Definitely a 4.5 read. This was a Kindle freebie and I was very pleasantly surprised by the engaging story and the likable leads.
Lady Felicity should have inherited magic to spare but she has none. In fact, nobody ever even notices this would-be duchess. Orphaned, living with her aunt and uncle and her jackass cousin, she has near zero confidence and fewer prospects.
Until she meets Sir Terrence Blackwell, one of the loathed shapeshifters who are particular favorites of the prince. He is gorgeous, kind, and he keeps rubbing up against her and making growling noises in the back of his throat. Hmmm.
I read a lot of PNR and urban fantasy, so books with magic are nothing fresh or new for me. However this one was a bit different from my usual in its atmosphere. It was whimsical in places and dark in others. It reminded me very much of Dianna Wynne Jones's worlds where magic is a way of life and part of the caste system. Less of the overwrought, over thought UF style of PNR and more of the fanciful.
Sometimes I'm very disappointed in the freebies I get for my Kindle. That's pretty hard to do when they're free. But this one was delightful and I recommend snapping it up if you have a Kindle or a Kindle reading app. It's free, fer gosh sakes!