This review is from: To be Seduced (Mass Market Paperback)
The last two books I have read have both had similarities; both take the idea of a titled man having to marry a fortune and of the marriage of convenience turning into a love match; both are historical romances in worlds of horses and carriages, large family estates and more; however, only one of these books was a good read - and unfortunately it wasn't this one.
'To be seduced' wasn't a bad book, just middling. It suffered from a bit of a lack of direction in its feel, with events trundling along and the characters never really coming fully to life. It also had a distinct whiff of modernity about the characters, particularly our heroine Bethany Dallison, who despite living in the 1660s seems to have remarkably modern ideas at times.
When Bethany is kidnapped by her neighbour Lord Richard Harcourt who's crushed by debt, she knows she'll have to marry him to save her reputation. He only wants her because she's an heiress, of course, but she sees the opportunity to gain a small amount of control over her own fortune - and takes the chance.
In order for the book to work it needs a baddie (who comes in rather suddenly and whose motives seem distinctly unconvincing) and a Big Misunderstanding and all the normal aspects of books like this, and it has them. However it somehow didn't quite tie together. I didn't feel that I believed in the romance - neither hero nor heroine was particularly nice to the other - and I couldn't believe in the jeopardy of Richard at the end of the book, nor that his wife would be able to sway the people before whom she spoke (which surely wouldn't be allowed anyway). There are lots of books like this and I found that this one, unlike the other on this theme that I read which I thought was excellent, was sadly just middling.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010