Release Date: April 20, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 335 pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Someone Wanton His Way Comes is the first book in Christi Caldwell’s new Wantons of Waverton series, and it makes a great first impression. This was such a delightful read and perfect for readers who need lighthearted social commentary of a Tessa Dare with whimsy of Lenora Bell energy in their life.
Clayton Kearsley, the Viscount St. John, is a standout hero. In their youth, he bonded with the heroine, Lady Sylvia, over their mutual wallflower status. He’s a kind man in a world that doesn’t revere such attributes in men. As a result, his and rakish peers nicknamed him “The Saint”.
Sadly for Clayton, while he was developing an infatuation with Sylvia, she was swept off her feet by his rakish best friend, Lord Elton. After a whirlwind courtship Sylvia found herself in an unhappy duty-bound marriage to a man who didn’t love her and had no intention to try.
We bond to Clayton early in the prologue as he defends Lady Sylvia’s honor as Lord Elton reveals his plans to live a separate life from her now that she’s pregnant with his heir. Clayton fumes over the mistreatment of the lady he once pined for and Elton’s plans to rake about are sort lived as he meets his untimely demise.
Several years later, Lady Sylvia is raising her young son and is tired being under the protective care of her family. She arranges to live with her two lady friends so that they may claim their independence from men. This bold gesture is the first step towards what becomes known as The Mismatch Society – an organization of independent ladies disinterested in marriage.
It takes about 24% of the book before we see the hero and heroine interact, because Caldwell is establishing a unique societal premise which will be the foundation of her new series. I find the time well spent and Caldwell does a great job balancing a large cast of fun characters. Clayton’s collection of sisters are hilarious and delightful.
For me, this book is all about Clayton. He’s such a lovable cinnamon roll / wallflower hero who cares deeply for the women in his life. The chemistry between him and Sylvia is absolutely wonderful. Enjoy a ton of great banter, hot kisses, and fun zany antics.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.