Thank you to Monica Murphy and the team at Dangerous Press for the advance reader copy of The Reluctant Bride, which releases on April 19th.
Ever since Perry waltzed onto the page in Winston’s story I wanted to know about this elusive Constantine brother. So many fun tropes in this one from strangers-to-lovers, to a marriage of convenience.
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“𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦’𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘦, 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦.
One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.
In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Perry Constantine is this book’s hero. I have been so excited to finally get into his head. This wannabe bad body with tattoos, rings, unbuttoned shirts and messy hair. A former party boy, who always had a different woman on his arm each night. That is until his mom finds him a wife. Enter Charlotte Lancaster, the only daughter of a wealthy old-money family. She had a bit of an indiscretion in France while away at university and now her parents are punishing her by forcing her to marry Perry. Perry and Charlotte’s character development was phenomenal and how they began to understand themselves better as they fell for each other. I loved having Ash and Tinsley in this story, I want more Constantine cameos as it feels like we have spent more time with the Morellis recently. I like the introduction of the Lancasters as an old-money New York family, to contrast with the Constantines. It reminded me a bit of the dynamics between old money and new money in the Gilded Age television show, which I love.
- Setting: We did not spend too much time in Bishop’s Landing, instead we have two characters fighting for their own agency. It was interesting to see Bishop’s Landing depicted as a prison, as stuck in the past and to see what living in New York City represents for their future.
- Pacing: The pacing hooked me into the story from the start. It felt slightly longer than previous Dangerous Press releases and I enjoyed that so much! I didn’t want this story to be over and especially after a twist near the end I am begging for more. I am sad I have to wait a few months now.
- Romance: I loved Perry and Charlotte’s initial attraction and how they decided to team up. What was nice to see though that even though they had an initial physical attraction, was that they stumbled around trying to understand each other. I loved as the story went on they became an even stronger team, who fought for one another’s safety and well-being. It took a while to get these two in bed together, but once they did it was so damn hot! I cannot wait to see what’s to come in future instalments.
The Reluctant Bride receives four out of five stars.
You can pick up the story below…
Thank you again to Monica Murphy and the Dangerous Press team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!