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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review: I Thee Wed by Celeste Bradley

Happy Wednesday! So, the latest Celeste Bradley book features a hero named Orion which is an unusual name for a historical romance but it also happens to be the name of my cat. Just a little tidbit there.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: May 3, 2016

Intelligent and driven, Orion Worthington aspired to be like his mentor, the acclaimed scientist Sir Geoffrey Blayne. Logically, Sir Geoffrey’s daughter would be Orion’s perfect match. So why can’t he keep his mind off the unruly girl who works in Sir Geoffrey’s lab?

Orphaned fire-cracker Francesca Penrose hopes that London is modern enough to accept her brilliant mind despite her womanhood. But she can’t help noticing Orion’s mind...or his body.

So they decide to run an experiment: if they give in to their passions, their attraction will simply fizzle out, with no impact on their hearts...right?

Sensible, science driven Orion Worthington wants nothing more than to follow in his mentor, Sir Geoffrey Blayne’s footsteps. Sir Geoffrey’s daughter by all accounts is Orion’s ideal match only he can’t get lively Francesca Penrose out of his mind. Francesca has an intelligence that rivals Orion’s and she hopes that she can prove herself a good enough scientist in London despite being a woman. As far as experimenting goes, the two decide to let their attraction run free and find out if it will go anywhere.

Yay for a historical science nerd!

Orion Worthington wasn’t a rake or a flirt, he was a studious scientist with no time for games with the opposite sex. Science was basically the center of his world and I found that a refreshing change from the usual rakes and rogues (Not that there’s anything wrong with them but something different now and again is welcome). Orion’s closed off personality brought a different set of obstacles and circumstances to I Thee Wed that ranged from humorous to serious. I liked Orion’s dependable nature and his love for his rather eccentric family even though they sometimes drove him bonkers. One of my favorite things about Orion was how he saw Francesca, the heroine. He constantly sought her company even though they seemed to end up arguing most of the time, but even though they argued he respected her opinions and even saw her as an equal. Orion was one of, if not the most sedate member of the Worthington family so for him to be paired up with a spirited woman like Francesca was just a good romance waiting to happen.

Francesca gets extra brownie points because she wasn’t a wallflower, a popular debutante or a young widow. She was a young woman who wanted to defy the time’s gender roles and be a scientist! Yay! Not only was she intelligent and willing to learn, she was also feisty, kind, and determined. I loved how she challenged Orion to in some sense, come out of his shell more, even if it was just to argue with her. She really did light up the pages with how fun she could be.

As much as I liked Orion and Francesca as individual characters, as a couple they were slow to get going. There was an almost unbearable amount of repetitive inner dialogue that I could have done without. And the Worthington family. I like their eccentricity and how loyal they are to one another BUT they’re like medicine, good in SMALL doses. When they’re together they can be a little too much to handle and a bit obnoxious. < i>I Thee Wed had its slow moments but it also had some fast paced ones. I liked the conflicts that Orion and Francesca had to overcome in order to be together and I liked them as a couple though it took some time for them to get to that point.

Final Verdict: Overall I enjoyed I Thee Wed and especially Francesca. I can’t help but appreciate a woman who doesn’t allow social or gender roles to define her.

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