Review

The Boxing Baroness

The Boxing Baroness

Published: Kensington
Date: 25th October 2022
Source: Publisher via NetGalley


Magnetic and educated, Marianne Simpson has the manner of a lady and the looks of a lover, not a fighter. Neither of which explains her occupation as a boxer in her uncle’s circus, Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre. Nonetheless, when St. John Powell, the exquisitely handsome Duke of Staunton, begins turning up at her shows, she finds herself dangerously distracted by the powerful peer’s mysterious presence. With her safety at stake, Marianne’s days in the ring are numbered. But how long can she fight her attraction to the man the ton calls Lord Flawless?

St. John Powell doesn’t just want Marianne Simpson, he needs her … to rescue his brother, who is being held for ransom by a treasonous English baron—the man all of Britain knows as the Rake of Rakes. No matter how little Marianne wants to see her duplicitous ex-lover, the man responsible for the humiliating nickname the Boxing Baroness, St. John must convince her. 

The Boxing Baroness by Minerva Spencer is a regency romance with some unique aspects to it.

Marianne is a feisty character and a woman boxer in her uncle’s Fayre. She catches the eye of the Duke of Staunton, although such an alliance if it were to happen wouldn’t exactly favor Marianne, as the class system would be a barrier. However soon St. John Powell (the Duke) and some of his friends are part of the Fayre and off to France. He wants to find out about his brother and the horrible Strickland who had duped Marianne previously demands he bring her with him.

It’s a circuitous tale, with some really interesting women who no doubt will make further appearances in their own books, along with some interesting reveals and of course romance. It’s open door so if you like to avoid that this won’t be for you.

I enjoyed it, evidently a little of it is based on actual history, so while to me it seemed a bit fantastical it could be more real that I thought. So it you are feeling like a regency romance this could be for you.

6 thoughts on “The Boxing Baroness”

  1. It’s been awhile since I’ve read any Regency romances. I probably would have passed on it because it does sound a bit over the top but how fascinating that it’s based on actual history! I will have to give this one a try.

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