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Reviewed by Hayley Haun for Readers' Favorite
A woman boxer? Nowadays, it may not be something to be surprised about, but in the eighteenth century? Gasp! How unladylike. In A Lady’s Revenge by Edie Cay, Lady Lydia Somerset is just that, though only a select few know why. Even fewer understand the reasoning behind her desire to learn how to fight. The so-called gentlemen who hurt Lydia will wish they never laid a finger on her. After she accidentally secures a teacher—a Mr. John Arthur—things begin to take a turn both for the worst and the best. John, or Corinthian John in the ring, is a self-made gentleman who knows a thing or two about growing up on the streets. But in a way, he could never consider himself a part of the ton. This experience sets him apart from the other men. As the two learn about one another and how to survive in the elite world of ladies and gentlemen, things begin to get more than just a little scandalous. Can Lady Lydia juggle revenge and love? Will John overcome his own insecurities?
Edie Cay introduces a rare jewel to historical romance fans. Pugilism within the Regency era, or boxing in layman’s terms, is not a subject you read about often. A Lady’s Revenge has strong female characters and dastardly villains. Cay’s writing displays a sense of strength as well and moves the plot forward seamlessly. She has done her homework with the historical period, and the characters are a reflection of that. With the preview of The Boxer and the Blacksmith at the end of A Lady’s Revenge, one can only hope the same approach continues.