Title: A Most Delicate Pursuit
Series: The Hunt Club #2
Author: Pamela Labud
Genre: Regency, Historical Romance
Published: May 17, 2016
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Though he’s fiercely loyal to his friends, Michael Carver has managed to avoid romantic entanglements by cultivating a reputation as a rake and a gambler. Believing himself incapable of intimacy, the Earl of Blandon avoids anything more than lighthearted flirtations or trysts with married women—which leaves more than enough time to slip out into the wilderness for a little fishing. All is well until Michael agrees, as a favor, to keep his best friend’s stubborn yet alluring sister-in-law company.
After one failed engagement, Beatrice Hawkins would rather become a spinster than risk her heart again. Her family, however, is relentless when it comes to finding her a suitable match. So when the roguish earl suggests they join forces to feign courtship and throw everyone off their scent, Beatrice only hopes the ton will take the bait. But at the hunting lodge where Michael takes her to escape prying eyes, Beatrice finds herself lured in by the unexpected charms of a man who has so much love to give—even if he doesn’t know it yet.
Read on for my thoughts on A Most Delicate Pursuit. No true spoilers, promise.
I am so torn about this story. Which explains the 3.5 stars rating, which will round up on Goodreads and Amazon, etc. On one hand I enjoyed the drama, the slowly revealed true person behind Michael’s careful mask. I loved Beatrice’s spunk and determination to not marry for less than a love match, even if she believed that would never be possible with the man she loved.
Yet… there were a few events, actions that I found to be a difficult stretch as a reader of Regency or Historical Romances for many years. Given the time period, and let’s be honest here, the usually less than bare minimum domestic abilities of a “gentle” woman — some things were simply beyond my ability to suspend belief (even for a basically good story).
And it is a good story. The villains were truly horrible. The hero tortured and not so sure of himself behind the face he showed to his friends and the ton. A heroine who was willing to remain alone rather than live a life without the man she loved at her side. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you are a true Regency or Historical Romance fan then you’ll get an exciting, suspenseful story… you’ll simply have to decide for yourself if those beyond belief moments take you out of the story enough to affect your enjoyment. And that is totally a personal call.
*I received an e-ARC of A Most Delicate Pursuit from the publisher, Loveswept and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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