Title: To Catch A Lady
Series: Hunt Club #1
Author: Pamela Labud
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Random House Publishing – Loveswept
My Rating: 2.5 stars
Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, cannot stop his aunt from meddling in his affairs. So rather than let her select a most disagreeable mate, Ashton decides to fire the first volley by holding a ball as a scheme to bag the ideal wife: a deferential girl eager to produce and raise an heir, leaving Ashton to his beloved hunting lodge and titled friends. But when Ashton falls for the one woman who isn’t willing to play his game, all his plans scatter like buckshot. Suddenly, the chase is on!
Caroline Hawkins has no interest in marriage. In fact, she has devoted her life to defending women from the indignities visited upon them by their husbands. She only chaperones her beautiful younger sister to Summerton’s ball in the hopes of saving her family from bankruptcy. She certainly doesn’t expect to catch the Duke’s eye . . . nor is she prepared for the heat that rises every time she thinks of his powerful build or his dark, tantalizing gaze. Caroline can run, but she cannot hide—for Ashton has already captured her heart.
Read on for my thoughts on To Catch A Lady. No true spoilers, promise.
I wanted to like To Catch A Lady much more than I ended up with by the ending of the story. Unfortunately I read the two books (so far) in this series out of order, but I don’t think that really would have made a difference in my reaction to this story. I enjoyed the premise of Ash and Caro’s story yet it never clicked for me as a believable tale or as two people who could work together as a couple, eventually.
I found To Catch A Lady a good story. I didn’t absolutely hate it and I certainly didn’t love it but it was an okay, basically good story… that simply didn’t connect for me. I think after reading the second story, A Most Delicate Pursuit first before this one has given me a true reason why I’m not better connecting with these stories -these characters aren’t the members of the ton that I’m accustomed to experiencing. Not that it’s a bad thing to be a bit unique, it just often times reads more like a contemporary romance to me than an historical one. For some reason that feeling takes me out of the story enough to not find it believable. I felt this story was an okay read, but it’s not one that I really loved or cared about. I stuck with Ash and Caro until their ending – and moved on with no bad feelings, just missing something within their story that never truly connected with me.
I am a reader who needs to be able to fall into the character’s world (at least somewhat) in order to give a glowing review of what I experienced with them. I wish I had a better experience with these characters, yet that won’t stop me from trying again with the next one in this series. Again, my review is merely my opinion and reaction to this story – your’s may be very different. That’s why there are so many genre and so many books around – we each find what we love.
*I received an e-ARC of To Catch A Lady from the publisher, Random House Publishing – Loveswept and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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