“Compromised” was a light romance from new (to me) author Kate Noble. It’s very much a regency romp with the added fillip of a touch of extra heat not normally found in your average regency. At 375 reading pages in trade paperback size, it’s not exactly a quick read but I didn’t find it hard to finish.
Gail is the smart daughter, the tall daughter, the daughter in the shadow of her classically beautiful sister Evangeline. Her father’s job kept them moving from country to country in service to England and now they’re finally returning home with their new-ish stepmother to be launched into society and find a match. Gail’s brains don’t, however, protect her from wild horses or spiteful scoundrels and when one scoundrel spikes her glasses of punch at her coming out ball, it sets into action a train of events that leads to her sister becoming secretly betrothed…to a man Gail dislikes…intensely. Of course, in regencies, dislike leads to love and so it goes in “Compromised”.
Maximillian has received an ultimatum from his controlling, yet sickly, father. Marry within three months or he will only inherit what his father can’t get rid of–leaving Max land rich and cash poor and possibly beggaring the estates. Max doesn’t much care about one new debutante over another until he succumbs to the moonlight and ends up secretly engaged to the sister of the aggravating woman who inflames him like no other…in every way.
Even though I knew where the plot was headed, I enjoyed the journey. For a debut romance novel, Noble’s sense of timing and dialogue kept me entertained. It did have a few roughish spots, but nothing that pulled me out of the story or the plot. A light romance with comedic elements that worked great for an afternoon read.