A Marriage of Inconvenience!
After a storm strands her overnight in Will Slade’s cabin, Blythe Granville’s reputation is in shambles. The townspeople doubt that she was innocently nursing him back to health after saving his life. Now Blythe must accept Will’s proposal: a marriage in name only to save her good name. But the former socialite is determined not to fall for her new husband…even if she’s drawn to the gruff stranger who’s vowed to stand by her, in sickness and in health.
Will never wanted to remarry after his ex-wife betrayed him. But now he finds himself hitched to a city girl who has no idea how to keep a house…but is somehow chiseling her way into his heart. As Blythe melts Will’s crusty façade, though, they’re discovering that this most unexpected union might just lead to true love.
This is an enjoyable little story involving a forced marriage. I generally like the books Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line puts out.
However, there is a touch of misogyny and a little too much stereotyping for my liking.
One thing that was done well was that the heroine tries her best, in bad circumstances. She is strong without being loud and pushy. Because her first husband abandoned her, people have ideas about her that aren’t true – or fair. I think she dealt with that well, but even better was the way she cared for the sick hero despite him being less than kind about it at the start.
It was a little too obvious they were going to get caught in a compromising position and forced into marriage when the heroine started taking her clothes off before going to sleep!
The negative stereotyping came with the hero’s ex-wife. Not EVERYTHING about her had to be bad for us to get the point! Why would he have married her at all if she was such an awful person? I am also tired of authors using being wary of dogs as shorthand for “evil character”. This dog is bigger than the heroine – I’d be scared, just like the ex-wife was!
This is listed as the fifth book in a series, and while it’s clear there have been other instalments, I coped. I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on plot points by not reading all the earlier books.
Interesting that other points of view (other than the hero and heroine) crept in at some points; I was under the impression Harlequin editors didn’t tolerate that in their shorter books. It took me by surprise.
This was a solid read. I had some issues with it here and there, but overall I enjoyed it.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.