Review: The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior

The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior

Jennifer McQuiston

The Seduction Diaries #2

Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 24-Nov-2015
Date Finished: 7-Jul-2017
Format: eBook
Pages: 406
Genres: Romance, Regency Romance, Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062335128
Source: Unknown
Rating:3 star

Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge

Synopsis

“In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston’s enticing new Seduction Diaries entry, a mysterious journal may provide a potential spinster with instruction—or lead her to her heart’s desire

Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn’t yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a diary detailing the secrets to spinsterhood and a cottage in Cornwall. Unfortunately, an insufferable Marquess is angling for her prize! Turning Lord Thomas Branston down flat should be easy. So why does this man who won’t take no for an answer make Lucy’s body and soul sigh yes?

Thomas knows the real value of Heathmore Cottage, and he has no intention of letting some silly Society miss get her hands on it. He’ll simply have to charm Lucy into selling. But the clever young woman he encounters, first in London, then en route to Cornwall, stands stubbornly on her own two (quite lovely) feet. And now, Thomas can think only of sweeping her off them.”

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Review

This book started out strong, but sadly did not keep me enthralled throughout. Slowly the book started picking up my least favorite tropes in historical romances. The main lead, while strong willed, was very dumb. She did not know how to think through a situation, instead jumped to dumb conclusions. I prefer heroines who can think. As for the hero of the story, he also hit on a common trope, insta-love. That’s called infatuation, not love. I am extremely skeptical of falling in love in less than two weeks.

As for the hero of the story, he also hit on a common trope, insta-love. That’s called infatuation, not love. I am extremely skeptical of falling in love in less than two weeks. One thing he did have going for him was his self-control kindness. He was able to restrain himself when our heroine was being dumb.

One aspect I enjoyed about this novel was its use of setting and preserving what is already there. It was refreshing, as most historical romances could seemingly be placed anyway (in high society).

Overall, this was a decent romance novel. I’ve read worse and I’ve read better.

 

About the Author

“A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller, her books include WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND, SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND, DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER, and THE SPINSTER’S GUIDE TO SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR. She also has a novella, HER HIGHLAND FLING.”

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