Book Review

‘More or Less a Countess’ by Anna Bradley

molac abSTORY: Finding a worthy husband should be simple for three beautiful debutantes in Regency London. But the Somerset sisters have a way of making it delightfully complicated…

Violet Somerset has always preferred a library to a ballroom, but to please her grandmother she agreed to one London season. With nothing to show for it but heartbreak, she’s reconciled to spinsterhood. Until a notorious rogue known as the Devil of Dare requests an introduction to her timid, gentle youngest sister, Hyacinth. Violet will do anything to stop the match—even if it means posing as Hyacinth herself.

Nicholas Balfour, the Earl of Dare, is enjoying the life of a rake far too much to take a wife. But he must keep his promise to his grandmother. He’ll simply choose the meekest bride he can find, install her at his estate, then carry on as before. Hyacinth sounds perfect—until he discovers that her sweet demeanor hides the tongue of a viper and the mind of a bluestocking.

As Violet’s ruse threatens to unravel, however, she may find the tables turned. Soon she may have no choice but to tolerate her handsome fiancée—or fall in love with him.

REVIEW: Ms. Bradley continues her The Somerset Sisters  series with a second story in which Violet and Nicholas will get their chance at happily ever after.

Right of the bat I liked Violet and her strong will and determination to protect those she loves drove most of this story.

It’s this hero that I had trouble with and his morals and plans he had for his future wife that bothered me the most.

Once more the story, despite its great prose and good pace, suffers from the ego driven hero. In the end he redeems himself and the story finds its footing, helped once more with the wonderful humor and dialogue.

Now I’m truly invested in the sisters and looking forward to Hyacinth’s story.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher

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