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Heroine Anachronistic; Conflict Easily Resolvable
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2020
Though the author did not make this 100% clear in the book description, this is not a stand-alone book. As this is the first book I have read in this series, I found myself utterly confused at the beginning of the book about who all the distinct characters were (both seen and mentioned) and their shared histories. Honestly, I think authors should provide little explanations here and there in a book like this, even for those who have read the previous books, as romance readers are voracious—reading many books between installments of a single series—and at least a month goes by between installments of a series, making the readers apt to forget the details unless the author reminds them. In this case, there were 5 months between series’ installments.
I loved the way the heroine treated her father, who is clearly suffering from dementia. Other than that, I didn't really like the heroine. She didn't come across to me as a true Regency heroine. For one thing, she seemed far too modern. It's hard to imagine a Regency lady doing all that she did, both personally (giving away her virtue before marriage or betrothal) or professionally (a woman just would not have had such power or commanded such respect). Honestly, it seems inconceivable. It drove me up a tree that the couple's entire problem hinged on her not having an honest discussion with the hero, though she struck out on that first night to do so. It wasn’t really made clear why she changed her mind at the last minute. I just don't like books that hinge on problems that can be easily solved. Kind of makes the book feel like a waste of time for me. A chasm so easily crossed is not really a chasm at all. Because I didn't like the heroine and what kept them apart was ridiculous, I didn't enjoy this story.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.