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Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: The Only Reason for the London Season by Kristin Vayden




Print Length: 60 pages
Publisher: Kristin Vayden

From Goodreads.com: Sometimes love needs a little push in the right direction.
Or a good and proper shove. At least that’s what Dianna Trowl believes, profously, or else she’d never have done what she did. It would have been foolish, it would have been a scandal, if…it hadn’t of worked. But it did, and sometimes the price to pay for a gentleman’s attention is worth every penny. 

And convincing Lord Southridge to believe in love at first sight? Priceless.


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 My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

My Review: I found this story for free (which earned it a star), after I had seen snippets of some of Ms.Vayden's other stories (two of which I do own, but have not read yet). I was curious, and the synopsis seemed promising, but unfortunately, there just isn't enough there for me to give it a higher rating. 


There is no tension, no hardships, no real love story here. A young woman decides to go against the norm during her second season, meets an Earl who is determined to find a wife but utterly bored with the debutantes. They meet, have one conversation, he kisses her, they are seen by her mother, he asks for her hand and they get married. The story jumps forward several years, tells you what happened and BOOM! The book is done! It is definitely an intriguing advertisement for her later stories (a few chapters of which are given at the end of this novella), and I will be reading them as I already owned them, but had I not... I can't honestly say I would have purchased them after reading this one. 


This is even more of a disappointment because there was such potential there for this to be a really wonderful story. I would have loved to have seen someone (Dianna or her parents perhaps), force the Earl of Southridge to properly court her so we could have seen more of their relationship at the beginning. I loved the characters, and the way they interacted with each other, but there should have been a bigger experience with them. I also would have loved to have read more about the years between the time they were married and the epilogue, so that I felt like everything had been tied up instead of just feeling like the author wanted to rush this particular story to entice you to read the followup novels. 


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The Only Reason for the London Season is available (for free at the time of posting) from Amazon.com

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