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Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Wescott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh. Lady Jessica Archer lost her own interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend, Abigail Westcott, was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Ever practic Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Wescott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh. Lady Jessica Archer lost her own interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend, Abigail Westcott, was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Ever practical, however, once she's twenty-five, she decides it's time to wed. Though she no longer believes she will find true love, she is still very eligible. She is, after all, the sister of Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby. Jessica considers the many qualified gentlemen who court her. But when she meets the mysterious Gabriel Thorne, who has returned to England from the New World to claim an equally mysterious inheritance, Jessica considers him completely unsuitable, because he had the audacity, when he first met her, to announce his intention to wed her. When Jessica guesses who Gabriel really is, however, and watches the lengths to which he will go in order to protect those who rely upon him, she is drawn to his cause—and to the man.


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Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Wescott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh. Lady Jessica Archer lost her own interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend, Abigail Westcott, was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Ever practic Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Wescott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh. Lady Jessica Archer lost her own interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend, Abigail Westcott, was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Ever practical, however, once she's twenty-five, she decides it's time to wed. Though she no longer believes she will find true love, she is still very eligible. She is, after all, the sister of Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby. Jessica considers the many qualified gentlemen who court her. But when she meets the mysterious Gabriel Thorne, who has returned to England from the New World to claim an equally mysterious inheritance, Jessica considers him completely unsuitable, because he had the audacity, when he first met her, to announce his intention to wed her. When Jessica guesses who Gabriel really is, however, and watches the lengths to which he will go in order to protect those who rely upon him, she is drawn to his cause—and to the man.

