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Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: To Seduce a Lady's Heart (Landon Sisters #3) by Ingrid Hahn


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Publisher: Entangled Publishing (July 10, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Lord Jeremy Landon, Earl of Bennington, spent the last ten years rebuilding the ruined earldom he inherited from his scandal-ridden uncle. He has one final debt to repay. In lieu of money, though, he is manipulated into marrying a spinster…

Lady Eliza Burke is tired of living under the rule of a tyrannical mother. She’ll do anything to escape, even marry a man she doesn’t know—and a man her mother despises. Eliza doesn’t believe herself destined for love. Lord Bennington doesn’t believe he’s destined for happiness. Both are about to be tested by a scandal that could tear them apart forever.


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This entire series has been a series of hit and miss with me. There have been characters that I really enjoyed, and characters that I did not enjoy. Unfortunately this novel happened to hit solid middle of the road. As always, I enjoyed the author's writing style. I find myself drawn into her stories even when the characters are not all the enjoyable. 

Let's begin with Eliza shall we? At first I liked her. Her determination that her cousin should not be forced into marriage with someone other than the man she was in love with. Her loyalty to said cousin was admirable. And then she goes and ruins it by becoming angry with Jeremy when he finds out about her duplicity and confronts her about it. Not only that, but she continues to keep a rather large secret from her husband even after he gives her ample opportunity to come clean. All that added up turned her into a character that I just couldn't get behind. 

Now let's move on to Jeremy. While I can completely understand the desire to right past wrongs, and rebuild a ruined name, I feel being cowed into marrying someone a bit much. That could be overlooked however, as could his understandable (and justifiable) anger towards Eliza when he finds she's essentially tricked him into marrying her. That wasn't what turned me off of him. What killed it for me, was after she finally revealed her deep, dark secret to him, he still went about bedding her (twice), with no thought or care to her pleasure. It was as though he was simply using her body to fulfill his needs. I also did not care for the way he was constantly going back and forth between what he wanted to do, and what he should do. 

I wish there had been more closure to the circumstances with Dumnhall. I can't go into too much detail without giving away some spoilers, but I feel like his arc in the story was left unresolved. What happened after the events that transpired that we know about? 

Oh, and perhaps this is more pet peeve than anything else, but can someone please explain to me why, after her husband gifts her with a male dog, she continues to call the dog Daisy and the pair of them consistently switch back and forth between calling the dog "he" and "she"? 

Overall, I do think there are some fans of the historical romance genre that would enjoy this story, and I would read more from this author.

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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                       To Seduce a Lady's Heart is available from Amazon.com

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