I was given When to engage an Earl by Sally Mckenize by the publisher. Special thanks to Kensington Books for the chance to review this title!
This book is about babies. Holy mother of god I have never so many baby crazy people in my life. Someone was either having a baby, had a baby or wanted one. Just why? Yes, I understand this happens but I like my romance without babies. More importantly baby crazy characters.
Before you all jump on me for hating babies. I don’t…technically. I don’t mind them in my romance sometimes they can even be entertaining or even charming but babies are not the center of the universe and sadly they are in this book.
The hero Alex Earl of Evans feels his biological clock ticking. Now let’s face it we all know men of title and fortune in romancelandia he needs to marry to produce an heir and a spare at some point. However, this hero had the baby bug so bad that is was ridiculous I feel like the heroine was basically forced to say that she wanted marriage and babies because everyone else was telling her that it was what she should want. Jane started to come off as strong independent character until everyone was all like “ he loves you” “everyone wants to marry at some point” Spoiler! No. Not everyone wants to marry or have children. Lord Evans also disliked the fact that Jane was not a “restful sort of female” in other words he was looking to marry a damsel in distress type that he could rule over and protect. In the beginning he was very big on protecting and being manly
Then when they finally do have sex and Jane refuses to marry him, he treats her like a prostitute and throws money at her for her “services”. He was an asshole. It was hard to connect either of these characters because between the baby bug being repeated and enforced and one character giving birth what should have been the main focus of the book became lost at times turning this into a rage read for me. Which was sad because the book held so much promise.
I will admit there was one likeable thing about this book Poppy the cat, which as you can see on the cover is watching over this hot mess. She is featured on all three book covers watching over the other couples who appear in this book with their babies or babies in waiting, oh yes, more babies There is supernatural undertone with Poppy that author alludes to but never confirms. That sadly is the end of my praise for this book.
So, here’s the deal if you like babies, heroes who want babies more than I want coffee then this book is for you. Because everyone in this book has them, wants them, or going to give birth to them at any second. Then this book is for you. If you are like me and not baby crazy in anyway shape or form then this might not be for you.
The book is priced at $4.99