These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Review: The Wicked Marquis

The Wicked Marquis The Wicked Marquis by Mary Lancaster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Wicked Marquis is the fifth book in Mary Lancaster’s Blackhaven Brides series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I read it without having read any of the prior books, and although it was clear where nods were being made to the prior books, my lack of knowledge of the other stories did not influence my reading of this book in any way.

As a fan of historical romance, I’m always willing to give new authors a try considering how small my reading pool for the genre is. For reasons unknown, I tend to stick to the same authors in this genre and do not branch out in the same way I do in other genres. Thus, when the chance came about to try a new-to-me author in the genre, I was happy to dive in. With how much the synopsis of The Wicked Marquis intrigued me, I was more than willing to dive into this one.

As a whole, I did enjoy this book. It was something different compared to the norm in the genre, and I enjoyed the experience of something unexpected. However, despite enjoying the different feel of this book, I was not as invested in it as I would have liked to be. I was able to put this book aside, disappearing to do other things, when usually historical romance reads are guilty pleasure books that have me completing them in a single sitting (or, if I’m busy, two sittings).

I believe the reason I was not as invested in this one as I would have liked to be was because of the characters. The storyline was interesting and I enjoyed the way the characters played into the storyline, but I never really came to care about them all that much. I was waiting for that deep connect, for the obsession to kick in, but they were merely players to tell the story. If I had enjoyed the characters more, I’m sure this would have been a four-star read for me.

Overall, I enjoyed the different atmosphere of this novel but I wasn’t quite won over by the characters.

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