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My Unfair Lady: A charming and sexy historical romance

My Unfair Lady: A charming and sexy historical romance

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by Kathryne Kennedy
     
 

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A Library Journal Editor's Pick! "Those who relish unconventional, outspoken heroines; dark, cynical heroes; and a plot spiced with a soupçon of danger ...should find Kennedy's Victorian romance version of My Fair Lady quite entertaining."-Booklist

Summer Wine Lee peeked through the drapery covering the second-story window of their

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A Library Journal Editor's Pick! "Those who relish unconventional, outspoken heroines; dark, cynical heroes; and a plot spiced with a soupçon of danger ...should find Kennedy's Victorian romance version of My Fair Lady quite entertaining."-Booklist

Summer Wine Lee peeked through the drapery covering the second-story window of their rented London town house, hoping to catch a glimpse of the man she intended to hire to change her life forever.

The impoverished Duke of Monchester despises the rich Americans who flock to London, seeking to buy their way into the ranks of the British peerage. So when railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee offers him a king's ransom if he'll teach her to become a proper lady, he's prepared to rebuff her. But when he meets the petite beauty with the knife in her boot, it's not her fortune he finds impossible to resist.

Frontier-bred Summer Wine Lee has no interest in winning over London society—it's the New York bluebloods and her future mother-in-law she's determined to impress. She knows the cost of smoothing her rough-and-tumble frontier edges will be high. But she never imagined it might cost her heart.

A delightful combination of the Wild West and English society, My Unfair Lady, is an unusual Victorian historical romance. Fans of Jennifer Ashley, Lorraine Heath, Madeline Hunter, and Christi Caldwell will be enraptured by this tale of an American heiress, a British Duke, and finding love and acceptance just the way you are.

Also from Kathryne Kennedy:The Relics of Merlin Series:  Enchanting the Lady, Double Enchantment, Everlasting Enchantment, Enchanting the BeastThe Elven Lords Series:  The Fire Lord's Lover, The Lady of the Storm, The Lord of Illusion

What readers are saying about My Unfair Lady

"Between the world building, the hilarious characters and situations not to mention the supporting cast I found myself anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen next."

"My Unfair Lady is a remarkable tale of love and acceptance."

"My Unfair Lady is a very fun read with charming characters who can laugh at themselves with delight so that you take pleasure in their story while being pleasantly entertained."

What reviewers are saying about The Fire Lord's Lover

"This romance goes against type in a wonderful way."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"A delightful romp filled with wit, humor, passion, and pride."-Romance Junkies

"All of the mystery and adventure that packed throughout this book is one to pull and tug on your heart strings. I give this book an awesome A."-In Tune with Books

"Sexy yet sweet; magical with a delightful twist of humor. My Unfair Lady captivates from start to finish... 5 out of 5 hearts."-Book Illuminations

What people are saying about Kathryne Kennedy

"Few authors grab the imagination and the heart so deeply."-Merrimon Book Reviews"As darkly imaginative as Tolkien, as richly romantic as Heyer, Kennedy carves a new genre in romantic fiction." –Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Warrior

"[Kennedy] has created characters that live and breathe between the pages; a talent which is, in my opinion, a hallmark of skilled storytelling."-Fresh Fiction

"Simply delightful... imaginative, historically vigorous, and ripe for further adventures."-Publishers Weekly "Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story."-Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kennedy (Beneath the Thirteen Moons) delivers a delightfully unusual Victorian romance. Unlike other American heiresses mingling with London society, Arizona railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee isn't looking for a husband or a title. In fact, she's already engaged. She just needs some social polish so she can marry a rich New Yorker. To this end, Summer hires Byron, an impoverished duke who ekes out a living by bringing Prince Albert gossip. Summer is equipped with a free-spirited best friend, a menagerie of abused stray animals and a host of unladylike skills; Byron has a strange stepfamily, a shrinking violet mistress and a murderer determined to do him in. Their chemistry has plenty of humor, and their passion is intense and breathtaking. Full of unexpected period details of cosmetics and hunting, this romance goes against type in a wonderful way. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Ms. Kennedy has penned a refreshing tale. This was certainly a memorable, fantastic read." - Between the Lines

"This quick and entertaining read is for any fan of the genre. Kennedy's writing is witty and enjoyable; she looks to have a bright future. " - The Romantic Times

