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Funtastic Review of THE FOOTMAN & I by Valerie Bowman

Let the games begin...
Every fortune-hunting female in London is after the newly titled Earl of Kendall, but he’s intent on finding a wife whose heart is true. So, while drunkenly jesting with his friends in a pub one night, he has an idea—what if the ladies of the ton didn’t know he was a wealthy earl? All he has to do is pose as a servant at his friend’s summer country house party and make sure the guest list is full of beautiful, eligible debutantes. What could possibly go wrong?
May the best footman win.
Miss Frances Wharton is far more interested in fighting for the rights of the poor than in marriage, but her mother insists she attend a summer house party—and find herself a husband. Frances would rather wed a goat than the pompous man her mother has in mind, so in order to dissuade the would-be suitor, she vows to behave like a shrew. The only person she can be herself with is the kind, handsome footman she runs into at every turn. Their connection is undeniable, and the divide between them is no match for the passion they feel. But what will happen when Frances learns that the footman she adores is actually the earl she despises? In a game where everything is false, can they convince each other that their love is true?


The Footman and I (The Footmen’s Club, #1) by Valerie Bowman
Series: The Footmen's Club #1
Published by June Third Enterprises on May 23, 2020

Genres: 3 Flames: Rated R, Historical Romance
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THE FOOTMAN & I by Valerie Bowman

Sue thoughts

The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman is the first book in The Footmen’s Club series.

Lucas Drake is now the Earl of Kendall after his brother unexpectedly passes away. Lucas is tired of every eligible female along with their mother’s trying to snag him. He just wants to marry for love and comes up with a plan while drinking with his best friends…..pretend he is a servant at his friend, Clayton’s summer house party. This way he can secretly watch the females and see if there could be any possible connections.

The last thing that Miss Frances Wharton wants to do is get married….especially to the pompous idiot her mother has picked out for her. Frances would much rather fight for the poor and she is determined to speak to the Earl of Kendall regarding his dumb Employment Bill that hurts the poor and only helps the landowners. When Frances gets invited to Viscount Clayton’s summer party she believes she will finally be able to speak to the Earl of Kendall.

Upon Frances arrival, she is taken by the footman, Lucas, who helps with her things. All throughout the week, Frances finds herself drawn to Lucas and wishes she were a servant so she would be free to be with him. Little does she know, but the Earl is smitten with her too! Just when it looks like Lucas and Frances are going to get their happy ending, everything comes crashing down. It will take a huge leap of faith by both Lucas and Frances to find their happiness but when they finally both jump in, it will all be worth it!

I just adored this story. I loved the premise of the entire series and can’t wait to read all the other books. I really loved Frances. She was such a head strong female who knew what she wanted in life. I really enjoyed Lucas too. I loved how he started to realize what the life a servant really meant. It was fun watching these two fall in love and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

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Reviewer:  Sue is a retired IT Computer Programmer who loves to read just about any type of romance….Contemporary, Historical, Comedy,  or Suspense.  She tends to like sassy heroines and hot alpha heroes (although the occasional nerds are fun too!) with lots of fun witty banter.  She lives in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH with her almost perfect husband.  She has three adult daughters who all live nearby, with the oldest being married.

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About Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzers, Huckleberry and Violet. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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