Lucinda Cardington is is close to being “on the shelf”, which is no real problem for her as she has more serious pursuits in mind. In her opinion are dreams of romance for silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor she tries to interfere and places herself in the spotlight, which means, she is in need of the one thing she never wanted: a husband.
James Simpson is a rake, no arguments about that. But he is well-versed in escaping marriage traps. at least that is what he is convinced of – till one lady ensnares him in a scandal, which forces him to do the honorable thing and offer marriage. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he is betrothed to the wrong sister.
Publisher and Release Date: Forever, November 2014
Time and Setting: Regency London
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 3 stars
Review by: Claudia
As I love Rake/Wallflower stories, I had high hopes for this book. I expected a romantic story full of humor and sparks between the central couple and perhaps with some misunderstandings. In A Bride for the Season, I definitely got the misunderstandings but not the sparks, the humor and the real development of a relationship.
Lucinda Cardington is not concerned with the same things that occupy the minds of most society ladies. Instead of looking for a husband and dreaming of romance, she is using her time for good works and to further her interest in photography. When her sister Emily places herself in a compromising situation, Lucinda attempts to rescue her – and is promptly trapped in the same scandal.
James Simpson is a rake well-versed in escaping marriage traps, but he underestimates his latest flirt, Emily Cardington, who thinks herself deeply in love with him. But when both Emily and her sister are caught up in a scandal, James offers for Emily. But the lady’s father knows that this is his best possibilty to marry Lucinda off as well and so he makes a deal – James must find a husband for Lucinda or he will not receive Emily’s dowry. But as James gets to know Lucinda better so he can try to find the right man for her, he realizes that “the right man” might well be him.
James and Lucinda are well-matched as each possesses characteristics the other lacks. At the beginning, James is apt to see everything as a joke and is a bit too nonchalant for my taste; but he develops well during the story so that by the end, his character is much more balanced and mature and he displays a true sincerity.
Lucinda, on the other hand, is a little more problematic because of her “holier-than-thou” attitude, which I felt did not really sit well with her character. I have no problems with religious references in books, but here they often seemed to come out of nowhere, and were somewhat heavy-handed. On the positive side, she is a well developed character right from the start.
I had some issues with the pacing of the story, and the ending felt rushed and forced. It was also difficult to like most of the characters – and some were downright annoying, especially Emily, who is not only childish and reckless but who is exactly the same at the end of the book as she is at the beginning.
All in all, A Bride for the Season was a pleasant read but I came away from it feeling a little disappointed.