"Another sweetly sensual tale weaved and brought to life by one of my favorite writers! " - Romance Bookwyrm

"Those who relish unconventional, outspoken heroines; dark, cynical heroes; and a plot spiced with a soupçon of danger and plenty of sexy romance should find Kennedy's Victorian romance version of My Fair Lady quite entertaining." - Booklist

"My cheeks hurt from grinning so much and I could not put the book down until I'd read it from cover to cover." - The Long and Short of It Reviews

"This Victorian romance will win you over faster than you can say the "Rain in Spain!"" - Love Romance Passion

"A quick read... I had a lot of fun watching the charades." - The Burton Review

"Kathryne Kennedy is more than good. She is downright smashing!" - Huntress Reviews

"Acceptance is a theme that prevails throughout and one Ms. Kennedy develops beautifully... a fun, fast paced read." - Musings of a Bibliophile

"A very fun read with charming characters who can laugh at themselves with delight so that you take pleasure in their story while being pleasantly entertained, which for me has become this author's trademark." - The Good, the Bad and the Unread

Booklist
Those who relish unconventional, outspoken heroines; dark, cynical heroes; and a plot spiced with a soupçon of danger and plenty of sexy romance should find Kennedy's Victorian romance version of My Fair Lady quite entertaining.
— John Charles
The Romance Studio
A hilarious book... kept me entertained.
— Brenda Talley
Huntress Reviews
Kathryne Kennedy is more than good. She is downright smashing!
— Detra Fitch
Between the Lines
Ms. Kennedy has penned a refreshing tale. This was certainly a memorable, fantastic read.
— Lisa Mitchell
Once Upon a Romance
I laughed until I cried... a charming read.
— Robyn Roberts
Night Owl Romance
"Enchanting historical romance." A Night Owl Romance Top Pick
— Tammie King
Love Romances and More
I hope Ms. Kennedy continues to write her absorbing historical romances.
BookLoons.com
One of the most enchanting historical romances I've read this year.
— Martina Bexte
The Long and Short of It Reviews
My cheeks hurt from grinning so much and I could not put the book down until I'd read it from cover to cover.
Anna's Book Blog
Beautifully written. I was captivated by the characters and story.
— Anna Lemkau
Love Romance Passion
This Victorian romance will win you over faster than you can say the "Rain in Spain!"
— Keira Gillet
the Bad and the Unread The Good
A very fun read with charming characters who can laugh at themselves with delight so that you take pleasure in their story while being pleasantly entertained, which for me has become this author's trademark.
— Sandy Marlow
My Book Addiction and More
A fast paced, page turning, truly delightful story.
— Wendy Keel
Randi Romance Reader
This was a delightful historical romance!
— Randi Noonan
Starting Fresh
If you're looking for a romantic read and a quick escape - this will surely hit the spot!
— Gaby Lupus
Books Like Breathing
Kennedy kept the characters real and relatable. The constant push and pull between them was really great.
— Grace Loiacano
The Burton Review
A quick read... I had a lot of fun watching the charades.
— Marie Burton
Jenny Loves to Read
Great escapist reading... a joyful ride.
— Jennifer Ritter
The Romantic Times
This quick and entertaining read is for any fan of the genre. Kennedy's writing is witty and enjoyable; she looks to have a bright future.
— Alishia Austin
Musings of a Bibliophile
Acceptance is a theme that prevails throughout and one Ms. Kennedy develops beautifully... a fun, fast paced read.
— Brieana Louis-Jackson
Leslie's Psyche
I found the developing relationship between the two quite interesting.
— Leslie Gladnick
Drey's Library
A charming story.
— Drey Salick
Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee
Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story.
— Sia McKye Danzo
Romance Bookwyrm
Another sweetly sensual tale weaved and brought to life by one of my favorite writers!
— Amy Cummings
The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Flying Object
Impossible to put down... a hilarious and wonderful experience, and an unforgettable escape from reality.
— Haley Mathiot
The Book Tree
I urge you to delve into a wonderful world of romance... I lost myself in the pages.
— Laura Johnson
Books and Needlepoint
If you are a fan of that romance - you should pick up a copy of My Unfair Lady.
— Kristi Herbrand
In Tune With Books
All of the mystery and adventure that packed throughout this book is one to pull and tug on your heart strings. I give this book an awesome A.
— Shana Haynes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402246807
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
12/01/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
207,294
File size:
1 MB

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Excerpt from Chapter 1

London, 1885

Summer Wine Lee peeked through the drapery covering the second-story window of their rented London town house, hoping to catch a glimpse of the man she intended to hire to change her life forever. She'd sent an invitation to the impoverished Duke of Monchester asking that he meet with her today regarding an urgent business matter, but she wasn't quite sure if he'd come or not.

