Review: More or Less a Marchioness (The Somerset Sisters #1) by Anna Bradley

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Publisher: Lyrical Press (February 6, 2018)

From The Somerset sisters, three beautiful, headstrong debutantes in Regency London, are discovering that a bit of scandal is a delightful thing...

For the sake of propriety, and her younger sisters’ reputations, Iris Somerset has kept her rebellious streak locked away. But though she receives a proposal from Phineas Knight, Lord of Huntington, Iris can’t marry a man she knows isn’t truly enamored with her. In fact, Iris no longer wants to be chosen—she wants to choose. Under the clandestine tutelage of “wicked widow” Lady Annabel Tallant, she’ll learn how to steer her own marriage prospects—and discover her secret appetites.

What kind of debutante refuses a marquess? Finn is surprised, a little chastened—and thoroughly intrigued. This new, independent version of Iris is far more alluring than the polished socialite she used to be. Finn believed he needed a safe, quiet wife to curb his wilder impulses. But the more Iris surprises him, the more impossible it becomes to resist their deepest desires.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I have read, and enjoyed, other stories by this author, so I have to admit his one was a bit of a disappointment to me. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not invest myself in these characters or their story. I feel as though the characters fell flat - Iris jilts him without at first giving him a real reason, and Finn treats her like the toy he lost on the sandbox. He wasn't overly interested in her until someone else wanted her. And of course that someone else must be a villain - its cliche for a reason. I didn't even see where Annabel really even took her under her tutelage other than to suggest she read erotic (and therefore highly inappropriate) books, and place an idea in a head here or there, merely for her own amusement as she says several times. 

I think this book could have been so much better with just a few changes, and I know what this author is capable of so I feel she could have done better than this. All things considered however, I do believe this story will still appeal to those who enjoy historical romance novels.

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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