In “Ten Reasons to Stay,” previously published in the anthology The School for Heiresses, lessons go far beyond etiquette and needlepoint. Eliza Crenshawe’s lesson is to look before she leaps. But when she discovers that her new guardian plans to marry her off without so much as a Season, she forgets all that. She flees—on a horse she unwittingly steals (oops!)—from Colin Hunt, a newly minted earl who wants nothing more than for her to go home…or stay forever.
Ten Reasons to Stay is a light, fast-paced novella, quite fun to read despite its rather improbable plot. I enjoyed the interplay between feisty Eliza and grouchy Colin. I did think their physical relationship proceeded too quickly for a lady and gentleman of their era, even taking into account their somewhat unconventional circumstances and personalities. As long as you can leave your skepticism at the door, you’ll enjoy this story.
Rating: 3 stars
Category: Historical romance
Series: School for Heiresses
Publisher: Pocket Star (May 6, 2013)
Book source: publisher review e-copy, received through NetGalley