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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: Her Scandalous Wish by Collette Cameron


DISCLAIMER #1: This story is part of a collection of stories from a number of best selling authors. I have decided instead of reviewing them all at once which may be confusing to some of my readers, I am dedicating eight days to these amazing authors and their stories. 

From Goodreads.com: A marriage offer obligated by duty . . . an acceptance compelled by desperation. 

Philomena Pomfrett is resigned to spinsterhood, but to ease her dying brother’s fretting, she reluctantly agrees to attend a London Season with one purpose—to acquire a husband. Stumbling upon her hiding in a secluded garden arbor during a ball, Bradford, Viscount Kingsley doesn’t recognize his first love, yet something about the mysterious woman enthralls him, and he steals a passionate, moonlit kiss.

Caught in the act by Philomena’s brother, Bradford is issued an ultimatum—a duel or marry Philomena. He offers marriage, but even impoverished and with no other decent prospects, she rejects his half-hearted proposal until her brother collapses. Now, Philomena’s faced with marrying a man who deserted her once already. 



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
    
      So this story. I really wanted to like it (and I did to a point). I really wanted to give it 4 (or even 5) stars, but in the end - I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Its not that there is anything wrong with the author's writing style, nor is there anything wrong with the majority of this story. All of the elements were there - including an objection to the wedding that I had not seen happen in that way before. 

    However - this was one of those stories that really needs to be longer. Everything just ends so suddenly that I was left not only confused, but desperately wanting more. I felt that there was no real resolution to the conflict - no repercussions to what was done. While all of the elements were there to keep this story going - things were simply left how they were with no explanation and that didn't sit well with me.


In closing - I have no doubt that this story would be a five star read if it was longer, and I will definitely read more from this author. 

DISCLAIMER #2: 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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Her Scandalous Wish is available as part of the Once Upon a True Love's Kiss collection from Amazon.com

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reviewing Collette's book, Red Wine and Books!

    Happy New Year!

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