Saturday, August 22, 2020

Review: "The Last Eligible Bachelor" by Ashtyn Newbold

It's been more than a month since I last read a Regency Romance, so of course it was time to remedy that! I just got a(nother) free trial to Kindle Unlimited, which is full of Regencies ... so when I couldn't sleep the other night, I went searching, and I landed on this one!

A ruse can only last so long…

Tillie Sherbrooke was born a lady, but lost her place in society by her father’s folly. Quiet, resourceful, and loyal, she now makes the perfect lady’s maid for her mistress Sophia. When Sophia's parents give her no choice but to travel across England to be matched with a mysterious young bachelor, Mr. Hill, she has no interest, especially since there are several other ladies vying for him. Who better to send in her place than Tillie? What gentleman would notice a maid, even one disguised as a lady? So when Sophia asks this favor of Tillie, or rather—threatens her into it, Tillie must rely on her past, the life of a proper lady, if she hopes to keep her position at Sedgwick Manor.

Disguised as her mistress, Tillie takes a coach across the country to a new place, one both unfamiliar and frightening. With so much at stake, she does all she can to stay quiet and invisible. But when she inadvertently catches Mr. Hill’s attention, she realizes she may have more to lose than her livelihood. She may very well lose her heart.

The Last Eligible Bachelor is a sweet/clean regency romance stand-alone novel, book two in the Seasons of Change series.

The Last Eligible Bachelor is like comfort food; there's nothing pretentious or high class about it, but it totally hits the spot. It's an easy, fairly predictable, comforting read, and it leaves you both satisfied and wanting more.

The set-up is sort of like The Bachelor set in Regency England. (I love me some [older seasons] Bachelor, and I adore Regency romances, so this is basically the perfect combo.) I loved how Tillie and Mr. Hill fell for each other, and their chemistry was off the charts! I do enjoy a good secret identity story (even though I'm always anxious the whole time about what will happen when the other person learns the truth), and this one is done really well. No spoilers, but I loved Mr. Hill's reaction to the truth.

The Last Eligible Bachelor was my first Ashtyn Newbold novel, and I think I've now found another go-to author for clean Regency romance! 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the book or read for free on KU (affiliate link).

Ashtyn Newbold grew up with a love of stories. When she discovered chick flicks and Jane Austen books in high school, she learned she was a sucker for romantic ones. When not indulging in sweet romantic comedies and regency period novels (and cookies), she writes romantic stories of her own across several genres. Ashtyn also enjoys baking, singing, sewing, and anything that involves creativity and imagination.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I borrowed this book and chose to review it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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