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The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman
My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋
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?
Wanting to be loved for himself and not his title turns into a bet among friends where they hide in plain sight as servants. I’m not the biggest fan of mistaken identity when it’s not an accident, but I did love the reason for this one. Not only was he getting to know her he was also learning about himself and how it is to be a servant.
Frances and Lucas can talk about politics and it’s clear there is a spark between them. When the truth came out about who he is and how bad her family wants her to marry I was holding my breath wondering how things would turn out. I did love the grand reveal to everyone and the ending.
Frances loves to discuss politics and she is determined to convince every lord not to vote for the upcoming employment bill and she won’t be held back by anyone. I wanted to love her, but her assuming what he was like and always needing to be right got on my nerves. I did love her reason for being against the bill though.
Lucas is super caring and loving and always wants to do what’s right. His heart was broken because of titles and now he fears it will happen again. I loved him from the start because he had good intentions and wasn’t like most men with titles.