Author: Rebecca Connolly
Series: Arrangements #6
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: July 1, 2017
Publisher: Phase Publishing
His lawfully dreaded wife…
When disaster strikes, Marianne Bray finds herself in quite a mess, and the most important things in the world are at stake: her family name and her reputation. Desperation leads to a solution she cannot bear, but she has no choice. She must bind herself to a man who can protect her, save her, and, more importantly, tolerate her. Unfortunately for her, that man is Kit Gerrard.
Her awfully wedded husband…
Kit knew he ought to have left Marianne to her fate, which was no more than she deserved, but he’d always had a weakness where she was concerned, so there was no alternative but to save her and sacrifice himself in the process. With his heart at risk, he takes her, swearing to harden himself against the one woman he’s always wanted, and prays it will be enough. But before long, he realizes he may be the one in need of saving.
Rating: Moderate. Passionate kissing; mild language; brief (nonsexual) nudity; non-detailed fade-out sensuality.The heart wants what it wants… #regency @rconnwriter A BRIDE WORTH TAKING Click To Tweet
I wanted to like this more than I did. It was compelling but I found the conflict over done. Probably could have cut out a whole bunch of the back and forth in the relationship and still told the story just fine. Just when things were going better in their relationship, Kit seemed to freak out for no apparent reason. I mean it was because of his own fear and hang ups but it happened too many times. And because of it, he was kind of a jerk. She kept giving him credit for behavior that I didn’t think he was exhibiting. He was rude and mean but he left the carriage for her so he was a gentleman. I don’t think rude and mean is gentlemanly behavior, carriage or no carriage.
Why is it that Marianne was so oblivious to what people really thought of her? You’d think that with all the gossiping in the ton she would have gotten the gist of her mother’s scandal at some point and heard negative things about herself as well. And if her brother was really that worried about her behavior why was she so protected to never hear of any of the gossip or the facts? Seemed more like conflict avoidance rather than truly protecting her.
But as one might expect, they both overcome their issues to have their happily ever after.
Sex: none. Vulgar innuendo from the Marksby and forced kisses. Some kisses between Marianne and Kit.
Language: some mild swearing
Violence: Marksby is verbally and physically abusive toward Marianne in the beginning of the book. Kit beats him up but we don’t see it. We just know it happened.