30 review for Someone to Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is seventh in a series and you can probably pick up most of the needed context in situ. That said, the Westcott family that is at the center of the series is rather widely spread and has a lot of moving parts. I think it's probably best to build up a tolerance and the earlier books are less crowded and help give you the framework to hang everything on for subsequent stories. So I highly recommend reading in order. I doubt I've had a series I've rated so highly before. Seriously, this is near This is seventh in a series and you can probably pick up most of the needed context in situ. That said, the Westcott family that is at the center of the series is rather widely spread and has a lot of moving parts. I think it's probably best to build up a tolerance and the earlier books are less crowded and help give you the framework to hang everything on for subsequent stories. So I highly recommend reading in order. I doubt I've had a series I've rated so highly before. Seriously, this is nearly a record with only one full-length book and the shorter one coming in at under five stars. Jessica has been interesting from the beginning as we see her plans for a shared come-out with her best friend and cousin yanked out from under them all in one go. And you can see how that trauma has shaped her as she came in and out of focus in the stories leading up to this one. She has had an odd survivor's guilt so she hasn't taken relationships seriously and is now 25 and having to reevaluate a little now that Abigail has found her happiness in the last book. She's independent, has great family support, knows her mind, and is very capable in her world, so who would make an adequate match for her? I'm so glad to say that Gabriel does quite well. He, too, knows his mind and place and is perfectly capable of ordering his world to suit him. He's been yanked from his path by a threat to someone he cares about, though, so he's a little out of his element and looking for support. And Jessica would work perfectly in that capacity, so he decides very quickly that he will marry her. And tells her so, to his credit and consternation. What follows is them getting to know one another as two strong personalities work out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with. I loved the growth arc for both characters and I really loved seeing them learn to know and trust each other. I worried that the plot would devolve into melodrama, but needn't have as Balogh had it well in-hand. It drives just enough of the action and has just enough complexity to draw on the strengths of the Westcott tribe to slay dragons. I still love the clan and their willingness to be there for each other, even when that means staying away while others handle a piece or two of the puzzle. And I really love that Balogh is willing to show the things that don't work and the schemes that are wrong-headed even though hatched out of love and caring. Also, I love more than a little how well they wrapped up Gabriel's troubles in the end and how both main characters handled the hard parts. Plus, because Jessica is the lead, we see a lot of her brother, Avery, and that's always a win in my book. So this is another five star showing and I can't wait for the next. It's finally Harry's turn and I can't wait to get to know him better. A note about Steamy: There are two explicit sex scenes putting this, barely, in the middle of my steam tolerance. I really liked how well they worked, frankly, and how well we saw Jessica's personality imprinted there with all her curiosity and attention and trust.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    3 to 3.5 stars. I liked but didn't love this book. I enjoyed it more than some others I've read in this series, but it still felt a little slow and flat, which for me has been a common thread through the series. I absolutely 5 star love some of Ms Balogh's books, but in this particular series the writing style and some of the characters just don't seem to connect with me as much. I quite liked Jessica and Gabriel. Jessica seemed a bit like a snobby ice maiden at first, but beneath her aristocrati 3 to 3.5 stars. I liked but didn't love this book. I enjoyed it more than some others I've read in this series, but it still felt a little slow and flat, which for me has been a common thread through the series. I absolutely 5 star love some of Ms Balogh's books, but in this particular series the writing style and some of the characters just don't seem to connect with me as much. I quite liked Jessica and Gabriel. Jessica seemed a bit like a snobby ice maiden at first, but beneath her aristocratic surface lies a real woman with real insecurities and a desire to be loved. Gabriel showed himself to be an honourable man who really cared about others. Unfortunately there was something missing, and I think for me it was that real zing of attraction between them. There were some scenes of lovemaking, but for too much of the book, both of them were uncertain of their own feelings and of each other. For me this marred the read. I didn't *feel* their attraction the way I wanted to :( The pacing of the book felt slow. The plot was fine, except that I would have liked the romance to be more intense sooner. It felt as if there was too much 'telling' in this book - slightly tedious explanations of people or events that were sometimes repetitive when relayed in detail to yet another person or group. And as in other books in the series, there were way too many secondary characters. After reading several of the books, I'm getting to know the cast of thousands (it feels like LOL), but I still had whole paragraphs I just skipped over that seemed to be merely listing all of those present at an afternoon tea or a breakfast etc etc. I don't need to know every person who is sitting in the room and who they are related to. Overkill. So, nice leads, a decent plot, but overall a little slow, and for me, missing that spark, that deep emotion which draws you in to a read. So, not totally satisfying. Will I read the next one? Probably. Harry's story is next :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I discovered Mary Balogh’s tender, relationship-driven historical romances by browsing a book shop about a decade ago. The cover of her book merely depicted a landscape, but I recognized the possibilities of a new to me Regency era author who did indeed pay attention to the details of the historical background of her stories, the social mores of the day, and could still deliver engaging characters and romances. Someone to Romance is the eighth of the series. This is Lady Jessica Archer’s story. J I discovered Mary Balogh’s tender, relationship-driven historical romances by browsing a book shop about a decade ago. The cover of her book merely depicted a landscape, but I recognized the possibilities of a new to me Regency era author who did indeed pay attention to the details of the historical background of her stories, the social mores of the day, and could still deliver engaging characters and romances. Someone to Romance is the eighth of the series. This is Lady Jessica Archer’s story. Jessica watches her cousin Abby with her newborn, a daughter, loving husband, and lovely home. She is ashamed of the envy that stabs her especially when Abby had to go through so much to have this. Jessica is determined to participate in the London Season and choose a husband so she need not feel left out as others get married and have their own lives. Her loved ones want her to choose for love, but she doesn’t believe love is for her. No man has ever stirred more than mild interest in her. But, at a coaching inn, a bold-eyed man, looking like he is far beneath her, rouses her ire and confounds her at every turn. When other more eligible men come around, it is Mr. Thorne who sparks her interest and she feels a burning curiosity for the mystery surrounding him. Gabriel Thorne is unhappy that he must return to England after thirteen years away. A terrible, dark event happened and he was forced to flee his uncle’s home who had taken him in after the death of his parents. He lands in Boston with his mother’s cousin and builds a rewarding new life. Thirteen years later, duty forces him to return. It occurs to him when he is ousted from the private parlor at a coaching inn for an arrogant duke’s sister that she is just the type of woman he will have to marry now that he is taking the family title and lands back. Only, he doesn’t want ‘a’ wife, he wants Lady Jessica Archer. She boldly dares him to romance her and so he will. Jessica was a character I had mixed feelings about from the first book even into the early pages of Someone to Romance. She had several spoiled, rich girl moments and had some pretty naïve notions. Her motivations at the beginning of the book reflected those notions and I wasn’t sure I was going to like her or even care if she found her way to romance. But, getting her perspective and seeing her stumble, become confused, and then start along a new path was worth it. She wasn’t only that spoilt woman and her good points came out as well as a shrewdness that stood her well. Besides, it wasn’t Jessica who naively under-estimates an enemy there near the end. The hero played a large part in my enjoyment, too. It was humorous from the get-go between this pair. She bristled up and had no idea what to make of his directness or the fact that Gabriel didn’t fall all over himself trying to flirt and he had a novel approach to romance. On his part, Gabriel had no idea how to ‘romance’ Jessica, but he gets it right much to her consternation. He has personal issues and business that he must give top priority, but it was great watching him with Jessica and slowly draw the respect of her family. As an orphan who lost almost all those who he loved including his mother’s cousin who adopted him as a son, he sees the true wealth of the Westcott family in how connected, loyal and loving they are with each other including their strong interest in Jessica’s future and her happiness. With each book, Mary Balogh, tackles a different historical issue and makes it part of the story’s conflict. This book drives home just how dependent the serving classes were on competent estate lords who cared about their welfare. The aristocracy held all the power and the wealth and could do with it as they pleased to a large extent so the people on the estates were helpless if the master ran the estates into the ground, or were forced to endure worse like rape and murder which the lower classes had few ways of getting justice. Gabriel is a true hero because he returns from America to reverse just such ill-fortunes on his family estate. I only had one niggle about this story. I love the Westcott family so much- so, so much. And, I love that they are a strong feature in each succeeding book. That said, there are times when this bustling, large family can be overwhelming and even distracting. In summary, it was another engaging, heartwarming, and slightly spicy Regency Romance from an author who writes such stories so well. I have no idea which Westcott relation will be next to get his or her story, but I will happily read it. I can heartily recommend this series to those who enjoy historical romance with a slow-burn romance and strong family element. My thanks to Berkley Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Thank you to Berkley and edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars for a smart and engaging installment in the Westcott series. Full disclosure here: I requested an eARC because I've fallen off the Westcott series lately and wanted to get back on. I've been reading Mary Balogh since the Signet Regency romance days and her series are generally excellent with two of them, the Bedwyns and the Survivors, being at the top of my favorites lists. She has a talent for highly emotio Thank you to Berkley and edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars for a smart and engaging installment in the Westcott series. Full disclosure here: I requested an eARC because I've fallen off the Westcott series lately and wanted to get back on. I've been reading Mary Balogh since the Signet Regency romance days and her series are generally excellent with two of them, the Bedwyns and the Survivors, being at the top of my favorites lists. She has a talent for highly emotional stories which are also somehow comforting because you just know her characters will find a way to work through all the angst and hurt. And I appreciate her willingness to center older heroines. But after the first 3 installments of the series, my interest began to wane somewhat. There are a bewildering number of characters in this series and it appears that every book has to name drop each and every one of them, and their spouses, and their children, and the ages of their children, and their cousins and so on... It's a lot especially at the start of a new story. The name dropping seemed to go a little faster in Someone to Romance, but I did wish that some of the Westcotts had stayed in the country and off stage for a tighter cast of characters. Having said that, I really did enjoy this romance between Lady Jessica Archer and Gabriel Thorne and I think it strengthened the book that we spend so much time in Gabriel's POV. Gabriel is returning from America after a long absence due to family circumstances and needs a wife to help him straighten out both his inheritance and his identity. He takes one look at Lady Jessica Archer and decides she is "IT". And he promptly lets her know it too. A hero who knows what he wants and going after it is a trope I can get behind and Gabriel is delightful. He's witty, charismatic and he doesn't lie even when it might be to his advantage to do so. Lady Jessica has decided at 25 that it is time to get married but she isn't prepared for Gabriel's directness. She insists on being "romanced". Gabriel is happy to do that once he figures out what that means. He isn't even sure it's a verb. Both characters are smart (Jessica figures out what is up with his identity pretty quickly and he doesn't lie to her once she has), fundamentally decent, and extremely capable. I approve. The Duke of Netherby, Jessica's brother from book 1, has a big role here and it's nice to see his quiet authority and wit coming into play in the inheritance plot and he's also very supportive of whatever his sister wants. All in all, a strong installment in this series. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it thoroughly.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    3.5 stars Although I find I enjoy this series in a comfortable kind of way, after the next book (which should be Harry's) I think Mary Balogh needs to move on to something new. It's getting to the point where it all kind of feels the same and I am seriously struggling to remember who all of these characters are and why I care about them. The cast is huge, unwieldy, and frankly unnecessary. It's particularly a problem because of the author's penchant to begin so many names with the letter A: Avery 3.5 stars Although I find I enjoy this series in a comfortable kind of way, after the next book (which should be Harry's) I think Mary Balogh needs to move on to something new. It's getting to the point where it all kind of feels the same and I am seriously struggling to remember who all of these characters are and why I care about them. The cast is huge, unwieldy, and frankly unnecessary. It's particularly a problem because of the author's penchant to begin so many names with the letter A: Avery, Anna, Abby, Alexander... Archer. Even if I wanted to keep consulting the huge family chart at the beginning of the book, what's the point if I don't get the spark of excitement from truly remembering their books? Anyway, this is Jessica Archer's story. She is best friends with one of the Westcotts who lost their legitimacy from the events of the first book. She is rich and noble and unmarried despite her 25 years of age, having chosen to eschew marriage early on when her BFF Abby had no prospects. Now that Abby is married, Jessica is ready to settle down. Fortunately, she is beautiful and sister of a duke, so every man wants her. Including Gabriel, a secret long lost earl who has spent the past 13 years in America. He is about to be declared dead, and would be happy to give up his title, but the guy who is inheriting in his place is a tool and is mistreating the tenants and his aunt. So Gabriel is back to marry and reclaim his inheritance. When he first sees Jessica, he thinks she is a spoiled snot. He doesn't like her, but he... wants her anyway? He decides he has to have her, basically for no discernible reason and tells her so. She demands to be romanced. He sends her a single rose every day and that somehow suffices. She accepts his suit as he works to clear his name from some bogus charges against him and reclaim his birthright. It was...okay. Balogh uses a lot of exposition in her writing and I found myself skimming to get to the action. The connection between the hero and heroine was kind of weak, and I think it was more the formula of Balogh's storytelling pulled me through to the end more than any specific thing I liked about it. I also didn't really understand the setup for the climax. (What was Gabriel really going to do to the villain if he wasn't going to duel him?) I felt like it was just a setup for the deus ex machina that gave us "justice." Eh. I know there's a lot of complaining here, but it wasn't bad. It just wasn't a big hit for me. Your mileage may vary. *ARC provided by Berkley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Mary Balogh has such a unique, distinctive writing voice. I only have to read a few sentences to know I am reading one of her books. To me, they are always a joy to read. And, this one was another great addition to the Westcott's saga. Oh, how far the Westcott family has come. Another happy reading experience for me thanks to one of my long-time favorite authors, Mary Balogh. Looks like Harry is the last book set for next year. Should be a good one. Poor Harry deserves it. ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    There was mystery afoot! A handsome newcomer with mystery surrounding him caught the eye of Jessica and soon the Westcott and their entire clans were embroiled in a dangerous situation… This instalment of the Westcott series had everything I’ve grown to love about this series. Intriguing characters, close family ties and now, a huge shot of suspense as well. Gabriel’s past was a murky one but all was slowly revealed as he and Jessica, whether by design or not, fell in love… This was my latest favou There was mystery afoot! A handsome newcomer with mystery surrounding him caught the eye of Jessica and soon the Westcott and their entire clans were embroiled in a dangerous situation… This instalment of the Westcott series had everything I’ve grown to love about this series. Intriguing characters, close family ties and now, a huge shot of suspense as well. Gabriel’s past was a murky one but all was slowly revealed as he and Jessica, whether by design or not, fell in love… This was my latest favourite (aren’t they all) as Jessica waded through the emotions she’d been wrestling with for years. To marry or not was the question and she made a decision that coincided with Gabriel’s future. From not quite liking each other to admiration, respect and yes, love, was a journey full of witty conversations, intrigue and a whole lot of tight-knit family. Witty banter was everywhere, and so were a lot of questions, as their romance played out amidst regency formality… Another great read! ~Diane, 4 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olga Godim

