DNF Review: A Shocking Delight by Jo BeverleyA shocking delight by Jo Beverley
Series: Company of Rogues #15
Published by berkley, Signet Eclipse on April 1, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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From five-time RITA Award winner Jo Beverley comes an exciting new Regency romance in which a lady must risk all to win love.

The man she shouldn’t want. The woman he shouldn’t marry...

David Kerslake, smuggling master from The Dragon's Bride, is now Earl of Wyvern and must survive the ton as well as the Preventive Officers.

Lucy Potter, daughter of a wealthy merchant, is more interested in trade than in the men after her dowry. When forced to have a London season, she sets out to enjoy herself rather than to find a husband. But once she meets the notorious Earl of Wyvern, her resolve weakens, and when they kiss, it dissolves—even though her instincts warn he’s dangerous.

Wyvern has a dark secret, which means he must win a rich bride. Lucinda Potter seems ideal. Not for her beauty and her lively charm, but because at first meeting she seems unlikely to realize the truth.

As he comes to know her, however, as they spar and kiss, he realizes she’s too clever and honest by far. Marrying Lucy would mean living a lie with the woman he has come to love...

I think I officially have to DNF this book, but it’s not because I hated it, or didn’t like it. Sadly I was bored. It’s been several months and I just can’t get into the characters. No rating on this one, since I could see myself picking it up later on, it just won’t be now. But, that being said, after several months, it’s time to give up.

The heroine is part of my problem, by the way. Her father has a new fiancee and she’s acting like the girls in the Parent Trap, where they try to drive off the dad’s girlfriend. I’m expecting hijinks to ensue. But I’ve asked around, and this doesn’t happen (thank goodness!). However the fact that she feels immature enough to me that I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what did happen, I think is a problem.
If I pick this up again and finish it, I’ll update in a new post, as well as here.

Oh! And it’s from a long-standing series, however, I don’t see a problem with just picking it up and reading it. You won’t be confused.


I’m neither shocked nor delighted.

***Review copy courtesy of the publisher