The Lady in Red

The Lady in Red

by Kelly Bowen

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The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen

2018 RITA award-winning author!
"Wonderful! A charming, clever, and engaging storyteller not to be missed." --Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author
A lady with secrets, a man with a burning desire, a love that breaks all the rules

Lady Charlotte Beaumont has spent her whole life being ignored. By her parents, her brother, even the servants. So she was secretly able to develop her talent for painting well beyond the usual watercolors. Too bad no one will let her actually use it-women are rarely accepted into the Royal Academy. But when a connection at the Haverhall School for Young Ladies gets Charlotte her dream commission, she'll do whatever it takes to make it work. Including disguising herself as "Charlie."

Flynn Rutledge has something to prove. His lowly upbringing is not going to stop him from achieving his artistic dreams. This commission is the key to his future, and his partner, an unknown youth in oversized clothes who is barely old enough to shave, doesn't exactly inspire confidence. But Charlie does inspire Flynn's artistic passion-something he worried he might have lost forever. For all his street smarts, nothing can prepare Flynn for the shock of Charlie's true identity. He doesn't care that she's a woman, but a lady of the ton is a different matter altogether . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538744628
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Season for Scandal Series , #4
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,799
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology. But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields. Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

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The Lady in Red 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Brilliant! Lady Charlotte is brave, compassionate and persistent pursuing her painting and in breaking out of the society's limitations. Disguised as a boy, she meets and falls in love with the complex and haunted artist, Flynn Rutledge. Well written and satisfying to the last word. Can't wait to read more of Kelly Bowen's books!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really loved this quick read by Kelly Bowen! It was definitely a different type of historical romance since the heroine spent much of the story disguised as a man. But I think this made me enjoy it that much more. We see this relationship build on friendship alone before Flynn discovers that Charlie is a woman. Once that discovery is made, the romance takes over. Loved this little glimpse into the Season for Scandal series!!
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Kelly Bowen rights strong heroines that don’t follow the convention of the day and provides them opportunities to follow their dreams. Her latest, Lady in Red, is no exception. Charlotte is the unseen daughter – not pretty enough to fit into society and make a smart match – essentially ignored by her parents. She uses the time alone to hone her considerable art talent. When an opportunity to paint the final scenes in a new chapel, she blackmails her way into the commission. Her partner in the work, Flynn Rutledge, has a chip on his shoulder that Charlotte helps him move past. Together they find they are amazing. After seeing the Women in Paris art exhibit several weeks ago, this novella particularly resonated. Charlotte gives up everything to be the artist she is meant to; but at the same time she gains everything she needs. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novella.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen is the story of a woman who goes to great lengths to chase her dreams, and gets a reward even bigger than she’d imagined. Lady Charlotte Beaumont has been largely ignored by her family for years. This absence of notice has meant she’s been able to hone her artistic talents in secret, developing unmatched skills in reproductions and in creating her own stunning paintings. In desperation to change her fortunes, she turns to a known criminal to try to sell one of her forgeries – one he recognizes isn’t the real thing. In return for the whereabouts of the real painting she’s credibly copied, he agrees to help her. The result is a disguise and a chance to work as one of two craftsmen on a commission of Renaissance murals for St. Michael’s. It’s her dream job, even if she has to pretend to be a young man to get it. Flynn Rutledge has learned the hard way that he and the nobility don’t mix after a failed love affair and more worriedly, a loss of his artistic drive. Though he’s got the commission to work on the murals at St. Michael’s from his previous accreditation, he has lost the spark of ingenuity. That is, until ‘Charlie’ comes to work with him. His youthful partner helps him divine the nature of the murals that will be the talk of the town when completed. They work well together, Charlie offering Flynn friendship and quiet confidence that helps restore his lack of faith in himself. But when Flynn finds out that Charlie is really Charlotte, will it ruin their friendship or be the start of something even better? What a lovely novella! Though the cover indicates a Christmas scene, it’s light on the holiday theme as there are no extended holiday scenes. It’s the time period just before Christmas when the story takes place which makes it a holiday novella, but really one that could be read any time of year. I really enjoyed how the author was able to take Charlotte and her position in society and come up with a credible way to have her achieve her dream of working on the murals. Under the guise of attending the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, an upright and well respected school that doubles as a place where women are able to achieve more lofty goals, Charlotte becomes Charlie and gains her place at Flynn’s side. Flynn and Charlie’s friendship develops honestly and cements their loyalty to each other even before Flynn discovers that Charlie is really Charlotte. It’s a slow burn romance, but leads to some sexy scenes. The artistic scenes are well written and make for an interesting backdrop to the story. The conflict comes in later, as Flynn discovers Charlotte’s real identity and has to make choices that will affect their future. In the end Charlotte’s dreams come true, and she finds a partner worthy of her in Flynn. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!