on February 1st 2016
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Intrepid and outspoken, Blythe Culpepper is dragged against her will to London for a Season. To her dismay, her guardian enlists the devilishly attractive Lord Leventhorpe, the one man she detests, to assist with her Come Out. Since their first encounter, hostile looks and cutting retorts have abounded whenever they meet, yet she cannot deny the way her body reacts when he’s near. So perhaps it’s no surprise that upon overhearing another woman scheming to entrap Tristan into marriage, Blythe risks all to warn him.
Haunted by childhood trauma, Tristan, the austere and controlled Marquis of Leventhorpe, usually avoids social gatherings. So why, against his better judgement, does he agree to aid his closest friend in presenting the Culpeppers to the ton? Might it be because one Culpepper stirs more than his interest? Blythe taxes him to his limits with her sharp wit and even sharper tongue. Yet, he cannot deny the beauty fascinates him.
However, when an old enemy comes calling, using Blythe to settle old scores, Tristan must decide if protecting his honor is more important than winning the heart of the woman he has come to love.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
The first sentence of SCHEMES GONE AMISS made me giggle, and from then on I was completely under Collette Cameron’s spell. Blythe Culpepper has never felt so awkward since she’s come to London for the Season; she’s not looking for a husband, and she’d much rather go back to the family farm where she hails from. She’s a straightforward young woman, and her ways do not endear her to the Ton. To make matters worse, the person chosen to oversee her début is Tristan, Lord Leventhorpe. Their previous encounters have been prickly, and they’ve exchanged unkind words. However, Tristan is rather taken by Blythe’s fire and outspokenness; she’s a much welcome change. They eventually manage to become friendlier, but Blythe wishes it were more. But when ambitious and unscrupulous acquaintances conspire against both Blythe and Tristan, they come to each other’s rescue.
SCHEMES GONE AMISS is an extremely solid and compelling story, and there is one particular plot twist that literally had me shivering. Ms. Cameron meticulous attention to historical detail enriches the story while never being a hindrance to the flow of the narrative, her vocabulary dazzles, especially when it comes to the choice insults Blythe and Tristan exchange. The characters are well-rounded, the secondary ones are as interesting as the principals, and there are some perfectly charming and amusing passages involving animals; who could forget that wayward cow or Freddy the fat, old Corgi. There is also a secondary romance, apart from Blythe and Tristan’s, which will melt your heart. Tristan and Blythe’s romance evolves over time, out of the respect they have for each other in addition to their mutual attraction, which they don’t quite understand themselves, which I thought was an interesting touch. And let’s not forget Ms. Cameron’s luminous, eloquent and precise prose, and the delightful and witty dialogues. SCHEMES GONE AMISS is an enchanting romance, with charismatic characters, and epic turns of event. Absolutely wonderful!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.