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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review: Three Weeks To Wed (The Worthingtons #1) by Ella Quinn


Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra Shout (March 29, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington—lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…

Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.

Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

WARNING: This novel contains several scenes of a graphic sexual nature and I would not recommend this novel to anyone under the age of 18 for this reason. If those scenes are not your cup of tea, it is just as easy to skip over them without feeling like you've lost anything.

This was a book that I felt had a very promising synopsis, however the entire thing just didn't come together. To begin with, the characters for me, bordered on unbelievable. I found it hard to believe that Matt "fell in love" with Grace that first night to the point where he was prepared to propose marriage even though he hardly knew her. And Grace? She was the worse of the pair. 

For someone who is so invested in her siblings and keeping them together and the legal battles she fought to gain custody of them, I found it odd that Grace would hop into bed with Matt so easily. And I don't mean just that first time because ok, I can understand her reasoning there to a point, but these two just carry on without a care in the world (and seriously in the parlor during a dinner party)? What if they had been caught?  

It's pretty bad (or funny depending on your point of view) when the wide variety of siblings are more enjoyable to read about than the two main characters. And I did very much enjoy the scenes where their siblings were involved. In fact, if there had been more interactions with them and the "blending" of their families than the two leads having sex, I probably would have found this story more enjoyable on the whole. 

Now if you take the two leads out of the story and just focus on the rest of it as a whole, it falls flat. Don't get me wrong, the author isn't a bad story-teller by any means. And I'm sure what I didn't like about this story others will love - but I felt that there was so much potential for a story-arc outside of their supposed romance that I was disappointed when it was over and done with almost within a chapter. Considering all of the build up that brought everyone to that moment, I would have liked to have seen the "threat" be more of just that - an actual threat. 

Overall, I would give this author another chance as I do see the potential in her for some seriously amazing stories. And even though this wasn't one of my favorites, I am sure there are others who will love it.  

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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Three Weeks To Wed is available from Amazon.com

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