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 Amy Rose Bennett
Released: August 27th 2019
Series: The Disreputable Debutantes #1
Published by Berkley
“The plot was okay but I found I was completely disinterested in either the hero or heroine.”
~ Under the Covers
A scandalous incident that got Sophie Brightwell and her three closest friends expelled from finishing school has led the otherwise shy Sophie to become infamous amongst the ton. That just means that her and her friends need to employ more…unconventional methods to find themselves a husband. And their targets? Rakes.
Does anyone else find that with certain genres they are less likely to explore and find new authors? This is definitely the case for me, and historical romance is one of the genres where I rarely read outside the authors I know and love. Which is why I found myself picking up How to Catch a Wicked Viscount. I had never read Amy Rose Bennett and I liked the sound of the blurb – adore wallflower and rake pairings! – so I picked it up. Sadly, on this occasion it didn’t work for me.
I am very much a character driven reader. I will continue to read, and enjoy, a book if I love the characters even if the story line isn’t great. However, if I dislike or I am disinterested in the characters I find a book very hard to read, even if the plot is fantastic. The latter is what I found with this book. The plot was okay but I found I was completely disinterested in either the hero or heroine. I found them both a little insipid and immature.
It feels like a harsh judgement, but I found the heroes behaviour to be akin to a randy teenager throughout most the book and the heroine was just very…young. I also didn’t really feel the romance between them. It felt more like a case of lust; they wanted to bang each other’s brains out as they were both physically attracted to one another. Where was the actual romance? The deeper more emotional connection, as much as I tried to, I just couldn’t see it.
I probably won’t read on in this series. I didn’t enjoy the writing style and none of the characters that were introduced intrigued me enough that I would continue reading on to see their story. If I want to read a story about a quartet of wallflower friends helping one another find a husband…I’m just going to reread the masterpiece that is the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas.
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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?