Deirdre and Don Juan by Jo Beverley

Deirdre and Don Juan

Plain Lady Deirdre Stowe is not impressed when the seductive Earl of Everdon proposes to her. She might be plain, but she has another man in mind thank you! As the Earl gets to know her, and her chosen match, he sees that beauty is more than skin deep and her intended is a mismatch. Now if he can only get her to see…

Deirdre and Everdon are engaging in themselves, but it is their chemistry which draws the reader. Their wit and determination not to let the other ‘win’ cause amusement while creating the sense they would be well matched. Their interactions plus past and present heartbreak due to mismatches make the plot humorous and create hope for a happily ever after. Beverley’s descriptions of outfits beautiful and hideous, activities including a spontaneous horse race and social mores bring the reader into Regency England.  Deirdre and Don Juan is a good read for those wanting a pair with good chemistry, a humorous but also serious plot and/or a break in Regency England.

Want other reads like Deirdre and Don Juan?

Phoebe in Georgette Heyer’s Sylvester is another not beautiful heroine who is not impressed when a man famous for scandal comes calling. She is so not impressed by him that she even wrote a book featuring him as a villain…

Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice also have a chemistry which could make them a perfect match. That is if they can stop insulting one another and get past a few misconceptions…

Want to learn more about the Regency England? Books such as An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England provide a look on that time and place.

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