Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: Why Dukes Say I Do (Wicked Widows #1)


With her whirlwind social life in London, Lady Isabella Wharton has little interest in the customs of the country. But when her godmother asks her to pay a visit to her bachelor grandson in Yorkshire, Isabella can’t refuse. It behooves her to please the old dowager, since she harbors one of Isabella’s most scandalous secrets. So off she goes to see the newly-titled—and notoriously rustic—Duke of Ormond…


Trevor Carey doesn’t care about what goes on behind ballroom doors. He is content with the simple life—and isn’t ashamed to admit it to a society flirt like Lady Isabella. But the country air brings out a different side of Isabella—one full of longing and passion. Can her sophistication be hiding a desire for love? When a blackmailer from the city arrives to threaten Isabella, Trevor will shield her from harm—even travel to London. Can the duke tackle the ton on Isabella’s behalf …and manage to keep her all to himself?

Rating & Review

My reluctance to write this review is pretty ironic considering I was dragging my heels while reading it. Man ... it was NOT the book for me. And I ADORE historical romances. Sometimes I have to force myself to read something other than my historical romances. But this time, that just wasn't the case. I felt like I was ten years old and my parents were telling me to go clean the cat box ... I DON'T WANNA CLEAN UP TURDS TODAY, MOM! I'm not saying that this book was like picking up cat crap but the "I will if I have to" feeling was about the same. 

This is the first book I've read by Manda Collins so I don't have anything to compare this book to but other historical romances that I've read. I hate saying less than flattering things about books. But this one was a bit boring. Right from the beginning, it seemed stiff and it didn't flow. There was a start/stop feeling that I kept getting. I would start to enjoy the pace and then boom ... major slow down. It was like playing a weird version of Red Light Green Light but I didn't enjoy it as much as I did in elementary school. I wanted to take this book out for a couple of tequila shots and make it loosen up a bit.

Even though I thought that the book started off stiff and cold, I did like how it jumped right into the story from the very beginning. There was no growth time where the story is built up ... it's already built and we're being dumped into the middle, which is awesome. I wish that all stories were like that. Now, I wish that could be said for the rest of the book. Later on, I thought that there was a bit too much explaining and not enough action. I started skimming paragraphs rather than read them so I could plow through to the meat of the story.

It wasn't horrible, it just wasn't what I had hoped that it would be.

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