Wed at Leisure

Wed at Leisure

by Sabrina Darby
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Wed at Leisure 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Gem of a read even though I wish it had been much longer. I wish both of the Taming books were longer but this one had a bit more depth. I'm a huge fan of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and would love to have seen Bianca and Kate's stories expanded with some more back story, but they were both a delight. Kate Mansfield is spoiled, has a fierce temper, and yet truly wishes everyone would take the time to get to know the real her. She also wants to find someone who will fall in love with her and appreciate the real her and make her feel as beautiful as everyone insists she is. Always feeling less than her beautiful sister, Bianca, the only one who seems to truly understands her is her stepmother and perhaps, Peter Colburn. When Peter attempts to court her, she doesn’t take him seriously and quickly believes it's yet another one of his cruel jokes. Peter’s attraction to Kate has been there a long time but he knows she’s a hard one to fathom and certainly a tough one to love, but when she rejects him, he backs off only to become more determined to get Kate to see herself the way some others do - the way he does. I liked Peter's persistence as he tries to understand Kate. At one point, he even asks her to tell him about herself, which she does. It’s at this point when Kate becomes someone the reader can begin to like. It was difficult to like Kate when we met her in WOO’D IN HASTE, but in WED AT LEISURE, we come to understand the pain which she’s carried at feeling the rejection of a mother who called her ugly because she was dark to Bianca’s fairness. She becomes a character we can feel some compassion for as she's feeling less than loved and neglected because her mother favored Bianca. I enjoyed WED AT LEISURE much more than WOO’D IN HASTE, although these stories go together and complement each other in a fashion that make me wish both had been longer with more backstory so that we might enjoy the changes in both of these women. Kate’s transformation to a sweeter, kinder woman in London is obvious to us and what we want to see. We can understand better the reasons why she reverts to her spoiled, angry self upon returning to the Hall and understand her wishing to be the center of attention before Bianca. It's more a need rather than arrogance but we don't really have enough time to truly get to know her. I would love to have seen both of these stories expanded, the characters allowed to grow and mature, as well as allow us to come to like Kate a little bit more. I truly only began to like her toward the end. As with WOO’D IN HASTE, I can recommend WED AT LEISURE to anyone who can appreciate the dynamics of sibling rivalry, and who is looking for a quick afternoon read. Both of these stories are easily read back to back in that amount of time only it's more like getting a bite of a delicious dessert rather than a whole piece. ***won ebook copy in a giveaway but am sharing my honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second book by Ms. Darby. Read Wood n haste first. This book is about 100 pages. The male and female lead are likeable. It is a nice romance amongst aristocrats. One or two kisses is about it. The events take place at an estate in the country. The story was written well but i dont care for short stories. It also needed more romance.
CleverGirl1 More than 1 year ago
When I began reading Wed at Leisure I wondered how I was ever going to like Kate. In the first book, Woo'd in Haste, I saw her as cold and jealous and spiteful but there is so much more to Kate. I came to empathize with her, like her, and hope that she would get her happily ever after. I love characters with a history and Peter and Kate certainly have that, run ins, disappointments, hurts and seeing each other at their worst and most vulnerable. Though they've both grown up Peter and Kate are still haunted by painful childhoods, something that binds them together. Peter sees beyond the Kate that she shows to the world, a Kate that needs control and order, and to the strong, imperfect woman who is just trying to find her place in the world. Of course it's not an easy road, there is subterfuge, sisterly strife, a bit of scandal, a stubborn shrew and a determined duke but I certainly enjoyed the journey. Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Book number two in the Taming series by Sabrina Darby, this is a very sweet yet complex novella, based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Kate Mansfield has a shrewish reputation but, in actuality, she suffers from very low self-esteem. As a young child, she felt unloved by her beautiful mother who favored Kate’s beautiful, fair, and sweet younger sister, Bianca. As children, Peter (a duke) and Kate often stumbled upon each other by their favorite spots on their families’ adjoining properties, usually when Kate or Peter were upset about something and soothing their wounds. They formed a kindred connection many years ago that has evolved into an attraction neither openly acknowledges. In fact, their witty banter is a shield they wield to avoid acknowledging their true feelings. Until it’s time for Kate to marry. Peter becomes entangled in an unfortunate scheme involving the friend of his younger and irresponsible brother, Reggie. But what starts out as a favor quickly evolves into something far more serious. What struck me most about this little story is the beautiful way that Darby captures Kate’s very low self-confidence. As someone who suffers from this I completely related to her, painful as it is to read. And it is lovely to encounter a hero who truly  the heroine, who sees the person underneath the fear, the anxiety, and the protective shell.  In this way, Peter reminds me of Shaw, the hero in the new adult romance, Tease by Sophie Jordan. The conversations between Peter and Kate are some of the best I’ve ever read, though also very frustrating as two people desperately try to communicate their true and hidden feelings. As in the last novella, Woo’d in Haste (Bianca’s story), there is no sex scene, just searing sexual tension and a very tender romance. I mention this because some of Darby’s earlier works do feature graphic yet very sensual sex scenes which are beautifully and tastefully written. Sabrina Darby writes elegant, sexy, and intelligent stories that I love to read and I can’t wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really can't remember the last time I liked a heroine less. Kate had a verbally abusive mother who doted on her sister. So she responds by becoming as bratty as possible. While this is understandable, it also gets annoying very quickly and makes it really hard to like her at all, especially since she now gets her way all of the time to the point where her sister isn't allowed a season until Kate's married. When Peter finally falls for her, I kept agreeing with Reggie that Peter would be miserable, even though the narration tries to portray it as Reggie's malicious streak. Not only were the characters unlikeable, but the plot stayed way too closely to the Taming of the Shrew.