Happily-ever-afters don’t always begin at “I do.”
When the man of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the villain claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love. But is she free to marry him? Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero to escort her to her family estate in far off Northern England—hoping that along the way she can win his love—and his hand…
Captivated by Juliet’s sweetness and beauty, Captain Amiable Dawson can’t help but be spellbound by the promise of a life with her. But the spell breaks when questions arise about her marital status. Soon the upstanding Amiable is unsure if he is indeed married to Juliet. And when his rival absconds with her, Amiable must choose between the law of the land and his heart’s desire to rescue Juliet once more…
Firstly: this is NOT a Regency romance, no matter how many reviewers label the series that way! It’s set in a different century, and this – the second book in the series – takes place exactly fifty years before the Regency era began!
I find the Georgian era fascinating, and I think it’s an underused era in historical romance, so I found that aspect exciting. The wigs weren’t always sexy, but I do find a lot of the fashions nicer (for men and women) than what was to come in future generations.
Only Marriage Will Do can be read as a standalone, but as I hadn’t read the first one I did go back and read the blurb and a couple of reviews for book one to get myself up to date.
I like the hero with his damsel in distress complex – he was always trying to rescue everyone. However, I did think that the relationship didn’t need to move as fast as it did. Day one of knowing each other and the heroine is crying because he won’t sleep with her! As it was, they’d already been VERY familiar with each other.
I think there was a really good idea for a plot here, and in fact I think the first book sounds really interesting. I appreciate the earlier time period, but I do wish the author would look out for all those Americanisms (for example, ‘write me’ was used a gazillion times!).
Review copy provided by NetGalley.