A Most Delicate Pursuit
“Though he’s fiercely loyal to his friends, Michael Carver has managed to avoid romantic entanglements by cultivating a reputation as a rake and a gambler. Believing himself incapable of intimacy, the Earl of Blandon avoids anything more than lighthearted flirtations or trysts with married women—which leaves more than enough time to slip out into the wilderness for a little fishing. All is well until Michael agrees, as a favor, to keep his best friend’s stubborn yet alluring sister-in-law company.
After one failed engagement, Beatrice Hawkins would rather become a spinster than risk her heart again. Her family, however, is relentless when it comes to finding her a suitable match. So when the roguish earl suggests they join forces to feign courtship and throw everyone off their scent, Beatrice only hopes the ton will take the bait. But at the hunting lodge where Michael takes her to escape prying eyes, Beatrice finds herself lured in by the unexpected charms of a man who has so much love to give—even if he doesn’t know it yet.“ -Goodreads
To be blunt, this is probably the worst historical romance I’ve read in the past year. I had so many issues with this novel. From the get-go, I was irked by implausible events that almost made this a DNF. One major thing that bothered me, particularly in the beginning was how the male protagonist, Michael, was a flip-flop, he constantly changed his mind on marriage. While once is cute, 3 times is annoying. I feel that many of the situations that came up in the story were poorly executed, so much so they seemed implausible for the time period. Beatrice, the female protagonist for one, doesn’t know how to keep a secret, and another is dumb. Many events lacked the emotions that would have made them great, which is part of the reason that all of the sex scenes were awful. I could forgive some of these things if the wedding ceremony had been included, but alas it was not. To end it all, the conclusion was very melodramatic. I definitely do not recommend this one.
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.