by Donna Simpson

February 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7394-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Often when reading one of the short regencies Iíll think to myself, what a load of fluff it is. Entertaining, yes, but little more than a very light, uninvolved way to pass some time. Pamelaís Second Season is far from a wisp of fluff. Relatively short, yes, but what Donna Simpson managed to put into 255 pages is amazing.

Hopes, dreams, emotions. Many characters youíll like, a couple you wonít. Itís in there. These characters are alive and youíll care what happens to them, all of them, but especially Pamela Neville and Malcolm Bercombe, Earl of Strongwycke.

Pamela has agreed to subject herself to a second London season for one reason, to learn to be ladylike in order to win the favor of a man back home. But she can only tame her somewhat wild nature for so long. Strongwycke meets Pamela under unusual circumstances and while he is dealing (badly!) with the guardianship of his head strong, thirteen-year-old niece. But what starts out as an unexpected meeting turns into friendship and then into something more.

One of the things that makes this book so awesome is that you see Pamela and Strongís relationship develop. We see the stages it goes through. Her increasing maturity and his decreasing rigidity and the respect that he has for her.

You also have a number of secondary characters to immerse yourself in; Strongís niece, Pamelaís sister (whoís book will be coming out in May), her managing, aging, but loving grandmother and controlling, peevish mother. And we also meet Pamelaís older brother and his betrothed, Jane who give readers an interesting side romance to get into.

At this point itís probably unnecessary to say, but, I totally recommend Pamelaís Second Season to romance readers and I canít wait to read Rachelís Change Of Heart in May.

Reviewed in February 2003 by JaToya.

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