Review: The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve enjoyed every installment in this series so far and though this novella veered a little from thread of the main books, it was still a hit for me. This story had nothing to do with the Chegarre & Associates firm who does such a great job fixing problems for the ton. But it’s linked to the other installments by the enigmatic and thoroughly fascinating King character. This is a man who can make anything happen. Here, he is helping Lady Charlotte find a post as an artist.

Charlotte is very gifted at her craft, but no one would ever take a Lady seriously as an artist. So King sets her up with a phony male identity to work on a major project. Her unwitting partner is Flynn Rutledge, a talented artist from the wrong side of the tracks with a chip on his shoulder and a distaste for aristocratic women. Thank Goodness, he only knows Charlotte as “Charlie,” at least for a time.

Since it’s a novella, the story moves quickly and the deception about Charlotte’s gender doesn’t last too long. I really liked how self-possessed this heroine is. She boldly goes after what she wants, yet she is warm-hearted and careful with Flynn’s feelings. As for the hero, he’s got some issues from his last lady-love that make him do some bone-headed stuff, but it’s not so egregious that I couldn’t forgive him. He’s a good guy at his core—he loved his mom and he wants to make her proud—it’s just that ex of his really did a number on him. It’s hard for him to trust and, even sometimes, to believe in himself.

The story follows the path you would expect, but it’s a good ride.

More than anything, though, it left me more convinced than ever that I need a King book. Do you hear me Kelly Bowen?? I need it now.

Rating: B/B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Lady in Red
by Kelly Bowen
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours

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