Author: Liz Carlyle
Title: The Bride Wore Pearls
Publish Date: July 31, 2012
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the publisher
Review: First things first, The Bride Wore Pearls is part of a series. Not a series that has to be read in order, so that's great. Just your typical historical "character" series. Why are there so many of these? The good thing is that this book can be read as a stand alone, unless you are an obsessive compulsive series reader.
This is the first historical romance that I've read in ages where the heroine is truly strong and independent. Anisha is definitely a refreshing character. She's not a simpering English miss that lets the men walk all over her, though her brother, who isn't really in the story, tries from afar.
What really surprised me was how long it took for Rance and Anisha to get it together. I mean, this is a historical romance, right? It felt a lot like an intrigue, because they were both working to clear Rance's name of a crime he didn't commit yet was exonerated for. Rance and Anisha didn't fall into bed until about halfway through the book. Wow! That was quite a wait considering the tension between the two.
The ending felt a little hurried and was a bit too formulated for a historical romance. If you read historicals you will know what I mean. Suffice to say a bad thing almost happens and then all is well and HEA.
I would have liked more romance and a lot less intrigue, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book.
Rating: 4 flowers