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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: To Woo a Wicked Widow (The Widow's Club #1) by Jenna Jaxon


Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (March 27, 2018)

From Goodreads.com:
The war years are behind them. 
The future is before them.
And one by one, the widows of Lyttlefield Park are getting restless...

Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way.

Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This story was a very interesting start to a new series. I do not know how it will play out (other than I can assume each future book will be about a widow we met within the pages of this book), but I can't wait to read more about these widows! 

Speaking just to this story, I very much enjoyed the banter between Nash and Charlotte - these two were definitely evenly matched. I also enjoyed the backstory (such as it was) on Charlotte and her ill-fated first love (even though I fervently wish we could have gotten at least one chapter on her life with her husband and step-sons). What little background we did get on her made her actions and reactions understandable, but I am greedy and would have liked to have seen more. Perhaps then we could have understood her even that much better.

I do feel as though the climax of the story was rushed a bit, and I definitely wish there had been more to it (as the rest of this story was like watching a movie in my head as I read it). It seemed there was so much buildup with the robbers that to see that particular arc come to and end the way it did was a let down. 

Overall, I do believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy a well written historical novel, and I would continue on with this series. 

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 Woo a Wicked Widow is available from Amazon.com

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