I’m always particularly excited to get a historical romance, for obvious reasons, so when Alyssa Drake sent me A Perfect Plan, the first book in the Wiltshire Chronicles, I put it right on my calender.
Overall Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers
Genre: Historical Romance
Samantha Hastings is a free-spirited young woman who moved in with her widowed sister-in-law, Wilhelmina, after her brother’s untimely death. The plan is for her to help manage his estate until she find a husband, something Wilhelmina takes to heart. But Sam isn’t going down the aisle without a fight. Enter Lord Benjamin Westwood, an old friend of Sam’s brother, a monied hardbody who has been deemed the most eligible bachelor that season, and Sam’s new guardian. Well, anyway, Westwood decides he was going to go get himself a wife, and save everyone the hassle of playing matchmaker. Now, if there was only a young lady who was available, had money, was trustworthy, and amused him enough to tie himself to her forever?
You know where that’s going. Westwood and Sam sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. But, this isn’t just a romance, there’s some serious shit going on outside of the ballroom. Sam’s brother’s death might not be all that it seems and danger might be lurking around every bend.But you might have to wait to find out that danger in the rest of the series!
There were just a few little things that bothered me about this book. The first was the cover models. They didn’t match, as the woman looked like she was ready for a 1950’s debutant ball and the man seemed as if he walked right out of a modern day GQ Magazine. But, since authors rarely have final say on their cover art, it’s hard to fault her on that. There were also some historical inaccuracies that probably wouldn’t bother someone outside of my field of study, so we won’t even bother with those. The format of the ebook was also a choppy mess with large gaps that made it slightly annoying to read. Other reviewers have said the same, so I’m fairly sure that it isn’t just a problem with my copy.
Despite some errors, I did enjoy Drake’s voice in the book and how she gave life to Sam. I thoroughly enjoy any historical romance with some old-fashioned humor, of which Sam provided plenty.