Posted November 1, 2017 by Sally in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Also by this author: Only a Promise, Only a Kiss, Only Beloved, Someone to Care
Series: Westcott #3
Also in this series: Someone to Care
Published by Berkley on November 7, 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
Format: Netgalley eARC
ISBN: 978-0399586064

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . .

A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. . . .

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The love received by your family is the most important love there is.

Wren Heyden is a wealthy, strong and smart businesswomen who has everything she could ever want, except her own family.  She wants a husband and children of her own, to feel the fulfillment that can only come from close human companionship.

Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale and with it inherits an estate and land that is falling apart.  He needs to find a rich wife who can help him restore his new home and help take care of those who depend on him.

Alexander accepts an invitation from Wren, thinking he is just meeting his new neighbor.  He had no idea that he was a potential suitor for Miss Heyden.

Upon meeting Lord Riverdale, Miss Heyden found that even the strongest and most independent of women could be intimidated by a good-looking man.

She had not wanted a handsome man or even a particularly young man.  She had hoped for someone older, more ordinary, perhaps balding or acquiring a bit of a paunch, pleasant-looking but basically…well, ordinary.  With decent teeth and at least something of a personality.  She was further alarmed when he smiled.  If it was possible to look more handsome than handsome, he was looking it.  He had perfect teeth, and his eyes crinkled attractively at the corners when he smiled.  And his eyes were very blue.  Oh, this was wretched.  Who was number four on her list?

As soon as Alexander was made aware of his purpose, he felt offended.  He could not believe this woman.  After further thought though, if the roles were reversed, it would not have been such an outrageous idea.  He pushed past his feelings and tried to understand why she would make such a proposal.

“Do you value yourself so little that you believe only your money gives you any worth at all?”  She was taking the question seriously, he could see.  She was thinking about it.  “Yes,” she said.  It was the moment which he really ought to have taken his leave.  It was a devastating answer, and it had not even been given in haste.  He could not possibly take on such brokenness, even if she had all the riches in the world to offer.  It was not only sex she wanted.  It was human warmth in the form of a sexual relationship.  She wanted far more than she seemed to realize.  She wanted love and, heaven help her, she thought it could be bought.

Someone to Wed is book three in the Westcott series by Mary Balogh.  It was a well-paced, sweet love story.  As with most Historical Romances, the immediate and extended families played a part.  The secondary characters were not overwhelming and injected humor and depth to the story of familial love.   It was a pleasure diving into the world of Alexander and Wren and as always, Mary Balogh does a wonderful job of getting me sucked in with every word she writes.


About Mary Balogh

Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.

Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name. In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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