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Review: The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne

April 24th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 24, 2018

Publisher: Avon Books

Series: The Penhallow Dynasty #3

Rating: ★★½☆☆

About the book

Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty continues with a pair of star-crossed childhood friends who meet again years later—and find love where they least expect it…

Katherine Brooke may be a fabulously wealthy heiress, but she’s trapped, a pawn in her parents’ ruthless game to marry her into the nobility. Then Captain Hugo Penhallow—so charming, as handsome as a Greek god—comes into her life once more, and suddenly she sees a chance to be free.

As a Penhallow, his is one of the highest names in the land, but still his family is facing ruin. So Katherine boldly proposes an exchange: his name for her money. But only if Hugo understands it’s merely a practical arrangement, and that she’s not surrendering herself entirely.

Back from eight years in America and determined to give his younger siblings a better life, Hugo agrees. He’s never fallen in love, so why not? Yet neither of them guesses that this marriage will become far, far more than they ever dreamed of.

My Thoughts

I have to admit I really struggled with this book. I picked it up and put it down several times simply because the heroine really rubbed me the wrong way. Katherine has had a tough upbringing, there is no denying that. However, I have to say she is certainly lucky Hugo and his family are so kind hearted to give her a chance and believe there is something more beneath the surface. I’d have to say with a majority of other people she would have been dismissed as being a royal PITA because wow! Some of the things she says and does would have made me want to slap her. Yes, she has these random grand gestures of charity but still it took a good long while before I even found her tolerable. By the end she definitely made some strides towards likability but it was a little too late and she never endeared herself to me.

Hugo on the other hand was so congenial and took everything in stride that he almost came across as spineless. I wanted to cheer whenever he ever showed a hint of being disgruntled with Katherine’s attitude, words and actions because I felt there is a fine line between being easy going and being a door mat.

The storyline itself seemed disjointed as well and a few times it felt like sub-plots were thrown in at random. I think if it had been a little more focused it would have been a enjoyable book because it could have focused more on developing the characters. Unfortunately this book just didn’t hit the high notes for me.

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