Giveaway and Review: "Barely a Lady"

As part of the "Barely a Lady" blog tour, I have my review and a giveaway of 5 copies of the book, sponsored by Hachette!

"Barely a Lady"
by Eileen Dreyer

Source: provided for review by Hachette Books

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Five years ago, jack Wyndham, Earl of Gracechurch, kicked out his wife, Olivia, over a misunderstanding instigated by his jealous cousin Gervaise. Olivia changed her last name to Grace after the scandalous divorce and lived trying to forget her love for Jack, while trying to hide from the malicious Gervaise. She is among a group of women tending soldiers injured in Waterloo, when she comes face to face with a near-death Jack, wearing a French uniform. Even after all he's done to hurt her, she takes it upon herself to nurse him back to health. As he comes to, she realizes Jack has amnesia and believes them to still be married.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I have some problems with the story, but Dreyer's writing style is addictive! I was turning the pages as quickly as possible, and there was never a slow moment.

I was reminded a little of Sherri Thomas and Meredith Duran's writing, in that the leads are very flawed and have dealt with a lot over long periods of time. Add in a war, and you've got a really sweeping tale of love and hardship.

Sigh, I wanted to like Jack, I really did. He just seemed so...likeable. I was ready to forgive him for the divorce, but then he started to remember his affair with Mimi. I don't know what is worse, reading about the hero telling another woman that he loves her or reading his love scenes with her. Jack didn't have to be a monk while they were divorced, but the Mimi affair was too much for me. Poor Olivia, already having to deal with so much on her own, and then she has to deal with Mimi.

I did enjoy all of the supporting characters, especially Grace and Diccan. I really looked forward to their scenes.

I liked the style of the book, with all the past secrets being revealed slowly throughout the book. There was a lot going on, and it was a bit like a mystery unraveling. I also liked that the characters were re-united after a long time apart. I just would rather not have to be so upset with the hero for most of the book!

Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 3/5

Romance: 3/5 (I liked the romance, I was just so upset with Jack!!)

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 5/5 (I LOVE this cover!!)
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: I do think I'll read the other books in the series because I really liked the author's style, even though I had problems with the story itself.


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  1. I would like to enter for a chance to win. I'm a follower.

  2. Publicly following In the Hammock with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}] -- I enjoyed your review and would love to read Barely a Lady :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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  6. I've been seeing great reviews for this book by Eileen Dreyer and would like a chance to form my own opinion!

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  7. I am pretty sure I would be upset with Jack too

  8. I am a follower and love scandals but don't know if I could come to love Jack.

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  14. hmmmm.. Now I'm all kinds of curious about Jack. I wanna know what you mean about trying to like him. I have to say, I like the cover, too!

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  15. Hmmm... I'm not sure I will like Jack either. Is there a HEA at least? Thanks for the contest, count me in!

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  18. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  19. Cara-I tried to post once, but I guess I screwed it up(always possible with technology). I wanted to thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I understand your hesitation. Writing Jack was a real juggling act for me, because Mimi is a vital character, and as Jack gets his memory back, I don't know how he can help remembering her. That's one reason I liked having Lady Kate there. She said all the things we'd like to say about him.
    Tanya-yes. I promise. There is a HEA. In fact, Jack and Olivia's relationship carries onto the next book, so we see even more of their healing.

  20. Thank you so much for stopping by, Eileen! I really enjoyed the book, thanks for reminding me about Lady Kate, she and the rest of the household say everything to Jack that the reader wants to say! Jack is such a likeable character, but he just does some things that are hard to forgive! I'm looking forward to the next book!

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  22. Please don't enter me as this looks a bit steamy for me, I just have a question. How did all the heroes in Regency romances get so tan? Wasn't it ungentleman like to go around without a shirt? Maybe they all swam in lakes like Mr. Darcy? LOL not that I'm complaining...that cover is great! ;-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  23. Renee, you didn't know about those regency tanning beds? ;-}. I think that there as many tanned heroes as there are black haired blue eyed English Dukes. Not that I'm going to stop writing about black haired blue eyed English Dukes....

  24. Hahaha I like the black haired, blue eyed Dukes the best...but shhhh don't tell Mr. Darcy! :-P

    XOXO~ Renee

  25. OOhh amnesia. I don't know why but I love whenever a character in a book loses their memories. Makes for good stuff.

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  26. You always have the best contests. I'd love to win a copy.
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  34. I am a new follower and would love to win this book. Thanks!

  35. Thanks for the comment, Carrie. Eileen Dreyer did such a wonderful job with the pacing of the book. As for the Mimi character, I have a feeling she is going to cause some major havoc for Jack and Olivia in the next installment.



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