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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: Blackthorne's Bride by Joan Johnston

This one honestly left me scratching my head and going “Huh?”

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Dell
Release Date: July 25, 2017

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.

What’s it About? It’s been two years since Josie Wentworth was rescued from the Sioux and brought to England by Marcus Wharton, Duke of Blackthorne. Two years in which he was supposed to return her to her family in America but instead she’s become a maid in the home of his nephews. Then her family finds her and Josie is suddenly wealthy and looking to teach Marcus a lesson since, in the time she’s spent with his nephews has seen his neglect of them. Fortunately Marcus is on the hunt for a rich bride to save his estate and Josie is certain that he won’t recognize her in all her fine clothes and refined air. Once married though, Marcus proves to be a very different man than Josie imagined, and one by one each of her reasons for wanting revenge are unraveled and the truth revealed.

Overall reaction to the story? Blackthorne’s Bride was frankly all over the place. It bounced from Josie and Marcus in England to Josie’s family in America and back again. I felt that the focus of the story should have been Josie and Marcus, not like, 12 different characters. I also had a problem with how the plot seemed to go on forever and then abruptly ended. This was my first time reading this author and it wasn’t the best experience.

I had an issue with both “lead” characters from the get go. To start off, Marcus is engaged to his best friend’s sister in the beginning but of course, as he’s a good sort, rescues Josie from the Sioux and personally cares for her on the voyage back to England. During that time he develops feelings for her but he still marries his best friend’s sister. Hmm. Then he kind of washes his hands of Josie by handing her over to someone else to take care of, which doesn’t happen. She ends up a maid and falls in love with Marcus’ two nephews who have been neglected by him. That part is explained later on but I had a hard time believing that a “good guy” would trust that his nephews are being cared for instead of checking up on them from time to time. Or better yet, bring them to live with him right?

Then there was Josie who spends over half of the book lying to Marcus (He totally doesn’t recognize her) all while nursing bitterness and resentment over not being sent home. Why didn’t she just confront him and point blank ask him why he didn’t keep his promise? Why all the deceit? All that time lying and there was little time spent convincing me that these two fell in love and belonged together. So that affected how I viewed the romance aspect. Conveniently there is a reason Josie was kept in England against her will but I honestly couldn’t see past the part where Josie was essentially imprisoned in England and forced to work as a maid until Marcus was a widower and in need of a bride.

Click It or Skip It? Skip It. I just couldn’t get a good grasp of what the author wanted to accomplish with this one. That’s not to say I wouldn’t read her again but this was not a good start.

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