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Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man

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A perfectly fine historical romance! I liked the humor and the other elements of the story outside the romance, but I don’t think I’ll reread this one!

Thank you for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to NetGalley & Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

ੈ♡˳ rating: 3.5/5

ੈ♡˳ thoughts:
when i picked this book, i instantly thought of the show bridgerton. the show, which so happens to be one of my favorite shows, is why i decided to request a copy of this book. while it does have some of the same themes as bridgerton, it is extremely different. some of the romantic aspects are there, and obviously the era is pretty much the same as well. but there is so much more to this book than just a romance story. it’s a bit darker than a book like bridgerton would be, and has a lot more adventure and mystery and suspense. it’s basically like four book genre’s put into one. my biggest issue with the book is that it seems very modern, but then it also seems very outdated at the same time. at some points of the book you can tell it’s based in the 1800s, but that is only because of the words that are used. at other points in the book, if i was told it was 2024, i would believe that as well. the book is also in third person, pov form which i know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. even though it’s not mine, i still read the book though. lastly, there is so much happening in the book that the spice level is basically 0, which is something to keep in mind as well. while i enjoyed the book a lot, unfortunately i had to dnf it around 39%. i just could not get into it. there was a lot going on and i felt confused a lot of the time especially with all of the prose in the book, it seemed like there was nothing to break it up.

ੈ♡˳ quotes:
: ̗̀➛ “His pulse was thundering for Lady Charlotte. It was always for Charlotte.”

ੈ♡˳ tropes:
ꕥ found family
ꕥ he falls first
ꕥ opposites attract
ꕥ different worlds

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3 Stars--Overall very cute, but not as memorable as I'd hoped.

What I liked: Wholesome/sweet MMC, strong FMC, mystery and intrigue, and who doesn't love the brother's best friend trope.

What I didn't like: the pacing felt off at some points. Too slow then way too fast and too much going on. It was hard to follow at times.

Despite the cover, this book is not as lighthearted as you would think. It kind of annoys me that they used so a fun and bright cover for some of the topics that this book covered (I mean right off the bat we're talking murder). I think that is what gave me my false expectations going into the book.

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I had to DNF this at 45%. There was too much going on with the plot that wasn't interesting to me — with the animals and the coffee shop and the bad guys were over the top. The love story wasn't enough to keep me interested in the book.

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The words madcap and even zany could be used to describe this book with pirates, a talking parrot, and oh so much more. However, this was also an engaging historical romance with great characters that didn’t shy away from social issues.

I loved this book for the diverse cast of characters, including the animals, the romance and the solid historical notes at the end.

There is an intriguing setup for the next book in the series, and I can’t wait to read it!!

4.5 rounded up

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I started this book, put it down because it was slow, then picked it back up a few weeks later and ended up really enjoying it. I really liked how the author blended together the world’s of the London aristocracy with the working class, giving us a glimpse into the world of coffee houses, as well as efforts to support the abolition of slavery. The love story between the parrot and the monkey was a surprise and an utter delight, and these lighter moments really helped to balance out the more serious themes of the book, including trying to stop the arranged marriage of Lady Charlotte to an aristocrat believed to have killed his first two wives.
The book sets up for a series and I will definitely be reading the second

Thanks to Forever for an early e-ARC of the book; all opinions are my own.

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Charlotte has in many ways floated through a life not of her choosing, allowing her good looks, titled family, and money, to guide her into the identity her parents want for her. That is until they want to betroth her to a murderous heir to a dukedom. Now, Charlotte must take matters into her own hands, race against the clock and prove her parent's choice is not merely unsuitable, but deadly, or wind-up six-feet under like his first two wives.

Fortunately, her almost-finance is the brother of her twin's best friend, a kindly doctor who rejected his family's view of society, named Alexander, who has been crushing on Charlotte forever. He's also been trying to prove his brother's misdeeds for years but has been unsuccessful. Especially as he also has his own secrets to hide, ones which could jeopardize the works and lives of many others if discovered.

