I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Marry in Scarlet by Anne Gracie
Also in this series: Marry in Scandal
Series: Marriage of Convenience #4
Published by Berkley on May 26, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Berkley Publishing Group
A marriage born of passion and scandal turns into something more from the bestselling author of Marry in Secret.
When a duke denied...
The proud and arrogant Duke of Everingham is determined to secure a marriage of convenience with heiress Lady Georgiana Rutherford. He's the biggest prize on the London marriage mart, pursued by young unmarried ladies and their match-making mamas, as well as married women with a wandering eye. He can have any woman he wants. Or so he thinks...
...Hunts an independent lady...
Lady Georgiana Rutherford—irreverent and unconventional—has no plans to marry. Having grown up poor, Lady George has no intention of giving up her fortune to become dependent on the dubious and unreliable goodwill of a man. Especially a man as insufferable as the Duke of Everingham, whose kisses stirs unwelcome and unsettling emotions...
...Sparks are sure to fly
The more she defies him, the more the duke wants her, until an argument at a ball spirals into a passionate embrace. Caught in a compromising position, the duke announces their betrothal. George is furious, and when gossip claims she deliberately entrapped the duke—when she was the one who was trapped—she marches down the aisle in a scarlet wedding dress. But the unlikely bride and groom may have found love in the most improbable of places—a marriage of convenience.
Marry in Scarlet is the fourth book in the series and in this book we have the final (I am guessing the final) book in the series. Now I haven’t had a chance to read all the books in the series here so I will say first off that you don’t need to read all the previous books in the series to read this book. Because I have only read book two and I wasn’t lost at all. And if you understand the inner workings of Anne Gracie and how she writes, you will fall in love with this style that this book is penned in. Now I probably might have loved this book a bit more if I had read previous books and seen more background in our hero and heroine, but overall I did like this book.
Marry In Scarlet starts with some tension between our hero and heroine and they hate each other with a passion. George finds Hart overbearing, rude and controlling. And Hart finds George unconventional, a prude and too prideful. Soon Hart and George find something more building between them other than the hate and distrust that have for each other. Soon we see a physical attraction which builds into tender affection and playfulness and trust between these two. But their road is packed with obstacles especially within the relationship….will George and Hart find the balance and openness they need or will it fall apart?
This book honestly is a pride and prejudice retelling. And what a retelling this turned out to be and quite frankly I fell in love with this style of retelling. Now first I want to make it clear that the angst in this book is the type of angst I REALLY need to be prepped beforehand because this is the main reason my rating isn’t as high. I really struggled with the first half of the book and the biggest reason for that is due to the tension that was pretty strong for me if I didnt know I was going into it and the second reason I struggled with this book is the heroine. *Sigh* I get the whole independent woman and all that and being all for feminism, but the personality of our heroine put my teeth on edge. I did like her in parts but her character was too much for me and didn’t seem at all easy to relate with. If this heroine was real, I doubt we would be friends and in many ways due to how she treats and views men, very demeaning of them at times. It just didn’t sit well with me and I probably will be in the minority opinion but this is a honest view.
Now I will say that the second half of the story was ROCKIN GREAT…..this story really worked for me once we got past most of the hate and tension and got to the beauty of the book and that is seeing both George and Hart softening towards each other and exploring what they feel for one another. They both have strong opinions but the book really shines once we see them see the good sides of each other instead of all the bad. And boy this book had me laughing so hard. Especially in how George views the physical attraction she has for Hart…..like its animal heat and will go away lol yeah sorry Miss George, but human sexual attraction doesn’t really work like animals. It was pretty hilarious to see her view it like its the common cold or flu, to be avoided at all costs.
Overall I have found Marry In Scarlet to be a highly enjoyable read that is packed with laughs, an entertaining dialogue and true delights to savor.