Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride by Victoria Alexander

The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride (Millworth Manor, #3)
Release date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Millworth Manor #3

The bride and groom cordially request the presence of…

The bride’s sister, Delilah, the very proper widowed Lady Hargate, and Samuel Russell, the groom’s friend, a very eligible, slightly improper bachelor, at their upcoming wedding.

Lady Hargate and Mr. Russell, previously acquainted during one unforgettable night in New York City when caution—and clothing—were thrown to the wind will choose to pretend they have never met before.

The lady plans to avoid love and its complications at all costs. The gentleman intends to change her mind.

Guests are invited to enjoy the many diversions of Millworth Manor—delightful grounds, lavish drawing rooms, secluded corners—and the chance to discover that one night may have been only the beginning…

My Rating: 1.5 Roses

Unfortunately, I didn't like The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride. And, honestly, it was only because of one thing: Delilah. If it hadn't been for her, I could have easily liked this book but, as it turned out, I didn't.

Delilah was not nice. She was mean, snobbish, rude, and quite a shrew. She tended to get judgmental, insist on staying on her high horse, and scorn anything she didn't agree with. Let me just give a quick example. Sam was investing in cars (called motorwagons here) and Delilah didn't agree with it. She liked her traditions and preferred to stick her head in a hole rather than accept new inventions. Okay, I would have expected this more from a 70 year old, but I could go with it. However, then she went on to get rude and disparaging and somehow got personally offended every time someone praised the invention. In another area, she resented Sam, simply because he didn't do what she wanted him to do (disappear from her life so that she didn't have a reminder of her "mistake"). And, to build on that, she said to Sam's face several times that their time together was a mistake (and she honestly couldn't have said it in a more contemptuous way), when he was being nothing but sweet and honestly trying to court the woman. But he didn't fit her vision of a perfect husband, so that she adamantly refused to consider marraige (again, to his face) when he hadn't even brought it up and was, again, nothing but nice to her. In fact, more nice that she deserved. If you can't already tell, I really didn't like her. To the point that I didn't really care what happened because I didn't want her to get a happy ending. She, for sure, ruined the book for me.

Sam was truly the saving grace of the book. If he hadn't been so utterly adorable and charming and sweet, I might have hated this book. He was just wonderful, a true charmer of a gentleman. I just didn't understand why he put up with the crap Delilah kept throwing at him. But, for myself, I adored him.

The romance didn't really keep my interest, just because of Delilah. The only reason I stayed engaged was because I wanted to see Sam get a happy ending.

The plot was okay. Despite my issues with Delilah, I was engaged in the story for most of the way through, which is really saying something. I've loved books by this author before, so I know for a fact that the only reason I didn't like this book was Delilah. Everything else was lovely, but that one issue ruined everything else.

 The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride just wasn't the book for me. I didn't enjoy it, for simply one reason, and I honestly can't recommend it. But, I still look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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