Ruined by Rumor

Ruined by Rumor - Alyssa Everett A very enjoyable historical romance with a Traditional Regency feel. Roxana has no idea that her brother's best friend, Lord Ayersley, has been in love with her for years -- in fact, her fiance George has convinced her that Alex is "a pattern card of starchy respectability" who looks down on her. Then George unexpectedly breaks off their engagement while at a ball, and Alex's attempts to comfort her get a little heated, forcing a marriage between them. Alex is elated, but the situation is ripe for misunderstandings, which come thick and fast.I was a little put off at the beginning of this because the characters and relationships so strongly evoked [b:Pride and Prejudice|1885|Pride and Prejudice|Jane Austen||3060926]. However as the story went on, the characters established themselves as individuals rather than imitations. Alex is very sweet and patient, and Roxana learns to appreciate his commitment to his dependents and his passion for political reform, over George's more obvious charms. Plot and emotions go a little over the top towards the end, but overall it's a well paced story with likable characters and a good sense of time and place.