This month the TBR Challenge is to read a book that is part of a series. I wanted to like this book. I have read and enjoyed each of the earlier books in this series and have rated them a B or a C, but this book bored and frustrated me right from the beginning. The first scene is of the hero interrupting a wedding (you don’t find out whose wedding until much later in the book), and right from that point I was not really feeling the love for the plot. I am not a fan of books where people are embarrassed or made to feel less than others, and it felt to me that this is what this book was all about. The heroine deserved better than this.
The hero, Gregory Bridgerton, falls in love at first sight with Hermoine Watson, but she is not enamored of him. Apparently everyone falls in love with her, but she has her heart set on someone unsuitable to her station. Her friend, Lucinda Abernathy, however, sees Gregory as the better option for her friend, and offers to help him with Hermoine. This takes up the first half of the book, and I honestly could not have cared about this less. I really didn’t want to read about his pursuit of someone he obviously was not going to end up with, and I kept waiting for the actual romance to start. The characters were not engaging, and it felt like I was reading an author’s first attempt at a romance novel. This first section in the book dragged, and I had to force myself to finish the book. If I was not reading it as part of the TBR Challenge, I would not have.
I do not want to reveal any spoilers, but the resolution of the plot was ridiculous and cheesy. I did not care about any of these characters, and I could not believe that an author I would classify as a good writer would use such a hackneyed, unbelievable resolution to this romance. If you read and enjoyed this book, more power to you, but if you have not I would advise you to skip it. It is not worth the six plus hours of reading time.