by Valerie King

February 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7177-9
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Mass Market Paperback

I firmly believe that Valerie King is one of those authors where if you want a solid and wonderful romance, you will never go wrong picking up one of her books. My Lady Valiant is no exception.

Anne Delamere has had enough of hearing that the Earl of Staverton has broken hearts all over England, and when his next victim is her cousin, Anne starts to plan her revenge. But thoughts of vengeance fly out of her head when she is almost hit by a racing curricle and rescued by a handsome gentleman. One kiss of gratitude later, Anne soon realizes that the man is no gentleman—he’s Staverson! Pushing aside the most delicious feelings the kiss invoked, all thoughts of revenge coming rushing back to her…and she knows what must be done.

Staverton is a little put out when he realizes that the country beauty isn’t coming to see him for a bit of flirtation while he’s staying at the local inn. Getting ready to leave the next morning, he is pleasantly surprised when he realizes that it is Anne who waits for him outside—that is, until he sees the pistol pointed at his head! Learning that he is being kidnapped, the Earl of Staverton informs Anne that he is a spy and that he must be on his way. Anne decides that they shall go together - while she wants Staverton to see the error of his ways and marry her cousin, Anne longs for an adventure as well! Spending time together in close quarters only makes her realize that he might not be the heartless rogue she thought him to be - and what happens when she realizes that her heart might be the next to be broken?

My Lady Valiant is a wonderful romp where Anne goes after what she wants—and gets it! I just loved that she kidnapped the Earl of Staverton and that she isn’t a nimbly-pimbly tittering twit. Anne is smart and cunning, the best that romance heroines have to offer. Now, the Earl is another story. He’s so unbelievably arrogant and of course, he’s not as bad as Anne thinks. There are reasons why he acts the way he acts towards women—all of which Anne believes! If there is one failing in this book, it would have to be that Staverton didn’t get his comeuppance. I was looking forward to Anne really putting it to him, and it didn’t come out quite the way I thought. However, I still enjoyed My Lady Valiant, and I was impressed with this well-written and fast paced Regency that showcased interesting characters and a great storyline.

Reviewed in April 2002 by Thea.

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