Author: Pamela Labud
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Regency
Series, if any: Hunt Club Series, Book 1
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Date of publication: January 19, 2016
No. Of pages: 265
If there is one thing that Duke of Summerton loves the most, and is afraid of, it would be his formidable aunt Amelia. To prevent her meddling and match making machinations, he decides to take matters into his own hand and select a bride who is of pleasant temperament and deferential to his choice of living. All his plans were in motion until the day Caroline Hawkins literally tumbles into his arms. Now that opinionated, strong willed, fiery, seemingly plain looking woman has caught his eyes, he can’t help but wonder if he has truly met his match.
There is something very elegant about a regency novel. Pamela Labud started the Hunt Club series on a very positive note with this first installment. Regency setting always strikes my fancy because of numerous elegant balls and its associated vagaries. This is the first time when the book had very few mention if balls and parties of that era of England, and was more related to the compromise that two unrelated people make in a marriage. The nitty gritty details of a marriage between two strangers has been beautifully narrated through the eyes of the two lead characters, which makes their fictional nature more humane. As a reader, you can appreciate the characters and learn to relate with them. The character development has been looked at while maintaining the flow in story. The romantic element has been justified, thus providing a soft touch to the regency language that has been used.
Towards the end of the novel, I had this feeling that the main plot was beig stretched unnecessarily and I was definitely bored for couple of chapters from the end. The ending was pleasant and lived up to my expectations; I was definitely glad that the boom finally came to an end.
The title is apt with regards to the main story and the cover image definitely adds a sensual drama that has been justified in the main content.
My opinion: The book definitely gives a glimpse to how a marriage between two strangers look like and how the possibility of love is always present. I don’t think it managed to convince me to get hitched, but I definitely enjoyed reading it.
My rating: 3 out of 5