Book Review

‘More or Less a Marchioness’ by Anna Bradley

molam abSTORY: The Somerset sisters, three beautiful, headstrong debutantes in Regency London, are discovering that a bit of scandal is a delightful thing…

For the sake of propriety, and her younger sisters’ reputations, Iris Somerset has kept her rebellious streak locked away. But though she receives a proposal from Phineas Knight, Lord of Huntington, Iris can’t marry a man she knows isn’t truly enamored with her. In fact, Iris no longer wants to be chosen—she wants to choose. Under the clandestine tutelage of “wicked widow” Lady Annabel Tallant, she’ll learn how to steer her own marriage prospects—and discover her secret appetites.

What kind of debutante refuses a marquess? Finn is surprised, a little chastened—and thoroughly intrigued. This new, independent version of Iris is far more alluring than the polished socialite she used to be. Finn believed he needed a safe, quiet wife to curb his wilder impulses. But the more Iris surprises him, the more impossible it becomes to resist their deepest desires.

REVIEW: This is the first story in The Somerset Sisters series and as such it had to do a lot of exposition of numerous characters and I found that to be a bit too long.

As for our main characters, Iris and Finn, it took me almost the whole book to finally like them a bit. I mean, Finn’s character was someone I had the most trouble with. He was such a jerk and not of redeemable kind. No wonder the heroine ditches him.

And until I saw some backbone in Iris, I thought she was just another dimwitted girl doing her family’s bidding and a pushover for a man that is plainly a hypocrite and a scoundrel.

The redeeming quality in this story are the dialogue and the setting. The author does a great job in putting us in the middle of beautiful home parties and giving us some humorous scenes.

The premise of the series is well thought out but the execution I’m having trouble with and I am curios enough to invest time in reading the full series.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher

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