This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Montlake Romance via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
This book was so much fun to read! I had a fantastic time reading it and found the dialog to be amusing. I had a grin planted on my face during much of the book. This is actually the book that I decided to read during a road trip and I think it was the perfect book to make the miles disappear.
This is the first book that I have had a chance to read by Anne Stuart, although I think I have read at least one of her short stories. This is the third book in the Scandal of the House of Russell trilogy and I did not feel lost even for a brief moment. This story reads remarkably well as a stand alone novel even though I am sure that the conclusion of this book ties up a few loose ends from the first two books.
Sophie finds herself displaced when her former nanny is injured and can no longer provide a place for Sophie to stay. Rather than looking for her older sisters, she decides to go to her former home and pose as the new cook. Alexander believes that she is actually the mistress that he has hired. The conversations between the pair are simply delightful to read with double entendres galore.
This book had a wonderful cast of characters including the butler and kitchen staff who watch out for Sophie, Alexander's step-mother from hell, and Sophie's sisters and their husbands. All of these pieces add to this wonderful story. I really enjoyed the fact that Sophie was not afraid of hard work and she proved that when necessary she could take care of herself.
I would recommend this book to other readers who enjoy historical romances. I plan to read other works from this author in the future and simply can't believe that I have missed her work prior to this book.