This RITA® Reader Challenge review was written by ReadinginAK, who, contrasted with the other review for this novel, didn’t enjoy the book entirely. This novel finaled in the Historical Romance category.
Plot Summary: Jude Bertrand is not an excellent dancer. Nor does he wear the most fashionable coats. But when Marissa York’s brother approaches him, desperate to preserve Marissa’s tenuous reputation, Jude does prove heroic enough to offer to marry the girl. In fact, the union should more than make up for his lack of social graces and his own scandalous past. . .
Marissa knows that betrothal to the son of a duke, even one as raw and masculine as Jude, will save her from ruin, but that doesn’t mean she’s happy about it. Soon, though, she finds that Jude has a surprisingly gentle touch and plans to use it to persuade Marissa that their wedding day cannot come soon enough. . .
And here is ReadinginAK’s review:
It took me about six weeks (and the deadline passing) to write a review for Victoria Dahl’s A Little Bit Wild. The book was so meh to me (verging on annoying) that I couldn’t really stomach thinking about it long enough commit something to paper. I really like Dahl’s contemporaries and I usually love historicals, so I was optimistic.
Then I was disappointed.
What this book has going for it is that the heroine has already been “ruined”. That is to say, she’s had sex (disappointing, natch, since it was not with the Mighty Wang of Her Destiny). However, she’s not put off sex, she remains curious and excitable. Improperly so, of course, and much to the chagrin of her brothers who promptly betroth her to a friend of theirs with his own exceptional past. (That’s not exceptional in the good way, but that his past has something with which the ton would take exception.)
What I didn’t care for is that she’s a little giggly and vacant (not my kind of heroine). The plot is thin (to say the least) and he’s neither alpha nor beta, but ho-hum. I imagine this is the kind of book that people will either really like or really be unimpressed with (like me). It’s not bad, just not good. A solid C.
Recommended as a lovely sorbet between heavier reads or as a leave-behind beach read.