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Release Date: Feb 27, 2018
Series: Lady Be Reckless
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: Avon Books
I do not consider myself to be a picky reader; I will read almost anything if it sounds interesting, regardless of author. This is my first venture into the world of Megan Frampton and I hate to say it but this book might make me second guess reading another in this series. It has nothing to do with Ms. Frampton’s writing style – she is a great writer with good flow and character development – but I just didn’t like any of the main characters. In fact, my dislike of our heroine Lady Olivia had me putting this book down more than once over the past month because I just couldn’t bring myself to care about her story.
Edward Wolcott is a bastard. No other way to put it and society will never allow him to forget it. He might move in refined circles with several upper-class friends but he will never truly be one of the elite, despite his family money and success at business. But now he needs to find a bride to appease his father’s dying wish but where can a man like him even begin to look?
Enter Lady Olivia, the Duke of Marymount’s third daughter. She is young and naive with a strong desire to help those less fortunate or who are in desperate need of a champion. As soon as she meets Edward, she determines that the best way to win the heart of his best friend, her one true love, is to find Edward a wife from within society. But will her desire for him get in the way of not only her love for his friend but all the hopes and dreams she has for herself?
In theory, the book sounds great. I like the idea of a love that breaks the class barrier and this book sounds like it has a receipt for a strong story of two people finding happiness regardless of any road block they encounter. And in a way, it is all of that and more. Edward and Olivia must overcome the restraints of their difference in social status to get their happy ending and that journey has moments of fun and joy as well as fear and despair. But it would be a truly wonderful story if only I actually CARED about Edward and Olivia.
I found Edward to be a bit weak for my liking. I really enjoy a strong willed, determined hero who makes me dream, just a little, about him suddenly appearing in my life (shhhh… don’t tell my husband). But Edward was just slightly too bland in personality for me. Now Olivia, had personality in spades but was one of the most annoying and immature heroines I have ever encountered. The majority of the book – and I can comfortably say the first 70% – she does ridiculous things, says ridiculous things, and just generally acts like a 20 year old child. I did not find her personality appealing even if she desires to help others, she does it in an annoying way. I wanted her to be strong minded and brave but she was more delicate and naive. As the story progresses, she does get better as the writer has shown her evolution to a grown woman with a better understanding of the world around her but it was too little too late for me.
I hate giving a negative review and I don’t want others to think this is a terrible story and not worth reading. It just wasn’t for me. If you like a heroine with a huge heart and a desire to be a better person, Olivia will appeal to you. If you like a more subtle hero, one who is less beat-on-his-chest and more lets-talk-out-our-issues, then Edward will also appeal to you. Take the chance on this one and determine for yourself if this is a winner or a dud in your book.