    This mediocre historical romance would’ve read much better if the author didn’t spend so much time and page-space on the heroine’s extended family. Every member of this family is so sugary-sweet and helpful, I got a toothache. Otherwise, the protagonists are a decent pair of regency lovers, the villain is sufficiently wicked, and the writing is professional. And I LOVED the cover (the Berkley cover with the girl in a red cloak, not the other one). Although I like romance novels and read many of This mediocre historical romance would’ve read much better if the author didn’t spend so much time and page-space on the heroine’s extended family. Every member of this family is so sugary-sweet and helpful, I got a toothache. Otherwise, the protagonists are a decent pair of regency lovers, the villain is sufficiently wicked, and the writing is professional. And I LOVED the cover (the Berkley cover with the girl in a red cloak, not the other one). Although I like romance novels and read many of them, I’m usually indifferent to their covers. They all look the same to me, but somehow, this one is different. It ticks all the boxes in my mind about what a romance cover should be. It is tasteful and charming, perhaps a bit underrated, without flashing any bare skin. There a story in this cover. Furthermore, the model’s face isn’t cut off, as in so many other romances. Instead, she looks at the readers with an enigmatic expression in her large eyes, as if inviting us to enter her book and enjoy her story. This cover makes me want to look and look and not take my eyes away even for a moment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaetrin

