Review: A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey

Print Length: 345 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (May 28, 2018)

From The Marquess of Wesley is out for blood. For a year, Lord Wesley has tried to undo the devastation his father left to Penndrake, their ancestral home, only to discover the man gambled it away right before his death. Now Wesley is being blackmailed by the new owner into marrying a woman he’s never met in order to get it back. But his intentions are less than honorable…

At one and twenty, Miss Kate Holden intends to become a governess, having sworn off all men years ago. However, her plans are halted when she receives a daunting letter from her cousin about a Lord Wesley. Ignorant of the name, and the devilish marquess that wears it all too well, she nearly ends up compromised. Refusing to fall prey to Wesley’s skillful seduction, Kate decides to turn things around on the rake. But the high-stakes game between them soon leads to her losing the last thing she expected…her heart.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This story was one of those that entices you with an intriguing synopsis, and starts off strong, only to fizzle out. At first, I enjoyed Kate and Wesley's interactions. They both came across as stubborn and it was obvious they had chemistry and intrigued one another. I didn't even mind his original plan to ruin her (although I was curious as to how the author was going to play that one out). I didn't even mind the vapid cousin or the selfish Aunt. In fact, I kind of hope Claire gets her own story as I KNOW there is more to her than what we learned in this story. 

No, where this one lost me was the constant back and forth (to the point it became tedious) of Wesley trying to push her away. They would come close to ruination, she would practically pour her heart out to him, and he would find one reason or another to push her away (once to the point he almost lost her for good). Now, don't get me wrong, I am all for angst, but this was just too much and too often. Even when he came to terms with his feelings for her, and hers for him, he still continued to be "hot and cold" towards her and often when he was "cold" he was downright rude. I'm honestly surprised she didn't slap him on more than one occasion.

However, when I look at this entire story as a whole, I feel this novel may still appeal to the majority of historical romance fans. I would give this author another chance!

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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