Review: The Baron's Inconvenient Bride (Scandals of Scarcliffe Hall #4) by Gemma Blackwood


Print Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Gemma Blackwood (June 13, 2019)

From  In his haste to find a marriage of convenience, an arrogant baron proposes to his sworn enemy…

Lady Jemima Stanhope has a secret she cannot share, even with her husband. Especially with her husband. Because that husband is the incorrigible rake, Lord Northmere.

Northmere is the last man on earth Jemima wanted to marry, which is perfect. At least she knows he’ll leave her to investigate her brother’s death in peace.

Now, if only she could stop thinking about him. How can a man be so unbearable, and yet still charming, generous, and perilously romantic?

Ralph Morton, Baron Northmere, has secrets of his own. One of the most carefully hidden is that Lady Jemima has always entranced him. Now she is his – in name only. How can he nurture the marriage he wants when she is determined to keep him at arm’s length?

And if she discovers the truth about his family, will she ever return to his side?


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

This was the final book in the Scandals of Scarcliffe Hall series, and honestly? There was so much drama crammed into this one that it seemed longer than its 200 pages. 

The budding romance between Jemima and Ralph was a joy to watch develop. The way they slowly started to come to care for another another even as they tried to keep their walls up is what made them interesting. I just wish there had been more of those moments and less of the others involving his mother's dramatics, his sister running away and the entire nonsense with Jemima's brother near the end. All of those things, while allowing Jemima to show off the strength of her character, took too much of the focus away from the romance. 

Unlike the other books in this series, the majority of this one seems to take place after the events in the first three (as those stories seemed to be happening at the same time). However in keeping with the theme of this author's stories, you do not need to read the prior novels in order to understand this one. This is also a sweet and clean romance with only a few kisses shared between the two. 

This is now the second series from this author that I have read and while some have not appealed to me as much as others, I enjoy her writing style enough to continue on with the next. 

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