Title: Wicked in His Arms
Author: Stacy Reid
Series: Wedded by Scandal #2
Genre: Regency Romance
Available: 23rd Jan
DNF @ 20%
Tobias Walcott, the Earl of Blade, has learned it is best to exercise rigid control over his passions and emotions in all that he does. Uncaring that it makes him seem cool and aloof to most in the ton, he is content with his desire to only woo agreeable and demur females. Then unforeseen circumstances see him trapped in a closet at a house party with the last woman he would ever make his countess.
Lady Olivia Sherwood is everything he should not desire in a female—unconventional, too decisive, and utterly without decorum. But passion ignites between them and they are discovered. Honor demands they wed, and while Tobias finds himself unwillingly drawn to the bewitching beauty, he must do everything not to tempt the passion that burns in him for her, lest it leads to disastrous consequences.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Scandalous via NetGalley
Having really enjoyed the first book of this series – Accidentally Compromising the Duke – I was excited to read this one. Sadly, I didn’t get far before I lost all patience with it and had no wish to carry on.
Livvie seemed perfectly reasonable in the first chapter, so I was disappointed by the brainless, rebellious-for-the-sake-of-it twit she turns into once she goes to stay with the dowager countess. She doesn’t want to marry because she’s scared of the level of control her husband will have over her, fine. It’s quite a modern thought, but thanks to her father’s scandalous death and looking after her mother for a bit, I could forgive a measure of independence. I was less sure of the way she rides alone and astride and doesn’t think she’s doing anything scandalous. Throw in the running about outside in her shift in the middle of the day before going swimming and I gave up on her.
I never liked Tobias. He’s a hypocritical prig from the moment he steps onto the page and he only gets worse from there. These two might have hot chemistry, but they have nothing else in common and I really didn’t care about either of them.
Then there’s the issue of titles. (Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine, but if you’re going to do it, do it properly!) Livvie is not a lady. She’s the daughter of a baron. She has no courtesy title. Yes, she is the step-daughter of a viscount, but firstly, daughters of viscounts don’t have titles either, and secondly, it wouldn’t matter because he is not her father. The other cardboard cutout debutante is also the daughter of a baron. She would also have no title. Livvie’s mother is a viscountess. She is Lady Title, not Lady First name, Viscountess Title. There is no excuse for historical authors to get this wrong. If you can be bothered to research period appropriate tableware and clothing, the least you can do is check Debrett’s to ensure you’re getting the names of your main characters correct. Or if you can’t be bothered to do that, at least read KJ Charles’ excellent blog post about it.
So, safe to say, this book and I were not getting along too well, but I wanted to give it a fair shot. When it came to the incident with the slugs, however, I gave up. How old is Livvie, seven? Nope, nope, nope. This one was not for me.
Wicked in His Arms is out January 23rd.
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