Romantic Tuesday Review: The Fall of Lady Grace by Julia London

Romantic Thur & TueIt’s Romantic Thursday Tuesday with Bookmunchies! So what is Romantic Tuesday you ask!? The same as Romantic Thursday, but now with the added being on Tuesday too.

So why is Thursday ( & Tuesday) romantic? Because I like Thursday (& Tuesday) and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

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The Fall of Lady Grace - Julia LondonPublisher: Harlequin HQN  (July 29th 2014)
Paperback: 368 pages
Series: The Cabot Sisters #2
Source: Netgalley
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace’s wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Geoffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion.

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Geoffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace’s temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can’t resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Geoffrey might just see it as a new beginning.

Review:

If you’ve read my review for The Trouble With Honor, you’ll know that me and Honor didn’t really see eye to eye, but I had high hopes that Grace would be the saving grace (so to speak) of the Cabot sisters. And while The Fall of Lady Grace did do a bit better, unfortunately Grace and I didn’t get along either.

In this story that follows directly on the heel of The Trouble with Honor, Grace has run off to Bath in an attempt to trap a man in marriage, unfortunately instead of the intended gentleman, she is scandalous caught with the Earl of Merryton, a man with many dark secrets. I just didn’t connect with this Grace, she seemed different than the one we had meet before and I found her to be much more selfish. I appreciated her desire to “tend to the wounded and outcast”, and look on the bright side of things, but she was also opportunistic, frustratingly naive and somewhat exasperating.

Jeffery, Earl of Merryton was a different hero than most. He’s ruled by his OCD, which he hides from the world, which includes an obsession with the number eight, and a “sexual deviancy” akin to BDSM lite. While the OCD adds an interesting layer to Jeffery, it becomes very overwhelming and tedious to the story.

The romance is definitely a bit of an odd one. I’m glad that Grace and Jeffery were able to get their happily ever after, but after a while, I didn’t really care too terrible much what was going to happen to them. Once again, it’s more of a lack of connections with the characters rather than any problems with the writing style. I’m not sure if I’m just glutton for punishment, but I’d probably would check out the next Cabot Sister book, I think I’m just too stubborn to be defeated by the Cabot sisters.

{* Thanks to Harlequin HQN  & Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I keep telling myself I want to read historical romances! Maybe not this one, since you didn’t like it that much and I like characters I can connect to, but something else. 🙂 At least you liked this better than the first?

    1. You should definitely try out HR! They’re usually really cute, haha. But yes, not this one. Haha, that’s what I keep telling myself!

      Ps. I can send you some suggestions for HR if you like!

  2. Nooo!! I liked Grace in the last book and had high hopes for her in this one! I didn’t get along with Honor either but I did like Grace. It’s too bad to hear she’s exasperating as well. I enjoyed a contemporary London I just read but if I don’t like this one better than The Trouble with Honor I may give her historicals a break for awhile.

  3. Me too ): I was disappointed I didn’t continue liking her in her book. I hope you end up liking it more than I did! I think I might be glutton for punishment, but I might still check out the next Cabot sister, haha.

    I haven’t read any of London’s contemporaries, maybe I’ll give those a go sometime, too!

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