To Woo and to Wed
The final installment in the “hilarious and steamy” (PopSugar) Regency Vows series follows the heir to a dukedom and a young widow, once very much in love, as they reunite years later to fake an engagement for the benefit of her sister.
West, the Marquess of Weston, and Sophie, Lady Fitzwilliam Bridewell, have lately been spending a considerable amount of time together. But West and Sophie are not new acquaintances. In fact, years ago, they had once been nearly engaged until West’s almost fatal curricle accident and his meddling father threw them off course.
Now recently widowed, Sophie has put aside all thoughts of romance. But when her widowed sister, Alexandra, mentions a fondness for an earl, Sophie realizes that she may be holding her sister back. Alexandra won’t move forward with an engagement until Sophie, too, settles down again, and so Sophie approaches West with a plan. They will announce their engagement and break things off once Alexandra is happily married. It’ll be simple. After all, it’s not like she is going to fall for West a second time, not when Sophie has sworn not to risk her heart again.
Hello Book friends!
Today I’m reviewing the final book in The Regency Vows series, To Woo and to Wed by Martha Waters. In this last book we follow the heir to a dukedom and a young widow, who seven years prior came close to their own happily ever after.
Do you have any favorite romance tropes?
My absolute favorite from this year is second chance romance. Where would-be lovers find each other again, given one last chance at finding happiness.
A character driven story, To Woo and to Wed features past characters we’ve come to love while enjoying the pining of a brooding heir, who will stop at nothing to get the girl. The only draw back for me with this one was our female MC, Sophie, Lady Fitzwilliam Bridewell. She just wasn’t likable. She plays the martyr far too often, even when circumstances wouldn’t necessitate her to do so.
As a widow, Sophie has more freedom and choice. While some in her same position, would prefer to keep their fortunes and autonomy than remarry, for Sophie, it’s pretty clear, if she worked things out with her second chance romance, she could be very happy with West.
Plus with her and West’s history, his persistence in proving what sometimes feels like unrequited love, it becomes obvious very early on that he’s committed and that it’s her stubbornness that’s keeping her from what they both want. Towards the end, I almost felt like West should save his losses (and heartache) and walk away. Though, he’s a keeper with his grand gesture, laying bare his claim for Sophie’s heart.
Check mark all those fan favorites: spice, fake engagement, and second chance love, romance readers should add the final book of The Regency Vows series to their TBR.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Satisfyingly Inked
About the Author
Martha Waters is the author of the Regency Vows series, which includes To Have and to Hoax, To Love and to Loathe, To Marry and to Meddle, To Swoon and to Spar, and To Woo and to Wed. She was born and raised in sunny south Florida and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in coastal Maine, where she works as a children’s librarian by day, and loves sundresses, gin cocktails, and traveling.
|Pub Date||ISBN||Page Count||Publisher||Age Group||Source & Format||Review Posted Online|
|6-Feb-24||978-1668007921||336||Atria Books||Adult||NetGalley, Digital ARC||November 18, 2023|
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