Readers first met the flamboyant Miss Lucy Gladwin in Kasey Michael’s sweet little Regency romance The Beleaguered Lord Bourne. As shown in that book and now this, ever since she first caught sight of him three years ago, Lucy is head over heels with Lord Julian Rutherford, the Earl of Thorpe. The fact that the high-and-mighty Lord Thorpe doesn’t return her feelings, or the fact that he happens to be engaged, does not change Lucy’s feelings a bit. To make Thorpe notice her, Lucy takes part in eccentric escapades and risqué exploits. Unfortunately for Lucy, Thorpe notices and is disgusted by her unbecoming conduct. But it does serve to make Thorpe notice Lucy’s totally unsubtle pursuit of himself. Totally fed up, he makes his displeasure clear to Lucy.
Soon after, the whole of London is abuzz with rumors of Thorpe having driven a young woman to her death after making her pregnant. All of a sudden, this man who had ruled London society for years finds himself a pariah, rejected by all -- except Lucy, who leaps to his defense like a lioness defending her cub, when even his own fiancée rejects him publicly. She trusts him completely even though he had cruelly rejected her. This humbles him and makes him realize Lucy’s true worth. Lucy is convinced that this is all part of some diabolical plot to bring about ruination of this proud man. Lucy and Julian, along with Lucy’s hapless companion Aunt Rachel, Julian’s heir and idiotic cousin Lord Dexter, and Julian’s other cousin, Parker, embark upon a journey of discovery, both about themselves and circumstances
Kasey Michaels, with her whimsical and lighthearted style of writing, completely wins over the hearts of her readers with this charming and quirky little Regency tale, The Toplofty Lord Thorpe. London society, with its rumors and scandals and gossipmongering, is brought to life in all its vivid colors. Lucy, with her unconventional attitude, impish antics and generous nature, is one interesting heroine. Michaels has unabashedly modeled the hero, Julian Rutherford, after Jane Austen’s proud Mr. Darcy. Julian, while not as enthralling as Mr. Darcy, is nevertheless one fine hero. His fall from pride and his gradually developing love for Lucy is depicted very engagingly and realistically.
The Toplofty Lord Thorpe is clever, funny and good for some light-hearted reading.