Review of “The Seduction of Lady Phoebe” (The Marriage Game #1) by Ella Quinn

Quinn, Ella. The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. 2013. New York: Zebra, 2019.

Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1420147285 | 360 pages | Regency Romance

3.5 stars

Ella Quinn has become one of my favorite historical romance authors due to her Worthingtons series, but I had long lamented not being able to read her other series, The Marriage Game, which she wrote mostly prior to the Worthingtons and was released only in eBook (and I think print-on-demand paperback?). So, I was excited when I heard The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, the first book in that series, was getting a mass-market release, especially given the tie-ins between those two series.

And this book, like many debut books, is indicative of Quinn’s burgeoning talent. with her knack for creating historically realistic characters who are still relatable to the modern reader present in this book. Phoebe is perhaps one of her more daring heroines, with discussions of her forward thinking opinions and quick wit, making her popular with gentlemen.

With Marcus, she manages a difficult feat of redeeming a hero who has behaved inappropriately with the heroine in the past, showing his character growth due to life experience forcing him to grow up. And throughout it all, I love that he loves Phoebe, and works to atone for the wrong he did her, treating her with respect in their present courtship and protecting her from another suitor with nefarious intentions, while also acknowledging her own ability to protect herself.

If there is a flaw with this book, it’s that the pacing is a little uneven, with something intriguing happening on occasion due to some development in their relationship, or as the result of her life being in danger (a major part of the latter half), but I found my investment flagging a bit at times.

However, this is a nice, sweet read that shows the early talent of an author who I’ve come to enjoy. I recommend this to all historical romance lovers looking for a sweet escape with a feisty heroine and a wonderful hero.

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