The Marriage Pact (Loving an Aldridge Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Unknown to her James is starting to fall in love with Celia as well. He is on the verge of proposing when his father has a private conversation with him to tell him of a marriage agreement between Celia’s family and James’s family drawn up the previous year. They are to be married at the end of Celia’s first year of the London Season. James saw how Celia’s mother and sister had trapped a suitor into marriage and had also received a letter from his best friend telling him he overheard the two women discussing how Celia was supposed to do the same to James while she was staying at his father’s house. He is devastated that he nearly fell for Celia’s schemes and decides he will spend his last year of freedom doing whatever he wants just to show his father what he thought of being forced to marry whether he wanted to or not. He is sure Celia’s scheming mother instigated the marriage pact and has educated Celia in the ways of seduction so she can trap James. He will show them how ineffective their nefarious plans have been by doing all he can to forget Celia exists.
This is a charming, if predictable, Regency Romance with multiple misunderstandings leading to the possible devastation of the love between the H and h. It is a quick, light read with the expected HEA ending that ties up all the tangled misunderstandings of the story. If you enjoy Regency Romances with HEA’s, and don’t mind a few clichés in the plot, you will love this story. I liked it a lot. My only misgiving is that the final cliché was a little too much for me. Readers who are new to the genre will not be bothered as I was and will surely enjoy the book very much. I really appreciated that it is a "clean" romance without all the near-porn of many books today. I received a free copy of this book from Kathy Habel (and the author) from the blog “I am A Reader”. This is my voluntary and honest review.
I liked the main characters though I kinda wanted to slap James a little to get him to wake up to his own stupidity. Celia is sincere in her actions toward others and is truly kind despite her unfortunate relations. She was awfully quick to forgive James for his horrible behavior (and his relationship with the widow) but it matches her sweet nature to do so. So even though James is a bit of a jerk for a while and then doesn't fully explain everything including his true feelings for some time we do eventually get to our happily ever after so its all good.
I know this one is a the start of a series but honestly the characters weren’t that exciting and the secondary characters were cardboard cutouts with no personality. I have no drive to see what happens to them
Celia, on the other hand, doesn't understand why James suddenly despises her. Thankfully she has some new friends to guide her - and to help James come to his senses before it's too late.
Content: Clean (some talk of previous mistress)
Source: Review Copy (opinion is 100% my own)