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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne

Hmm, I think this would have been better if the heroine had just gone away and let the hero find someone who didn't treat him like dirt.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: April 24, 2018

Katherine Brooke may be a fabulously wealthy heiress, but she’s trapped, a pawn in her parents’ ruthless game to marry her into the nobility. Then Captain Hugo Penhallow—so charming, as handsome as a Greek god—comes into her life once more, and suddenly she sees a chance to be free.

As a Penhallow, his is one of the highest names in the land, but still his family is facing ruin. So Katherine boldly proposes an exchange: his name for her money. But only if Hugo understands it’s merely a practical arrangement, and that she’s not surrendering herself entirely.

Back from eight years in America and determined to give his younger siblings a better life, Hugo agrees. He’s never fallen in love, so why not? Yet neither of them guesses that this marriage will become far, far more than they ever dreamed of . . .

What’s it About? Katherine Brooke has it all, looks, wealth, and youth but she is still just a pawn in her parents’ ruthless plans to marry her off to the nobility. Enter childhood friend Hugo Penhallow. He has a name that is highly respected but his family is facing financial ruin and Katherine sees her chance to be free of her parent’s control. She’ll marry Hugo for his name and in return he gets her money. It’s the perfect business arrangement. Or is it?

Overall reaction to the book? The Bride Takes a Groom is one of those books where a reader will enjoy the plot for the most part but won’t particularly like the heroine and maybe even the hero. I fluctuated between “like” and ambivalence with the hero. I flat out disliked the heroine.

Hugo isn’t a bad hero; he was just so easy going that he sometimes slipped into the spineless category. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a spineless hero before. I have to say, I don’t like it. He just didn’t say or do much when it came to Katherine’s behavior. I kept waiting for him to just give up on her and find a better woman to build a life with! Ugh, his taste in women had me questioning his intelligence and his self-confidence. His love and patience with his family was what balanced out his more negative traits, making him an okay character in my eyes. I never really felt he was someone that was made for the spotlight; he had more of a secondary character feel to me.

But oh my word but Katherine was the real problem of the story. Super rich and super entitled she was just the worst. She may have had good intentions in some cases, like with her charitable causes but those were always overshadowed by her attitude towards Hugo and his family! Supposedly she and Hugo had been childhood friends but you wouldn’t know it by the way she behaved with him. Meanwhile he was all patience, warmth, and affection. I just couldn’t understand why this silly pea brained creature was someone who would even be considered a heroine when she was just so frustrating. I’d go as far as to say she was a giant PITA. I would have been happier had she dropped off the face of the earth, leaving Hugo to find someone more worthy of his kind nature.

Needless to say that the romance suffered greatly because of Katherine’s idiocy. I never felt their romance really went anywhere beyond lukewarm and that was because of Hugo’s overtures. I couldn’t cheer for these two as a couple because I just couldn’t stand Katherine. Everything suffered because of her.

The Bride Takes a Groom isn’t a terrible book though. I enjoyed Lisa Berne’s writing style but because of two lackluster characters, one being a brat in need of a good kick in the pants, I don’t think I got a really good idea of what this author is capable of. I did feel a little overwhelmed in the very beginning with all the chattering going on with the Penhallows. It felt like a character dump to me.

Click It or Skip It? Skip it. I am anxious to read the previous books in this series simply because I think this is just an unfortunate circumstance where the heroine was someone who should have been run over by a carriage.

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