Author: Rose Lerner
Publication Date: January 6, 2016
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
When upstairs valet meets downstairs maid, the line between work and play blurs. Lively St. Lemeston, Book 3 John Toogood dreamed of being valet to a great man…before he was laid off and blacklisted. Now he’s stuck in small-town Lively St. Lemeston until London’s Season opens and he can begin his embarrassing job hunt. His instant attraction to happy-go-lucky maid Sukey Grimes couldn’t come at a worse time. Her manners are provincial, her respect for authority nonexistent, and her outdated cleaning methods-well, the less said about them, the better. Behind John’s austere facade, Sukey catches tantalizing glimpses of a lonely man with a gift for laughter. Yet her heart warns her not to fall for a man with one foot out the door, no matter how devastating his kiss. Then he lands a butler job in town-but there’s a catch. His employer, the vicar, insists Toogood be respectably married. Against both their better judgments, he and Sukey come to an arrangement. But the knot is barely tied when Sukey realizes she underestimated just how vexing it can be to be married to the boss… Warning: Contains a butler with a protective streak a mile wide, and a maid who enjoys messing up the bed a whole lot more than making it.”
5 / 5 Stars
I have to admit, I’m not much of a historical romance reader. I tend to stick to contemporary romances. I usually love the historical romances I read, I just don’t search them out. That’s why I was excited to find out that I won Listen to the Moon in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. (Oh, and I love that Rose Lerner is a local Seattle author!)
In Listen to the Moon, John Toogood is in a bind. He’s recently lost his job. John’s only chance at employment is to work for the vicar, who insists he must be married to take the job. Problem is, John doesn’t even have a woman he’s courting. He does, however, know the perfect woman to ask.
John has been fighting his attraction to maid Sukey Grimes ever since he met her. he can’t help but be attracted to her upbeat disposition and friendliness. Being around her makes John feel less lonely. But John knows he’s too old for her and she’s too unrefined for him. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to ask…
Sukey Grimes knows she must say yes to John Toogood’s proposition. She, too, has recently lost her job. Sukie never planned on getting married, though, and she’s torn between her freedom and being married to a man she’s very attracted to.
John and Sukie think their marriage of convenience will solve all of their problems, but don’t realize the new problems it will create. John’s used to being in charge and Sukie wants an equal partner. Together they will have to learn to balance work and marriage.
It took me a couple of chapters to get into Listen to the Moon. I think, for me, it was getting used to the historical setting and characters. Once I got to know them, I was hooked. The story was fast-paced, the writing was excellent and the romance was sweet and super steamy. Listen to the Moon is the third book in the Lively St. Lemeston series, but can easily be read as a standalone novel.
My favorite thing about this historical romance was that it was about the help. I loved seeing the maid and butler not only fall in love, but learn to work together. Not only did they have an age difference to work through, but their different upbringings. It was a different spin on things and I really enjoyed it.
**I received a copy of Listen to the Moon from the author in exchange for an honest review.