Balogh, Mary. Someone to Wed. New York: Berkley, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-0-399-58606-4. Print List Price: $7.99.
Mary Balogh is one of the authors I discovered last year, and while I have yet to truly dive into her backlist, I have enjoyed some of her recent titles, including the first two in the series, especially book two, Someone to Hold. As such, I had high expectations. But unlike some other books, this one did not disappoint.
Alexander, the new Earl of Riverdale was one of my favorite characters ever since the first book and I loved him even more as the hero of this one. I love that he isn’t your typical alpha hero, but he proves he is definitely hero material and worthy of the heroine a number of times in this book, including when he defends Wren against those who try to snub her.
Wren is one of those characters who can be hard to write in a way that is sympathetic and not overly tiresome. When a character is so self-conscious about their physical appearance, they feel they are unworthy of love, it takes a strong backstory to make them likable, and other authors I have read have failed in this regard. But Wren’s arc is so well done, giving you just enough that you root for her, and keeping you guessing until the big reveal towards the end.
And as Balogh extends her cast of characters even further to include Alexander’s family as well as Wren’s brother, that makes me curious as to the length of the series and the possibility of more books about them after the release of Viola’s book early next year. I most definitely want a book about Colin, who I loved before he even appeared on the page, as well as some of the other Westcotts and Radleys.