Blog Tour Review: How Not to Chaperone a Lady by Virginia Heath

About the Book:

Title: How Not to Chaperone a Lady

Author: Virginia Heath

Series: The Talk of Beau Monde #3

Page Length: 288

Publication Date: Sept. 28, 2021

Synopsis: His childhood nemesis…

…is the woman he can’t resist!

Chaperoning Charity Brookes while she’s on a singing tour should be easy for Griffith Philpot—he’s spent his whole life sparring with her over her flighty ways! But as he discovers that she’s much more than the impetuous girl he thought he knew, a passion ignites between them… Sharing a steamy kiss leaves him torn—he’s supposed to be responsible for guarding her virtue!

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About the Author:

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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My Review:

How Not to Chaperone a Lady is an enemies-to-lovers historical romance that follows Charity Brookes, a popular opera singer, and Griffith Philpot, an inventor and businessman. Charity and Griffith’s families have been friends for almost twenty years, and the pair grew up together. Now adults, Griffith accompanies Charity and Griffith’s sister on a singing tour. Traveling in close quarters, the pair fluctuates between enemies and friends, and one night of passion could lead to the biggest mistake of their lives or the best thing that ever happened to them. But first, they must face and admit their feelings. Can the Gruff Griff the Fun Spoiler and the Most Beautiful and Sought-After Woman in the World find their happily-ever-after?

Charity and Griffith have a complicated romance. They have loved each other in secret for a long time, but both resist their feelings because of the close ties between their families and the animosity that always seems to exist between them. Both don’t know how to deal with their feelings, and they treat each other badly as a way of keeping each other at a distance. Though he secretly loves her, Griffith often speaks disparagingly to her. Charity does the same and, like Griffith, has been fighting her feelings for years. Fear of rejection, of not being good enough, and of crossing a line drawn by their families keep them apart.

There were times when I was so frustrated by this couple and wished that they would just be honest with each other. It would have saved them so much time and heartache. Griffith is so closed off emotionally, that he can’t admit how undone he is by Charity. As much as he wants her, he doesn’t want to want her, which is a big problem. However, sometimes it’s the things you want the least that you need the most. They are hurtful toward each other at times, which I didn’t love. Even though it is an enemies-to-lovers romance, they say things to each other that are hard to forgive and forget. I think some of their issues stem from the fact that they are so different, and they don’t always understand each other.

Charity is fun and flirty and very social. Griffith is serious and studious and introverted. However, the more time they spend together, and the more they get to know and understand each other, the closer they become. They see past the superficial and really take an honest look at each other, and they like what they see. This creates an even deeper and more complex connection between the two.

There are also so many swoon-worthy moments between Griffith and Charity that I loved. For example, Griffith goes to see Charity perform over 40 times unbeknownst to her, and he takes care of her at her most vulnerable moments. Charity, in turn, becomes Griffith’s biggest advocate, and her praise of his inventiveness gains him support and business. I love their heart-warming and amicable moments and the small ways in which they show their love for each other.

This is an enjoyable read for lovers of enemies-to-lovers or bully historical romances, and though it’s not the first in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Virginia Heath for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.



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