Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
I have received a free e-copy of the book The Baron and the Bluestocking by Katherine Ann Madison to review.
Here is the book blurb.
She’ll do anything to avoid marriage…anything…
Even climb from a second story balcony and onto the top of a trellis. All right. Perhaps that was a bit too far, especially considering Lady Matilda winds up stuck. But why does it have to be him that rescues her? Her brother’s best friend the Baron Greenburg has always disapproved of her behavior. This is just one more example of how imperfect she truly is.
He just wants a simple life…
And Lady Matilda is anything but simple. Tillie brims over with life, love, and intelligence. In fact, she’s been making a fool of him since childhood. But this time around, it’s her who looks silly and him that manages the dashing rescue. And when he holds her in his arms…
Is it possible that their many battles were a prelude to romance?
Katherine Ann Madison is a pseudonym of prolific author Tammy Andresen and this is the third title in her sweet Regency Romance series Matchmaking on the Marriage Mart. The story works perfectly as a stand-alone read, but is linked to earlier titles through some of the characters. In particular, I am already acquainted with the heroine of this book, Tille, Lady Matilda Crosby, through her much smaller appearances in the earlier two titles The Duke and the Debutante and The Earl and the Incomparable.
The story begins with Tillie annoyed because her mother is trying to make a match for her, although she won’t tell Tillie who. She wants to preferably remain a spinster and study insects or at the least, marry on her own terms. Surely her mother can’t mean the dreadful Viscount Bancroft?
Meanwhile Baron Alex Greenburg is late to the party and he simply must set up his telescope first as Venus is due to pass in front of Jupiter any day now, for the first time in 300 years. But as he heads past the pergola, he spots someone stuck on the top. It is Tillie, desperate to escape from the ballroom. She needs rescuing, but she would rather it had not been by Alex, her brother’s best friend, who always used to call her a hoyden as a child. She didn’t even realise he was at the party and he is surprised to discover that she knows about the occultation.
So childhood friends or enemies? science interests, scheming mothers plus the odious Lord Bancroft. How will this pan out?
I hadn’t previously come across the term occultation, but as one of my sons is very keen on astronomy, I thought I would look this up. It also encompasses solar eclipses, but indeed the author is correct that the Venus / Jupiter occultations are few and far between. The next one is forecast to be in 2065 but too near the sun to be visible. I loved how she wove this into the tale.
The Baron and the Bluestocking is available on Amazon in Kindle format. A nice light sweet romantic read from Katherine Ann Madison.
About Tammy Andresen
USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.
Website – http://www.tammyandresen.com