Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: Compromising Miss Tisdale

Jessica Jefferson

Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability – he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems – the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed in compromising Miss Tisdale?


James tapped his finger to the cleft in his chin.  “So, I am to assume that you need financial prosperity, respectability, honor, and security virtually overnight?  That is your dilemma?”

Duncan chuckled at the absurdity of the situation.  “In so many words, yes.”

He shrugged.  “Should be simple enough.”

Duncan laughed outwardly now.  “Simple?  You call that simple?”

James arched an eyebrow.  “Such a quandary is hardly original to noble men like us.”

“How do you figure?”

“Your predicament is nothing new.  Men of our station have been combating that very issue for years.  And the solution is hardly novel.  I’m quite surprised someone with your acumen hadn’t thought of it earlier.”

“Clearly, I am ignorant, so please-enlighten me.”

“You need to marry.”

Duncan deflated.  “Is that all?”

“Well, you couldn’t just marry anyone.  She must be rich, but not noveau riche.  And her family must be prominent.  She needn’t be from a ducal house necessarily, but with rivaling status in its age and reputation.  And since you’re such a cad, your wife will need to be the picture of morality.  We’re talking the personification of righteousness-no skeletons in the closet, no relatives from the other side of the blanket, no scandals amongst third cousins.  The gossip rags must have nothing on her or her family.”

Duncan felt his nostrils flair.  “Yes, simple indeed.  So, where exactly do you suggest I find this rich Lady Madonna?”

A slow smile crept up James’ face.  “You’ve already met her.”

Confused, Duncan thought for a moment.  Then he smacked into the great stone wall of realization at just what it was his friend was implying.  “Miss Tisdale?  You’re suggesting I marry Miss Tisdale?  The Miss Tisdale who you just finished telling me is waiting for the perfect husband–who no doubt has far more prestige and fortune than I?  You’re cracked.”  Duncan turned and started walking back towards the curtain. 

Review:  I love a good regency and Compromising Miss Tisdale really fit the bill for me. I grew up on Candlelight Regency novels. I devoured them like candy.

Ambrosia is in her fourth season. Poor girl.

She and Duncan are polar opposites. She's  the more straight laced prim and proper type and Duncan, well, he's a rake. It wouldn't be a regency if he weren't a rake! Let's face it, we all like bad boys and regency bad boys are really the best.

Their first meeting is hot..without crossing the line.

I loved how their relationship developed and how each of the characters changed, the rake is reformed and Miss Tisdale loosens up quite a bit.

Probably the star of the show outside of our two main characters is Tasmin Tisdale. I absolutely loved the scene where she gives Duncan quite an earful. (I'm looking forward to her story, which is coming next)

I only wish there could have been a bigger comedown for James, who was a nasty S.O.B.

Jessica really has a flair for this period. This book reminded me why I love regency romance.

Rating: 5 flowers


Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago.  Jessica originally attended college in hopes of achieving an English degree and writing the next great American novel.  Ten years later she was working as a registered nurse and reading historical romance when she decided to give writing another go-round.   

Jessica writes likes she speaks, which has a tendency to be fast paced and humorous.  Jessica is heavily inspired by sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy to transport the reader into a story they miss long after the last page is read.  She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read her random romance musings.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

CapeFearLibn said...

5 flowers...Excellent! I don't know enough about Regencies. Is there some stigma to being in her 4th season? I need to brush up on the "rules." LOL.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the lovely review and featuring me today.

Rita Wray said...

Nice review, I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Karen H said...

Another good review! I know I will enjoy reading this book for myself. Question to Jessica: What methods and/or sources do you use to choose the names of your characters? Ambrosia and Duncan seem to be unusual names for the Regency time period.

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