A Marriage of Necessity: Rules of Refinement Book Four

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This is the fourth book in the series. It can be read as a stand alone book. But it does make you want to read the others. It was a quick read. I read it in one sitting. Would recommend.
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I enjoyed this book. There was a nice bit of tension between the main romantic interests that I really enjoyed and I would definitely recommend it to others
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Love love loved this. It's dramatic, suspenseful and captivating. It waz exciting to read. I enjoyed the characters and their histories, the storyline as well as twists and surprises. Great read. Can't wait for more
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I loved this book, the author did a great job keeping the reader interested throughout the book and the romance and chemistry between the characters was good
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I quite liked "A Marriage of Necessity". It was kind of short but was good nonetheless. The characters were unique. The historical feel of the book was written quite nicely. Overall a highly recommended book to all historical romance lovers.
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Anne has to marry someone rich, and quickly, in order to save her family's home, something which becomes a whole lot harder when vicious rumours circulate about her meaning no man would want her as his wife. Kennedy has to marry and produce an heir just as quickly in order to save his sister from wherever his father had stashed her and ideally it has to be someone desperate his father would approve of. 

Marriage of convenience time! I love this trope and this was done really nicely, giving a good explanation about why the two of them have to marry so soon and setting it up for lots of fun misunderstandings and a growing relationship between Anne and Kennedy. We can see how they are both family-orientated people who are attracted to each other, though they don't realise it at first, and are well-suited for another. I liked Anne's family being involved, especially her younger sister.

Scott set this trope up really nicely and I was prepared to watch Anne and Kennedy slowly fall for each other as they go to rescue Kennedy's sister but, unfortunately, that was not to happen. The ending was rushed and the middle was nonexistent. Declarations of love came out of nowhere and the finding and rescue of Rose seemed to be far quicker than I would have liked. After such a promising beginning with great characters and a nice setup of a romance, it was such a disappointment. 

3 stars!
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I voluntarily read an Advance Review Copy of this book through Netgalley.   The story revolves around a father’s manipulating his son to marry and produce a heir by threatening to marry his daughter to a man rumored to have beaten his first wife to death. Kennedy marries Anne and in the end comes to love her. The book is a good read and I would recommend it.
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I hadn’t read the previous entry in the series, but this didn’t end up being a problem for me as the author has crafted a story that stands perfectly well on its own.
Anne, Viscountess Kinsely, must marry to save her family’s estates. Risking everything by going to Lady Peddington’s School for Young Ladies, Anne is dismayed when rumours circulate destroying her hopes of marriage.
Kennedy Douglas, Viscount Buchanan, despises his father and will do anything to hurt him. His father, lying in his death bed creates a cunning plan to ensure his son cooperates with his wishes. Kennedy has a week to marry or he will marry Kennedy’s sister to an abusive man. Trapped, Kennedy agrees and follows the matchmaker’s suggestion that Lady Kinsely would be a good match.
This is a novella and the story does suffer because of the shortness. The author crafted well rounded and likeable characters. The interactions between the protagonists is steamy but the relationship does not have enough time to develop. The story ends abruptly and suddenly the characters are in love.  I would have given the book a much higher rating if the story had been fleshed out more.
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A delightful quick read historical romance. While the plot is nothing new, the story is endearing all the same. The lead characters are likable and their actions make sense. Anne is a strong female lead in a time era where women weren’t allowed to be strong.  Overall the story is enjoyable although, sometimes in these stories, the antagonist feels like a caricature. It is hard to imagine someone behaving in such an abominable way, but this is another time, another place so it is difficult to truly gauge.
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I was given an ARC through Net Galley for an honest review.
An Arranged marriage a very reluctant bride and groom, a sister being held prisoner  are just a few things that had me hooked and very much  involved in this wonderful and exciting story.  Anne and Kennedy's reluctant forced marriage involves so many different aspects. Kennedy's father is a real and nasty villain that I just wished would get his just desserts. The story was just not long enough for me as I had hoped there would be more of their love story. But all in all a very enjoyable read and I would recommend this book with 4 stars.
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When Viscountess Kinsley’s father lost all but their home and then drank himself to death, creditors stood ready to seize what remained. Anne’s only hope of saving her family is to find a husband through Lady Peddington’s School for Young Ladies. Only, upon graduation, Anne finds herself the victim of jealous gossip that claims she seeks multiple lovers. 
Kennedy Douglas, Viscount Buchanan, has refused to marry until his terminally ill father threatens to marry Kennedy’s younger sister Rose to a known wife-beater unless Kennedy immediately weds and produces an heir. The man known as The Marriage Maker matches Kennedy with the ravishing Viscountess Kinsely.
A delightful short story, the plot is very well paced & the characters have depth, which isn’t easy to do in a novella. There’s a kidnapping, misunderstandings & romance. I read the story in a sitting & look forward to more novellas in the Marriage Maker series

My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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Sweet and engaging read. The characters were well developed and the story was well written.
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Publisher's Description:

He offered one night. She needs a lifetime...

