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Someone to Romance

(Westcott #7)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,660 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Wescott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.

Lady Jessica Archer lost her own interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend, Abigail Westcott, was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Ever practic
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Berkley
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Jacob Proffitt
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steamy, romance
This is seventh in a series and you can probably pick up most of the needed context in situ. That said, the Westcott family that is at the center of the series is rather widely spread and has a lot of moving parts. I think it's probably best to build up a tolerance and the earlier books are less crowded and help give you the framework to hang everything on for subsequent stories. So I highly recommend reading in order.

I doubt I've had a series I've rated so highly before. Seriously, this is near
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Mary Balogh treats us to the lives and romances of the Westcott’s and family in this newest installment with Lady Jessica Archer as our heroine. It isn’t necessary to read the previous books in the series, Jessica’s situation and past is mostly explained, but it won’t have the same impact as you’d have reading the books in order.

Jessica hasn’t selected a husband. As the sister of the Duke of Netherby and with wealth of her own she hasn’t lacked opportunity, but guilt at her best friend’s tragic
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3 to 3.5 stars. I liked but didn't love this book. I enjoyed it more than some others I've read in this series, but it still felt a little slow and flat, which for me has been a common thread through the series. I absolutely 5 star love some of Ms Balogh's books, but in this particular series the writing style and some of the characters just don't seem to connect with me as much.

I quite liked Jessica and Gabriel. Jessica seemed a bit like a snobby ice maiden at first, but beneath her aristocrati
I discovered Mary Balogh’s tender, relationship-driven historical romances by browsing a book shop about a decade ago. The cover of her book merely depicted a landscape, but I recognized the possibilities of a new to me Regency era author who did indeed pay attention to the details of the historical background of her stories, the social mores of the day, and could still deliver engaging characters and romances.

Someone to Romance is the eighth of the series. This is Lady Jessica Archer’s story. J
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jessica and Gabriel are both looking to get married soon but neither really understands what love is. They almost have a love/hate relationship to start out. Jessica is the daughter of a Duke and comes off as cold and haughty at times. Gabriel has been living in America for the past 13 years and is at times bold and to the point. He declares that he intends to marry her and she demands that he romance her if he thinks he can. He does an excellent job at the romancing without even realizing he's ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Berkley and edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars for a smart and engaging installment in the Westcott series.

Full disclosure here: I requested an eARC because I've fallen off the Westcott series lately and wanted to get back on. I've been reading Mary Balogh since the Signet Regency romance days and her series are generally excellent with two of them, the Bedwyns and the Survivors, being at the top of my favorites lists. She has a talent for highly emotio
Jen Davis
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Although I find I enjoy this series in a comfortable kind of way, after the next book (which should be Harry's) I think Mary Balogh needs to move on to something new. It's getting to the point where it all kind of feels the same and I am seriously struggling to remember who all of these characters are and why I care about them. The cast is huge, unwieldy, and frankly unnecessary. It's particularly a problem because of the author's penchant to begin so many names with the letter A: Avery
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: balogh-mary
Mary Balogh has such a unique, distinctive writing voice. I only have to read a few sentences to know I am reading one of her books. To me, they are always a joy to read. And, this one was another great addition to the Westcott's saga. Oh, how far the Westcott family has come. Another happy reading experience for me thanks to one of my long-time favorite authors, Mary Balogh. Looks like Harry is the last book set for next year. Should be a good one. Poor Harry deserves it. ;)
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Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
There was mystery afoot!

A handsome newcomer with mystery surrounding him caught the eye of Jessica and soon the Westcott and their entire clans were embroiled in a dangerous situation…

This instalment of the Westcott series had everything I’ve grown to love about this series. Intriguing characters, close family ties and now, a huge shot of suspense as well. Gabriel’s past was a murky one but all was slowly revealed as he and Jessica, whether by design or not, fell in love…

This was my latest favou
Olga Godim
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
This mediocre historical romance would’ve read much better if the author didn’t spend so much time and page-space on the heroine’s extended family. Every member of this family is so sugary-sweet and helpful, I got a toothache. Otherwise, the protagonists are a decent pair of regency lovers, the villain is sufficiently wicked, and the writing is professional.
And I LOVED the cover (the Berkley cover with the girl in a red cloak, not the other one). Although I like romance novels and read many of
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, historical
❤❤❤ LOVED.

Joint review with Janine for Dear Author.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Jessica Archer, at the age of twenty-five, has finally decided it is time to find a husband. Since the marriage of her dear friend Abigail, Jessica feels some resentment that her friend did not choose to stay single with her. She also realizes she wants what Abigail possesses -- a loving husband and child. Jessica doubts she will find love, but she is still a good catch. Afterall, she is the sister of the Duke of Netherby.

Gabriel Thorne has returned to England from America to claim a myster
I've had some 5-Stars to 3-Stars with this Westcott series by Mary Balogh, however what I do love is the narration by Rosalyn Landor that pushes those low to high ratings. This was a 3.5 Star rating rounded to 4-Stars.

I love how Ms. Balogh brings out the warm nature of her characters in her writing and this one was an enjoyable listen for me. It was a bit slow and stale in some parts but but the Family Westcott brood somehow make up for some of the lag with their comical and heartwarming love f
Barbara Rogers
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, netgalley
Series: Westcott #8
Publication Date: 8/25/20
Number of Pages: 336

Wow! This is a perfect book – It had everything I want in a book. The main characters are delightful, the supporting characters are wonderful, there was a HEA (but it was a pretty slow slog getting there), and the very best part – the villain got his appropriate punishment and everybody helped to make it so. Loved it! This book is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone if you like.

