by A.S. Fenichel
Series: Forever Brides #1
Published on September 27, 2016 by Lyrical Press
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Only trust can save her….
Sailing to London, Sophia Braighton only hopes to escape certain ruin. But when she arrives, her Great Aunt Daphne has other plans for the American-born beauty. Determined to marry off her niece to a man of means, she propels Sophia into London society, not knowing that the young woman’s trust in men is shattered. In fact, Sophia never expects to ever feel anything for a man. Then again, she never expects to find herself in the company of the dashing earl of Marlton….
From the moment he sees Sophia, Daniel Fallon feels alive in a way he has not since his broken engagement. Though the vulnerable beauty shies from the passion burning bright between them, Daniel is determined to court her and make her his bride. And when he learns of the painful secret she harbors, he is equally determined to take revenge on the man responsible. But will the quest destroy him—and his future with his beloved?
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This was a typical story of trust. The two leads both had issues with trusting the opposite sex and they come together to overcome this and develop an emotional connection.
Tainted Bride was certainly not the best historical romance I’ve read but it wasn’t the worst. It started off fairly slow and took a while to get into but by the halfway point I was into it. The ending was a bit too much especially considering the events leading up to it but, again, it was alright. Average.
Sophia had a lot of strength to her and it really shined through. Her and Daniel had to overcome both external society issues as well as internal issues causing conflict in their blossoming relationship. They were really well developed despite their interactions being a tad stilted at times. My only real issue was with Sophia, just a part of her personality. She had a serious self-loathing streak going on that started to grate on my nerves after a while but was otherwise I enjoyed her character.
Fenichel also did a good job of providing details here and there, seemingly irrelevant, that would come up later, tying everything together. The pacing wasn’t always great, irregularly fast and slow, but the story was fairly engaging.
I mean, in general, this book didn’t wow me by any means but it’s perfect for fans of the genre looking for something new to read. I think this is a series with potential to be great.