When Viscountess Kinsley’s father lost all but their home and then drank himself to death, creditors stood ready to seize what remained. Anne’s only hope of saving her family is to find a husband through Lady Peddington’s School for Young Ladies. Only, upon graduation, Anne finds herself the victim of jealous gossip that claims she seeks multiple lovers. Now, no respectable man will have her.

Kennedy Douglas, Viscount Buchanan, has refused to marry—until his terminally ill father threatens to marry Kennedy’s younger sister to a known wife-beater unless Kennedy immediately weds and produces an heir. The man known as The Marriage Maker matches Kennedy with the ravishing Viscountess Kinsely, but time is running out. Kennedy’s father is declining rapidly, and he’s the only one who knows where Kennedy’s sister is being held against her will.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this novella. It is well written and has characters that both baffled and intrigued.
Anne is looking to marry for money to save her home and family.
Kennedy's preference is not to marry at all. Instead he is looking for at best a long affair.
They meet when Anne and her friend stay overlong at a balk and end up at what is known as the Midnight Ball where men come to squire mistresses, not wives.
The following day after Anne gives him a set down, Kennedy's father calls him to make the demand that he marry now. He threatens him with marrying his younger sister to a man who is known to have killed his previous wife.
Although Anne is not the woman he would have as a wife, circumstances dictate a different scenario.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 2.75 of 5.0 flames.
Anne is untouched and Kennedy doesn't want to follow his father's dictate that he immediately get his wife with child.
I received a complimentary ARC of this book at NetGalley and also borrowed a copy via KindleUnlimited.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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A Marriage of Necessity: Rules of Refinement Book Four  The Marriage Maker 8 by Tarah Scott. 
This is the story of Anne and Kennedy.   Kennedy is trying to protect his sister from their father's threat of marrying her to an abusive man.  To save her he has to marry to please his father. Anne is wanting to save her heritage by a good marriage but her chances just lowered after jealous ugly rumors.
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This was a sweet read and I enjoyed the romance. I normally don't like novellas since they're so short, and while that is still a complaint I have, this read felt like it was just the right length. All in all, if you're looking for a short, sweet read, this one is for you.
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The novella “A Marriage of Necessity” explains the premise of the storyline with Kennedy Douglas, Viscount Buchanan, forced into marriage with Anne, Viscountess. Kennedy’s father has coerced him to marry otherwise his sister will be forced to marry an older, vicious man. Anne, desperate to keep the family home agrees to marry and produce an heir. 
There were many great ideas in this story but did need to be expanded upon. With more attention to detail, the romance between the couple would have been more realistic. Both characters had some depth particularly Anne, who is never afraid to speak her mind.
A short but interesting read.
I received an advanced review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I did enjoy this story but felt it could have been improved by being longer and developing the characters interaction with each other. The characters were such an interesting group, Anne was a forthright, feisty lady who was very likeable as was Kennedy, in spite of his stubbornness! Then there was Jacqueline, Kennedy’s stepmother, not likeable but a character like this is always needed. Not to mention the father, I loved the way Anne dealt with him. It was a fast paced story that included romance. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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2.5/5. Novella, but underdeveloped even for a novella. The writing was decent in some section but really quite inconsistent. Dialogue and reasoning often did not make sense. How does the heroine get to inherit her father's viscountcy title, just because she had no brothers to take over? How does the daughter of a viscount (heroine's sister) have the title of Lady rather than The Honourable etc ? There was little romance between bedding and then the abrupt declaration of 'I love you' towards the end, because they were too busy with the side plot to really get to know one another. And please, someone edit this properly!
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Tarah writes such amazing characters and settings it makes you feel like you are there in the book
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A Marriage of Necessity keeps your attention although it is a novella.  The marriage between Kennedy and Anne is a forced marriage on both sides.  Anne needs the funds to save her family.  Her only offering is the title that comes with her through her family name.  Kennedy needs to marry to protect his sister, Rose, from their father.  

Kennedy is in a really awkward position of trying to find his sister before their father forces her into a horrible marriage.  In addition, his former lover married his father instead of him, now she is his step-mother and a horrible person.

Anne is a very strong personality and stands up for herself in all situations. (I love her spunk.)  Kennedy seemed to admire her when he first met her.  He begins to admire her more each day.  Anne’s mother warned him that Anne was a force.

This is a great story for a light-hearted read with that sweetness needed in historical romances.
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