What ensues is not only an intriguing mystery/Robber Bridegroom retelling, but a lovely slow-burn romance between two people discovering their own power and learning that life, whatever it brings, is better together, even if it's not what they'd be taught to expect.

Smart and nuanced, Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man, is the perfect balance between genres, whimsy, and poignancy. A wonderful debut and I can't wait to read more from Violet Marsh.

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Finally, a book with a heroine with my name who loves nerds.

Really enjoyed Charlotte as a character, and the why-dunnit storyline.

-1 star for some of the more heavy-handed comments that felt like they were more from the author than the characters.

Recommend this for fans of Queen Charlotte on Netflix!

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This book was low-steam but it was sweet. The mystery and the plot jumped around a lot but it was a great debut from this author!

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Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man by Violet Marsh is the story of Matthew Talbot and Charlotte Lovett. Charlotte is ready to be done with being put on display by her family to find her a husband. Charlotte thought her end was near but then she was told that she would be marrying William Talbot. Charlotte is livid about this because she suspects him of killing his two other wives. Matthew is the younger brother of William and is totally different from him. In addition he is taken with Charlotte. This starts their journey to love.

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This was really cute and I loved the story line and the side characters.

I hope there are more books in this series because I would love to read stories for Hannah, Sophia and Alexander.

I did a hybrid read and I also loved the narrator of the audiobook.

Steam: It was a closed door/kissing only

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I’m not sure which book started the historical rom com mystery craze but I’ve been having a lot of fun trying different books and authors that fit into this genre mishmash. Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man is the latest I’ve tried but Violet Marsh’s offering didn’t thrill me as I would have liked.

Here’s the book’s description:
Lady Charlotte Lovett should have never run away upon discovering her betrothal. But when one has been promised to a man who, rumor has it, killed his previous two wives, one does what one must. The only thing that can get her out of this engagement is proving that Viscount Hawley is as sinister as she thinks he is. And the person who would know best is his very own brother.
In many ways, Dr. Matthew Talbot is the exact opposite of his sibling—scholarly, shy, and shunned by society. But like his brother, he has secrets, and he doesn’t need Charlotte exposing them in her quest to take down the viscount. It only seems prudent to help her while keeping her from poking her nose in all the wrong places. But as they put their hearts at risk to grow closer to each other, they are also getting closer to a dangerous confrontation with Hawley.
One of the main issues I had with this book was Charlotte herself. She annoyed me. She may have thought she was learning the ways of the world but I felt the same as her cousins, Sophie and Hannah, and needed a lot of convincing before I could start to believe that she wasn’t just rebelling on a whim. Too often she came across as a poor little rich girl and that really grated on me. I could see she was a good person and had a less than ideal life but, at the end of the day, I didn’t really see her understanding how much her privilege afforded her. Plus, she kept putting herself in danger because she refused to hear that she didn't know how to live in the real world.

Hawley posed a very real threat - knowing but being unable to prove that he had two previous wives murdered is a terrifying prospect - but he came across as a cartoon villain. I could not take him seriously which was a problem since he was a serious problem to be dealt with.

There was some mystery and intrigue surrounding Matthew’s past that was hinted at (far too) often before it was finally revealed. By the time I learned the truth, though, I had stopped caring.

Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man may thrill others but Violet Marsh’s novel didn’t do much for me. It seems like there’s going to be another book in the series, with the way it ended, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll pick it up or not.

*An egalley of this novel was provided by the publisher, Forever, via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.*

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Thanks NetGalley for giving me access to this ARC! It has been a long time since I’ve read anything set in the 18th century, and while I generally love historical fiction, this story didn’t do it for me. Despite how the book is described, there wasn’t much mystery to it as the “bad guy” and his crimes were known (or at least suspected) from the first page. The plot simply revolved around catching him (and far too much on the antics of quirky animals). About 25%of the way through, I started skipping most of the narration and primarily reading the dialogue because the pacing was so slow and I was losing interest. The story had potential as a historical feminist adventure, but besides a few brief clandestine romantic moments, the majority of it fell flat for me.

