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Review: The Last Lord Standing by Diana Lloyd

Always the rogue and never the gentleman, Kerrigan Northam doesn’t worry about anything beyond his own pleasures. But lately, his noble friends have been considering marriage—specifically, the charms (and generous fortune) of the refreshingly pert Lady Olivia Liberty Chalford. Now they want Kerr to keep her from considering any other eligible suitors…by courting her himself!

Libby is averse to the very idea of marriage. Why be auctioned off when she has a far more enticing—if scandalously modern—plan for her future? So when she’s rescued by a wickedly dashing gentleman who claims to be something of a scoundrel, Libby thinks she’s found the perfect partner in crime…

It’s the perfect ruse. Libby gets a secret accomplice and Kerr’s in the uniquely coveted position of being able to kiss the comely, spirited Libby as thoroughly—and as often—as possible. But as their courting charade continues, Kerr’s gone from wondering how long until she discovers his secret…to how long until he’s madly in love with her.

The third installment of its series, The Last Lord Standing can be enjoyed as a standalone, though some nuances are better enjoyed with knowledge from the previous books. Overall, the novel has all the ingredients to make a good read. There is a nice blend of narrative and romance without one overtaking the other. The romance itself feels natural rather than forced with adorable and sexy shenanigans that drive the story. The dialogue is also well written with each characters’ personalities shining through.

That being said, there isn’t much else to say about the book as a whole. Despite being well written, there is nothing groundbreaking or spectacular to make it stand out. While the story itself is both interesting and amusing, the novel feels like one readers have read countless times before. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing. In fact, this is a perfect addition to any fan of the historical romance genre. It checks all of the boxes from likable characters to a root-worthy romance, from tasteful love scenes to an entertaining story.

❧ Arec

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