    ❤❤❤ LOVED. Joint review with Janine for Dear Author. https://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/o... ❤❤❤ LOVED. Joint review with Janine for Dear Author. https://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/o...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    A woman determined to make her own choices. A man torn between his chosen home and his duty. Gabriel Thorne left for America, intending never to come back. Not even the fact that he succeeded to his uncle’s title was temptation enough to return home. But a single letter from a beloved aunt changed everything. Once in London, Gabriel had until the end of summer to fix things and return to America incognito, or present himself and claim the title, becoming the new Earl of Lyndale. He was torn betwee A woman determined to make her own choices. A man torn between his chosen home and his duty. Gabriel Thorne left for America, intending never to come back. Not even the fact that he succeeded to his uncle’s title was temptation enough to return home. But a single letter from a beloved aunt changed everything. Once in London, Gabriel had until the end of summer to fix things and return to America incognito, or present himself and claim the title, becoming the new Earl of Lyndale. He was torn between the desire to return to America, and his duty to his aunt and tenants. To complicate things, the very haughty and beautiful Lady Jessica Archer was being courted by his cousin’s son, and she was not precisely the practical and cold aristocrat he had imagined. Jessica was strong and determined to live her life on her own terms. Both Gabriel and Jessica were very layered characters. I love how their relationship evolved through the story. How their views and feelings became more complicated as they got to know one another. The side characters were charming, especially Avery, Jessica’s brother, and the Duke of Netherby. His love and respect for Jessica’s wishes were very endearing. For those following the series, Avery’s happily-ever-after is told in Someone to Love, the book that opens the set. Mary Balogh is my favorite historical romance author because of her exceptional talent in translating emotion into words. The characters feel real, their feelings believable and relatable. Highly recommended! Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Westcott #8 Publication Date: 8/25/20 Number of Pages: 336 Wow! This is a perfect book – It had everything I want in a book. The main characters are delightful, the supporting characters are wonderful, there was a HEA (but it was a pretty slow slog getting there), and the very best part – the villain got his appropriate punishment and everybody helped to make it so. Loved it! This book is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone if you like. Lady Jessica Archer, sister to Avery A Series: Westcott #8 Publication Date: 8/25/20 Number of Pages: 336 Wow! This is a perfect book – It had everything I want in a book. The main characters are delightful, the supporting characters are wonderful, there was a HEA (but it was a pretty slow slog getting there), and the very best part – the villain got his appropriate punishment and everybody helped to make it so. Loved it! This book is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone if you like. Lady Jessica Archer, sister to Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, gave up on love, marriage, and romance eight years ago when her cousin and best friend, Abigail Westcott, lost everything. Abigail has since married for love, but Jessica still hasn’t found it within herself to want that yet. She’s just spent some time visiting with Abigail and has decided that this will be the season she marries. She won’t look for love – just a convenient marriage to a good man. It’s too bad she doesn’t know any. Gabriel Thorne fled England thirteen years ago under dire circumstances. He’s lived in America since then and loved his life there. He had made his fortune and certainly didn’t miss anything in England – other than his aunt’s (by marriage) sister, Mary. Mary is a kind soul who sees only the best in everyone, so when she writes to Gabriel asking him to return home and assume the title he inherited almost seven years ago, he can hardly refuse her. It seems his malicious cousin is on the brink of having Gabriel declared dead and assuming the title himself. He’s even taken over the estate already and is evicting Mary from her small cottage. Mary couldn’t survive on her own because she has several deformities and she has no family to care for her. As much as he doesn’t want to be, Gabriel is back in England. Gabriel knows that one of the first things he must do is marry and begat an heir – otherwise, his cousin would still inherit if anything happened to Gabriel. He has to have someone who knows the ways of the ton and whose reputation is spotless. The first night he is back on English soil, on his way to London, he is requested to give up his private parlor for an unexpected lady guest. His nose is a bit out of joint, but when he sees that haughty, aristocratic woman, he immediately decides she is the one he’ll marry. In London, Gabriel pursues Jessica in his own inimitable way. He certainly does the unexpected as far as Jessica is concerned. But there is competition for Jessica’s attention – a newcomer in town – Anthony Rochford – heir to Manley Rochford who is soon to inherit the title of Earl of Lyndale. Anthony is a handsome devil – can he win Jessica? Once Gabriel shares his whole story with Jessica – and subsequently, with her entire family, they all band together to clear Gabriel’s name, claim his title, and save Mary from eviction. I loved that Gabriel was such a giving, caring, loving man though he claimed to know nothing of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, well-plotted story and am looking forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Lady Jessica Archer, daughter of the late and sister to the current Duke of Netherby, has decided that this will be the year she finally marries. At 25, she has had many opportunities, but when her dearest friend and cousin Abby’s life was upended by scandal, Jessica stood by her in solidarity, but Abby married two years ago and Jessica realizes romance is probably not in the cards for her. She decides that she will make a practical match, much to Abby’s dismay. But little does she know that fat Lady Jessica Archer, daughter of the late and sister to the current Duke of Netherby, has decided that this will be the year she finally marries. At 25, she has had many opportunities, but when her dearest friend and cousin Abby’s life was upended by scandal, Jessica stood by her in solidarity, but Abby married two years ago and Jessica realizes romance is probably not in the cards for her. She decides that she will make a practical match, much to Abby’s dismay. But little does she know that fate has something else in store for her! Gabriel Thorne first sees Jessica at a small inn in the middle of nowhere and immediately dislikes her, as she is the reason he has to give up the private parlor he paid handsomely for! Gabriel is back in England not by choice, he left 13 years ago under a cloud of suspicion and made a new life for himself in America. His mother’s cousin adopted him and took him under his wing, leaving Gabriel a prosperous shipping business, that Gabriel turned into an even more prosperous shipping empire. But when the past comes back to haunt him and the fate of someone he loves is caught in the balance, Gabriel leaves Boston and returns to England to claim his birthright. Gabriel is actually Gabriel Rochford, the Earl of Lyndale and is soon to be declared dead. Gabriel was happy to let the title pass on to his cousin Manley Rochford, despite their past, but when Manley starts making changes that hurt people Gabriel loves, he will do his duty. Part of that duty will be to marry and he decides that haughty Lady Jessica is perfect for the job! He goes to London and meets with his godfather Sir Trevor Vickers, due to the accusations leveled against Gabriel when he left, they decide to keep his identity a secret until Gabriel can clear his name. But they do sponsor him and introduce him to the ton. Jessica begins the season hoping that there will be some new prospective suitors in town and is surprised (and intrigued) to see Gabriel, but he is not the only new face, she is also impressed and attracted to the soon-to-be Earl of Lyndale’s son, Anthony Rochford. When Gabriel tells Jessica he intends to marry her, she is annoyed and tells Gabriel that if he wants to marry her, he will have to romance her! They spend more time together and it is not long before Jessica figures out who Gabriel really is and vows to help him claim his title and clear his name. This was a well written, slow paced love story with a dash of mystery. The book chock full of betrayal, lies, murder, secrets, likeable characters, mild to warmish love scenes, a bit of intrigue, a vile villain, the entire Westcott family and lots of my personal favorite AVERY! I enjoyed the story, but I really didn’t feel the “romance”, it was definitely an unstated, slow burn type of love story – I did believe they loved each other – but that love did not leap off the page at me. This book is the eighth book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title, I really enjoyed the story and would happily recommend it! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that was provided to me by the publisher*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alvina

    Well, this was disappointing. I didnt have expectations for this novel since Jessica never really made an impact on me but I put this on my tbr because Mary Balogh is consistent. Unfortunately, I felt no emotional connection to this novel. New readers will absolutely be confused since this novel has an oversaturation of Westcotts. Each of their appearances accompanied a backstory—I read the series relatively recently and even I could care less about each Westcott and their n number of children a Well, this was disappointing. I didnt have expectations for this novel since Jessica never really made an impact on me but I put this on my tbr because Mary Balogh is consistent. Unfortunately, I felt no emotional connection to this novel. New readers will absolutely be confused since this novel has an oversaturation of Westcotts. Each of their appearances accompanied a backstory—I read the series relatively recently and even I could care less about each Westcott and their n number of children and extended cousins, etc etc. It feels like this novel is just a set up for Estelle and the next generation. The progress in the h/h’s relationship felt like a series of tick marks on a checklist. Their meeting wasnt charming nor did it show them in a flattering light. I think if the heroine’s Duke brother Avery is meant to echo Wulfric with his quizzing glass and all, Jessica is supposed to be Freyja. Unfortunately neither Jessica nor the hero Gabriel have the presence or sassy charm of Freyja or Joshua. Gabriel’s circumstances were pretty unique in a Balogh novel and his observations were relatable but something about him...He was an orphaned ward, bumped around from family member to member, falsely accused of a crime, spent years in America as a businessman. His story shouldve driven me to tears but I’m sitting here dry eyed and unimpressed. This wasnt quite a revenge story and it wholly lacked in passion. Even Gabriel’s motivation for returning to England didnt ring true. Jessica on the otherhand was a total wash for me. Its not that I disliked her, I just didnt care for her. Jessica’s weird insistence that she was also just as harmed by the Westcott scandal made me side-eye her character. This is a nice little ode to the aristocracy but as a romance, a total dud.

