Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn't as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can't get out of her mind is the one man she can't let into her heart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I had mixed feelings about this book. It was a charming, easy to read HEA type of book, but it ended up feeling rushed. It started off nicely with an interesting and developed storyline with Grace and Oliver both struggling with their own issues. Their stories were detailed and intricate, but somewhere at the midpoint, it seemed like it was suddenly time to wrap things up and the depth completely disappeared and was replaced with a quick wrap it up solution to everything. I love HEA, but this was a quick-love with insta-cures to all of the problems. I would have liked to see Grace and Oliver's relationship more developed, and maybe a more realistic view on their financial, family, and friend's situation. I kind of had whiplash from it all suddenly and miraculously being better.

Now, I know all of this sounds harsh, but overall, I had no troubles reading this and it was an enjoyable read. I just think it had more potential. I do love Erica Ridley's character development and romance. I enjoyed book one as well. I would recommend this one to anyone looking for something quick and happily ever after to read.

Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, ziplining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower (The Dukes of War #2) by Erica Ridley to read and review.

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