Well written, but as exciting as drifting down a lazy stream. There's no thrill of pursuit, no nefarious plans of espionage - just a mediocre mystery (oh, this had such potential for twists & turns deeply intertwined with the characters from the first book!), and offers us arrogant Alex - who is as bland as toast and just as appealing.
The first tale in this series was a treat, but this second story was good as a bedtime sedative, not much more.
I am not sure I have read a novel by Jane Feather before but honestly I was quite dissapointed. To Wed... ended up being a lackluster tale of a normally sensible young woman who seemingly loses all of her sense and intelligence and weds a russian prince who she has only met four times. The prince in question is not so much wicked as callous and brutish in his treatment of Lavia and his quest to dethrone Czar Alexander. Honestly I was so upset by Lavia's non-sensical marriage and the period inappropriate euphasisms that the author kept using (ex: level the playing field) that I found it hard to enjoy the novel. Also it seemed much longer then needed. There are much better period romances out there then this one.
I usually like Jane Feather's books, but I found Prince Alex so obnoxious that I couldn't continue with it beyond the first few pages (and I almost never stop reading a book once I've begun it). It may be that I was just not personally receptive to the book at the time, so I hope to read the first book in the series to get some background, and give it another try.
Great series, can't wait for next one. Romance, intrigue & some steamy pages.
Ihave also read the trilogy
I liked them very much
The Prince was less an interesting character than the 2 Englishmen
however the info about the Russian social system
and the exile situation in London of the time was nicely written
I really enjoyed the book even though I had a hard time with the spy stuff and it probably would have helped if I read the first book first just so I can have a handle of the characters. I thought Livia and Alex were a great match. Alex, being so high-handed, needed someone clever like Livia to handle him. What I liked about Alex is that he was open to learn. What I find amazing about Livia is her ability to learn when to fight for something and when to back off. It's not exactly action packed but I think the interactions between Livia and Alex was interesting enough to carry the book.
Another of those cannot put down romances.
I'm not much on regency historicals (my taste runs towards trads), but I do like most of what I've read by Jane Feather. Her books are well grounded in the real regency period and she doesn't just make stuff up, nor does she give a reader so little sense of the times that the book could be set as well in any era whatsoever.
Some reviewers seem to have found the instantaneous attraction between Livia and Alex hard to believe, or hard to accept as a motivation for marrying someone one knows little about, but that seems very like reality to me -- how many people get into a relationship blinded by sex and find out too late that they're involved with someone they wouldn't have chosen otherwise? Livia has more sense about it than most; she knows it's physical at first, but she takes the chance - as does Alex.
At any rate, it held my interest through to the end and I would recommend it.
TO WED A WICKED PRINCE
The sophisticated elegance and spine-tingling intrigue of Regency-era London spring to life in bestselling author Jane Feather's seductive novel about a young woman who impulsively marries a dazzling stranger.
Livia Lacey came to the house she inherited in London's Cavendish Square with her two friends, Lady Cornelia Dagenham and Lady Aurelia Farnham, to experience the excitement of city life. With Cornelia now happily married, Livia and Aurelia are on their own. But dashing Prince Alex Prokov, a newcomer to London, seems enchanted by Liv the moment they meet. Disarmed by the prince's determined pursuit of her, his exuberant joy of living, and the desires he awakens in her, Liv agrees to marry him.
But while night is a time for passionate embraces, Liv discovers her irresistible husband can be as autocratic as he is extravegantly generous. While Alex balks at Liv's independent ways, he refuses to explain his own comings and going. When Liv learns one of Alex's secrets sho only loves him more. But when she learns the other secret, will she feel wickedly betrayed?