I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.To Catch a Lady (Hunt Club, #1) by Pamela Labud
Published by Loveswept on January 19th 2016
If you love Mary Balogh and Eloisa James, don’t miss Pamela Labud’s sensuous Hunt Club series! To Catch a Lady introduces four lordly, rakish sportsmen whose bachelor paradise is threatened by a matchmaking aunt—and by the sting of unexpected love.
Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, cannot stop his aunt from meddling in his affairs. So rather than let her select a most disagreeable mate, Ashton decides to fire the first volley by holding a ball as a scheme to bag the ideal wife: a deferential girl eager to produce and raise an heir, leaving Ashton to his beloved hunting lodge and titled friends. But when Ashton falls for the one woman who isn’t willing to play his game, all his plans scatter like buckshot. Suddenly, the chase is on!
Caroline Hawkins has no interest in marriage. In fact, she has devoted her life to defending women from the indignities visited upon them by their husbands. She only chaperones her beautiful younger sister to Summerton’s ball in the hopes of saving her family from bankruptcy. She certainly doesn’t expect to catch the Duke’s eye . . . nor is she prepared for the heat that rises every time she thinks of his powerful build or his dark, tantalizing gaze. Caroline can run, but she cannot hide—for Ashton has already captured her heart.
This started so well. Sadly, there are a lot of fits and restarts and I never felt like I could just sit back and enjoy. There is so much drama that I could not relax.
The main characters, Ashton and Caroline, are quite interesting. Sadly, they each have a past that they cannot get over. Caroline does not talk about her past but in her reactions with Ashton, I was under the assumption that she was raped. It would have made more sense to me. She was accosted so I guess it fits her attitude, but it is just weird. She even gets totally into Ashton but then sits ramrod straight and asks if he is “finished”. I was left very confused.
Ashton is not much better. He has major issues from the way he was raised in a family that had so many problems. Apparently his parents were volatile when he was younger, leaving him not really believing in relationships. This, again, left me confused since he goes about finding a girl with a bit of a spark. He is not totally into it and is just doing this to please his Aunt, but come on. Things could have been done better.
Getting these two together is ridiculous. When they are together I am so excited and ready for fireworks, and then one or the other spoils everything AGAIN. It just left me waiting for when they were going to get together. Instead of keeping me excited all this drama left me feeling bereft and wanting to put the book down.
There are two great moments where something happens (it’s big) and they both realize they are idiots. The first time they come to their senses. This is like halfway through the book. Then they screw everything up again. WHAT. I stuck with it and enjoyed the ending but I, and the characters, had to go through so much to get to the end. I wanting to pull my hair out.
When they are together, it is great. I love their relationship, and maybe that is why I was so annoyed with the drama. It all felt very unnecessary. It is not uncommon to find two people that are very different but have massive issues, but when both of them are trying to sabotage the marriage… forget it and move on. Fortunately I stuck with it and the ending made up for most of the drama. It is cute. I just wish the drama would have been cut shorter and the ending would have been longer.
|Overall:||3.3 / 5|