My Fair Gentleman
By Nancy Campbell Allen
Shadow Mountain, 2016. 248 pgs. Romance
The last thing Jack wants to do is leave his life at sea and learn to become a member of London's high society. But that is just what he must do when his estranged grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth, dies and names Jack as his heir. Ivy Carlisle agrees to try to teach Jack everything he must know to be accepted by the Ton because that is the only way he will be able to keep his sister and mother out of poverty, but she soon realizes that she may have gotten in a little over her head. Jack is a sailor at heart and doesn't have much patience for the manners and formalities expected of him. They must also face the fact that someone may be trying to kill him.
I liked this Regency take of My Fair Lady. Ivy is a very likeable character who is genuinely interested in helping those around her. Jack tries to act the part of an ornery sailor, but he has a heart of gold when it comes to protecting those he loves. I enjoyed how the characters evolved throughout the book and of course there is the satisfaction of watching two people fall in love. Nancy Campbell Allen has written many novels but this is her first as part of the Proper Romance titles being published by Shadow Mountain.