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Monday, December 7, 2015

Review: Say You'll Love Me by Ally Broadfield


Print Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (October 19, 2015)


From Goodreads.com:  She may be his favorite mystery...

All of Lady Abigail Hurst's dreams seem to be coming true when at long last her childhood sweetheart asks for her hand. But when a maid is found dead, and her betrothed is the chief suspect, Abigail begins to wonder just what manner of man she's marrying...


The Marquess of Longcroft, Edmund Townsend, has always preferred complex mathematical equations to the trappings of society. And love? Love is a non-quantifiable concept. Still, Lady Abigail is his sister's friend, and he finds himself drawn into the mystery of her affianced... even as he begins to anticipate Lady Abigail's company with unfathomable pleasure.


Investigating the murder may reveal more than the sordid truth. It may just reveal the love Abigail always wanted... a little too late.


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5 stars

I feel like this story would have gotten a higher rating had it been longer. The writing was solid, but the speed and which everything moved seemed to be too fast for any real connection to the characters to be made. Even though the characters were well-developed and each had their own set of quirks which made them realistic, I didn't feel as though we really got to spend enough time with them. 

The mystery aspect of this story is a good one, and one that instead of over-riding the romance aspect simply adds to it. Without the maid being killed Abigail would have had no reason to turn to her friends in the first place, much less been in a position where she could have spent so much time with Edmund therefore getting to know him (and realizing how much more suited they were to each other than she was to her intended). However, both were done in such a way that one did not overshadow the other, it merely added to the over-all plot and made things much more interesting. 

I would definitely be interested in reading more about these characters (hopefully in actual novel form rather than novella as I believe this author is capable of producing an outstanding story). That being said, I would also highly recommend this novella to those who want a quick read to pass the time that won't leave them bored. 
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.
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Say You'll Love Me is available from Amazon.com

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