Following The Game and the Governess comes the second novel in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All series of Regency romances from Kate Noble, the writer behind the wildly popular, award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Clerk John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he switched places with his friend, Lord Edward Granville, at a country house party. But while posing as a lord, he fell for a lady—the Countess Letitia! Now she's learned the truth, and he must win her back as plain John Turner. He'd better hope that love truly conquers all...
Lady Letty was publicly humiliated when it came out that she had fallen for the man, not the master. When she meets him again, she's determined to avoid him, but some things are too intoxicating to be denied. Letty knows what choice she must make to survive, but if she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?
With a delightfully daring, tongue-in-cheek sense of both humor and romance, Noble continues where The Game and the Governess left off, this time following the exploits of Letitia, the widowed Countess Churzy, and John Turner, a commoner she thought was the Earl of Ashby, in 1820s England. Letty embarked on a somewhat controversial first marriage to an Austrian count, followed by an even more scandalous escapade in England (during which she met John) after her husband's death. Now she has only her title and wedding ring to her name. After some time abroad, she returns to England as the fianc e of a somewhat older, titled widower only to find out that her new home is right in John's backyard. Building on the strength of the main plot, Noble's secondary characters almost steal the show with their vulnerability and quirks. The relationship between John and Letty feels, at times, contrived and almost Shakespearean, and the book starts painfully slowly, but the addition of an over-the-top villain is just enough to tie the tale into a heartwarming whole.