The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne is the final book in her Lady Agency series. Melissa Romney-Jones is back in London, newly engaged and trying to figure out what is going to happen to her agency once she moves to Paris to live with fiancé, Jonathon Riley. In the meantime, she has taken on one last big client, the prince of a small country who needs to straighten out his ways if his grandfather and his family are going to be able to reclaim their castle.
Prince Nicolas von Helsing-Alexandros is overly flirtatious, and the epitome of a spoiled rich man who believes he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. Melissa, bedecked in her blonde wig and the ensuing persona of Honey, certainly has her work cut out for her with Nicky. But as she works to bring out the gentleman in him, she finds herself becoming pulled in by his charm. And when her longtime friend and flatmate starts spending most time with a woman Melissa set him up with, she doesn’t know what to feel.
I loved Melissa in this final novel. She was just as witty and engaging as ever. I found her a little more vulnerable in this one too. She finds herself torn between three men, and I think she makes the right decision in the end even if I was left wanting more. An epilogue would have completed this book for me.
Nicky is engaging as well. I liked seeing his transformation from sleazeball to vulnerable to gentleman. It was nice to see that these characters have layers and can change and grow. I think Melissa grew a lot in this book. She is finally able to stand up more for herself and what she wants. She is such a heartwarming character that you can’t help but root for her. Excellent series!
The Little Lady Agency in the Big Apple by Hester Browne is the continuation of The Little Lady Agency. Melissa and Jonathon have finally gotten together. Jonathon has been moved back to New York, and Melissa reluctantly hands her agency over to her friend Gabi and her sister Allegra to spend a month in New York with her boyfriend. Melissa heads to the Big Apple hoping that she has a business to come back to.
She also worries about how Jonathon’s friends are going to react to her. Melissa is thrust right into the midst of New York, meeting person after person. She finds her vacation being taken over by a spoiled dog and a fellow British actor she snogged once back in the day. Melissa finds herself torn in all directions as she tries to juggle the people of New York, her absent boyfriend, and what might be happening to her agency back home.
I love Melissa! And I feel so bad for her because she is too nice to turn anyone down who needs her help. She ends up getting taken advantage of and being taken for granted. She finds herself in hilarious situations such as a fist fight in a park over a dog.
Melissa is a very endearing character, and I just love reading about her. Jonathon got on my nerves a bit in this one because he seemed to be trying to mold Melissa into someone she isn’t. I could feel Melissa’s frustration at times and wanted to give him a nice big kick. This was a great second book in a series. I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first. The third one (The Little Lady Agency and the Prince) is great as well so don’t forget to check it out too!
The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne was just the sort of book I needed right now. It was fun and imaginative. Melissa Romney-Jones knows her way around any social situation, and her etiquette is fit for a queen. When she gets laid off her job at a real estate agency, Melissa doesn’t really know where to go next. Her father, an arrogant and conniving politician, is calling in on the money he lent her so Melissa knows she needs to work on getting out of her father’s debt so she can be free of his overbearing ways.
After a disastrous few days at a supposed high class escort agency, Melissa decides she needs to embark on her own, and thus the Little Lady Agency is born. Melissa only needs to don her blonde wig to be transformed into Honey, the girl that will show up to functions as a man’s dates and will overhaul his wardrobe. And as Honey, Melissa can be the sexy, sassy woman she has always dreamed of being. When she starts to feel more for one of her clients, she wonders where Honey ends and Melissa begins.
Melissa is such a wonderful character. She has a heart of gold, and her subconscious nature and family problems makes her come to life in such a realistic manner. I enjoyed seeing her as honey and overhauling these men who wouldn’t know their left shoe from their right. She makes for a character you can’t help but care about and sympathize with.
Melissa really comes into her own as she deals with being taken advantage of by her ridiculous family and running her own business. Her friends, Nelson and Gabi, are great in giving glimpses of Melissa when she has her guard down. Although she comes off as strong and self-reliant, Melissa is not as confident and self-assured as she appears with her blonde wig on and her Honey persona in place.
I really did love reading this novel, and the two following in the series (The Little Lady Agency in the Big Apple and The Little Lady Agency and the Prince) which I will review in future posts. I’m so glad that I discovered Hester Browne! She really is a great and imaginative author whom I can’t seem to get enough of now that I’ve found her! If you’ve already read this book series by her, I would encourage you to check out Swept Off Her Feet and The Finishing Touches which I also greatly enjoyed!