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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon


Ugh I really wanted to like this book!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 27, 2018

Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way.

Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted.




What’s it About? Despite being forced into a loveless marriage of convenience, Lady Charlotte Cavendish has kept her spirited personality alive and well. As a young girl she attempted to elope with a man she loved but was stopped by her merciless father. Now a widow, Charlotte is determined to pursue her life on her terms and she’s determined to have a passionate affair with her choice of man, since that was one aspect of her marriage she had never experienced. When she meets Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, she is just as intrigued by him as he is by her. Charlotte sends him an invitation to a house party with the intention of pursuing an affair but unfortunately for her, Nash wants a wife and she is disinclined to marry again. That’s not all though, Nash is carrying a secret that connects back to the night Charlotte’s elopement failed and if Charlotte finds out, it could make her cast Nash out of her life permanently.



Overall reaction to the story? The premise sounds like something fun and a bit different, widows determined to live their lives and move on from bad and good marriages right? But from the very beginning I had trouble with To Woo a Wicked Widow.

I couldn’t connect with Charlotte. No matter what, I just couldn’t find something in her that I could connect with. I found the young Charlotte na├»ve to the point of stupidity and the grown Charlotte wasn’t much better. She was supposed to have matured in the years she was married but I didn’t think she did. She had a juvenile and inconsistent way of looking at her circumstances instead of a practical one. And I thought she was over emotional about well, her whole life! I kind of wanted to slap her from time to time. She definitely wasn’t a good heroine.

Nash was better. He’s a good guy, who didn’t expect he’d inherit a title and a fortune but since he did, he was going to do his best by it. He was kind and generous but a bit suspicious of Charlotte in the beginning because of who she associated with. Later he becomes quite enamored of her which is his only real flaw because she’s just not a good choice for a wife. Sure they were attracted to each other almost instantly but man, I just wanted to say “No Nash! Pick someone with something positive to offer you!” Their romance just felt lackluster. There was no real effort from either character in building a romance, just sexual chemistry. Nash and Charlotte didn’t spend enough time together to establish a connection beyond the physical so I didn’t buy their romance. Plus, Charlotte needed to go away so Nash could find someone better.

Click It or Skip It? Skip It. I would definitely read another book by this author, especially from this series but man, Charlotte was not a good heroine.




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