(Season of Scandal #3) by Mary Lancaster
Published: November 10th 2020
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
Length: 229 pages
My Rating: 2 stars
Free to follow her heart…just not to her husband!
Deborah needs a husband to protect her from the scandal breaking over her head; Christopher Halland, a radical and ambitious member of parliament, needs a wife to get at his fortune and Gosmere Hall. It is the perfect marriage of convenience. Or is it?
She should have been warned off by the fury in his eyes on their first encounter when he almost rode over her. And by the whispered rumors of his women and loose living. Instead, she thrives as the lady of Gosmere Hall, and her calm soothes her volatile husband throughout quarrels with his grandfather, and even when his black-sheep cousin, accused of murder, turns up wounded in the cellar.
However, falling in love was not part of their agreement—at least not with each other—and they have to overcome many misunderstandings before happiness is within their reach.
Only then, her scandal rears its ugly head once more, and the arrival of the reptilian Lord Barden threatens to ruin everything, and even take Deborah’s life.
This book lacked the energy, humor and excitement that I love in historical romances. There is nothing wrong with a sedate romance when done exceptionally well but this one just came across as dull and uninspired. There were times I felt like I was reading a Jane Austen novel with hints of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility mixed together but poorly executed. This book lacked originality and it is not one that I would recommend.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.