Lady Jessica Archer, sister to Avery A
Tracy Emro
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Jessica Archer, daughter of the late and sister to the current Duke of Netherby, has decided that this will be the year she finally marries. At 25, she has had many opportunities, but when her dearest friend and cousin Abby’s life was upended by scandal, Jessica stood by her in solidarity, but Abby married two years ago and Jessica realizes romance is probably not in the cards for her. She decides that she will make a practical match, much to Abby’s dismay. But little does she know that fat ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, this was disappointing. I didnt have expectations for this novel since Jessica never really made an impact on me but I put this on my tbr because Mary Balogh is consistent. Unfortunately, I felt no emotional connection to this novel.

New readers will absolutely be confused since this novel has an oversaturation of Westcotts. Each of their appearances accompanied a backstory—I read the series relatively recently and even I could care less about each Westcott and their n number of children a
A woman determined to make her own choices. A man torn between his chosen home and his duty.

Gabriel Thorne left for America, intending never to come back. Not even the fact that he succeeded to his uncle’s title was temptation enough to return home.

But a single letter from a beloved aunt changed everything.

Once in London, Gabriel had until the end of summer to fix things and return to America incognito, or present himself and claim the title, becoming the new Earl of Lyndale.

He was torn betwee
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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The fact that this is book seven (yes, SEVEN) and I am yet again giving a title in this series five stars just really shows how talented a writer Balogh is and how it is possible to still love a series multiple books in. I should probably try and explain why I love this book so much but I really can't. Jessica and Gabriel just worked well together in more than one way and it made my heart so happy to see them merge and grow and learn alongside each other. There was a moment when Jessica told Gab ...more
Janine Ballard
2.75 / 3 stars

My “dueling” review with Kaetrin, who liked the book much better than I did, is up.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Reviewed for NetGalley:

Okay, so I love Mary Balogh and this is a very solid, well written story. However, for some reason with this series, I can't keep track of the participants. I have read a lot of Balogh's series, and I don't know why I can't keep track of people in this one, normally I don't have any trouble with the main players, but for some reason, I can't keep track with this series. It's not Balogh's fault, but it does hamper a little bit of my enjoyment of the series. This book was so
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mystery and romance! A 5 star plus read!

Ahh Mary Balogh! You've done it to me again! With a turn of a few pages some of my 'just read' recently historical romances have completely faded into the background by comparison. This was so a five plus star read. I was completely enthralled with this fabulous story with its reluctant return of a lost heir, a reigning beauty contemplating marriage, and the confusion of a dark past.
Brimming with anticipation, romance, roses and humor this was a masterful
So, once again I have fallen into this series and liked it a lot. The romance is much more straight-forward than the last entry, in fact it's really low-key. There's a helluva lot of "like" between the hero and the heroine, not so much 'endless love.' Which is just fine, tyvm, with me, anyway.

Sadly, Ms Balogh has nearly run out of principal characters in the Westcott family - only one left without a primary book of his own - and the offspring are too young even for a debut. I still remember the
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet series. It has been several years since I read this genre. 4.5 Great author and great series.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars I wish I could say I liked this Westcott series better than I do. So far I have rated all that I have read either a 4 or a 3. Not one yet that I would re-read. Nothing really terribly wrong I guess, but nothing to make me totally engaged. Not one story that left me sad when it was over because I was going to miss the characters. I think perhaps this family is just too darn perfect. Doesn't anyone ever get a little pissed off? Plus, trying to keep everyone straight is a daunting task. M ...more
Diane Peterson
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book in the Westcott series from Mary Balogh. It is an inheritance story with a twist. Gabriel Thorne left England for America after he was accused of a rape and murder. During his time away his relative dies and he is the heir to an earldom. Meanwhile in England other relatives are about to have him declared dead and claim the earldom. Gabriel secretly returns and realizes he should marry well to secure his place. Lady Jessica Archer, sister of a duke, is getting older and dec ...more
I'm pretty torn by this title. On the one hand, Balogh is in a class all her own - she wields her pen with expertise, and is the reigning queen of this time period of historical romance. However, despite giving it my best college try, I just could not bring myself to like or root for the heroine of this story. She was simply too annoying for me to warm up to. Beyond that, I'm finding the Westcott books are starting to get sort of repetitive. (Unlikeable heroine, more likeable yet slightly more s ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The previous books in this series have followed the adventures and romantic exploits of those who were the collateral damage that resulted from the exposure of Humphrey Westcott’s figurative bastardy. This story, however, is rather about the collateral damage that resulted from the collateral damage.

Lady Jessica Archer’s personal fortunes were not affected by the discovery that her best friend, Abigail Westcott, was a bastard in the literal sense and not th
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Someone to Romance is the 8th book in the Westcott series and it was such a pleasure to read. The author has created this extremely large family and it doesn’t look like there is an end in sight, to my delight. Wondering where the author is going to take me in this latest addition, I was highly entertained with her choice of characters and plot. Jessica Archer, daughter and sister of the Duke of Netherby, is ready to get married. This is the season she has decided to settle down and create the f ...more
2020 bk 281. She has her mojo back! The last few books in the series were lackluster, but Mary Balogh has returned with well written characters who do not simper. Jessica, the young woman who went into mourning when her cousin and best friend was declared illegitimate in book 1. Well, she has decided that since her cousin is now happily married that perhaps it is time to look around for a spouse. He spots her before she spots him. At an Inn. Both appear rude at first glance, but as the season pr ...more
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more

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