Yay! Yay! Not one, but THREE delightful reviews!
This has been a wonderful month for reviews! I don’t think I’ve ever received 3 trade reviews in one month before. I am SO thrilled and grateful for all of them. Have a look below…
review from BOOKLIST for THE DUELING DUCHESS
Gaius Darlington, Marquess of Carlisle, is used to women wanting to kiss him, but Cecile
Tremblay is the first woman who says she wants to take a shot at him. Granted, taking aim with a gun at Gaius is part of Cecile’s act as a markswoman for Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre, but Gaius (who is working incognito in the circus as Guy Darling) still can’t figure out why Cecile is the one woman who seems immune to his legendary charm. Given her secret craving for reading London’s gossip columns, Cecile knows exactly who Gaius really is. What’s more, Cecile knows getting involved with someone who is fated to wed an heiress is asking for trouble. So why, after just one kiss, does Cecile wonder what a future with Gaius—in which she takes only verbal shots at him—might be like? With the second inventively populated and ingeniously plotted addition to her Wicked Women of Whitechapel series, following The Boxing Baroness (2022), Spencer scores a direct bull’s-eye with another carefully calibrated mix of steamy passion, delectably dry humor, and daringly original characters.
— John Charles
Another delightful review for
THE DUELING DUCHESS from
Spencer’s alluring second Wicked Women of Whitechapel novel (after The Boxing Baroness) stars Cecile Tremblay, one of four owners of Regency England’s first all-women circus, Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre, who also performs as a crack shot in one of the circus’s most popular acts. When Cecile’s former lover Guy Darlington shows up at her circus pleading for a job as Cecile’s assistant/drudge after losing his fiancée and his dukedom to his long-lost cousin, Cecile reluctantly takes him on. She has not forgotten how Guy previously insulted her with an offer to install her as his mistress while he went on to wed a more suitable woman. As the pair spend more time together, however, Cecile sees that he truly regrets his previous behavior and he confesses he’s never stopped loving her. But can guarded Cecile tear down her walls and open up about her mysterious past enough to return his feelings? The unusual backdrop of the circus continues to set this series apart, and the resilient female supporting cast add both charm and humor to the sensuous romance. Readers won’t want to put this down. (May)
And last, but certainly not least, a fabulous review for
PHOEBE from Publishers Weekly…
Spencer (The Boxing Baroness) sets the tone for her Bellamy Sisters series with an engaging Regency love story in which the primary hurdles are the heroine’s pride and her family’s prejudice. Lady Phoebe Bellamy, who is sensible but haughty and sometimes considered plain, does her best to manage the household in the face of her father’s propensity for squandering their fortune. Despite her best efforts, however, the family will soon own nothing but their titles. Meanwhile, Paul Needham, a newly made viscount, is one of the richest men in England, but his surly, standoffish reputation precedes him. He dislikes society, but he requires both a respectable country home and a wife if he hopes to carve out a place in it for his illegitimate daughter. When Needham looks into renting Phoebe’s family estate, the Bellamy sisters find their parents ready to marry any one of them off to solve their financial woes. So Phoebe heroically spares her sisters and saves the family fortunes by proposing to the viscount herself—not expecting she may actually fall in love. There are hints of “Beauty and the Beast” to the sultry dynamic that arises between the leads as they navigate the complexities of Regency social status. Spencer creates characters worth rooting for. Readers will be eager to see Phoebe’s sisters find their own matches next. (Self-published)