The heroine of At Last Comes Love is Margaret Huxtable, an aging spinster of the type who gave up her youth in order to raise her suddenly orphaned faThe heroine of At Last Comes Love is Margaret Huxtable, an aging spinster of the type who gave up her youth in order to raise her suddenly orphaned family. Recently turned thirty, Margaret has decided to marry a friend. However, an old lover returns and throws Margaret's life into a bit of disarray and after she tells him that she's already betrothed, she finds that her friend is already betrothed. Uh oh. And thus Margaret meets our hero, Duncan Pennethorne, Earl of Sheringford. Duncan is in desperate need of a wife for his own reasons, namely that he will be cut off from his home and money until his grandfather dies.
The development of Margaret and Duncan's relationship is captivating. Duncan is almost unbearably honest, never making excuses for the mistakes he has made or the things he has done, and his charm lies in completely in that honesty. Margaret too is honest, but she is also stubborn and refuses to believe that Duncan is the terrible man the ton believes him to be. Their exchanges are never dull and while it is no surprise when Margaret agrees to be his bride, it is the journey that takes them there that I enjoyed so much.
I think that the story loses a little momentum once Margaret and Duncan have finally married. The last third of the book contains a number of plot points, but they are all covered rather quickly with not quite enough depth. The secondary plot is interesting, but I would have preferred to see more of the beginning of their relationship. Overall, the first portion of this story is so good that it carries the book all the way up to a five. ...more
I am a total sucker for matchmaking in Romance novels, so this book was a no-brainer for me, and overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the main charactI am a total sucker for matchmaking in Romance novels, so this book was a no-brainer for me, and overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the main character, Chastity, and her two sisters. While I would have liked to see a little sisterly friction on the realism aspect, I was definitely jealous of how well they got along and all of their in-jokes. And I loved Chastity's wit and the way she played off of the people around her.
Douglas too is a great hero. Even while Chastity was struggling to decide whether or not she liked him I did. It was a nice to read about a hero who had actual goals and cared for people instead of laying around down nothing all day. Or going to his club. (Actually, this brings up my biggest quibble in that I went in expecting Regency romance, but instead The Wedding Game is set some time in the early nineteenth century. I had a lot of trouble wrapping my head around the time frame. Cars? Electricity? Surely not!) And while Douglas' goals might have been a bit mercenary, namely that of a rich wife, he was incredibly likeable.
My only other problems with the book were minor: first, the point of view changes were always a little abrupt and right in the middle of a paragraph. It was easy to get used to, but there were a few times where it jarred me out of the story enough to notice. And second, there was one really bad typo, and though I normally don't notice typos, this one was within two sentences. On the same page.
Overall, The Wedding Game is an enjoyable, quick read, and I'd definitely recommend it....more
I'm not actually sure why I read this book. It's not usually my cup of romance, but I needed something a little different and a book about shifters seI'm not actually sure why I read this book. It's not usually my cup of romance, but I needed something a little different and a book about shifters seemed to do the trick. Overall, I didn't love this. The writing is a little clunky; I didn't really buy the way Dee-Ann (lol, seriously) was suddenly in love with Ric. I mean, I was a little in love with him, but she went from fuckbuddy-type feelings to marking him as her mate. Ric, on the other hand, sounded delish, though he was shallowly written.
For a quick read, this one did the trick, but I don't know that I'd recommend it as anything more....more