  14. 5 out of 5

    steph

    The fact that this is book seven (yes, SEVEN) and I am yet again giving a title in this series five stars just really shows how talented a writer Balogh is and how it is possible to still love a series multiple books in. I should probably try and explain why I love this book so much but I really can't. Jessica and Gabriel just worked well together in more than one way and it made my heart so happy to see them merge and grow and learn alongside each other. There was a moment when Jessica told Gab The fact that this is book seven (yes, SEVEN) and I am yet again giving a title in this series five stars just really shows how talented a writer Balogh is and how it is possible to still love a series multiple books in. I should probably try and explain why I love this book so much but I really can't. Jessica and Gabriel just worked well together in more than one way and it made my heart so happy to see them merge and grow and learn alongside each other. There was a moment when Jessica told Gabriel that she wanted to be romanced (hence the title) and known for her, for Jessica, instead of the daughter/sister of a Duke that really got to me. Because I've often wondered if I could be known for who I am as a person and not merely what I bring to a relationship so that struck a personal chord with me and is probably what bumped this from four to five stars. At this point I still get a bit confused with how all the characters are related to each other especially when it comes to numerous cousins but it really doesn't matter. You can still enjoy this series even if you cannot remember who is married to who or who is the brother/daughter/niece of, etc. All you need to know is that the Westcott's are a very large and loving family who have each other's backs through thick and thin and in every book they have come out in full force to support the newer members of the family which is always a plus in my eyes. It's actually really nice to read about a family that doesn't fight or bicker. I can pick up any Westcott book knowing it will have a satisfying story/ending and that is a relief to me in these 2020 times.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janine Ballard

    2.75 / 3 stars My “dueling” review with Kaetrin, who liked the book much better than I did, is up. https://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/o... 2.75 / 3 stars My “dueling” review with Kaetrin, who liked the book much better than I did, is up. https://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/o...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Reviewed for NetGalley: Okay, so I love Mary Balogh and this is a very solid, well written story. However, for some reason with this series, I can't keep track of the participants. I have read a lot of Balogh's series, and I don't know why I can't keep track of people in this one, normally I don't have any trouble with the main players, but for some reason, I can't keep track with this series. It's not Balogh's fault, but it does hamper a little bit of my enjoyment of the series. This book was so Reviewed for NetGalley: Okay, so I love Mary Balogh and this is a very solid, well written story. However, for some reason with this series, I can't keep track of the participants. I have read a lot of Balogh's series, and I don't know why I can't keep track of people in this one, normally I don't have any trouble with the main players, but for some reason, I can't keep track with this series. It's not Balogh's fault, but it does hamper a little bit of my enjoyment of the series. This book was solid though. I really liked the hero. The heroine was okay, although not as well fleshed out as the hero. If you like Balogh, this is a solid story. I wish we could spend more time with the hero and his music though, that was a nice unexpected thing that I really appreciated.

  17. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Mystery and romance! A 5 star plus read! Ahh Mary Balogh! You've done it to me again! With a turn of a few pages some of my 'just read' recently historical romances have completely faded into the background by comparison. This was so a five plus star read. I was completely enthralled with this fabulous story with its reluctant return of a lost heir, a reigning beauty contemplating marriage, and the confusion of a dark past. Brimming with anticipation, romance, roses and humor this was a masterful Mystery and romance! A 5 star plus read! Ahh Mary Balogh! You've done it to me again! With a turn of a few pages some of my 'just read' recently historical romances have completely faded into the background by comparison. This was so a five plus star read. I was completely enthralled with this fabulous story with its reluctant return of a lost heir, a reigning beauty contemplating marriage, and the confusion of a dark past. Brimming with anticipation, romance, roses and humor this was a masterful entry into the numerous stories of the Westcott menagerie. Lady Jessica Archer's story, the sister of the Duke of Netherby, is a page turner. And just like that I fell in love with Avery Netherby all over again. The man is so finely tuned, so droll, so deadly and so much more. I adore him. And the family! The way it gathers together and protects its own is priceless, even if sometimes more than a tad interfering. Jessica had turned her back on marriage after the ton's treatment of her cousin Abigail, content to hold court, but never be involved with anyone gentleman. This year Jessica's decided to take the plunge. The rather dazzling Mr. Rochford, heir to the earldom of Lyndale is a likely contender. Gabriel Thorne has returned to England from Boston looking to decide on whether he'll move to claim an inheritance he doesn't want. And then he meets Jessica. A Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I imagine it was challenging to write Lady Jessica's book because she is such an annoying spoiled brat throughout the first seven books and has the personality of a bag of hair. Alas she had nothing to offer in this book either and is probably the most unlikable and boring heroine of them all. The plot of this book has been done a million times in romance "the hero is forced to return to England after a long absence due to some alleged dodgy shenanigans in his youth and has to wrench his inherita I imagine it was challenging to write Lady Jessica's book because she is such an annoying spoiled brat throughout the first seven books and has the personality of a bag of hair. Alas she had nothing to offer in this book either and is probably the most unlikable and boring heroine of them all. The plot of this book has been done a million times in romance "the hero is forced to return to England after a long absence due to some alleged dodgy shenanigans in his youth and has to wrench his inheritance away from some nasty relative that has been plotting behind the hero's back since forever AND he must needs a wife!". Our hero's perceived past is particularly nasty and hard to take, it bothered me that she chose that situation for her hero and then completely bungled the unraveling of the false accusations. Jessica first comes across Gabriel in an Inn while traveling and they find each other rather lacking, but Gabe decides that he will marry her, she's perfect and just what he needs in a wife, even though he thinks she's an uptight snob. She is pretty cute! Oy vey. They meet again in London at a ball during the beginning of the Season and blah, blah, blah blah..... I was bored out of my mind. There were so many Westcotts clamoring about the book that it gave me a headache. Basically, Gabriel and Jessica have no charisma as a couple. There is no warmth and none of the loveliness or emotional vulnerability I am used to in her books and it did not feel like Mary Balogh's voice behind the narrative. The writing seemed off kilter to me and a few days later I'm still baffled by it. Seriously.... My biggest complaint about Balogh is that she lets her "bad guys" off the hook all the time and in this book the circumstances of "the comeuppance" is stupidly contrived and even though I saw it coming a mile away it still irked me. So much of this tale is full of exposition and has very little action, but I have to say my disappointment was expected, the last few books in the Westcott series have not been enjoyable at all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    CatBookMom

