Title: Ten Ways to Be Adored when Landing a Lord (Love by Numbers #2)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Dates Read: April 5-20, 2018
Synopsis: Since being named on of London’s “Lords to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!
The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.
But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless…like falling madly, passionately in love. (Goodreads)
Review: Although I did enjoy this one, there were several times I got frustrated with Isabel and Nick because they refused to use their words. Both of their sides were understandable, but the conflict just seemed to drag on. I hated how defeatist Isabel became. She’s this strong woman, running an illegal shelter of sorts, but when it comes to her relationship with Nick, she brings herself down by comparing herself to her mother. In no other instance that we can see does Isabel act like her mother. She doubts herself, which we all do from time to time, but she struggles to have faith in herself alone. And I’m not sure she ever reaches this point. She hides behind a façade of “I’m fine.” I hate to criticize her too much for this, but it makes me think of all the times I may have refused help or friendship because I was afraid of the plethora of bad things that could happen. Sure, bad stuff could happen.What’s worse is missing out on all the good things that can’t happen because of those refusals. We need to communicate and be honest. With others, yes, but mostly with ourselves. We can’t trust others when we can’t even trust ourselves. The hurt that comes with it is always bearable, even if it doesn’t seem so; we are made to endure and to flourish.
*steps down from soap box*