Eliza Dauntry was infamous. Most people assumed she was a wanton because she supported herself and her son by painting portraits of courtesans. Yet Eliza hadn't been tempted by a man since her husband's death...until she met Patrick Felham. An old friend of her husband and a one-time rake, Patrick awakened a yearning in Eliza that demanded to be satisfied at once....PatricEliza Dauntry was infamous. Most people assumed she was a wanton because she supported herself and her son by painting portraits of courtesans. Yet Eliza hadn't been tempted by a man since her husband's death...until she met Patrick Felham. An old friend of her husband and a one-time rake, Patrick awakened a yearning in Eliza that demanded to be satisfied at once....Patrick was looking for an upright woman to become his wife and stepmother to his daughter, not a siren like Eliza Dauntry! But Eliza had aroused his desire ever since he saved her scandalous self-portrait from the auction house. The chance of an affair with the alluring widow was irresistible, but this notorious woman could also turn out to be his perfect bride......
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Notorious Eliza Reviews
I'm not a huge fan of Regency romance but the premise to this novella by Barbara Monajem caught my eye. Once a respectable widow, Eliza Dauntry paints nude portraits of rake's mistresses in order to support her son. Commissioned to paint over some rather lewd murals at a lord's estate, she meets her husband's best friend. Patrick Felham is Lord Loundsdowne's steward and heir. A widower, he's looking for a wife to mother his daughter. This romp through Regency England was a refreshing breath of air. I enjoyed it tremendously. While a quick read, it's a full story and a fun read. This novella was named the winner in the Short Historical category of the International Digital Awards, sponsored by OKRWA. After reading it upon the recommendation of several judges, I understand why.
**I won this book in a blog competition**I’d never read any of Barbara Monajem’s stuff before this one, but I will be an avid fan now. This book was a great short read, something you can sit down and enjoy on a Sunday afternoon, just don’t let the kids see.The writing flowed smoothly, and the story, though short, was well paced and believable. I liked the build up of the relationship between the two characters, and it was a quite an original plot, which was refreshing. The characters were a nice change to the normal, my favourite being the Uncle, who was just awesome and hilarious!The steamy scenes were really well done, not to over the top and still romantic so as they were hot but sensual and loving all at the same time. If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced read with good characters and a steamy romance, then I would definitely recommend this book.
Even though Eliza Dauntry dresses in unattractive clothes while she’s working, she still finds it difficult to convince her clients that she’s no light skirt. Perhaps because the widow supports her son by painting nudes for a living. Patrick Felham is in the market for a wife. He wants someone upstanding who would be an excellent example for his daughter. So why is he attracted to the woman with the notorious reputation?Notorious Eliza was a satisfying and enjoyable story. The characters were well developed and likeable. I always enjoy a story where the hero has a pre-conceived notion of the heroine that she is able to dismantle by the end of the tale. Good job.
A wonderful Regency romance in a compact package. Love, passion, conflict, a terrible secret, and the hope of a happy ending about to be thwarted…all in 68 pages! There’a tremendous amount of narrative and characterization in such a short space, from Patrick and Eliza to the elderly, but still lecherous Lord Lansdowne who appears quite the Voice of Reason in this short piece. Each player in this little drama is acutely drawn, even minor ones. If you like Regency romances, you’ll enjoy Notorious Eliza and hope for the best as she and Patrick try to work their way around Eliza’s secret.
I thought this a delightful read. I love the Regency period, and this one filled the bill. It was short, but it didn't need more length. The author told the story and finished when it was done. I liked both the characters and the plot was something new. Very satisfying read. I'll be reading more of this author's work.
Regency eBookI can't wait until I see the next Barbara Monajem book on the list of upcoming books! Very well written and shows lots of skill. Definitely a new HH author to watch for!