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Piety or passion… What’s a lady to do?

Lady Mary Rutherford believed she would live her entire life as a nun. But when King Henry VIII’s reformist movement makes practicing religion a dangerous proposition, Mary is forced to begin a new life with a family she doesn't know. Worse, she must become lady of the manor, a role for which she feels sorely unprepared.

After a decade of service to his king, Lord Trenton Stanley returns home to find his estate in ruins, his fortune depleted, and his doddering father drooling over Mary—a woman Trent fears has been installed to replace his mother. Trent strives to rebuild his life, but his desire for Mary becomes a serious distraction he can’t seem to ignore.

Though Mary is anxious to prove she’s a worthy lady, she’s tempted by the rakish Trent into deeds most unladylike…


This book is a fun read.... a look back at the old Regency romances I used to love to read, full of misunderstandings, lies, problems besetting the main couple, the works.

Lady Mary Rutherford first meets Lord Stanley--who she has been told is her guardian and sponsor; only, Lord Stanley claims not to have a ward and thinks she is a whore. And the fun begins from there.

The course of all true romance, especially in a Regency romance, does not run smooth--if it did, it would be a boring book and LADY IN DEED is anything by boring. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say that Ms. Montclair does a good job of keeping you guessing which way the wind will blow. Good job!

About the Author:
Ann Montclair writes contemporary and historical fiction and is an English professor at a small, rural community college. She was born in Los Angeles, California, where her parents and grown daughter now reside. Ann currently lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with her husband, son, and a pile of dogs and cats. She enjoys listening to live music, hiking, cycling, cooking, and gardening. She hates dieting but spends a lot of time ruminating on the topic. Her biggest wish is that each of her readers will be inspired to believe in and find their own happily-ever-after, no matter their fears and insecurities. Her motto is Love triumphs! Ann has three published contemporary romance novels: The Billionaire’s Bauble (Soul Mate Publishing 2011), One Wet Summer (Musa Publishing 2012), and Good Things Come in Tall Packages (Musa Publishing 2012). Lady in Deed (Musa Publishing 2012) is her first historical romance. Lady is the Law, another Tudor historical romance, is forthcoming 2013.

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Ingeborg said…
The book sounds great, I'm looking forward to reading it.

Ann Montclair said…
Thanks for hosting me and the generous review. Happy Valentine's day!!
MomJane said…
Great review. I love good regency romances.
Shannon R said…
My biggest dislike of romance novels is that they can often be predictable, I love it if Ms Montclair avoided that fate with this novel with some twists and turns. Thanks for the review

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Andra Lyn said…
Thanks for posting! I'mdefinitely enjoying myself during this tour :)

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