ARC Review: Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins
Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins Publication date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: St. Martins Paperbacks Amazon| B&N |Goodreads
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
Why Lords Lose their Hearts, a new romantic mystery by Manda Collins to be released on July 29, 2014, begins with a plot that promises excitement and intrigue, and main characters that are likeable and sympathetic. The heroine, the young and beautiful Perdita, the Duchess of Ormond, has endured years of abuse at the hands of her husband, Gevase. When he is accidentally killed by falling on the same knife that he was holding at her throat seconds earlier, she feels genuine relief. This quickly turns into fear, however, as there is someone out there who blames her for the Duke’s death and wants her to pay for it with her own. After Perdita’s sisters are threatened and an attempt is made on her own life, Lord Archer Lisle, private secretary to her late husband, vows that he will do anything it takes to protect her and to find out who is putting her life in danger. He is also secretly in love with Perdita, and is determined to prove to her that it is safe to love again even though she no longer trusts her own judgment when it comes to men. This is where the promises ended for me. I had high hopes for this book, but I found the first half very slow and, at times, bogged down by endless dialogue that seemed to over-power the action. The pace of the book improved in the second half, however, and the events that happened became more compelling, but when I finally reached the finale, with its expected twists and turns, it just didn’t ring true for me. I’m giving this book three stars. I did like the characters in very much. I felt they were well developed and their reactions to events in the story rang true. I could recommend this book to someone who would enjoy reading it for the love story between Perdita and Archer and would ignore the short-comings of the style and the plot.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.