Reforming Lord Ragsdale
Author: Carla Kelly
Published By: Signet in October 1995
Emma Costello owed a debt of honor to one of the most dishonorable lords in the realm. The infamous Lord Ragsdale was as rich as sin, as sinful as he was rich, and as heartless as he was handsome. But he had saved Emma from a fate worse than death when he stopped a lecherous brute from buying her as an indentured servant.
It was Emma’s turn now to save Lord Ragsdale from his wicked ways. She had to find a way to stop his drinking, his gaming, his wild revelry. She had to make him break with his mistress, the superbly sensual Fae Moulle. She had to make him a suitable suitor for the ideal wife that the prim and proper Lady Clarissa Partridge would be. And above all, she had to keep his lustful eye from lingering too long on herself–even as she struggled to keep her own growing desire from undoing all her hard work in the unmaking of this irresistible rake…
Oh how I love a good regency proper romance! This was a fun book to read and actually had more “meat on the bone” than I expected. I went into this book without reading the blurb. As I already mentioned, I enjoy this genre and I expected to like this book (they can be somewhat predictable, but there is nothing wrong with that in a romance). I was unprepared to learn about Emma being an indentured servant. I enjoyed unraveling her story of who she was before and how she came to be in her position. Lord Ragsdale, too, had a deep story coming from experience in the war and his family background that lead him down the road to becoming a rake. Two imperfect characters that learn and grow together. The story is written in turns from the perspective of both Lord Ragsdale and Emma Costello, which is also a style that I tend to love. Overall it was an enjoyable book I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.