Review: The Lady Who Broke The Rules by Marguerite Kaye

Title: The Lady Who Broke The Rules (Castonbury Park #3)
Author: Maguerite Kaye
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Published: October 1, 2012
ebook, arc,
ISBN13: 9781426876738
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:

'Your rebellion has not gone unnoticed...'

Anticipating her wedding vows and then breaking off the engagement has left Kate Montague's social status in tatters. She hides her hurt at her family's disapproval behind a resolutely optimistic fa├žade, but one thing really grates... For a fallen woman, she knows shockingly little about passion!

Could Virgil Jackson be the man to teach her? A freed slave turned successful businessman, his striking good looks and lethally restrained power throw normally composed Kate into a tailspin! She's already scandalised society, but succumbing to her craving for Virgil would be the most outrageous thing Kate's done by far...

My thoughts:
The Lady Who Broke The Rules is part of the Castonbury Park series from Harlequin. All the books are written by different authors. I read a prequel of sorts many months ago. It wasn't my favorite historical fiction, but it was enjoyable. I haven't read the first two book in this series either. One of the things that I like about this series is that you don't have to start at the beginning to understand the characters. There are cross-over characters in this book, but you get enough explanation to understand the story.
The two main characters in this book are Kate Montague and Virgil Jackson. Kate has recently upset her family by breaking off her engagement. Virgil is a freed slave that now has a successful business. Kate and Virgil's paths cross, and their attraction to each other cannot be denied. I applaud Kaye for her unique spin on this romance, but I had a few problems with the story line. Most of my reservations lay with the historical accuracy in this book. I don't mean that a book has to be 100% accurate to be believable, but I can only suspend my disbelief so far. All though Kaye does mention the hardships the couple will have to face, it's not really stressed upon especially for this time period. Not only of being different social classes, but also that the characters are different races. However overlooking that aspect of the story, it's enjoyable. It's more of a novelette at 169 pages than a full-length novel. I think if the author added another 150 pages she could have built a more believable story line. As it was it's an okay read. I'm a huge fan of historical romance, but this book fell a little short for me.
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