Author: Anneka Walker
Series: Regency Ever After #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: January 28, 2020
Lady Mary doesn’t trust her heart.
Mary is tired of pining for the unobtainable Blake Gunther, so she recruits her brother’s help to match her with someone more suitable. The handsome Lord Templeton falls right into her hands and is eager to pursue her, only her heart is refusing to comply. Further complicating matters, Blake is treated like family and is there every time Mary turns around.
After a few false rumors, Blake is cut off financially—until he marries. With no money to leave his parent’s estate, his only options are to marry someone in the neighborhood or let his mother drive him mad. As the younger sister to his best friend, Mary is not on his list.
When they’re unexpectedly thrown together to help Mary’s family through a crisis, Blake’s heart beats for someone else for the first time in his life. He wants Mary, but he has to convince her he can be trusted first. He usually charms his way out of everything, but Mary will not be charmed.
Mary only wants to be loved.
This is a quick and mostly lighthearted read. Mary Contrary is based on the nursery rhyme and Lady Mary is truly contrary, especially with Blake. He may be deserving of it but I found Mary to sound petulant and whiny much of the time. Thus the contrary nickname. I really couldn’t tell how old she was since much of the time she sounded like she was 13. I didn’t know what to make of Blake. Had this been a full length novel I would have wished for more depth in his growth process but in a story this short there just isn’t time. He does grow into himself over the course of the story.
The story is clean and a quick easy read that might lend itself to a quiet evening when you just want pure entertainment and nothing to interrupt the show.
Sex: some innuendo in rumors (proven false)
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and chose to review it voluntarily.