Monday, November 13, 2017

"Only Enchanting" by Mary Balogh


SERIES: The Survivors' Club #4
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancĂ©e’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager that they revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of the nearest young woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former lover, she's determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love...


I can't believe it's been three years since the last time I read one of The Survivors' Club series books, but Mary Balogh manages to transport her readers in the lives of these broken heroes like we actually never left, so my interest was immediately piqued once more.

It's easy to follow Flavian's story and feel for him and his situation. The tragic event that changed him—and the course of his life—together with all he had to endure certainly make one sympathise with him, and also hope he gets some sort of 'revenge'... I honestly didn't see his proposal like a forced one, nor made to avenge his former lover, but I did find it happening too quickly and I think that is the reason why it was a bit hard to connect with the heroine of the story. Also, the chemistry between the couple is there and yet, I couldn't feel completely invested by Flavian and Agnes' passion. There was just something that made me stop reading from time to time—unusual for me with Balogh's books—but the last few chapters got me going, and I appreciated Agnes showing some character in the end.

Although this was my least favourite instalment—so far—in this lovely series, I'm glad I read it because I genuinely want to know how each of the Survivors' Club members find their happiness. If you pick the first book up, you'll probably want just the same.

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