Review of Compromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson

I have a historical romance for you all today, Compromising Miss Tisdale.  For those who enjoy historical novels set in England this is a great choice.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!  Check out all the details about the book below, including my review.

As a bonus, the author is conducting a tour-wide giveaway for a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice).  To enter, be sure to leave a comment and click on the Rafflecopter link.  You can increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops (listed here) along the way.



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Jessica Jefferson


Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability – he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems – the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed in compromising Miss Tisdale?







She had stumbled upon the library.  A fire in the hearth threw a faint glow over leather lined volumes that filled floor to ceiling book shelves.   Lavishly upholstered plush arm chairs sat upon Aubusson rugs scattered throughout the room.  A settee was positioned across from a giant stone faced fireplace where a shirtless man sat warming his hands.

Shirtless man?

Ambrosia blinked.

Certainly, her eyes were playing tricks on her.

Then the shirtless man turned his head, his eyes meeting hers.

It wasn’t a hallucination-he was real.   She hadn’t been expecting to find a partially dressed man, and he obviously wasn’t expecting to be found.   It was but a moment before the man’s expression began to soften and a wicked smile slowly crept across his lips.

A smile that stole the breath right from out of her.

Every gently bred fiber in her body screamed to turn around and run straight out the door.  Hundreds of years of proper English rearing had produced a base instinct to flee when in the presence of an unknown male (especially one with so little clothing).  But then he stood up, cautiously, the way one does as if not to startle a deer.  Standing, he was clad in nothing but buckskin breeches, the dim light from the flames playing over the sculpted muscles and sinew of his shoulders and chest.

Breeding be damned, her feet simply refused to budge.




Though I don’t read historical romances as much as I used to, there is something about them that always makes me keep coming back for more.  Compromising Miss Tisdale is an excellent example of why I could never give them up.  The novel puts you right into the setting so that you feel as if you’ve truly journeyed back in time.  The verbal battles and wit that you don’t see as much in contemporary romance were there, just as I’d hoped.  The author of this novel did an excellent job of keeping to that tradition.

Using a reluctant hero and heroine in a romance is nothing new, but I was pleased that the story kept my attention despite some of its predictability.  There was just enough uniqueness that I could sit back and enjoy the ride.  Ambrosia and Duncan were a lot of fun with well-developed personalities, and some of the side characters had their moments as well.

I highly recommend this novel to other historical romance readers.  Five whips for Compromising Miss Tisdale!


Note- I received a free ecopy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.







Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago.  Jessica originally attended college in hopes of achieving an English degree and writing the next great American novel.  Ten years later she was working as a registered nurse and reading historical romance when she decided to give writing another go-round.

Jessica writes likes she speaks, which has a tendency to be fast paced and humorous.  Jessica is heavily inspired by sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy to transport the reader into a story they miss long after the last page is read.  She invites you to visit her at and read her random romance musings.
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~ by Suzie on January 1, 2014.

5 Responses to “Review of Compromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson”

  1. Thanks for hosting and Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you for the review. I’m looking forward to reading the book.

  3. Thanks for your review of this book. I’ve never read this author, but I am more inclined to do so after reading all the good things about her books. Happy New Year!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. Thank you so much for sharing with us! I can’t wait to check this out! Happy New Year. ^_^

    cloud.weaver.girl AT gmail DOT com

  5. Thanks so much for the review today! Have a great New Year!

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