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The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman | #BookReview @ValerieGBowman @XpressoTours #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance

When a lady falls for the footman…

The Footman and I is book #1 in The Footmen’s Club series. It is a fun, secret identity, historical romance.

Our thanks to the author, June Third Enterprises / Xpresso Book Tours, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Print Length: 274 pages
June Third Enterprises (June 30, 2020)

Book Description

Let the games begin . . .

Every fortune-hunting female in London is after the newly titled Earl of Kendall, but he’s intent on finding a wife whose heart is true. So, while drunkenly jesting with his friends in a pub one night, he has an idea—what if the ladies of the ton didn’t know he was a wealthy earl? All he has to do is pose as a servant at his friend’s summer country house party and make sure the guest list is full of beautiful, eligible debutantes. What could possibly go wrong?

May the best footman win.

Miss Frances Wharton is far more interested in fighting for the rights of the poor than in marriage, but her mother insists she attend a summer house party—and find herself a husband. Frances would rather wed a goat than the pompous man her mother has in mind, so in order to dissuade the would-be suitor, she vows to behave like a shrew. The only person she can be herself with is the kind, handsome footman she runs into at every turn. Their connection is undeniable, and the divide between them is no match for the passion they feel. But what will happen when Frances learns that the footman she adores is actually the earl she despises? In a game where everything is false, can they convince each other that their love is true?

From the Publisher’s Blurb


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Lucas Drake, the fifth Earl of Kendall, was once jilted by his fiance because he was a second son, and she found someone else with a title. It was too bad for her that she married a baronet, and, unexpectedly, he became an Earl.

After the jilting, Lucas wanted to be extra careful when choosing his wife and agreed to take part in his best friends’ “experiment.”

Said experiment was to occur during a house party, and he, together with Bell and Worth (a Viscount and a Duke), would pretend to be servants.

Bell would spy for the Crown, Lucas would observe the unmarried ladies without being seen, and Worth would go just for the fun and the prospect of winning a bet.

Lucas didn’t expect to become friends with one of the ladies, Miss Frances Wharton, and start to harbor feelings for her.

Her family was ruined, she thought he was the footman, and, to make matters worse, she was firmly against The Employment Bill he was sponsoring in the House of Lords.

I really enjoyed this book. The premise was fun, the characters were engaging, and the romance very fulfilling.

I love furtive encounters and secret kisses (lol).

My first book by this author, but won’t be the last. I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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