To Catch a Lady
Book 1, Hunt Club - A Hunt Club Novel
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If you love Mary Balogh and Eloisa James, don’t miss Pamela Labud’s sensuous Hunt Club series! To Catch a Lady introduces four lordly, rakish sportsmen whose bachelor paradise is threatened by a matchmaking aunt—and by the sting of unexpected love.
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.
Praise for To Catch a Lady
“To Catch a Lady has all the elements of a great romance, with two characters who have no interest in marrying suddenly finding themselves married—to each other. This is a fun story that made me laugh and sigh.”—Sharon Cullen, author of Sutherland’s Secret
“Pamela Labud takes two strong-willed hearts, an unconventional marriage agreement, and the elitist rules of Regency London and weaves a delightfully sensual romance. I loved this first installment of the Hunt Club series and can’t wait for the next one!”—Maeve Greyson, author of My Tempting Highlander
“I enjoyed this author’s writing style and how much emotion she put into the story and the characters.”—The Romance Factor
“An enjoyable historical romance with a rocky, roller coaster relationship before a happy ending.”—Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
“Pamela Labud started the Hunt Club series on a very positive note with this first installment.”—Ramblings & Musings
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
This book had a plot that I'd not read before and likable characters that I really enjoyed, who developed into stronger people. I had such hopes for this book. But there were times when I thought, when will they get to their HEA. There was about 1/4th of the book in the middle that could of been edited out. It just got repetitive. Ash and Caroline always figured they'd both be better of alone and never marry. They come together when they both need something from the other. Little do they realize what they need was each other. I loved the plot and their struggles and mostly the ending when they finally realize that they belonged together as a family.
It was a fast paced, charming story that focused more on the romance than in the historical aspect of the times. And for once that was a good thing.
There was plenty to like (and dislike) about Ashton and Caroline as individuals and that gave them a relatable side. I also liked the way the sexual tension was handled; the author expertly maneuvered around the subject making it sound sensual yet controlled, passionate yet full of love.
The story began a little silly and there were times I wanted to jump in and slap the heroine as she sounded dismally hostile. I get that she had plenty of reasons to be against marriage and what was coming her way but the way she was trying to argue her way out of it was what put me off. However as the story progressed and the relationship between Ashton and Caroline took off, the story had more fluidity and even the second characters had more relevance in the story. Towards the end it had a feel of "I love you but I can't let you know" that may at times drive me up the wall but given the circumstances of their "arrangement" it was understandable up to a point so I'm willing to overlook their reserves since they eventually got to their HEA.
This was my first read by this author but will definitely not be my last. 4 stars.
** I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review**