This was a fascinating regency romance. It may not be to all tastes because of the hero, but I loved every word of it. The heroine is sassy and brassy and pretty much all things hoydenish except that she is not a Tom-boy. Forced out of childhood early with the death of her mother at an early age, Adrianna hates to be fettered. She balks at nearly every command thrown her way and more often than not she manages to manipulate events to her taste. Until her marriage to Joshua. Joshua is the exact opposite of his wife. She is emotional, expressive, and very social. He is quiet, always composed, and absolutely sure of his complete authority. He drives Dree nuts. The main bulk of the story deals with Dree attempting to get a rise out of her husband and then the aftermath of her ultimate success. There are secondary characters to meet and a smuggling subplot that was rather interesting. But the main attraction is the main couple and how they learn to deal, or not, with their differences. There was no subtheme to this book, unless it was a mild social commentary on opposites attracting. Earlier I mentioned the hero not being liked by all readers... there is a scene where he gets somewhat violent with his wife and shakes her. This does not bother me, but I noticed there are people whom are offended by such things and so I felt a warning was fair. Personally, I think the heroine deserved a good spanking and got off comparatively easy given her offense. The Hero is also dramatically reserved which may frustrate some people, but I found the character absolutely believable. I like books best when I can see both sides equally and for me this book was just such a case. It was very well-written, well researched, and quite simply well done. Very very highly recommended for all Regency Romance lovers.
It's hard to enjoy a not bad book when the heroine is irritating and you want her to "get her comeuppance". The background is ok and the other characters sympathetic and somewhat charming but I'm rooting for the "bad guys". Please - I'm almost finished. I so do not want her to have the rest of the characters defer to her…..please !!!!
This h was so annoying throughout the book and never improved. Firstly let me say if the author can persuade me, I can overlook incredible behaviour but she didn't persuade me. Here we have the h marrying her Marquess after a fairly short time. She is a society girl and doesn't appreciate the fact that her husband loves his estate and wants to spend most of his time there. He tells her that he doesn't want to go to Brighton along with the rest of her friends after their wedding but he does invite every one to visit them at the estate in deference to his young wife. I think the only reason I managed to finish the book is because the author did a nice job with him. Our h then decides she's going to Brighton regardless and so she blackmails one of the smugglers on their property (yes, she knows who they are) into taking her on a smuggling ship, on her own, in the middle of the night. My Kindle was in danger from that point on. You'll have to take great leaps of imagination to believe that half of the scenarios would actually have happened in those days. Of course the h does this stuff more than once too. My advice is to skip this one especially if you have blood pressure issues