For the sake of propriety, and her younger sisters’ reputations, Iris Somerset has kept her rebellious streak locked away. But though she receives a proposal from Phineas Knight, Lord of Huntington, Iris can’t marry a man she knows isn’t truly enamored with her. In fact, Iris no longer wants to be chosen—she wants to choose. Under the clandestine tutelage of “wicked widow” Lady Annabel Tallant, she’ll learn how to steer her own marriage prospects—and discover her secret appetites.
What kind of debutante refuses a marquess? Finn is surprised, a little chastened—and thoroughly intrigued. This new, independent version of Iris is far more alluring than the polished socialite she used to be. Finn believed he needed a safe, quiet wife to curb his wilder impulses. But the more Iris surprises him, the more impossible it becomes to resist their deepest desires.
A truly lovely historical romance.
I really enjoyed More or Less a Marchioness by new-to-me author, Anna Bradley. I'm going to have to snatch up Anna Bradley's entire backlist if she has more like this up her sleeve!
I don't think I like anything more than an antihero in romance. In More or Less a Marchioness, Finn started off the story as someone I was firmly rooting against. I found him to be cold, ruthless, and just... bleh. However, as the story progressed, I grew to understand him and love him, and he completely won me over.
I also don't think I'll ever tire of strong-willed, bold female MCs, especially in historical romance. I really liked Iris, and my love for her also got stronger as the book went on.
I liked how there was so much excellent chemistry between the two MCs. I read SO much romance that I can find myself bored or uninspired by a pairing, but I just though that Iris and Finn smoldered. I love a story where attraction and sexual tension builds over time, and by the time Finn and Iris truly got together I was READY for it.
Other than some pacing issues and some deviations in the plot that I found to be awkward, I really adored the story. I didn't want to stop reading, which is always the best sign for me. This book put Anna Bradley and this series on the top of my "to-watch" list, and I can't wait to read more about the entertaining Somerset sisters.
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Enjoy, my friends!