Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (The Dukes of War #1) by Erica Ridley



ARC provided by the author through Netgalley


This is a difficult book to rate. 
I have trouble discerning if the problem was actually with the book or with my frustrated expectations.

I LOVED the prequel to this series, I gave it 5/5 stars. If you follow my reviews you know how rare such a thing is. 
So I went into The Earl's Defiant Wallflower expecting more light-hearted romance, with a lot of humour in the mix.

I instantly disliked the main characters. Why? I don't really know :/
I thought Grace was too forward for the time period, even if she was American. I didn't find Oliver interesting enough. 
And there was an air of contemporaneity, especially in the dialogues and the characters actions that clashed quite violently for me with the time period during which this story took place.

Also, I dislikes the excessive angst and the instant attraction that occurred.
All of this book felt so rushed! The prequel, a novella, was actually longer than this, I think?

Still, it's an Erica Ridley story, so it is well written, and compelling.
It just didn't work for me, and that is rare when it comes to her books, so please, everyone else, give it a chance!


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