Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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So we all know my reaction to book one in this series... so why did I even try book two when book one was a DNF? Well, I liked Grace. I thought maybe she would redeem the series for me. And yeah, I enjoyed this one leaps and bounds over the other!
My full review was posted over at The Broke and the Bookish, but I'll give you some of the highlights.
The Devil Takes a Bride starts off with Grace trying to trap a husband to save her family from the streets. It’s not an ideal action, and she is reminding me a lot of her sister right away which worried me. But once the trap had sprung and she caught the wrong man, things got better. Well, not for her, but for my reading experience. It went a different direction from the first book and focused on the couple just trying to make the best of bad situation.
Grace is far from perfect and is trying to grow up while accepting her fate. Jeffery, the lead, is a recluse by choice and has some nontraditional habits… sexually and mentally. The book is really about figuring out how the two of them can figure out each other without making the other’s life miserable. ...
In the third act though, more of the secondary characters make appearances which started to drag on for me. The main story had a teeny bit going on at the end, but in my mind they had already solved the main conflict. It was more about figuring out secondary story lines and almost unnecessary. It didn't hold my attention as much as when the story was focused on the two of them.
Overall the book was a nice read for me - a great couple with a sizzling romance. The secondary characters were okay, but they made the ending drag a bit. Despite that I am glad I read it and enjoyed it.
Also, apparently this may have gone out as an ARC under a title of "The Fall of Lady Grace" which is a WAY better title than "The Devil Takes a Bride". I did another search for how many "devil" + "bride" combinations in romance and it's 5. Too Many. The Fall of Lady Grace would have been unique - a pun on her name and references to sex and love. Urg what a missed opportunity.
This book was provided by Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.