I think it’s fair to say that this series is not for me. I was seriously underwhelmed with the last installment, and I walked away from this one feeling much the same way. I liked the idea of the story so much more than the execution. I struggled to keep myself from skimming through parts. I struggled, and honestly, sometimes failed. Because I was bored. Because I kept waiting for things to pick up… to heat up… but they just never did.
This is a second chance at love story, sort of. Lady Susannah and Will Dorning have nurtured a mutual respect and quiet longing for each other since he helped protect her from the ton during her coming out years ago. Now, they just watch each other from afar. Or at least they did, until Will’s dog peed all over Susannah’s parasol, giving him entrance to her life once again.
Will is a big dog lover. He trains and champions the animals. But he doesn’t make much money. He is the spare to his brother’s earldom and he devotes all of his energies to helping the Earl find a wife and taking care of their motley crew of younger brothers. He has no prospects for marriage, which he makes clear to Susannah from the beginning. But their gentle yearning won’t be denied. Meanwhile, they become embroiled in a dognapping mystery and in managing the season of Susannah’s younger sister, Della.
I got so tired of reading about the dogs. And I never really got what kept Will and Susannah apart all of these years, beyond his lack of money. I felt like they could have made it work if they really wanted to. But everything is so… tepid. Even their desire lacked oomph. And it was hard to get really worked up about dog training or missing pets. I kept thinking we were building to something, either with the relationship or the story arc, but it all just kept meandering along.
For a second, I though there might be something interesting happening with the younger sister Dell, but it kind of developed off page and fizzled out too. Maybe she’ll be the heroine of the next book. But I can’t imagine that I’ll read it. These books just move too slow and don’t inspire any passion –at least not for me. If you like a slow, relaxed pace in your romance, it might work better for you.
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Will’s True Wish
by Grace Burrowes
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca