ARC Review: Say You’ll Be My Lady

Say You’ll Be My Lady by Kate Pembrooke
Publication Date: 22 February 2022

“It occurred to him then that men who preferred their females biddable and compliant were fools. He far preferred a lady unafraid to speak her own mind to stand up to him.”

After having met Lady Serena Wynter in the first book in this series, I was very eager to get her story next. She is a strong-willed, intelligent, and generous young lady with a mind of her own, and she does not hesitate to speak it. Which means I totally love her. Charles Townshend is her opposite in every way – reserved, introspective, always a gentleman above all else. They have been friends and verbal sparring partners for some time, with each wanting more but each also having their own reasons for feeling they were ill suited to be anything but friends. So of course I shipped them immediately.

And please let’s talk about Jem, the curly-haired little foundling who stole my heart along with everyone else’s. He is just so damned adorable that I wanted to snuggle up with him, give him all the kittens, and bestow upon him all of the love and affection he had missed in his early years.

I do have to say that after the steam level of book one, I was a tad disappointed by the mostly closed door of this one. The chemistry between Serena and Charles is palpable on the page, and it’s a shame that we didn’t get to see that shown in the bedroom.

I’m delighted to see that the next book in the Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair series will focus on Phoebe. She’s a young firecracker, and I’m sure Pembrooke will deliver a swirling roller coaster of romance once again.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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