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Series: Midnight Meetings #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all...
I really enjoyed THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH. There are elements of Cinderella that play into the beginning of the novel, but once ‘Cinderella’ leaves the ball, the real fun begins. Set in the Georgian period, this exciting novel explores the slightly darker aspects of life. And the complexity of both the plot and characters was a fresh, but realistic take on period life. The heroine is a woman struggling to find independence and prove her business acumen, so while I loved that she was spirited and independent, this novel explored the more realistic consequences of having those traits in a time period that frowned upon such things. Even the hero, whom we are supposed to love and cheer for, held realistic beliefs regarding women and their alleged inability to function without a man’s guidance.
Claire and Cyrus are well-matched and learn important life lessons from the other. Claire shows Cyrus that women fully capable of making strategic and informed business decisions without help from men and Cyrus teaches Claire that she can fall in love and still maintain her independence. Theirs is a sweet, unexpected romance with a fun mystery to solve as the plot develops. And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, there’s a great plot twist that will spin everything you think you know on its head.
I had no idea this was part of a series, so you can quite easily pick this book up without having to have read the first book in the series. It reads as a complete standalone.