    So, once again I have fallen into this series and liked it a lot. The romance is much more straight-forward than the last entry, in fact it's really low-key. There's a helluva lot of "like" between the hero and the heroine, not so much 'endless love.' Which is just fine, tyvm, with me, anyway. Sadly, Ms Balogh has nearly run out of principal characters in the Westcott family - only one left without a primary book of his own - and the offspring are too young even for a debut. I still remember the So, once again I have fallen into this series and liked it a lot. The romance is much more straight-forward than the last entry, in fact it's really low-key. There's a helluva lot of "like" between the hero and the heroine, not so much 'endless love.' Which is just fine, tyvm, with me, anyway. Sadly, Ms Balogh has nearly run out of principal characters in the Westcott family - only one left without a primary book of his own - and the offspring are too young even for a debut. I still remember the earliest mention of Jessica, a young woman ready and anxious for her debut - something about having her toes on the line between the school-room and the rest of the world. Now I have to go back and read about Anna and Avery, and many of the others. Some I like a lot, some not so much, though they're still good stories. Thank you, Ms. Balogh!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    Another excellent book in the Westcott series from Mary Balogh. It is an inheritance story with a twist. Gabriel Thorne left England for America after he was accused of a rape and murder. During his time away his relative dies and he is the heir to an earldom. Meanwhile in England other relatives are about to have him declared dead and claim the earldom. Gabriel secretly returns and realizes he should marry well to secure his place. Lady Jessica Archer, sister of a duke, is getting older and dec Another excellent book in the Westcott series from Mary Balogh. It is an inheritance story with a twist. Gabriel Thorne left England for America after he was accused of a rape and murder. During his time away his relative dies and he is the heir to an earldom. Meanwhile in England other relatives are about to have him declared dead and claim the earldom. Gabriel secretly returns and realizes he should marry well to secure his place. Lady Jessica Archer, sister of a duke, is getting older and decides it is time to choose someone to marry. This rather complicated plot provides the vehicle for a warm and sexy love story in which two unlikely people find they have much more in common that it seems. Gabriel is a terrific hero -- caring and loyal. Jessica has been keeping people at bay with a kind of hauteur, but Gabriel finds and releases the warm woman within. There was a bit of intrigue and we are reacquainted with the most of the Westcott clan. Great writing. ARC provided through Netgalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality The previous books in this series have followed the adventures and romantic exploits of those who were the collateral damage that resulted from the exposure of Humphrey Westcott’s figurative bastardy. This story, however, is rather about the collateral damage that resulted from the collateral damage. Lady Jessica Archer’s personal fortunes were not affected by the discovery that her best friend, Abigail Westcott, was a bastard in the literal sense and not th Originally published at Reading Reality The previous books in this series have followed the adventures and romantic exploits of those who were the collateral damage that resulted from the exposure of Humphrey Westcott’s figurative bastardy. This story, however, is rather about the collateral damage that resulted from the collateral damage. Lady Jessica Archer’s personal fortunes were not affected by the discovery that her best friend, Abigail Westcott, was a bastard in the literal sense and not the lady that she was raised as. Her status irrevocably changed when it was revealed, after the figurative bastard’s death, of course, that her father had been a bigamist who was never legally married to her mother. The exposure of the entire farrago is told in the first book in this series, Someone to Love, when the orphan Anna Snow discovers that she is the late, unlamented Humphrey’s legal heiress. Anna surprisingly finds both love and acceptance in the arms of Lady Jessica’s brother, the Duke of Netherby. As someone who experienced Humphrey’s posthumous asshattery at second hand, and as a character who has grown up considerably over the course of the series – Jessica was 17 in Someone to Love and is 25 in Someone to Romance – many of her attitudes in the early parts of this story seem more than a bit self-indulgent, and that’s not a good look for a character who seems to have everything anyone could possibly ever want. Except for the freedom that is part and parcel of being born male, while absolutely forbidden to anyone female. Now that’s a piece of resentment most of us can understand. As is her expressed desire to be wanted for herself as a person, and not just because she is oh-so-eminently eligible, being both the daughter and the sister of a duke, being a member of not one but two powerful ton families, and being wealthy in her own right. But the persona of Lady Jessica Archer is just what – and not who – Gabriel Thorne needs to marry when this story opens. Because Gabriel has returned to England to claim his birthright as the Earl of Lyndale right out from under the nose of his lying, scheming, raping and possibly murdering cousin. Gabriel will need the backing of both of Jessica’s noble families to keep himself out of the hangman’s noose that his cousin fitted him for over a decade ago. He will need Lady Jessica Archer’s aristocratic bearing and training to right all the wrongs that have been visited upon the estate he should have taken up years ago. But he’ll get neither unless he can engage with the woman behind the haughty mask that Jessica presents to the entire world. Except for those she loves. Escape Rating B: I have rather mixed feelings about this book. I didn’t warm up to Jessica until she warmed up to Gabriel, and that takes a relatively long time, story-wise. It’s not just that this romance is a very slow burn, although it certainly is, as that we don’t really see much in the way of romancing – in spite of both the title and Jessica’s expressed need to be, well, romanced. I’m not sure I really saw them “fall” for each other. I just didn’t “buy” the romance. What I did love, however, was the strong plot thread attached to Gabriel’s claiming of his estate and title, his feelings of duty and responsibility towards an estate that he never wanted nor expected to inherit, and especially his “revenge” on the cousin who abused that estate and tried to rob Gabriel of not just his inheritance but his life. Because that part of the story read as a “fix-it” story of epic proportions, and I absolutely adore “fix-it” stories. (I’m familiar with the use of ‘Fix-It” stories from fanfiction. There’s an entire class of fanfiction that seems to apply to all properties where the world of the original work is a mess but through fanfic the protagonists get to “fix” all the messes either by going back in time or changing a plot element or what-have-you. Good triumphs and righteously delivers epic payback on evil in all its forms. I’m finding stories of that stripe a great deal of comfort in our current, chaotic times.) This story felt like a “fix-it” on Gabriel’s side of the story. There’s no fixing Humphrey’s mess, he’s dead, he’s been dead and this is not fantasy or SF. But the authors of Gabriel’s troubles, or at least one of those authors, is still alive and well and trying to do him dirty yet again. And circumstances are such that it isn’t possible to deliver the legal comeuppance the bastard deserves. Watching it happen through an epic and extremely public serving of social opprobrium, however, was exceedingly satisfying. And actually kind of a comfort read. This series as a whole is a bit of a comfort read. I like these characters (except Humphrey, of course – he’s certainly not missed). They’re great people and it’s lovely to see them get their HEAs. Some of the stories in the series have been particularly charming, and I love the fact that their reduction in social standing actually gives all of them a LOT more freedom which they eventually learn to use to great effect. So I got completely sucked back into this family and this world even though I wasn’t all that thrilled with the heroine’s behavior for a chunk of the story. I think, though, that this one may have run its course. Or perhaps it’s taken itself too far afield from the original group of affected people. There’s one left, Humphrey’s son Harry, the young man who was VERY briefly an Earl before his father’s perfidy was discovered. Harry was much happier as a soldier than as an Earl, but his war is over. It’s time for him to finally get his much deserved HEA and close out his family’s story in Someone to Cherish, hopefully sometime next year..

