Staff Pick by Martin B.
Reading a romance by Maggie Robinson is always a delight. Seducing Mr. Sykes, the most recent book in her Cotswold Confidential series, is no exception. Maggie’s characters are always infused with wit and passion, but the curious village of Puddling-on-the-Wold grants her the opportunity to populate her most recent books with even more unusual characters. For Puddling-on-the-World may look like a quaint, bucolic English hamlet, but it’s really a “rehab” center for nobility with all sorts of scandalous pasts and problems. Or, as Maggie so ably puts it, the village is a place to “rusticate and recalibrate” one’s life.
In Seducing Mr. Sykes, the latest resident of the village is the fiery Lady Sarah “Sadie” Marchmain, who actually checks herself into Puddling to escape her own family. The eponymous Mr. Tristan Sykes is not a fellow resident, but rather one of the men who runs the entire facility. To call Sadie headstrong would be a vast understatement; her willful nature is evidenced by her insistence on wearing that most scandalous of garments—trousers! Throughout the novel she tests the mettle of the entire Puddling staff, especially Tristan. One of my favorites scenes is when she bursts in upon Tristan while he’s in the bathtub… but you’ll have to read the book to see how that turns out!
So come take a visit to a delightful time and place, reimagined only as Maggie Robinson could, where ladies and gentlemen act anything but, the dialogue is equal parts sparkling and scathing, and love can occur in the most unlikely of places, between the most unlikely of people.
In Maggie Robinson’s sparkling new series, the quaint village in Gloucestershire is where the wayward sons and daughters of Great Britain’s finest families come for some R&R—and good
old-fashioned “rehab.” But sometimes they find much more . . .
No one at Puddling-on-the-Wold ever expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors. But after the legendary Lady’s eleventh-hour rejection of the man she was slated to marry, she was sent here to restore her reputation . . . and change her mind. It amused Sadie that her father, a duke, would use the last of his funds to lock her up in this fancy facility—she couldn’t be happier to be away from her loathsome family and have some time to herself. The last thing she needs is more romantic distraction . . .
As a local baronet’s son, Tristan Sykes is all too familiar with the spoiled, socialite residents of the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation—no matter how real their problems may be. But all that changes when he encounters Sadie, a brave and brazen beauty who wants nothing more than to escape the life that’s been prescribed for her. If only Tristan could find a way to convince the Puddling powers-that-be that Sadie is unfit for release, he’d have a chance to explore the intense attraction that simmers between them—and prove himself fit to make her his bride . . .
Praise for Maggie Robinson’s Lady Anne’s Lover
“Robinson never fails to provide plenty of brio, banter, and interpersonal heat . . .Fans of humorous historicals will enjoy this delightful romp.” —Publishers Weekly
“A charming, fun Regency romp that combines an innovative, compelling plot with characters that jump off the page and a hot, captivating romance that will tug at heartstrings.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lively repartee and steamy sensuality, yet maintains the mystery to the very end.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars