Author: Elise Marion
Series: Lawless Ladies, book 1
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc (July 29, 2021)
Romance, Adult Historical Romance (Regency)
Welcome to book 1 in the new and exciting series from bestselling author Elise Marion.
Helena Montgomery is left to care for her siblings after the deaths of her parents. Buried under a pile of debt, she has no choice but to join her friends in a dangerous scheme. Moonlighting as a masked highwayman is a sure way to end up facing the hangman, but there is nothing Helena wouldn’t do for those she loves. Besides, she only intends to continue her illegal activities until her sister’s first season yields an advantageous marriage.
Lord Sebastian Radcliffe doesn’t want a wife but must select one to secure his family legacy. The young, beautiful Harriett Montgomery seems like the perfect choice—yet Sebastian finds himself drawn, instead, to her elder sister. He never expected to marry for love, yet the vivacious Helena quickly burrows her way past his stony façade and straight into his heart.
He thinks her a high-handed shrew; she thinks him a self-righteous bore. Yet, passion kindles between this unlikely pair, leaving them hopeful that the futures they once thought impossible might be within reach. However, the damaging secret of Helena’s crimes hangs over her head, forcing her to keep Sebastian at arm’s length. Despite her best efforts, she is unable to deny the depth of her feelings.
When I saw the plus-sized heroine on the cover of this Regency romance novel, I knew I had to pick it up. I love a plus-sized hero/heroine! Spinster Sister got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but once I was in I was hooked. The chemistry between Helena and Sebastian is just SO good, and had just enough of the hate-to-love kick to me get a tropeful of butterflies in my tummy.
Another really enjoyable part is the friendship between Helena and the rest of the “Band of Brigands” – though at times it was a little difficult to keep the five of them all straight. I am SO READY for their stories, and I can’t wait to see which one of them gets matched up with the burly Irish detective in book two… My guess is Mina, what’s yours? 🙂
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.