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    Charming and thoroughly entertaining!

    This charming historical romance is the story of Trevor and Lucy. Growing up in one of the poorest areas of London left Trevor and Lucy with no choice but to turn to each other, becoming fast friends. But Trevor is able to do the one thing guaranteed to ruin their friendship - finding a way for Lucy to get out of the slums before she must use her body to support herself, securing her future but breaking both their hearts. Fast forward several years and Trevor has made something of himself, preparing to open a new type of establishment, a hotel, in the heart of London. When Lucy turns up on his doorstep in dire need, there is no hesitation on his part in taking her in, having never let a day go by when she wasn't in his thoughts. But he carries many secrets now, ones that may endanger Lucy if she finds out about them. And Lucy herself may put his dream at risk with her beliefs. Time has changed them both, turned them into different people - but at heart they still understand each other. With a newfound attraction now simmering between them, can they learn to rely on each other once again, this time for good? I really enjoyed this story! Both Trevor and Lucy are really likable characters, having eked out their childhood existence and made something of themselves. Trevor is a somewhat reserved but confident man, having gotten out of his rotten childhood, joined the army, become a soldier with all that entails and become a successful businessman (with a little spying for the crown on the side). Lucy is fully aware of what Trevor did for her in finding her a family to see to her education, and she is forever grateful for this chance, even if governing children is not what she would have chosen for herself. Having grown up on the streets she is a strong advocate for women's rights, something that causes her many problems with her employers when they find out, including her latest employer who turns out to be a rather vile creature. Though Lucy turns to Trevor as a last resort, she has never forgotten how he cared for her, or the betrayal when he sent her away without warning. Though she knows it was for the best, it is still hard for her to trust him again. But she desperately wants to, and seeing him as a man and not a boy anymore ignites something in her that she's never experienced before - sexual desire. She can't stop thinking about Trevor, though she doesn't know quite what to do with these new feelings and Trevor reciprocates these feelings. He sees what Lucy has become - a strong, attractive, opinionated woman - just what she was as a child but now fully grown. The spark she had then, the tenacity and ability to make the best of things still exists, even if it has been muted by reality. When the two of them are alone together, the sexual attraction between them is a new and startling discovery, especially for Lucy. The slow burn of their relationship and the eventual love scenes between them cement their feelings for each other. But they have a long way to go to realize that they are deserving of each other and can be the one who makes the other happy. Along with the romance there is a fast moving and interesting action plot. Soldiers are being murdered, all on dates that have a significance if only Trevor and his friend and superior the Earl of Blackstone (the main character in the first story of this series, The Miss Mirren Mission) can figure out what it is. I really enjoyed the camaraderie of Trevor with his friends and fellow spies (some of whom I hope to see in future stories). They share a past together that binds them in shared grief over the costs of war and the friendships that endure among those that survive. Equally as interesting is the relationship that Lucy forms with the other women in the story, in particular the partners of Trevor's friends. Though they are of a higher social class than Lucy, they share the same drive and fervor for women's rights that she does, and an understanding of the injustices that occur daily. With interesting characters, a murder mystery and a sweet and sexy romance, this story is sure to please historical romance lovers. 5 stars!
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    3.5 Stars Growing up in Seven Dials, Lucy Greenleaf had always been able to count on her best friend, Trevor Bailey. Forced to flee from her employment because of her radical beliefs, she finds herself turning to him for help. Lucy gets shelter from Trevor and subsequently is offered the job of hotel manager when Trevor discovers her skills in organizing and managing. Trevor Bailey has risen above his past on the streets and enjoys life as a gentleman of means, hobnobbing with members of the ton and serving as a spy for the Crown. Now he is in the verge of achieving his highest aspiration: opening a hotel and only one person can distract him from his mission, Lucy Greenleaf. Trevor has always looked out for Lucy, even to the point of getting her out of Seven Dials because she deserved a better future. With Lucy back in his life, Trevor finds himself overwhelmed by the memories of their shared past and also developing feelings for Lucy that are very far from what he felt for her when they were younger, but he still sees himself as that ragamuffin from the street who isn't worthy of her affection and love. Lucy resents the restrictions placed on her as a woman by society and is an ardent supporter of Mary Wollstonecraft and her advocacy for equality and independence for women, views that were very radical for that time and cost her her job as a governess, views that could also cause problems for Trevor and his hotel as she took on the job of the manager. I really enjoyed Lucy, her outspoken personality and intelligence, her determination, her passion, her resourcefulness and her love for life, even though she comes across as a little naive. However, these same qualities made her reckless and unconcerned with her own safety several times, leaving Trevor with the job of watching out for her. Trevor was actually my favorite character. I really loved how protective he was of Lucy. Even though he was mostly quiet and broody, his devotion to Lucy was never in doubt and showed in the many ways he took care of her and kept her safe. I enjoy a good friends-to-lovers story, so I loved seeing Lucy and Trevor reconnect and develop tender feeling for each other, even though their reasons for staying away from each other were a little weak. I enjoyed the writing and especially liked that The Likelihood of Lucy has a little bit of everything - mystery, intrigue and romance. My only issue is the murder story line. The discovery of the murderers was a bit anticlimactic and a letdown, mostly because Lucy's aptitude for languages was the key to finding them and not any investigative abilities of the spies tasked with the job. All the same, The Likelihood of Lucy was an enjoyable read with likable characters. Source: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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