She started twisting the fringe that adorned the dark green drapes. They'd been in London for over a month, and nothing had happened. No invitations. No visitors. Not even a nod from the elegantly clad English people when they passed her by as she strolled along Curzon Street. Her friend Maria had told her to be patient, that she needed to gather all the information she could before they implemented their plan. But it was hard to be patient when she felt so lonesome. Summer sighed. She'd been lonely her entire Childhood; why should she start feeling sorry for herself now? Pa had been obsessed with that mine in Arizona, and she'd foolishly thought that he'd spend more time with her when he'd found that vein of silver. That the huge strike would rid him of his obsession for wealth. Instead, he'd uprooted her and Maria from the frontier town of Tombstone and plunked them in New York while he'd continued his obsession in other ways-investing in railroads and banks and property.

Summer glanced around the room at the raised-panel walls, velvet upholstery, and plush rugs, all of it a bit frayed and worn. Everything felt so old in England-unlike the burgeoning newness of New York-and yet neither city had welcomed her. New York society had shunned both her and her friend, until she'd met Monte. She smiled at the thought of her intended, the man she'd come all the way to England for... so that she could become a different person, a real lady, that his family would accept.

She just wished that Pa had come with them, instead of staying in New York. He claimed that his health wouldn't allow him to travel, and he did have a horrible cough from working in the mine all those years, but Summer still had a feeling that he simply didn't want to leave in the middle of business negotiations. The only time she heard from him was when he sent more funds.

But she had her best friend, Maria, she reminded herself. And although she couldn't have brought all her slobbery crew of pets with her on that terrible ocean voyage, she did manage to bring her little Chihuahua, Chi-chi. She wasn't entirely alone. "Maria, this had better work," Summer muttered to the empty drawing room. For this was her friend's plan, not her own. Summer had wanted to hire one of the American heiresses who had already married into a title, the ones who had gone through money so quickly entertaining Prince Albert that they sponsored young American girls looking for an introduction into society.

"Not good enough," Maria had responded, flipping her long black hair over her shoulder. "Trust me when I tell ya', if ya' want to be a lady, ya' hire a man to teach ya' how to do it. And I finally discovered the perfect fellow, a poor duke with two falling-down castles, who's feared by all in the social circle for his quick wit and nasty tongue... but is also a particular favorite of His Highness."

Neither of them had ever met the duke, yet Maria had been confident and told Summer it was her golden opportunity. So Summer had sent her invitation and didn't know what scared her the most: the idea that the duke might just show up out of curiosity, or that he'd ignore the invitation entirely.

Feet pounded up the stairs. "He's coming!" panted Maria, her green eyes wild with excitement. Summer's stomach flew up into her throat, and she felt her entire body tremble.

"How do you know?"
Maria put her hand over her heart. "'Cause one of the chambermaids seen him before, and I set her up to watch the street."

Summer pressed her nose to the pane of glass, trying to see around the edge of the window to the cobbled street below. Several men strode toward the direction of her house. "Which one is he?"

"The one without a hat," answered Maria before she spun back around.

Summer only heard her steps pounding downstairs, for she couldn't take her eyes off the man who strode toward her home. All the other men wore bowler hats, so he was easy to pick out. Even the feeble rays of England's sun reflected off his blond hair, making it glow a golden yellow. He wore it unfashionably long and bare of the pomade that slicked most other men's hair back. Summer liked it.

The duke had on a long coat of pale blue, narrow trousers, and a deep blue cravat. He carried no umbrella or cane, and as he passed a group of gentlemen going in the opposite direction, she realized that he was also not a particularly tall man. For some reason this made her feel more at ease, so that when the bell jangled, and Maria came in to announce that she had a visitor, Summer felt almost quite calm.

Until he walked into the room.
She had arranged herself on the settee, folded her hands in her lap, and then quickly covered Chi-chi with her skirts, mentally scolding the chambermaid who'd promised to keep the little critter from underfoot. She felt the dog settle down beneath the warmth of her petticoats-none of them had been prepared for the coolness of England even in the summer-and breathed a sigh of relief.

"Are you Miss Lee?" inquired the duke as he ran his eyes from the top of her head to the tips of her kidskin boots. "Miss Summer Wine Lee?" The deep richness of his voice made her heart turn over with what she could only assume was terror, and she jumped to her feet, jostling Chi-chi and making her growl. Tarnation, she didn't need her dog to attack this man's ankles, so she quickly sat back down, lifting one slippered foot beneath her skirts to rub the side of the dog's belly.

Meet the Author

Kathryne Kennedy is the author of the Relics of Merlin series, and is acclaimed for her world-building. She has also published nearly a dozen short stories in the SFF/Romance genre, receiving Honorable Mention twice in the "Writers of the Future" contest. She lives with her husband and two sons in Glendale, Arizona.Kathryne Kennedy is a critically acclaimed, bestselling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at www.kathrynekennedy.com. She's lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Glendale, Arizona.

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My Unfair Lady 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Sassy777 More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book of Kathryne's I have read and have enjoyed them all. 'My Unfair Lady' takes place in the victorian era and combines it with a wild west woman. Again, what I enjoy about her writing is the female character can be strong but not by making the man appear weaker in comparison. Also, I appreciate that Kathryne doesn't just write the same type of story, the only commonality is they all take place in the victorian era. Yes, she doesn't write with the verbiage of the era and that always annoys me - but she keeps the bad language out and romance in with the ability to write a compeling action filled plot.
relekais More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is my first time reading a book by this author, and as soon as I was finished, I immediately went online and looked for more books from her, suffix it to say I loved this book. I laughed out loud while reading this, so much so it led to a stranger asking me what I was reading because I seemed to be enjoying it so much. Totally loved it!
AmyC-NY More than 1 year ago
Born and raised in the infamous town of Tombstone, frontier lass Summer Lee is far from one of London's gently breed society ladies. But London is where she is looking to hire a titled man to teach her the ways of ladies.--- You see, after Summer's father made a fortune doing this and that, he uprooted her to New York city where a handsome young man named Monte caught her fancy, and he's asked her to marry him, but his family snubs their nose at her because of her lack of propriety. Summer's not too suave when it comes to upper-class formalities.--- So it's off to London for some training. Lord Byron, Duke of Monchester finds himself filling that precarious position as his need for the money she offers overrides his better judgment.--- Neither Byron nor Summer are looking for a love match. But after much time spent attending balls, and dinners and the occasional deal that may or may not include a kiss, as well as a dose of danger. Summer and Byron are finding it easy telling their heads nothing is happening between them. It's trying to convince their hearts. That stubborn organ doesn't appear to want to listen.--- I enjoyed this book immensely. I've read Kathryne Kennedy's Relics of Merlin series and while those are filled with magic, I felt that My Unfair Lady was filled with magic as well. Not in the paranormal sense, but in the writing. Ms. Kennedy weaved her characters together in such a way that you could feel Summer as her unconventional behavior penetrates Byron's cold façade, chipping away the layers to the true man beneath. And the love between them felt as accidental as it was meant to be. Another sweetly sensual tale weaved and brought to life by one of my favorite writers! However, I did grow a bit concerned with the continued motivation of Summer toward the end to continue carrying the pretense she wanted to be a lady for the sake of her vow to Monte. But all in all, it moved along swiftly. And I adored the secondary cast of 'critters'. Most especially, India, the monkey!--- The moral of this story...Be happy for being who you are. Don't change yourself for love or for social standings, love will find you. The right person will embrace you, stand beside you, and support you for being you. And that's what both Summer and Byron learn in this book. My Unfair Lady is a remarkable tale of love and acceptance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to get into the characters. Enjoyed it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a perfect mix of magic and romance. I couldn't seem to put the book down. I can't wait to read more from this author. I loved the world she created.
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I found this story very predictable in ways, but it was still a good, easy book to read. If you like period romance, you'll probably be into this book.
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This is a funny story with characters you can't help but love.
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