Published: February 18, 2020
Read as: Kindle ebook
My rating: 2
Everything has a price…
Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything—or anyone—is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife—and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he’s determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love—the one thing he can’t give.
Everything except her…
Severin is the most compelling and attractive man Cassandra has ever met, even if his heart is frozen. But she has no interest in living in the fast-paced world of a ruthless man who always plays to win.
When a newfound enemy nearly destroys Cassandra’s reputation, Severin seizes the opportunity he’s been waiting for. As always, he gets what he wants—or does he? There’s one lesson Tom Severin has yet to learn from his new bride:
Never underestimate a Ravenel.
The chase for Cassandra’s hand may be over. But the chase for her heart has only just begun… (from Goodreads)
“Since Love is a greased pig wasn’t a particularly dignified motto, she decided the Latin translation was more elegant: Amor est uncta porcus.”
So, yeah. This is a thing. I read the first books in this series and really, truly enjoyed them. They were everything I expect in mass market regency romance. Brooding male love interest, independent female in a world that doesn’t support that, and a variety of starter plots to get the action going. Look, I don’t read romance for deep literary moments, alright? I expect entertainment in very certain terms and up until this point Kleypas had done that brilliantly.
What the heck happened with this book I really don’t know.
Cassandra, our female love interest and a consistent character through the rest of the books in the series, had all the personality of stale white bread. Docile, unassuming, and willing to please. She was willing to play society’s game and my GOD was it boring. She was kind, helpful, generous, and beautiful. You know her one trait that was against the grain? She was a little pudgy and let me tell you that was pointed out on multiple occasions. Until, of course, her love interest said that it didn’t matter to him.
Ya’ll, that didn’t sit right with me.
Secondly, our male love interest Severin has also been a consistent character throughout the series and I liked him. Fiercely intelligent, take no prisoners, screw society kind of attitude. I really liked him. Of course, when he falls for Cassandra all that goes down the drain. He becomes her little puppy dog and that just ground my gears.
I just…couldn’t with this book. I wanted to love it. I was really in the mood for a good romance with characters I had grown to care about. Instead I got what felt like a hastily thrown together with little thought or care pile of carefully concealed trash in a pretty wrapping.
I am peeved.