I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Elizabeth Boyle
Released: 31 December 2013
Series: Rhymes With Love #3
Published by Avon
It isn’t very often that it is the hero of the tale that puts me off a book, but in this case that is exactly what happened ~ Under the Covers
Harriet Hathaway has been in love with the Earl of Roxley since she can remember and after a scandalous night with him, she fully expected him to ask for her hand. Instead when she sees him again he is almost engaged to another woman. But Harriet can sense all isn’t what it seems; the man she loves wouldn’t callously discard her in that way and there is something not quite right about his supposed intended. Roxley is in trouble and fully intends to help him put things right again.
It isn’t very often that it is the hero of the tale that puts me off a book, but in this case that is exactly what happened, it wasn’t that Roxley was cruel or stupid he was just rather tepid. It isn’t that I expect a big bad alpha hero in every book I read but I do like a hero to have some backbone, but Roxley seemed perfectly content to allow himself to be blackmailed and forced into a marriage he didn’t want, that is until Harriet came along and decided to stir things up.
Harriet I liked, she was feisty and intelligent and never gave up on the man she loved, she saved me from giving up on this book entirely. Romantically, they did have some chemistry together, there had shared history, but for me it all just fell a bit flat as I never really warmed up to Roxley.
Unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I would have liked to and definitely not as much as other books I have read by Elizabeth Boyle, perhaps I will like the next book in the series more.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?