Not So Sweet Maria by Jessica Spencer (Review)

Not So Sweet Maria
(Sisters by Marriage #1)
by Jessica Spencer
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 178 Pages
June 1st 2017 by Unit Books



Lady Maria despises the hypocritical ways of Polite Society. Fiercely loyal to her American mother, she is determined not to marry a nobleman and agrees to an arranged match for the sole purpose of keeping her persistent suitors at bay. Then, most unexpectedly, she finds love with a commoner. Only, he isn’t a commoner but the Earl of Daventon.

The Earl of Daventon believes love is a quagmire but falls in love with a mysterious young woman who dresses like a shop girl and behaves like a lady. He finds a remedy in accepting an arranged match with Lady Maria, whom he hasn’t seen.

All of which leads to a delightful tangle.

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My Review

NOT SO SWEET MARIA was an endearingly sweet story with a touch of mystery and a little humor. Those who enjoy sweet Regency romance may enjoy this one.

I thought the characters were quite likable and the dialogue fairly fun. I always enjoy stories where there is some witty banter, which definitely is present here. The plot had a few twists and started off really well. I enjoyed the historical setting and how everything was described. I also loved Gareth's family and how he interacts with them. I also liked how Maria interacts with them and how her relationship with her grandmother changes. The hint of danger towards the end was a nice touch.

There were several things I would have liked improved or developed more... I thought the various points of view weren't all necessary and also distracted from the story in parts. I would have preferred to just have had two POVs from the heroine and hero. I also liked the whole disguise twist until it became a little overdone about half-way through. There were also some parts that were more like information dumps versus being weaved through the story. I also didn't quite believe Maria's blindness towards a specific issue. It just felt off for her character and background.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed the story even though I also had some issues with it.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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