Lord Fenton’s Folly, by Josi S. Kilpack
Title: Lord Fenton’s Folly
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Originally Published: 2015 (Today!)
Format I Read: ARC from Netgalley
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
I have loved everything I’ve read from Shadow Mountain’s “A Proper Romance” line (like Edenbrooke), so I jumped at the chance to read Lord Fenton’s Folly by Josi S. Kilpack. It has a fun set-up:
Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real.
One of my favorite romance tropes is the love/hate tension where the heroine and the hero fight and argue and banter until they realize that they can’t live without each other. Lord Fenton’s Folly satisfactorily follows this trope while providing some unexpected twists. Lord Fenton is, of course, extremely selfish at the beginning, but his character grows throughout the book, and I quickly came to root for him. Alice provides a nice foil for Lord Fenton and grows too as she tries to deal with an untenable situation.
Lord Fenton’s Folly is available today! I recommend it as a quick and satisfying regency romance.