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Series: Miss Mayhem #3
Published by LLD Press on August 4, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
What a woman wants…
The only person who ever understood what Julia Radley wanted most in life was the man who ruined her reputation and secured her victory in a bold swimming race. She does not hold Valentine Merton accountable for the harsh criticisms made against her character until he suggests the only way to smooth over the scandal of his defeat is to wed as soon as possible.
… the gentleman must dare.
After picking himself up after proposing, Valentine Merton is even more determined to tame the wild girl next door. The future he wants within the clockmaker’s guild depends on their speedy marriage. A few sweet words or, as a last resort, another brazen dare is sure to persuade her to take a chance on him… and his family.
MISS RADLEY’S THIRD DARE is a sweet historical romance about a headstrong, athletic young heroine trapped in a time that valued women for their grace and femininity, qualities Julia Radley doesn’t seem to have in any great quantity. Julia has energy to spare which she channels into feats of strength and endurance, such as running and swimming. The only person who seems to understand her need to expend this excess energy is Valentine Merton, the wretch whom society blames for ruining her by engaging in a swimming contest with the lady. Valentine isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to marry Julia, seeing her instead as a good friend with whom he can openly converse. Julia feels the same, but as time passes and the scandal begins to die down, Julia and Valentine find themselves moving past friends into something more.
This is a very straight-forward, almost formulaic historical romance. There’s a villain, a treacherous family member, and some outside conflict pushing our hero and heroine together. It’s a little bit of a stretch to believe the clockmaker society’s motives, but there’s a fun little twist towards the end that makes the reader laugh and understand what’s really been going on behind the scenes.
There’s only one real “love” scene, so I’ve categorized this as a “sweet” romance. The love is seen more through the emotional and intellectual connection shared by Valentine and Julia moreso than any great passion or steamy love scenes. It’s quite mild.