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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Three Weeks to Wed by Ella Quinn

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.)
Publisher: Zebra Shout
Release Date: March 29, 2016

Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.

Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…

Lady Grace Carpenter doesn’t want to lose guardianship of her siblings to a husband so she vows never to marry but that doesn’t mean she can’t have one night of passion with a man she has always fancied. Her one anonymous night with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington goes off without a hitch, except that HE doesn’t want it to be one night. Matt is convinced that Grace is the one for him and sets out to prove to her that he’s willing to take her and her siblings on.

Matt was different from the usual hero. He was devoted to his family, I mean like he was more than just the money bags to them. He genuinely cared about their wants, needs and happiness and that isn’t very common for a man of his time. Another stand out characteristic was that he wasn’t running away from marriage, rather, he was running towards it with open arms. This guy was ready and willing to fall in love and make a love match instead of a business arrangement with his marriage. I thought this was a nice change from the usual “reluctant bachelor” type romances. I did think he was a bit quick to declare himself in love with Grace though.

I had a harder time liking Grace. I think that her willingness to try and care for her siblings was commendable and I liked that but I’m not a fan of the whole “I’m going to sacrifice my own happiness for my siblings” attitude. I can’t believe that Grace didn’t have her own wants, needs, and dreams. I don’t mind a heroine who is selfless and giving but let’s not overdo it into martyrdom please. A little selfishness can add to a character. Not that Grace didn’t have her moments of strength and willfulness because she did, BUT it kind of disappeared when she was around Matt. She turned into a simpering mess of a girl. Yes, GIRL not WOMAN.

I found Matt’s side of the romance more believable than Grace’s. He was a man ready to settle down with the woman he loved while Grace was a little girl dragging her heels. She was silly and had this bad habit of reacting a certain way to gossip and scandal that became tiresome the very first time and had me rolling my eyes every time after. There was a good amount of physical chemistry but I felt that emotionally it was lacking that special spark.

The one shining point in Three Weeks to Wed is definitely the inclusion of Matt and Grace’s siblings. As chaotic as they made certain scenes, this bunch gave the book a much needed boost in my eyes. They’re so different yet interesting. I hope that their uniqueness carries on into future books because they were honestly the best part of the story. Mary, in particular was a standout supporting character.

Final Verdict: Overall I wasn’t a fan of the main characters but I did love the supporting cast of siblings from both sides. The pace dragged a bit in some places but the writing was solid. I would be wary of checking out future books in this series but given that I enjoyed the siblings, I just might give it another go.

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