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I read a lot of reviews were people complained because this book wasn't good as a standalone. "Cold Hearted Rake" is the predecessor to this book. It does have a lot of story that helps to understand the story in "Marrying Winterborne" more, but having read both books, I really felt like this book would've been fine if you haven't read the other one first. Obviously if you have the opportunity grab the other one first then come back for this one, but if you don't want to, you wouldnt onow what you were missing.
Rhys is such a great character. I really love when characters just fall in love. I love when the book proceeds along the path of them being in love and not constantly at odds. There was the part of the storyline where there with conflict, and I admit that I actually expected the worst. I felt anticipation right along with Helen. Rhys is a standup character and handled the whole thing wonderfully. The chemistry was great with them and it was easy to feel with them, that they were in love.
I appreciated being able to see the characters from the previous book, and look forward to the rest of them evolving! I want to see West fall in love!!!
Mary Jane Wells does a fantastic job of having varying character voices, and keeping track of them! It took me a little getting used to, in the first book, at how she actually acts some of the reading out, but once you get used to it its fun.
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It’s mostly nice things happening.
1. One of the best parts of a romance story is seeing a couple meet and how they fall in love. That doesn’t happen here. Instead, the following back story is referred to, not shown: they meet, fall in love, he proposes marriage, and gives her a large engagement ring. She has a headache one day, and tells her relative Kathleen she doesn’t want to see Rhys (or something similar we don’t exactly know). Kathleen goes to Rhys and tells him Helen does not love him and calls off the marriage.
After reading this book, I learned that the above back story happened in book 1 of The Ravenels series. This is book 2. It is supposed to be readable as a stand alone, but it’s missing an important part for me.
This book 2 begins with Helen going to Rhys and telling him that was all a mistake. She still wants him and the marriage. So there is a little bit of conflict as she needs to convince him that what she said when she was ill and what Kathleen said was not true. Then the rest of the book is about a couple in love, being nice to each other, and deciding when they will marry.
2. Later in the book Helen keeps a secret from Rhys. She plans to leave him for his own good, but she won’t tell him she plans to leave him or what the secret is. That’s the main conflict. I suppose it is ok for readers who are in the mood for this world, but I didn’t care for it.
Lisa Kleypas has a nice writing voice for regencies.
Mary Jane Wells did an excellent job.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: historical romance.
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