Title: Trapped At The Altar
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Jane Feather
Publisher: Pocket Books, July 22, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Ariadne Carfax has vowed to be with the man she loves, Gabriel Fawcett. There’s just one obstacle. On his deathbed, Ari’s grandfather decrees that she marry her childhood friend Ivor Chalfont, thus forging a powerful alliance between the two warring families. Giving Ari no time to protest, the elders plan her wedding the next day, forcing her to follow through on the nuptials. Though she is fond of Ivor, Ari has no intention of consummating their marriage—until he kindles an intoxicating desire that she can’t ignore. Ivor has loved Ari for years, but he doesn’t want an unwilling wife. He wants Ari to ache with the same irresistible longing he feels. And if that’s the way to woo her into his bed and into their new life, he won’t rest until his new bride surrenders to true love.
Ariadne is a fickle young woman. First she is so in love with Gabriel that nothing will ever change her feelings and before you know it she is enjoying her marital bed with Ivor. I’m all for a woman’s prerogative to change her mind but it happened so suddenly, only days after her “good-bye” to Gabriel. Ivor is a decent guy, he loves Ariadne and they are the better match. But we still feel sorry for poor Gabriel who uproots his life to go off to London at Ariadne’s bidding.
I’ve read other Novels by Jane Feather and enjoyed them, this one not quite as much. We still have her finesse at character development and the plot moves along at a nice pace. I think I was just put off by Ariadne’s personality and in order to really like a book I have to have some liking for the main character.