Sensible, practical Elinor Tregarth really did plan to be the model poor relation when she moved into Hathergill Hall. She certainly never meant to kidnap her awful cousin Penelope’s pet dragon. She never expected to fall in love with the shameless – but surprisingly sweet – fortune hunter who came to court Penelope. And she never dreamed that she would have to enter into an outrageous magical charade to save her younger sisters’ futures.

However, even the most brilliant scholars of 1817 England still haven’t ferreted out all the lurking secrets of rediscovered dragonkind…and even the most sensible of heroines can still make a reckless wish or two when she’s pushed. Now Elinor will have to find out just how rash and resourceful she can be when she sets aside all common sense. Maybe, just maybe, she’ll even be impractical enough to win her own true love and a happily ever after…with the unpredictable and dangerous “help” of the magical creature who has adopted her.

A frothy Regency rom-com full of pet dragons and magical misadventures, Scales and Sensibility is a full-length novel and the first in a new series of standalone romantic comedies.

Audiobook Review

4 stars

What a delightful read!

As far as regency romances go, I had never encountered one where the height of fashion was wearing a pet dragon on your shoulder!

This has many classic tropes but that were well executed and utterly enjoyable:

-the poor relation abused by her horrid cousin;

-the dashing but destitute young heir looking for a rich bride to save his family;

-the crafty servant blackmailing a family member to get justice done;

-the distracted scholar who never realizes what’s happening around him;

-some scheming villains ruining everyone and wishing for more

What was totally new though was these magical miniature dragons with the hero of the story being particularly nervous and frightened and prone to expelling great quantities of slime when that happened!

It’s clever, funny, lovely and never boring. A very enjoyable and original story if I may say so and I will now go read the new book in the series!

Also special mention for the narrator Louis Barret who did an excellent job bringing this story to life!

Thanks for reading.


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  1. I do love a historical fantasy. Steampunk, too. Just something about mixing fantastical elements with tried-and-true history makes me so happy. I’ll have to check this one out!

  2. Great review, Sophie! I’ve seen this book around the bookish community before so it was already on my radar but now that I know you enjoyed it I really wanna read it as well. Also, miniature dragons. I need one.