Author: Cheryl Ann Smith
Release Date: Dec. 31, 2012
School for Brides #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
On the hunt for his runaway sister, Lord Richard Ellerby stops a suspicious carriage at gunpoint and is shocked to be mistaken for a thieving highwayman. When the attractive woman inside makes him an offer to court her for pay, Richard refuses and sends her on her way. But the determined lady soon finds him again and proposes an even more outrageous offer: wedding her in a marriage of convenience.
Desperate to find love with a man of her own choosing, Lady Brenna Harrington will do anything to hold on to her freedom, even if it means propositioning a dangerous highwayman. If she can distract her father with a prospective husband who only wants to marry her for her fortune, Brenna will have time to do things her way. While her plan may be just crazy enough to work, her unsuitable suitor has other more pleasurable strategies in mind.
What Ang is talking about:
Newton says the shortest distance between any two points is a straight line, and I feel Ms. Smith should have taken this law into account when writing this book. Although I can respect her effort with A Convenient Bride and her desire to add adventure to the romance story by giving us a mystery to solve, I feel like the effort fell flat–especially since the villain was so easy to figure out. And I’m not a even a mystery reader. Add to this the lack character’s lack of depth and the novel’s inability to grip me at any point in the story line, and I feel like you are left with just another romance novel in a sea of romance novels.
Although Richard and Brenna did have some good dialogue, and it was interesting watching their relationship evolve, I felt like we lose the intensity of their romance to a variety of averagely written secondary characters. I’d much rather follow Richard and Brenna’s story than read about everyone else. Like I said earlier, I respect the effort of the novel but don’t feel I can rate it any better than a ‘C.’ To me, a ‘C’ represents average work, and for me, that is what A Convenient Bride was, average.
Finished it – take it or leave it (C)