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Monday, June 25, 2018

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Print Length: 325 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Amara (June 25, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: Grace Alnott is out of time. To save her younger brother from an abusive guardian, her merchant father’s will demands she must marry a peer. Handsome but destitute Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury agrees to her offer of a marriage of convenience but stipulates she must live with him for six weeks. No matter how honorable he seems she can’t allow him to get too close, because the aristocracy cannot be trusted.

Six weeks. Major Everett Hetherington, new Earl of Westbury, has exactly six weeks to convince the very independent Grace Alnott to spend the rest of her life with him. Despite her belief she doesn't belong in his world, he must tempt the alluring Grace into staying, because he has fallen for her. Hard. He just has to ensure she never discovers his secret.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

While it started off strong, this book ended up falling solid middle of the road for me. It had all the elements for a better story - a villainous lord with the potential to corrupt an innocent child, a head-strong female willing to do whatever it takes to save her brother, and a destitute Lord who will stop at nothing - not even a seduction - to save his family name and estate.

However, there were just too many details left out that kept me from fully enjoying this story. Let us begin with Lord Raynor. He was named guardian of Grace's brother Henry by her father and she does not like it. While I can understand her wanting to keep her brother with her, the soul reason she dislikes Lord Raynor we are lead to believe is because of things he did to a maid. We also get some hints that he may be allowing abuse to come to her brother, but she never tries to substantiate her fears. And yes, he's a leecher who doesn't need to be caring for a child, and I dislike the way he treated Grace, but I fear for a villain, he fell completely flat. 

Next we move on to Grace and Everett. At first, I liked their interactions. Despite the fact that neither was entirely truthful with the other, given their unusual circumstances it was understandable. I enjoyed watching as he slowly got her to lower her carefully built walls, his patience and understanding when he spoke with her. I even understood and enjoyed her ability to remain strong to her plans and not be taken in by her husband.

And then they had sex. 

And suddenly that became their entire focus. We hear little about how her efforts to win custody of her brother are going. We hear next to nothing about the deadly disease wrecking havoc on Everett's lands. It isn't until Grace accidentally finds out the truth (or the truth as it were at a prior time) that the issue of her brother is even resolved. And still the reader is left wondering at the fate of the cows and the tenants of Westbury Estate. While most of the other issues are resolved, or at least a potential solution offered it seems the main one of why Everrett needed her money in the first place is all but forgotten. I feel this story would have been more enjoyable if there was just a bit less sex and a bit more focus on them finding solutions to ALL the issues at hand. 

Overall however, I do believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy historical romance novels. 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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                              Six Weeks with a Lord is available from Amazon.com

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