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Peek Inside The Likelihood of Lucy

Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of His Majesty. Then one tumultuous night churns up the past?and the girl?he'd long left behind. But Lucy Greenleaf's reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel's future. Now Trevor must choose between between his new life and the woman he’s always loved…

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She would never bow to any man…

London, 1815

Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of the Crown. Until one tumultuous night churns up the past he’d long left behind…

Turned out by her employer for her radical beliefs, Lucy Greenleaf reaches out to the man who was once her most beloved friend. She never expected that the once-mischievous Trevor would be so handsome and gentleman-like and neither can deny the instant attraction.

But Lucy’s reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel’s future and his duties as a spy. Now Trevor must choose between his new life and the woman he’s always loved…



With interesting characters, a murder mystery and a sweet and sexy romance, this story is sure to please historical romance lovers. I'm looking forward to what comes next in this series! 5 stars. ~Straight Shooting Book Reviews
Another lovely story by Jenny Holiday...This book has everything you would want in a HAE romance, action, suspense, great secondary characters that you know if you read the previous book in the series "The Miss Mirren Mission." ~The Reading Wench
...a very fast moving story that keeps you captivated from start to finish.  ~ Buried Under Romance

"The Likelihood of Lucy is like a gourmet meal.  It's made with the best ingredients (love, friendship, humor, intrigue a bitter antagonist and a sweet ending) to make you totally satisfied and eager to come back for more." ~Cordelia Swinton

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752825
Series: Regency Reformer, Book 2
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Page Count: 376
Imprint: select historical
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: friends to lovers, overcoming odds, royalty

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By Tash May 27, 2015

Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by publisher via Net Galley in exchange for a honest review
At the Spy’s Pleasure is my first book from this author and I enjoyed this historical offering from Entangled. A simple tale at first that becomes more intriguing and int... ...more

By Penny July 01, 2015

3.5 Inappropriately Behaved Stars

You know how sometimes when you’re reading a historical the language and expressions can get a little tedious because it’s so…well, historic?

I’ve found Jenny Holiday’s historical romances very fresh in this regard. While keeping it in period, the writing is curren... ...more

By Amanda May 14, 2015

I received The Likelihood of Lucy for free in exchange for an honest review.

The Likelihood of Lucy is the second book in Jenny Holiday's Regency Reformers series -- I read and reviewed book 1, The Miss Mirren Mission, quite recently -- so when I was approached to review this one, well, I couldn't... ...more

By a_tiffyfit May 29, 2015

A thoroughly enjoyable historical romance that embraces that American Dream/Horatio Alger Ragged Dick fantasy of rags to riches, although set across the pond in London. This isn't just a romance but a novel that tackles the idea of self-worth, both for females and males, and non-conformity.

Lucy... ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

This charming historical romance is the story of Trevor and Lucy. Growing up in Seven Dials, one of the poorest areas of London, left Trevor and Lucy with no choice but to turn to each other, becoming fast friends. But Trevor is able to do the one thing guaranteed to ruin their friendship. He fin... ...more

By Carmen May 30, 2015

Thick as thieves to veritable strangers. Familiar yet not. Although cut from the same pilfering cloth (“a pair of Robin Hoods”), individual success was earned from hard work; nothing untoward. Then why are Trevor and Lucy so edgy around each other? This was no longer “thirteen-year-old Trevor, th... ...more

By Lee June 03, 2015

Ms Holiday you have done it again. I am absolutely in love with these fabulous women and men of the Reformers Series and this is a fantastic addition to the set.

Lucy, like Emily in Book 1, was independent, intelligent, witty and I loved her quest for knowledge and zest for living life to the full... ...more

By April May 27, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****

This is a historical novel which I thought would be something different to read and I was pleasantly surprised, because I enjoyed this story.

This is Trevor and Lucy’s story. Lucy and Trevor were both children of the Seven Dial... ...more

This review was originally posted on The Sassy Bookster

3.5 Stars

Growing up in Seven Dials, Lucy Greenleaf had always been able to count on her best friend, Trevor Bailey. Forced to flee from her employment because of her radical beliefs, she finds herself turning to him for help. Lucy gets shelte... ...more

By Nikita May 18, 2015

Growing up, Lucy Greenleaf and Trevor Bailey were gutter rats who called the Seven Dials rookery home. Trevor always wanted something better for his best friend, so when the opportunity presented itself to lift his friend out of the poverty-stricken hells of the Seven Dials Trevor (quite literall... ...more

By AnnMarie July 07, 2015

The Likelihood of Lucy is the second book in the Regency Reformer series by Jenny Holiday. I haven't read the first book in the series, therefore can assure you that this book is easily read as a stand alone one.
The story is about Lucy Greenleaf and Trevor Bailey. They grew up together in the rou... ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? May 27, 2015

The Likelihood of Lucy as a story, is an exercise in plot superfluity.

