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The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh (Marriage Game Series #2)

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    Engaging!  This surprisingly sensuous historical romance is com


    This surprisingly sensuous historical romance is comprised of two loves stories with a third hinted at in the shadows. 

    The writer does are really wonderful job with the primary tale of Anna Marsh, a smart young woman who is very much herself and wants to be loved for herself and her suitor, long time friend, and neighbor, Sebastian. Although Anna has always loved him, Sebastian has taken her for granted and she is concerned he won’t really like or accept all parts of her. Their love story is a lovely tale of Sebastian coming to see her as the woman she fully is and loving her even more than he already did. The passion between them is spiced with that first set of erotic delights to be enjoyed between two people that are entirely comfortable with each other. Great stuff. 

    The second romance is less developed but nicely done. I do wish the heroine of this story had been more developed so that this romance could have been richer. 

    I like the romance of this book very much. The other plot elements of smuggling, the future mother-in-law issues, the parents’ grief for the dead brother, the three littler sisters, the servants, the other rude suitor, and the brother’s return are a good back drop against which these romances unfold.  There is a lot going on in this book but it is well managed. 

    However, there was a subplot with the French and spying which I do not enjoy as much. Historically, the use of women as discusses foggily in the book is interesting but we didn’t get a really good examination of these historical details. This is likely to happen in another book but I think that book can been done with flashbacks to the unseen in this one. We did not need this plot here and it was often confusing in its connection to our hero. 

    The French character, who is very grey, was cartoonish (but always so shadowed I could never get a bead on him even though I was reading from his point of view) but what really bothered me is that the first sex scene in the book was his and it was a cold and calculating one.  It made the book feel, in just those pages, like bad erotica. I don’t need to see non-leads have sex in my romance novel.  I just thought these scenes with him weren’t needed and were on the whole off putting.  I really disliked the portrayal of the women in these scenes as well which were very much in contrast to the round sensibility of character developed in the English ladies. 

    Also, there was a hint at romance between servants that was utterly neglected and would have added greatly to the novel. 

    Overall, I am excited to have read my first book by this writer and look forward to checking out more of her work because of her efficient and clever heroines and gentlemen that are not afraid of their emotions. 

    I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it. 

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