end felt too rushed and sort of like a cop-out. Ack! I was rooting for Lawrence and Ros to get their HEA BUT their reconciliation was basically a PAGE! A PAGE!!!
And lastly, this series does have crappy titles. The titles don’t make me pick a book up! I mean, if this wasn’t Tracy Anne Warren, I won’t be picking it up!
Despite pointing the negatives in Bedchamber Games, I absolutely loved it. The first 3/4 of the book is so strong that it totally overshadows my negatives. (I know, I’m weird) I also loved that we have a heroine who did something very unusual for the time period.
Bedchamber Games is a MUST read. Grab a copy and read it in one sitting!
Books like Bedchamber Games
- My Fair Mistress is about a lady who sells herself to filthy rich London financier, Rafe Pendragon, to save her brother. Lady Julianna starts a steamy affair with Rafe and as I said in my review above, it sort of mirrors the plot for Bedchamber Games! I absolutely love this book, so please read it!
- Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover features Lady Georgiana who is View Spoiler »CHASE, the mysterious financier and co-owner of The Fallen Angel, « Hide Spoiler and also masquerades as a man. Ehemmm
What do you think of the lady cross-dressing trope? Also have you read any good tearjerkers? Please DO share!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge
- 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
- 2017 Review Challenge