  22. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Someone to Romance is the 8th book in the Westcott series and it was such a pleasure to read. The author has created this extremely large family and it doesn’t look like there is an end in sight, to my delight. Wondering where the author is going to take me in this latest addition, I was highly entertained with her choice of characters and plot. Jessica Archer, daughter and sister of the Duke of Netherby, is ready to get married. This is the season she has decided to settle down and create the f Someone to Romance is the 8th book in the Westcott series and it was such a pleasure to read. The author has created this extremely large family and it doesn’t look like there is an end in sight, to my delight. Wondering where the author is going to take me in this latest addition, I was highly entertained with her choice of characters and plot. Jessica Archer, daughter and sister of the Duke of Netherby, is ready to get married. This is the season she has decided to settle down and create the family she long desires. Her choices are slim but when two new suitors come to London for the Season, she finds herself drawn to one more than the other. Gabriel Thorne has returned to England after a 13-year absence in order to claim the earldom in which he is now entitled. In order for the transition to run smoothly, he figures he needs a wife to help him in this endeavor. A chance meeting at an inn, he sees a woman and decides she’s the one he’s going to marry. Once he declares this to Jessica herself, she is appalled and slightly intrigued. She demands that he romances her if he wants any chance of marrying her and Gabriel accepts the challenge. What I love most about historical romances is the way that these individuals find the simplest ways to fall in love. It doesn’t take grand gestures but a simple touch, an attention to a small detail, and listening with their heart and not their head. Jessica wanted someone to see her for herself and not what her pedigree and title can do for her husband. Gabriel had a lot to learn and Jessica showed him what a woman’s touch can do to a man, if he just allows to be open to it. The piano duet was such a wonderful scene and a tipping point for this couple. Someone to Romance was a great addition to this series and a story a reader can relish in. Balogh’s writing immerses you into the setting and you love the feel of how it surrounds you with warmth and comfort. I love large families and when you wed into the Westcotts’, they take you in and make you part of their fold. Mary Balogh is one of the best in historical romance world and she has another hit on her hands. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 281. She has her mojo back! The last few books in the series were lackluster, but Mary Balogh has returned with well written characters who do not simper. Jessica, the young woman who went into mourning when her cousin and best friend was declared illegitimate in book 1. Well, she has decided that since her cousin is now happily married that perhaps it is time to look around for a spouse. He spots her before she spots him. At an Inn. Both appear rude at first glance, but as the season pr 2020 bk 281. She has her mojo back! The last few books in the series were lackluster, but Mary Balogh has returned with well written characters who do not simper. Jessica, the young woman who went into mourning when her cousin and best friend was declared illegitimate in book 1. Well, she has decided that since her cousin is now happily married that perhaps it is time to look around for a spouse. He spots her before she spots him. At an Inn. Both appear rude at first glance, but as the season progresses and Jessica demands that he woo her with romance, the two take the time to learn each other and their secrets. An excellent book that brings the Wescott families together again for a triumphant ending.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars. Review to follow.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Lady Jessica Archer is pretty much on the shelf. Approaching twenty-five years of age, Jessica decides that this season will be the time to find a marriage mate. Having long given up on love, Jessica sets out a plan and decides to choose as wisely as possible. Meanwhile she runs into Gabriel Thorne, not long having returned from visiting America and is now set to receive an inheritance. Through a sudden and odd set of circumstances, Gabriel announces that he and Jessica re betrothed. Quite natur Lady Jessica Archer is pretty much on the shelf. Approaching twenty-five years of age, Jessica decides that this season will be the time to find a marriage mate. Having long given up on love, Jessica sets out a plan and decides to choose as wisely as possible. Meanwhile she runs into Gabriel Thorne, not long having returned from visiting America and is now set to receive an inheritance. Through a sudden and odd set of circumstances, Gabriel announces that he and Jessica re betrothed. Quite naturally, Jessica is shocked, and rather annoyed. Gabriel is certainly upsetting her plans to make her own choice, but she soon sees things about him that are rather intriguing. As time moves on it proves increasingly difficult for Jessica to resist Gabriel's charms and their attraction to one another goes full throttle. I have to admit that I love Gabriel. While he should be working towards gaining his due inheritance, as well as caring for his family, he quickly claims Matilda and the fact that love isn't even on the table doesn't slow him down one bit. Meanwhile, I loved Jessica as well. Simply agreeing to marry Gabriel is not enough. She wants and demands more than marriage in name only, so the journey to that effect was rather sweet. What I love about this book, and it has happened more than once in this series, is the fact that the protagonists are a bit older. Today, of course, twenty-five is certainly not old, but back then the ton had a much harsher view on women who hadn't married long before them. I have to admit to being enamored by this series and have read it from the very beginning. Each story in this series has a side story, and the side story in this book involves Gabriel's past and how it is affecting his present. The fact that Matilda joins Gabriel's family when it comes to setting matters right fits right in with the romance that shows the love that blooms between them. As always, this was an enjoyable book in the series, and I am definitely looking forward to the next one, Someone to Cherish, set for release in 2021. Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nanci

    I have been looking forward to Jessica's story. I had thought her story and Harry's story would be the same. I thought maybe Jessica's affections were tied up with Harry and that is why she hadn't been that interested in finding a husband as the series progressed. However, I really liked the way Jessica's story turned out. I love that she truly has grown into a more interesting woman than her younger self looked to be heading in the early stages of the series. I enjoyed getting to know a new cha I have been looking forward to Jessica's story. I had thought her story and Harry's story would be the same. I thought maybe Jessica's affections were tied up with Harry and that is why she hadn't been that interested in finding a husband as the series progressed. However, I really liked the way Jessica's story turned out. I love that she truly has grown into a more interesting woman than her younger self looked to be heading in the early stages of the series. I enjoyed getting to know a new character, an American, with an interesting backstory and a tender heart. I love the way Balogh allows her characters to learn and think and grow throughout her books. ( I wish I could get her to write some of the story lines I have twisting around in my head.) Balogh lets us revisit some of the other characters in the series. There are so many of them now, it seems like many of them are just a gratuitous inclusion. However, the book can't be complete without Avery, Anna, and Alexander. I was sad that we didn't get much of Abigail in the story, except as a beginning. There are some twists and turns and that were fun to figure out. I was somewhat disappointed in the ending of the book. It didn't quite give me the satisfaction I was looking for. It wasn't bad, I just wanted Gabriel to be able to have some "hands on" involvement. I don't want to say more or I would give things away. I haven't loved all of the stories equally but this one will be one of the favorites. Thank you to Netgalley for the arc of this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    In Someone to Romance, we return to the delightful Westcott family, whose fortunes changed so dramatically after the late patriarch was found to be a bigamist, and his children were illegimate and shunned by society. Lady Jessica, who was nearly the same age as youngest Westcott daughter Abigail, was determined not to enjoy life or get married if her beloved cousin couldn't do the same. But now that Abby is married, Jessica decides it might be time to seek a match of her own. Gabriel Thorne has r In Someone to Romance, we return to the delightful Westcott family, whose fortunes changed so dramatically after the late patriarch was found to be a bigamist, and his children were illegimate and shunned by society. Lady Jessica, who was nearly the same age as youngest Westcott daughter Abigail, was determined not to enjoy life or get married if her beloved cousin couldn't do the same. But now that Abby is married, Jessica decides it might be time to seek a match of her own. Gabriel Thorne has returned from America to reluctantly claim a title and take on his responsibilities. That includes taking a wife, and he sets his sights on the proper, titled Jessica Archer. She's intrigued by the mysterious man, but tells him she won't marry him unless he proves he can see *her*, not just the outward society packaging. Gabriel sets out to do just that, although he's distracted by the machinations of murderous relatives who want his title and money for themselves. Balogh has written another sweetly comfortable romance. That sounds like faint praise, but it's a pleasure to read one of her books when I know everything will be all right in the end, no matter what the drama in the middle, and her protagonists are genuinely good people who love and support each other. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for the ARC to review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    eatbookseatworlds

