||Wings ePress, Inc.
||Jan 1 2002
A toplofty earl gets more than he bargained for when he wins a rental house on Mincing Lane.
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All About The Reluctant Landlord
A BATTLE OF WILLS--Impoverished Katrina is determined to earn a living by pursuing a career. Her landlord, the Earl of Udall, has another, more traditional calling, in mind for her. Can she set aside her fears about marriage and learn that trust goes along with love?
A THORN IN HIS SIDE--Quentin Thornhill, the Earl of Udall, is used to having his own way. When the Katrina inadvertently thwarts his plans to install his latest mistress at his newly-won lodging, he realizes that not all females are as devious as the women he has known. Can he overcome his cynicism and give his heart to this young silhouettist?
Reaching into his waistcoat, Lord Udall pulled out a small blue pouch. So intent was he with the pouch, that he did not notice he also pulled out a black velvet box. It dropped to the uncarpeted floor without making a sound.
Katrina pointed to the box. "You drop--"
"These guineas will reimburse you for any hardships you believe you have suffered." The Earl jiggled the blue sack.
With a shrug, he threw the pouch next to her feet.
He obviously thought his business was concluded, for he strode to a looking-glass on the wall, then adjusted his cravat.
Katrina narrowed her gaze. So Lord Udall thought he had disposed of her, hmmn? Neatly bribing her so that he could install his latest mistress at this address. Taking a look at her mother’s portrait, Katrina straightened her shoulders. I think not.
Picking up the coin sack, she sauntered over to the Earl. After rearranging his cravat, he realigned the stripes on the painted buttons of his tail-coat.
She raised her gaze. Faith, what a dandy!
Preoccupied with his image, he did not see her. She hurled the bag at his chest.
He flinched from the blow, then caught the coins. "What the devil!"
"Lord Udall." She gave him a smile of her own, albeit a little shaky. "I am not accepting your money for a simple reason--my great aunt and I are not leaving this house."
Balling his fists, he tightened his square jaw, giving her a stare that would quell the dead. "Indeed?"
Behind her back, Katrina crossed her fingers. She would not let him intimidate her! "My great aunt and I signed a lease with the Dowager Countess of Udall in good faith. As far as I am concerned, it is a legal document. I am afraid you will have to evict us."
"By God! You cannot be serious!"
His disbelief amused her. Obviously this man rarely faced opposition. It would do him good to experience a setdown or two.
She tried to keep her lips from curving upward. "Oh, but I am, My Lord. Quite serious."
The Word On Romance
"Whenever I think of the Regency romance, the names Mary Balogh and Carla Kelly come easily to mind. Susanne Marie Knight, a name not familiar to many, pens THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD; a wonderful story that is sure to touch the hearts of Regency fans, and establish her as one of the rising stars of the Regency romance....
THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD is a delightful Regency romp which will titillate with its diverse and well-created characters. Both Quentin and Katrina are well-developed. Quentin, at first cold and angry with the world, slowly becomes a man who recognizes the importance of love. Katrina, cautious about caring, leans the importance of loyalty and trust.
Along with Quentin and Katrina, Ms. Knight creates a menagerie of secondary characters that is unique and memorable. The Dowager, Aunt Hattie, and the evil Therese, come quickly to mind. Four-year-old Freddy also stands out, as we watch him move from a quiet, scared boy to a vibrant energetic individual bubbling with laughter.
Wonderful characterization, a perfect sense of the Regency era, and a well-developed plot makes THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD one of the best Regency romances I've read so far for the year. Ms. Knight is a formidable talent!"
Reviewed by The Word On Romance, Wayne Jordan
"THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD was a wonderful Regency adventure. (It is actually a historical novel set in the Regency period.) The characters were just heroic enough that they came across as both warmly human and singularly unique. The reader can cheer through their initial backbiting and later problems, and easily finds herself swept along on a roller coaster ride of excitement that ends all too quickly. Another plus was that the villains were actual three-dimensional people, not the stereotypical people-cutouts that serve as antagonists in some novels. The ending is poignant and eminently satisfying -- a sure bet for anyone who enjoys the sweeter side of historical romance.
Packed full of action, emotional drama and, of course, romance, THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD is wonderful proof of Ms. Knight's talents at both characterization and setting. Readers should watch this gifted author -- she is a star in the making."
Reviewed by ParaNormalRomance Reviews, Ann Leveille
Road to Romance
"Ms. Knight has written yet another enjoyable romp illustrating the development of an unlikely relationship between two opposites. Her quirky sense of humor and endearing characters provide hours of reading pleasure, along with a fast moving plot written smoothly and seemingly without effort. Well-rounded characters, while thoroughly likeable, are not without their faults, which serve to add compelling back-story and character development beneath the talents of Ms. Knight's pen. She has once again delivered with THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD."
Reviewed by Road to Romance, Denise M. Clark
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