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Friday, September 2, 2016

Review: When a Marquis Chooses a Bride (The Worthingtons #2) by Ella Quinn


Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra Shout (August 30, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: Thanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this...

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This story had quite a few good parts - but overall it took me awhile to finish due to the simple fact that it was hard to stay invested in this story and these characters. There was A LOT of repetition especially with Dominic's character. Yes - I understand that his uncle raised him a certain way and taught him some really backwards ways of thinking - I don't need to be reminded of this fact every time he starts feeling some type of emotion. 

Then there was the "danger" aspect of things which - honestly didn't really make sense. This was in two parts. In part one we meet the owner of a seedy boardinghouse that happens to house families who sells children after their parents wind up dead. The men the child were sold to seemingly disappear - until they come back near the end. Where were they during the rest of the story? Where was the threat to the child? It seemed as though they were thrown in just as a form of closure when honestly? It wasn't needed. 

Then in part two (I say parts even though these happened throughout the story) you have someone conniving to separate our Hero and Heroine. They go so far as to concoct a scheme that theoretically should work - and then they give it all up over a conversation? The Heroine is reunited with her Hero with little problem? That particular story-line left me wanting more. A lot more. 

Now I know I've been tearing this book down a bit - but these are my own personal grievances. This author does have a solid writing style and a way of endearing certain characters to the reader right off the bat. Also - I have to give credit where it is due, this is the second book in the series, but I did not feel confused having not read the first story. Everything was done in such a way that it was easy to understand and feel caught up on past events. 

Overall, I am certain that this book will appeal to a variety of people, and I would read more from this author, this particular story just wasn't for me. 

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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 When a Marquis Chooses a Bride is available from Amazon.com

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