The Reasons for Marriage
“The Dashing Duke . . .
Lenore Lester was perfectly content with her quiet country life, caring for her father, and having no desire for marriage. She took steps to remain inconspicuous and tried her best to show indifference – but no avail! The irresistible Duke of Eversleigh had found her out and was quite persistent in his affections . . .
The Shy Miss!
Notoriously charming Jason, Duke of Eversleigh, could easily see behind Miss Lenore’s brilliant disguise. Though the awkward lady hid behind glasses and pulled-back hair, she couldn’t cover her beauty. And Jason was ever determined to loosen the hold she had on her heart.”
This is the third book of Stephanie Laurens that I have read, and sadly the second of those two that I really did not care for.
This book was very boring and small things about it started irritating me from the first chapter. The first thing that irritated me early on, is the effusive usage of adjectives. The author’s style was not very encompassing and hard to read with the excessive descriptions. While that is something I would look for in a classic, it is not what I want in a historical romance. Another aspect that irritated me, while consistent throughout the book, was the rapid changing of the point of view. One minute we are seeing and understanding things from Lenore’s POV, and then without a page break it jumps into Jason’s POV. I much prefer when we see entire scenes from one character’s perspective, and then we can gain insight into another character from a different scene.
My last criticism is that the communication issues between the main characters is overly cliched. I am very tired of reading about character who just don’t know how to talk to one another.
Overall this was not a very good story, and I would not recommend it. There are many other promising historical romance authors out there like Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Valerie Bowman (my favorite), and Lauren Smith to name a few.
About the Author
“Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.
Once in London, Stephanie and her husband both began work as research scientists in Kent. They lived in an area surrounded by history. Their own cottage was built in the 16th century, while next door were the protected ruins of an early Roman villa, and nearby was a 14th century castle.
After four years in England, Stephanie and her husband returned to Australia, where she continued to work in cancer research, eventually heading her own research laboratory. One evening Stephanie realized that she did not have any more of her favorite romance novels to read. After years of thinking about writing her own novel, during nights and weekends for the next several months, she began crafting her own story. That manuscript, Tangled Reins, was the first of her books to be published. After achieving a level of success with her novels, Stephanie “retired” from scientific research and became a full-time novelist. Her novels are primarily historical romances set in the Regency time period.
Stephanie and her husband live on peaceful acreage on the outskirts of Melbourne. If she isn’t writing, she’s reading, and if she’s not reading, she’s tending her garden.” –Goodreads