Review: Someone to Love by Mary Balogh

someone-to-loveReviewed by Jen

I generally enjoy Mary Balogh books, so much so that she is an auto read author for me. And while this book was a hit for many other readers, for me, it just did not measure up to some of her other work.

The premise sounded pretty good. Anna grew up in an orphanage, having no idea her father was an Earl. It wasn’t until he died and she was left a massive fortune that the truth came out. The story follows her as she learns the ways of the ton and decides how much of herself she wants to transform in order to fit in. The Hero, Avery, falls for her as he helps her navigate the new waters.

This is the first book in a new series and perhaps that is why it was so overwhelming. Balogh essentially introduces us to every single character which can possibly be featured in a book in the series. In the first third of the book, there were so many featured characters, I had to go back and check the blurb to see who the hero was. I could not keep up with who was who. This was made even more confusing by the fact that Avery was also Archer and another character was named Alexander. Not only that, but they were referred to by their titles too. Eventually, I was able to sort out which characters were the main ones, but it was far too much work and it really kept me from connecting for a long time.

I found the romance itself to be pretty lukewarm. I didn’t really see a love connection so much as a curiosity from Avery towards Anna. The sexual tension was virtually nonexistent. And if I’m being honest, Avery didn’t do it for me as a hero at all. He’s a little man and he’s pretty.

Then there is the whole side plot about a random Chinese man who taught him an unnamed martial art.

Don’t get me wrong. I did not think the book was terrible. In fact, in the second half, I found it OK. I liked the heroine and I respected how she viewed herself and valued herself, despite her upbringing. I wanted her to have her HEA. So that is something.

I think I would’ve liked Alexander better as the hero of the story, but I’m sure I will get a chance to read more about him down the road. I have a feeling his book will be a better hit for me.

Rating: B-

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

Someone to Love
by Mary Balogh
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Signet

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