Rosabella Traherne is wealthy, thanks to her Nabob uncle. Wary of fortune-hunters in Harrogate she goes to Bath incognito, hoping to find a man who will love her for herself. Lord Dorney is impressed by Bella's spirited defense of the helpless, but when he discovers her deception, he turns away. Following him to London, Bella finds herself in trouble with the ton and her enemies . . . Regency Romance by Sally James writing as Marina Oliver; originally published by Robert Hale [UK]
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I really liked this book as it started - elements of The Grand Sophy, Arabella, and The Nonesuch. It seemed really promising, but the author introduced too many plot threads and then did a clumsy job of weaving them together, leaving many dangling and loosing many opportunities. It felt like the first half was carefully crafted and the second half/last third was hurridly added - a first draft that somehow got subbed into the final manuscript. There are even a note to self (the author) and many blanks left to be filled in later. Overall it's wildly implausible and rather sloppy but entertaining. I'm giving it 4 stars for the first half and the refreshing heroine. The hero's actions and thought processes are pretty random from London to the end, and that soured him for me. No sex.