The story of Trevor and Lucy's hardscrabble childhood on the streets of The Seven Dials, their respective betterment of circumstance, the unfortunate night of Lucy's sacking, and their subsequent reunion, makes for more than e... ...more

By Amy June 15, 2015

This is book 2 in the Regency Reformers series.

When Lucy Greenleaf is let go by her employer for her radical beliefs, she has no one to turn to but her old friend Trevor Bailey. Not having seen each other since they were children, Lucy doesn't fit into Trevor's life anymore. She just needs his he... ...more

By Linda May 23, 2015

Lucy and Trevor were both children of the slums that was the Seven Dials, stealing and doing what needed to be done to survive. Lucy’s mother was a governess but after she is molested but her employer & gets with child she loses her employment & descends into a life of poppy addiction and... ...more

By Maureen May 28, 2015

In ‘The Likelihood of Lucy’ we meet Lucy Greenleaf, a countess who’s also a reformer. When Lucy gets herself in trouble, her last option is to go to Trevor Bailey, her old friend who she hasn’t seen in years. What Lucy didn’t expect was that Trevor became a very handsome and rich man in the time... ...more

By Rosemary May 29, 2015

Trevor Bailey is now rich and successful, but he has never forgotten his childhood of poverty or his best friend, Lucy Greenleaf. He made sure that she got out before he left. He's in the process of making his dream of opening a luxury hotel in London come true. Suddenly his life takes a surprisi... ...more

By Elaine May 25, 2015

Anyone who enjoyed ‘The Miss Mirren Mission’ will recognise many of the characters in this book. Instead of focussing on Miss Mirren - Emily - this has Lucy Green/Greenleaf as the heroine who has escaped her dreadful childhood to be educated and working as a governess. All seems well till the mas... ...more

By Jan May 29, 2015

I received this book from NetGallery for an honest review.
Trevor was introduced in The Miss Mirren Mission. The books are standalone but it is nice to have characters from earlier books have a part in a new one. Such is the case in this one. You feel like you are visiting with old friends. Trevor... ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review February 13, 2016

I will say that I am new to this author Jenny Holiday but not for long... I plan on fixing that! I found that I like the writing style that she has. With that said this is the second in the series of "Regency Reformers " by Ms. Holiday. I found that I didn't need to have read the first to enjoy t... ...more

By Julia May 24, 2015

I love a historical romance that's not afraid to be about something -- and as she did in her last historical, THE MISS MIRREN MISSION, Jenny Holiday deftly weaves a tale that entertains *and* enlightens. With plenty of heat thrown into the mix!

Trevor and Lucy are old friends who haven't seen eac... ...more

By wrecked_life May 25, 2015

I absolutely loved this historical romance. The chemistry between lead characters is off the chart. It also gets six out five stars for giving off-the-charts background story to our hero and heroine. It tragic, inspirational, motivating and well-written all at the same time. In my opinion it is a... ...more

By Lori May 31, 2015


I loved the themes of this book: best friends reunited with a chance at love, finding what is really important in a person's life, finding your own self confidence and worth, and finding your family through strangers.

The scenes between Trevor and Lucy were golden. I loved their connection... ...more

By Inishowen May 27, 2015

Jenny Holiday has become one of my auto buy authors after reading this instalment in her Regency Reformers series. I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series, 'The Miss Mirren Mission,' and I can't wait for more.

This heart melting story of two childhood friends being reunited as a... ...more

By Christy August 07, 2015

Jenny Holiday’s THE LIKLIHOOD OF LUCY is an engaging historical romance with a wonderfully atypical hero and heroine, and an intriguing suspense subplot that kept me eagerly turning the pages until the end.

To be honest, the first mention of Mary Wollstonecraft had me hooked. As this is the first... ...more

By Lissa May 27, 2015

Trevor Bailey now ranks as one of my favorite historical romance heroes... ever. I think that a lot of personal preference goes into how much a reader likes a romance novel, but I absolutely loved this story and these characters. Lucy and Trevor grew up on the streets of London, children of prost... ...more

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3.98 avg Goodreads.com rating
Jenny Holiday

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny's featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, and has spent many years promoting research at a major university, which allows her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings--minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her twitter accounts @jennyholi and @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.

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