The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen is a guide I wish were real...

I love romance novels for the fluff escapism: tame drama, happy-ever-after, armchair time travel, appealing sexytimes.

This first book in a new series did that for me, and if you like tame, slow-burn romances, this one is for you. Our heroine, spinster India Prendergast, is convinced the Lady Travelers Society is a scam. Her beloved aunt has disappeared, and the women running the society are unable to locate her. Worse, Derek Saunders, famed bad boy, is related to one of the women who run the society, and he has taken it upon himself to "help" "find" India's aunt.

Obviously, their instant dislike for each other means they're going to fall madly in love (and that was fine by me).

Normally I wolf down romances in a matter of days, but I actually took a break from this one because it's pretty slow moving. The mystery was a little tiresome because there was an intentional can't-tell-the-truth-for-this-rather-flimsy-reason plotline and it did stretch on a leeeeeeeeetle too long. But I found India charming -- a working woman who enjoys order and control -- and Derek -- to-be reformed raconteur who helps India loosen up -- and the secondary characters were fun.

The reveal was fun, and an interesting set up for the Lady Travelers Society. In terms of sex, there was none (or virtually none, I really can't recall), so if you're not feeling the hot-and-heavy, this is a good romance to read. I've had my eye out for the second book -- something to keep in my back pocket for cranky days and depressing weekends.

First line: It certainly did not look like the type of place where genteel, older ladies were bilked out of their life savings.

Title: The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen
Author: Victoria Alexander
Genre: Fiction (Historical / Romance / 19th Century / Paris / Missing Person / Mystery)
Publisher/Publication Date: Harlequin Books (5/23/2017)
Source: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: Historical Fiction


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