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An Engagement of Sorts

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I really enjoyed this book! Anne and Thomas have some good chemistry, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow as they went through their charade. I wish more people had taken Anne seriously when she spoke about Mr. Smith accosting her, but the fact that Thomas did made him stand out even more in the book. The love letter writing scene reminded me a bit of a scene from Edenbrooke, and the author mentions she was inspired by Julianne Donaldson's work. Not exactly the same, and I enjoyed it as the letter writing scene was a favorite from that novel. 

I think there could have been some more character development for me, a few more conversations of depth. Anne goes frequently from being annoyed and distant with Thomas to being very honest and herself, and I think that didn't always make sense to me. I think it's borne from her not being sure whether he's just being a flirt or being serious with her, but I think that could have used a little fine tuning to make more believable or just deeper emotionally. 

All in all, I loved Anne and Thomas, and enjoyed the book. It was a fun read and I'd definitely recommend to people who love the Proper Romance series. 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.
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This was absolutely delightful! I'm always up for trying a new or new-to-me regency author and I'm a huge fan of other regency authors from this my hopes were high for An Engagement of Sorts. This book was everything I hoped it would be—romantic, charming, packed with witty banter and likable characters. My favorite thing about it? The author's writing voice. Loved it! I'm a sucker for a fantastic writing voice...and sometimes, for an amazing author voice, will keep reading a book even when I'm not that invested in the plot or characters. But thankfully in this case, I loved all three. Can't wait to see what she writes next!
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Alene Wecker's debut novel is a charming and clean Regency romance. Determined not to marry a man she views as a brother, unconventional heroine Anne Fletcher agrees to a fake engagement to a man who merely wants to help her (at first).

Desperate and determined not to dance with a man she views with the utmost distaste, Anne takes the bold step of approaching a stranger to remind her of "their dance". Of course this behavior is unacceptable in Regency England but again, it's Anne Fletcher. Then the fun begins in this mostly lighthearted novel.

With the exception of the villain, the characters are nuanced and well-developed. The antagonist has zero redeeming qualities. If the book were longer, more of a backstory could be given. However, this book was delightful and a pleasure to read.  A few characters in this well-written novel actually existed. I hope to read more by this promising new author.

Thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for an ARC of this enjoyable novel.
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Much to her mother’s dismay, spirited Anne Fletcher spent her youth seeking her father’s approval by hunting and riding. More comfortable in breeches than ball gowns, Anne sees the freedoms she once enjoyed slowly taken from her in the name of fashioning her into an eligible young lady. When her parents try to force her into marriage, Anne makes a desperate attempt to salvage her last vestige of independence. If she is to marry, she will do so on her own terms. 

Anne strikes a deal: if she cannot secure a man for herself, she will agree to marry the husband her parents approved. She soon finds herself in the last place she would ever choose—that stifling parade of etiquette, the London Season. Anne’s plan is in motion. Now all she needs is a man willing to masquerade as her fiancé.
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This was such an enjoyable read! If you love regency romance, smart wit, and unconventional female leads --- you'll love this book. 

A fast-paced plot that was interesting and unique and filled with smart dialogue throughout.
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Surprisingly, I did not enjoy "An Engagement of Sorts" at all.

The summary, cover, and period in which it takes place seemed wonderful, but I'm afraid I did not appreciate the story. I didn't really feel like I was drawn into Regency England with this book. 
I did not appreciate the characters: Anna sometimes sound a bit featherbrained, while Thomas was flirtatious in a way I didn't appreciate. It's good that the author tried to make more interesting characters than the usual archetypes we usually see in Regency romances, but for me, these ones didn't work out, I couldn't get attached to them at all. 
I feel like this book didn't follow the usual "unsaid rules" of clean Regency romances, and therefore I didn't find myself in a typical story scheme and was a bit lost amongst the characters. What they said also seemed a bit confusing/unclear at times.

I ended up skipping the middle of the book to read the end, which seemed a little better, but still didn't convince me to read the whole book...

*I received an ARC and this is my honest opinion*
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I received this book for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley

Sweet and endearing. Great character development and so moving.
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This was absolutely stunning and is one of my new favorites! The characters were delightfully charming and the dialogue was very witty. The plot was well-paced and held me captive to the very end! I can't wait for more from Alene Wecker! Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
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This book was a fun regency romance, with an emphasis on FUN.

Let's start with things that I liked;
- chemistry between hero and heroine
- Anne is a strong, independent woman who does not rely on the men in her life, but rather works in tandem with them. There were multiple strong women in this novel. 
- Thomas has dimples *dreamy sigh*
And then maybe the things that I didn't like as much:
- Anne's actions didn't make sense a lot of the time, especially for somebody in her position in her time period. I know that she is a free spirit that rejects the rules of society (which I totally LOVED), but a lot of the time the things she said or did were just unrealistic and ... dumb? Not to say that she was the only dumb character. They all made a lot of blunder that left you asking what rational person would do such a thing.
- Thomas is closed-up and afraid to be vulnerable. Although you see this start to change by the end of the novel (yay!), I didn't think that he and Anne had enough REAL interactions to justify their relationship. They only knew each other for a few weeks, and during most of that time their conversations were incredibly superficial. I would have liked to see a few more substantive interactions that were not filled with flirts and veiled insults. 
- I think because of this, I wasn't able to connect with Anne or Thomas as much as I prefer. It felt a little rushed.
Despite the aforementioned critiques, this book was filled with lots of fun banter and swoony moments between Thomas and Anne. It was a fun, easy, exciting read that I would reccomend to those who love clean regency romances. I look forward to reading Wecker's next work!
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Oh wow!!! This book was amazing! The chemistry between Anne and Thomas is fire!! I loved the storyline and the suspense. Great romance, filled with wit and charm!
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What would you do to protect your family?  Friends?  Your heart?
What would you be willing to do to protect those that you care about?  How much is too much to sacrifice to help insure another’s safety?  Is your happiness of value when someone else is in danger?  These are the questions Anne must answer.  Anne has no prospects for marriage.  She frequently has an unbridled tongue, unconventional behaviors and is not at all what society expects.  When her longtime friend and vicar, Will, asks for her hand Anne’s parents are relieved but Anne is not happy.  She simply doesn’t feel what way about Will so she strikes a bargain.  If Will can convince her mother to let Anne have a season and she doesn’t find a husband she will return to the country and marry Will.  Her simple arrangement holds more surprises both good and bad than she could never have imagined.   She soon finds herself accosted by another man, rescued by yet another, and in a sham engagement to protect those she cares about.  This is a fantastic book that you will not want to put down.  I can’t wait to read other books from this author.  I received an early copy and this is my honest review.
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I ended up really loving this! I saw a new author and worried, I saw that cover and thought any author who picked that cover can't be bad, I was right. The cover is beautiful and the story is fun. Writing about a hoyden in regency times is always a fun character to create and Alene did and amazing job of it. I just loved Anne! She was the best character. I loved that each scrap she got in fit her, seemed real and not contrived and made our leading man fall more and more in love! Sigh..... he was so great! This was a great story line, good characters and put together so well! I never knew what would happen next! Proper romance with some sweet kisses and a couple of nasty men making sexual threats at woman.
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