ARC Review | Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh | Westcott #3
Historical Romance
Publication Date | November 17th, 2017
ARC from the publisher


Book Blurb:

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything i25n his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . . 

A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. . .

| Book Review |

Someone to Wed is a story about a man who finds himself in a most unexpected position, and a woman desperately seeking company and affection. The new Earl of Riverdale is in need of a wealthy wife, and conveniently, a well off heiress proposes marriage. But make no mistake – Wren and Alexander’s story (and marriage) is not rushed by any means; this is definitely a slow burn story. After being born with a birth mark on one half of her face, Wren has spent most of her adult life in limited contact with other people in an effort to shield herself from their reactions. Alexander, on the other hand, comes from a loud, boisterous family, and can imagine life no other way. I love Alexander and Wren’s story. There was nothing but honestly between them, and Alexander was so attentive when it came to Wren. I loved the way his family treated her, giving her all the love and affection she’d never had. They adored Alex and it was clear they wanted him to marry for love and not money, despite the situation he found himself in. While I did love Wren and Alex’s story, I did have a few issues with it. While this book could definitely be read as a stand alone, there were a few times I found it hard to keep such a large cast of characters straight. On the other hand, I enjoyed a lot of those characters, and I’m glad I get to go back and read their stories, and get to look forward to others. The other issue I had was how quickly Wren found her backbone. There was one scene in particular where she gave a piece of her mind to another character, and it just felt rushed, out of place, and inauthentic. I think maybe if more time had passed I would have been able to buy it, but as it was, it just felt too incredible.

While I did have a few issues with this story, I really enjoyed it overall. Especially Alex’s character. If you like stories where the ice queen thaws, I think you will like this one, too.

| Rating |

Series | Wescott


8 thoughts on “ARC Review | Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

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  1. I’ve really enjoyed the first two stories in the series so I’m looking forward to this one. I agree that sometimes a character can come on strong too quickly and throw me off, but glad the rest of the story including Alex was pretty good.


    1. It was very good, and I did like Wren’s character overall. She was very strong and determined, and I love that she went after what she wanted. I can’t wait to go back and revisit some of the characters I met in this one!


  2. This cover is just so you pretty! I have only read one of balogh’s books and I did like it but it wasn’t my favorite. I can understand your issues. I’ve seen it before in a boo where the heroine all of a sudden has a backbone and it often felt too fast.


  3. I haven’t read Mary Balogh yet but that gorgeous cover has caught my eye. I am glad you enjoyed it even if it had a few issues. Great review!


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