A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies of the Manor #3)
by Roseanna M. White
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?
The problem with the Fire Eyes (red diamonds) has not gone away, and Lady Ella is determined to work with Duke Justin, Duchess Brook, and their cousin Lord Cayton to thwart Lady Pratt and her brother Lord Rushworth once and for all. But what happens when Ella discovers that she has unknowingly had the diamonds all along, creepy Lord Rushworth decides to court her, and Lord Cayton is working as a double agent and fake-courting her also?
A Lady Unrivaled was a beautiful end to the Ladies of the Manor trilogy by Roseanna M. White. Both of the main characters had made appearances in the previous novels, and it was sweet to watch them fall in love, if rather unwillingly at first. Lady Ella had already been one of my favorites and, perhaps, the character most like me in the series. Lord Cayton was not a character I particularly cared for in the previous books, since he broke the heart of one of Brook’s cousins and married for money, but the growth that began in him in The Reluctant Duchess continued, making him a wonderful main character. Both he and Ella struggled with some insecurity issues due to some of their previous mistakes, and it was wonderful to see them change and mature in the light of God’s and each other’s love. The situation with the Fire Eyes was the other major conflict A Lady Unrivaled. Lord Rushworth was as determined as ever to get the diamonds, though he claimed the only reason was to save his sister from the “Russian mobster” who already gave them a down payment. He was dark and creepy as usual, but seeing him with a shard of humanity through his attraction to Ella somehow made him even worse. He is not an enemy I would want—much less a suitor! The conclusion of this tale was immensely satisfying and tied up a few loose ends with the other characters, including Lady Pratt’s grief over her lost son and what to do with the Fire Eyes for good.
I enjoyed this novel and this trilogy very much and would recommend it to those who like sweet historical romances.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.