Title: Marrying the Wrong Earl
Author: Callie Hutton
Series: Lords and Ladies in Love #2
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 17th April
DNF @ 50%
Lady Arabella Danvers is happy with her life just the way it is. She is free to be herself and take care of broken and abandoned animals. Her mother is desperate for her to marry, and has decided to take things into her own hands. There is just one little problem with her plan.
Nash, the Earl of Clarendon has determined it is time to take a wife. He has selected a woman to whom he intends to propose. However, the annoying Lady Arabella has stumbled into his life at the wrong time, and in the wrong place.
But he of all people should know if Lady Arabella is involved, plans will go awry.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Scandalous via NetGalley
I was so looking forward to this book. As someone who has done a fair bit of animal rescue and recuperation, I was primed and ready to love Arabella and enjoy her ride to happiness.
Alas, Arabella was just too annoying. She’s stubborn and headstrong and argumentative and determinedly oblivious and frequently far too modern for this setting. I had very little patience with her when she lost the cat in the park. That’s what you get for taking a stray cat outside in an open basket. I’d have expected someone who’s so knowledgeable about animals to have known better.
Admittedly, Nash isn’t much better. He’s arrogant and opinionated and a touch dictatorial at times, but at least he’s period appropriate. I also felt really sorry for him during their first encounter. Arabella is just… infuriating. I don’t entirely blame Nash for ordering her about, because whatever he says to her she picks a fight over, so he might as well treat her like a child since she acts like one so often.
I was vaguely curious to see how these two headstrong, stubborn, irritating people would work things out between them, but lost patience at the halfway mark. When Arabella – who knows Nash is allergic to cats – badgers him into helping her take care of a cat (despite having a houseful of servants, including several footmen who hopefully aren’t allergic), and continues on obliviously while he sneezes everywhere… yeah, no. That is not the way to win the man over to your side of the let’s-save-the-strays argument.
All of which left me sadly disappointed. The characters were just too annoying to give me any reason to read further. Alas, I think it’s time to admit that, despite absolutely loving one Callie Hutton book (The Earl’s Return), this author just isn’t for me.
Marrying the Wrong Earl is out April 17th.
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