    I'm pretty torn by this title. On the one hand, Balogh is in a class all her own - she wields her pen with expertise, and is the reigning queen of this time period of historical romance. However, despite giving it my best college try, I just could not bring myself to like or root for the heroine of this story. She was simply too annoying for me to warm up to. Beyond that, I'm finding the Westcott books are starting to get sort of repetitive. (Unlikeable heroine, more likeable yet slightly more s I'm pretty torn by this title. On the one hand, Balogh is in a class all her own - she wields her pen with expertise, and is the reigning queen of this time period of historical romance. However, despite giving it my best college try, I just could not bring myself to like or root for the heroine of this story. She was simply too annoying for me to warm up to. Beyond that, I'm finding the Westcott books are starting to get sort of repetitive. (Unlikeable heroine, more likeable yet slightly more shallow hero who is forced in some way to interact with said heroine - cue a rather unromantic form of romance). But most fans of Balogh will likely find what they're expecting and appreciate this next installment of this series. *I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Someone to Romance by Mary Balogh is the 8th book in her wonderful Westcott series. As I have said before, I do not read a lot of Historical Romance, but I can’t say enough of Mary Balogh and this fabulous series, as she just continues to give us fantastic wonderful romances in each and every book of this series. Just when you think she can’t do better than the previous books (and they are all great), I become enthralled once again, unable to put the book down. Make no mistake, I absolutely love Someone to Romance by Mary Balogh is the 8th book in her wonderful Westcott series. As I have said before, I do not read a lot of Historical Romance, but I can’t say enough of Mary Balogh and this fabulous series, as she just continues to give us fantastic wonderful romances in each and every book of this series. Just when you think she can’t do better than the previous books (and they are all great), I become enthralled once again, unable to put the book down. Make no mistake, I absolutely love this series, love the Westcotts and Balogh’s fantastic writing. In Someone to Romance, Lady Jessica Archer, our heroine, is the sister of Avery (previous book hero), and best friends with her cousin, Abby (another previous book heroine). At one time both were content to never find a husband, but now that Abby is happily married, Jessica decides it’s time for her to find someone to marry, even if she never finds love. Jessica heads home to prepare to attend the balls to find herself a husband. Gabriel Thorne, has returned home to England, after 13 years making his fortune in America. He is forced to go home, as a dear friend needs his help, and it was time for him to claim his inheritance, as well as right some wrongs. When Jessica is traveling home, on an overnight stop, she is given a suite in the hotel. Turns out the suite had been promised to Gabriel, but since Jessica is the sister of the Duke of Netherby, the hotel gave her the suite. Neither was impressed with each other, and went their own way, until she met up with him during one of the balls in England; especially since he tells her he intends to marry her, which totally turns her off of him. As Jessica begins to get courted, she is surprised when Gabriel also plans on courting her, and she responds that he will need to do so in a romantic way; which he begins by sending her a rose every day. Even though Jessica is now being courted by two men, she finds herself learning more about Gabriel and begins to suspect the truth, that he is the real Earl, who is presumed dead. What follows is a wonderful slow build romance that has Jessica accepting a possible marriage to Gabriel, even if she is not sure of love. But she plans to help him get his inheritance, as well as clear his name. It is always wonderful to see the Westcott family again, and how they all stick together when they learn the truth about Gabriel and the need to help him regain what is his. The ending was very exciting as we raced to the finish. I love when the family plots together. I also loved watching Gabriel and Jessica slowly realize that they are falling in love. Very nicely done. Someone to Romance was a great read. As always, it is wonderful to see all the Westcott’s again. Again, I can’t say enough about Mary Balogh’s writing, as the Westcott series is a ‘do not miss’. If you enjoy regency romance with great couples and secondary characters, you should be reading this one. Someone to Romance is another fabulous fun heartwarming story in this fantastic series. Barb The Reading Cafe

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    A Mary Balogh book is always a comfort read, but now more than ever it's a comfort read. Reading about people being good to one another, discovering love, sharing passion and trying to do the right thing releases those endorphins that my brain needs to overcome the doom scrolling of the daily news and social media. So: This is book #7 of the Westcott series. While I've enjoyed all of them tremendously, it's a special pleasure to read characters who start out portrayed as callow and immature becom A Mary Balogh book is always a comfort read, but now more than ever it's a comfort read. Reading about people being good to one another, discovering love, sharing passion and trying to do the right thing releases those endorphins that my brain needs to overcome the doom scrolling of the daily news and social media. So: This is book #7 of the Westcott series. While I've enjoyed all of them tremendously, it's a special pleasure to read characters who start out portrayed as callow and immature become the heroines of their own story. Lady Jessica Archer, sister of the Duke of Netherby (Westcott #1) is one such character. We've gone from her teenage histrionics into seeing her as a woman ready to settle down, but not ready to settle. Enter Gabriel Thorne, English born but living in America for the past 13 years, he's returned to his homeland because of an inheritance, but he's not happy about it. Nonetheless, he'll do his duty, then likely return to his true home of Boston. But, of course, these two cross paths and make an immediate impression on one another, and it's not a positive one. However, I loved how Jessica demanded more in her life. She knew her own worth as an heiress and the sister of a powerful duke, and she expected to be courted, but courted for her own self. It was a comfort read, and if there was a certain point where one felt buried under an avalanche of delightful Westcotts from the previous six novels, it was worth it. I recommend it, but I also recommend starting with Westcott #1, Someone to Love

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