In a recent discussion, StarOpal asked if we could help her compile a list of books similar to The Scarlet Pimpernel. We can definitely do that, right?
The Scarlet Pimpernel, if you're not familiar with it, is an adventure series written by Baroness Orczy about a dashing dude full of derring-do who rescues French aristocracy from the guillotine. He disguises himself and hides in plain sight in society as a clueless dingbat, while pulling off all sorts of dashing things.
(Wait. My brain just exploded with contemporary gender-flipping of the Pimpernel…. What if the Kardashians are actually spies?)
Arranged marriage, he’s a spy pretending to be a fop.
Well, hello there, my catnip. How you been?
That calls to mind one of my favorites and a previous book club pick: His at Night by Sherry Thomas (Goodreads | Amazon | BN | Kobo | All Romance eBooks). This book is also known as “the Sherry Thomas with the really yellow gold cover.” (I know a few librarians just flinched because, yeah, I am that patron. Sorry.)
That's also an arranged marriage between a woman trying to escape an abusive uncle and a man whom everyone assumes is really, really dumb but really, really isn't.
When he reveals himself… oh, the feels. I had feels hangover after reading it. And it's currently $3.99, too – nice!
What other Pimpernel-y books do you recommend? (And can “Pimper Nelly” be the name of my alt rock cover band?)