A Marriage of Necessity
The moment John, Lord Hascot, encounters a young woman sheltering in his abandoned stable, his future is sealed. To prevent scandal—and protect Lady Amelia Jacoby from her parents’ ire—he must propose. John’s ability to trust vanished when his former love married his twin brother. Yet he offers Amelia everything she could want—except affection.
Amelia sees John’s true nature shine through when he cares for his horses. But the brooding aristocrat seems determined to keep her at arm’s length. Little by little Amelia will turn Hollyoak Farm into a home, but can she turn a marriage of convenience into a joyful union?
The Master Matchmakers: Wedding bells will ring when downstairs servants play Cupid for upstairs aristocracy
First things first, I do realize that there are different “rules” for Inspirational romances than there are for mainstream romance, and therefore there won’t be a lot chemistry and passion. There is, as to be expected, no sex in this book, and I think there are a few rather chaste kisses exchanged between husband and wife. I’m perfectly okay with this. After all, not every good love story requires passion to get the point across, though I won’t lie and say I don’t typically enjoy that sort of thing in my romances.
However, my biggest problem with this is that when there is no physical passion between a couple, it’s all the more important for the author to really illustrate the emotional connection between a couple in order for me to truly believe in their love by the end of the book.
In this instance, though, I never really felt the love between Amelia and John. Sure, they both had a strong affinity and attachment to horses, and they both had a strong faith in G-d, and they were both considerate towards each other (at least eventually), but I’ve read Inspirational romances where you could feel the caring and love between the leads, and this, sadly, wasn’t one of them.
I think that the drama involving John’s brother’s widow, whom he had once thought himself in love with, distracted from rather than added to the story, and though it was pleasing to see John take a united front with his wife, I was disappointed that he didn’t actually stand up for her more.
I also realize that this is rather picky of me, but one of the things about the blurb that interested me was that the servants would be playing a huge part in the matchmaking between husband and wife, and I was looking forward to a bit more scheming and plotting than we received. While we did get a rather outspoken lady’s maid, and a quietly encouraging veterinarian, I didn’t really get that the servants were truly playing matchmaker.
So in the end, while this one wasn’t bad by a long stretch, it wasn’t really one that truly appealed to me.
A solid 3/5 Stars