Sunday, December 7, 2014

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh Review @SignetEclipse

Only Enchanting (The Survivors' Club, #4)
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Survivors' Club #4

The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman…

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancĂ©e’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.

My Rating: 3 Roses

A sweet and emotional historical romance, Only Enchanting was a lovely read. It wasn't quite as good as I hoped it would be, but it was still an enjoyable romance.

Agnes was the type of heroine that was quietly strong. She was resilient and, when she was determined, nothing could shake her. I thought she was an overall lovely character.

Flavian was a cutie. He went through, and was still going through, a lot of turmoil from his injury. It altered his entire life but he didn't allow it to make him bitter. He was sometimes confused and occasionally unable to organize his thoughts, but he was also sweet and a great hero.

The romance was okay. The thing is, I'm used to deep and rich relationships from Mary Balogh. For some reason, I didn't quite get that. I never felt like Agnes and Flavian truly knew each other or got the sense that they felt deeply devoted to each other. And it was annoying how none of Flavian's family gave him or Agnes enough credit with how they all assumed that he married Agnes for petty revenge. His friends had faith in him but his mother and sister didn't and that was frustrating. However, I still liked Agnes and Flavian as a couple. They both understood and accepted each other as they were. I just wish I had gotten a deeper look into their relationship.

The plot was steadily paced and kept me interested the entire way through. Despite my issue with the romance, I still enjoyed the romance and the ending was lovely.

Only Enchanting was an enjoyable romance. With deep emotions and a sweet romance, it was a nice read. Romance lovers, this might be something you want to look up.

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

1 comment:

  1. lovely review. I have been wanting to read this one for quite some time, so I might see if my local library has it. Thanks for sharing.