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Thank you Forever for the review copy. This is my honest opinion.

Set in London prior to the war with the colonies (America) this fast paced novel follows Charlotte who is seeking a way of proving that her soon to be finace is NOT a man that she should be marrying. With the assistance of her cousins, her twin brother, and her brother's best friend, she sets out to do just that.

This has dual POV, funny animal sidekicks, a little bit of piracy, plenty of steam (no on page sex), lots of commentary on the ridiculous fashion of the time period, a strong willed FMC, a MMC who is way more than just a doctor and naturalist, and an unlikely love story.

This is really cute and easy read, and sets up for a sequel but no cliffhangers. The characters span the classes, and there is interesting distinctions made about the differences between the characters (even with those within the same class).

Recommend for those who want a historical romance that isn't regency.

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I liked this book but didn’t love it. There were a lot of components I enjoyed like the characters and the plot, and it was well written. I didn’t think there was enough emphasis on the romance. I almost would have preferred if this was just labeled as historical fiction. I thought the author did a good job of including difficult topics and this made it feel modern despite being historical.

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Charlotte, the daughter of a duke, soon will be trapped in an engagement/marriage to Hawley, heir to a dukedom and who is rumored to have killed his first two wives. She is determined to prove how evil he is, thereby escaping the marriage. Charlotte enlists the help of her twin, Alexander, and his best friend and Hawley's brother, Matthew, who as a surgeon, is the black sheep of the ducal family. Matthew has secrets of his own, including his love for Charlotte.

I will state right off that I have trouble with the title. It conjures up a light-hearted romcom and this is not that book. Yes, there are comedic moments, but I found those somewhat jarring. In one moment, you have hilarity with a parrot and a monkey and in the next information about the sociopath villain (I kept worrying that the sociopath would kill the parrot or the monkey). The book also touches on serious themes, such as slavery, gender roles, race, and British colonization. Additionally, do not be deceived by the cover that this is a Regency; it is definitely Georgian, as evidenced by the description of the clothes and information about the colonies. Having said that, I did like the book, which appears to be the first in a proposed series. Much of the book centers around the coffee-house culture of the 1700s, which is fascinating. The main and secondary characters also are well-formed and the relationships are intriguing.

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Lady Charlotte's parents have betrothed her to Viscount Hawley. His two previous wives have died under mysterious circumstances. Her twin Brother Alexander is best friends with Hawley's brother Matthew. Matthew is a surgeon and is looking into the deaths of his brother's wives.

I really wanted to like this book. But I was not captivated by the story or the characters. There really wasn't a mystery. We know the bad guy. I'm in a bit of a reading slump. I did not get hooked into the story. 🤷 The best characters were Pan, the Parrot and Banshee the Monkey.

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This was such a fun read! I loved the mystery, the danger, and the romance was so incredibly cute!

I haven't read a lot of romances set during this time period, so it was a nice change of pace. It might not have been the most historically accurate, but I'm always willing to suspend belief for a good story, and this was fantastic.

I know I've mentioned before about my love for strange pets, especially foul-mouthed parrots in romances, and this book had two of the funniest animals around. Pan and Banshee were perfect together!

Overall, this was a wonderfully refreshing romance that I found highly entertaining!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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POV: Dual
Spice: 🌶️

I really did enjoy this book for the suspense and the characters, but I did go into expecting a romance (it was advertised to readers who love Bridgerton) but there was very little romance, which is one of my pet peeves. What we do see of Charlotte and Matthew’s relationship is great but I just needed more of that to really consider the book a historical romance.

I do love the coffee house setting, how Charlotte really grows into a strong woman who knows what she wants and makes it happen, and Matthew’s cute awkwardness (he’s no typical historical MMC). I am really intrigued by Charlotte’s brother and would love to read his story if it ever comes about, but going into it I will just be expecting more of a historical fiction read with a tiny side of romance and suspense!

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I wanted to like this more than I did. It was slightly bonkers but not enough and overall, I was kind of bored. I'm grateful for the early review copy as usual though!

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