I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley.
I really wanted to love this book, especially since it is set during the Regency era, which is on eof my favorite time periods to read about. However, I was kind of left disappointed and confused at some points during the novel. Before I get into all the details, here is a synopsis of the book.
Lady Georgina is out for her first season and she hoping to catch the eye of a wealthy, well-titled man, not just anyone will do for her plan. She also doesn’t want anyone to get in her way and is willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. She then meets Colin McCrae, a friend of her brothers, and instantly views him as a nuisance. He is also irritated with her because he has an instantaneous attraction to her that he tries desperately to fight. Colin then finds out a secret about Georgina, which if it got out it could ruin her marriage prospects, but he is also afraid of her marrying someone just for wealth.
I liked this book, however there were several scenes in the first part that confused me so much because they were events that occurred in the first book A Noble Masquerade which I have yet to read. Even though the author does give a warning that this will happen, I feel like there should have been a warning that readers must read the first book before reading this one in order to understand what is going on.
The plot also seemed choppy in several places, to the point that I had to keep going back several pages in order to find out if I had missed something, even after the scenes that also take place in the first book. I also found that the ending was a bit rushed, but I feel like that is the case with most books.
I really liked Colin McCrae because he seemed to Georgina for who she really was and didn’t look down on her when he learned the truth about her. Georgina was an interesting character because she wasn’t really likable and she only really grew in the last 50+ pages of the book, however it was still interesting to see why she did the things she did, and what she did.
Harriette was an awesome sidekick and I loved how she put up with Georgina’s antics, even though she was often in the wrong. It was also interesting to see just how much she did for Georgina and how she didn’t resent her for it.
One other thing that I will say about this book, even though it is kind of a spoiler, I loved how the romance developed between the two characters and it wasn’t really insta-love because I hate insta-love tropes.
I am giving this book 3.5/5 Stars because even though I liked some aspects of it, I was confused for most of it.
Thanks again to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Janelle L. C.
P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out. 🙂