Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn + Featured Freebie

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh (The Marriage Game, #2)
Release date: November 7, 2013
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Marriage Games #2

For Ella Quinn’s bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn…

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife...

Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet historical romance that took my by surprise. The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh was a lovely read. There was sweet romance, thrilling mystery, and some secrets that blew me away. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful romance.

Anna was a great heroine. I really liked how she was not going to let Sebastian take her for granted. He'd always assumed that she'd wait for him to be ready to marry, but he had another thing coming when he actually had to woo her. But, she wasn't annoyingly stubborn, either. She just knew to make him grovel a little. She was strong, determined, and a force to be reckoned with. I really liked her.

Sebastian was a sweetheart. I adored him. I appreciated that he didn't wallow in denial about his feelings for Anna. As soon as he realized them, he was determined to win her over. He was very sweet, strong, and intent on getting what (or who) he wanted. I thought he was wonderful.

The romance was a blend of sweet and spicy. It was really sweet seeing these two fall for each other. They had always assumed they would be together, but now they actually got to know each other romantically. It was adorable. And, there was some hot chemistry between them. They could not keep their hands off each other. I thought they were a lovely couple.

I really liked the secondary romance in this book between two other characters. It was really sweet and adorable. And the secret behind Harry, Anna's brother, was a huge surprise. The truth about what happened to him was shocking. It totally blew me away and added an unpredictability to the story.

The plot was the weak point. It started off fast, but then it started dragging a bit. Then it would pick up, and then drag again for a bit. The slow parts kept me from being completely hooked, though not enough that I got bored. I was still kept interested throughout the entire story, but I was tempted to skim during the slow parts. For the most part, though, I really enjoyed the story. The secrets and surprises kept me drawn to the story. And the ending was wonderful.

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed this fantastic read. Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart…

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