TO CATCH A LADY by Pamela Labud

September 08, 2016 Swan Creates 0 Comments

This story was barely believable but enjoyable to read.  I was confused most of the time but I also laughed a lot.  So by that estimate, the book was good to read.

Ashton Blakely has got to be the most honest man in fiction history.  His approach to marriage was expressed down to the bottom line. The bottom line being, buying a wife.

His aunt took it upon herself to choose a suitable bride for Ashton, but Ashton was not having it.  If he had to take a wife, he was taking her on his terms and his terms only.

He even made a list for his aunt to follow in selecting the appropriate girls for him to choose from. Not only that, he also drew up a contract for his wife to sign, stating that after she conceived, she was to live in London and he would stay at his hunting lodge.

Well, that was the plan until he met Caroline Hawkins.

Caroline Hawkins wants the best for her sister, especially since her family is about to be bankrupt in the near future.  So when she got word of a Duke and his search for a bride, Caroline thought she found the perfect solution to their de-lima. Her sister would marry the Duke and all would be well, at least for her sister.

Things don't go as plan when she finds herself married to the Duke insteas.  How this happen, especially since Caroline was deadly against herself getting married? You have to read it to believe it.

I had so much ideas of how this book would go as I read it and how it would end and it failed my expectations.  I don't know what went wrong. Caroline was so likeable in the beginning and I thought the book would have been about Ashton slowly and unwillingly falling in love with Caroline while courting her sister.  That idea was squashed pretty quickly. 

I gave up trying to guess how to book would go and just read it, only to be confused by the book.  The characters seem to change their expectations and temperament throughout the book.  Caroline seemed like such a nice woman, but she can turn into a shrewd at a drop of a hat. 

The book claimed that "she has devoted her life to defending women from the indignities visited upon them by their husbands", yet only a slight mention of this was mentioned in the book.  And she seemed to contradict herself in the book.  Caroline is against women getting married and becoming their husbands "possessions" yet she wants to force her sister into a marriage with a man she has never met before, who comes with a good title.

I could go on for days with the issues I found in the book, but the one that I had the most issues with was the separation during her pregnancy.  Caroline and Ashton are really messed up people and they found each other and learned to be messed up together.  

The weirdest thing is, I was having fun reading the book until I arrived at the disappointing ending.  Seriously, the author stretched the book out a little too much.


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