Monday, June 14, 2021

ARC Review: The Hellion's Waltz by Olivia Waite

The Hellion's Waltz (Feminine Pursuits, #3)From the blurb: 

It’s not a crime to steal a heart...

Sophie Roseingrave hates nothing more than a swindler. After her family lost their piano shop to a con man in London, they’re trying to start fresh in a new town. Her father is convinced Carrisford is an upright and honest place, but Sophie is not so sure. She has grave suspicions about silk-weaver Madeline Crewe, whose stunning beauty doesn’t hide the fact that she’s up to something.

All Maddie Crewe needs is one big score, one grand heist to properly fund the weavers’ union forever. She has found her mark in Mr. Giles, a greedy draper, and the entire association of weavers and tailors and clothing merchants has agreed to help her. The very last thing she needs is a small but determined piano-teacher and composer sticking her nose in other people’s business. If Sophie won’t be put off, the only thing to do is to seduce her to the cause.

Will Sophie’s scruples force her to confess the plot before Maddie gets her money? Or will Maddie lose her nerve along with her heart?

Heather's rating: 

I keep reading an enjoying all of Olivia Waite's WLW historical romances, and I hope she never stops writing them. Even though each book has been just a bit off for me, I'm loving how this author is making F/F romance more mainstream. Bring it on!

Where The Hellion's Waltz really shines is with its dynamic plot and pacing. The plotline was exciting and suspenseful, and that's what really kept me reading. I loved these daring women who took control back in their lives, and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how they were going to pull everything off.

I also really enjoyed Sophie's accepting, musical family. I thought the piano details were very rich and interesting, and even though I'm not musically inclined (to say the least), I still dug it all.
However, where the story faltered for me was in the romance department. I'm a sucker for a slow-burn romance, and here it was insta-lust city. I felt like these two had this intense connection after one minute that didn't quite translate to the reader. The lust and the fast romance felt very underdeveloped, and that's where the story lost me.

I think I actually would have preferred this not be a romance at all and just a story of women in the textile industry getting revenge on an unscrupulous businessman. The romance just wasn't there, and for a story that is supposed to be a romance book, it let me down a bit.

I'm all for Olivia Waite and her writing, but I think the romance needs to get to the same level as her imaginative, interesting plotlines. Still, I'm already ready for the next book, so more ladies loving ladies, please.

*copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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