The Footman and I
Author: Valerie Bowman
Series: The Footmen’s Club, book 1
Publisher: June Third Enterprises (June 30, 2020)
Kindle edition, 274 pages
Romance, Adult romance, Historical romance
Let the games begin…
Every fortune-hunting female in London is after the newly titled Earl of Kendall, but he’s intent on finding a wife whose heart is true. So, while drunkenly jesting with his friends in a pub one night, he has an idea—what if the ladies of the ton didn’t know he was a wealthy earl? All he has to do is pose as a servant at his friend’s summer country house party and make sure the guest list is full of beautiful, eligible debutantes. What could possibly go wrong?
May the best footman win.
Miss Frances Wharton is far more interested in fighting for the rights of the poor than in marriage, but her mother insists she attend a summer house party—and find herself a husband. Frances would rather wed a goat than the pompous man her mother has in mind, so in order to dissuade the would-be suitor, she vows to behave like a shrew. The only person she can be herself with is the kind, handsome footman she runs into at every turn. Their connection is undeniable, and the divide between them is no match for the passion they feel. But what will happen when Frances learns that the footman she adores is actually the earl she despises? In a game where everything is false, can they convince each other that their love is true?
I am a sucker for a mistaken identities trope, so when I read the blurb for Valerie Bowman’s The Footman and I I knew I HAD TO read it. This book does require a significant dollop of suspension of disbelief (as most mistaken identity romances do, let’s face it). If you can get past three titled gentlemen deciding to go incognito as servants to their friend’s house party, then you’re going to love this book.
I really loved both Lucas and Frances. I especially enjoyed the growth Lucas goes through, and there’s a moment near the end where his eyes are opened to certain truths because of Frances, and his friends are like “FINALLY, we couldn’t tell you because your head was too far up your butt but yeah, you were being dumb, friend.” I laughed out loud so many times reading this book. Their chemistry is so great together, and there are some moments where it’s like “Oh Lucas… How are you going to get yourself out of this one?” that are just GREAT. It’s light-hearted and funny and hot and got me tearing up a bit a few times, so basically just all over a great read.
This is the first book in The Footmen’s Club series, and can be read as a stand-alone. It looks like all three books in the series will run concurrently, highlighting each gentleman’s exploits at this one house party, and I am SO excited to read Rhys and Beau’s books!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the author for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.