Marion Watt is set to embark on her first London Season, and her parents have spared no expense to help her secure a suitable husband. Unlike most of the social-climbing women in her position, Marion has no desire to marry hastily or for anything less than love. But when she learns of her mother's declining health, she knows she must keep an open mind and allow herself to be courted. What she does not anticipate, however, is that the attentions of the insufferable Lord William Everton will be placed squarely on her. He might be the most sought-after bachelor of the Season, but she sees in him nothing but a frivolous cad.
Until William inherits his father's title and seat in parliament, he must rely on his own devices to change the world. Dressing like a ridiculous dandy serves its purposes, but he is certain his newest disguise will help him find a wife to please his parents and further his own agenda. From among the glittering group of debutantes, William finds only one woman who passes his test. Unfortunately, the perfect choice is the only woman in all of London who despises him.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2019|
|Audiobook Narrator||Luone Ingram|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 8.25 hrs|
This is a new author and I loved her style of writing and the way she developed her characters. A lovely story set in England’s Regency Era about a Viscount and woman, William and Marion, who really have no use for each other but through necessity on William’s part start a courtship and eventually fall in love. But everything is no smooth sailing for this couple. There is romance, mystery and heartbreak involved. I was very entranced and didn’t want to put the book down. I will definitely be looking for more books by Annika Walker. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley. All views are my own.
(4.5 Stars) William and Marion have a history - he's never paid her much attention and she despises him - but a test concocted by William and his mother proves that Marion is the woman for him and he sets out to win her over.
I adored that premise of enemies-to-lovers and my stomach tingled with anticipation in these character interactions. I was left wanting more and desperately awaiting their next meeting. Although William is a dandy, he has layers of personality and characteristics that are waiting to be uncovered. Marion is a sweet girl with a spicy, sassy side that William tends to draw out.
They each have individual reasons for agreeing to this marriage and I love how their troubles and trials bring a recognition of true feelings and desires. A few of the storms they weathered were a little abrupt, coming with no warning, but all were well written.
I only wished for a slightly more developed romantic experience because I felt that some things were skimmed over and I was immersed and wanted more details. Overall, a great debut and I'm looking forward to more!
Content: mild romance (kissing)
This book is simply charming! It's a quick easy read and a well thought out plot. You keep wondering if William and Marion will ever get to the point of being able to really understand one another.
There are many unique women that play pivotal roles in this love story, and most of them make you laugh and smile.
Marion is kind, and stubborn, but painfully shy and can't stand William to begin with. Willam is so conflicted and can't get out of his own way, in society.
The ending of the book will leave you smiling.
*I received a complimentary copy, and this is my honest opinion.*
When I first started reading this novel I didn't like the main character, William. He seemed to be a rude and pompous jerk that I hoped Marion steered clear of, especially after what happened in the first chapter. Thank goodness for William's wonderful mother and her guidance. My only wish is that the "disguise" part had been expanded in the plot. It would have added to the humor and relationship development.
I did like the interaction between the "frenemies" as Marion tried to figure out what William was on about. Some of the witty dialogue had me laughing out loud. The novel does show the struggle between the two "would be" lovers who both have trust issues and many other obstacles in their way. It was nice once we got to know the real William and from that point, I was firmly in his corner. I liked Marion but wish she'd have stood up more for herself, especially when it came to dealing with Judith.
The underlying plot of forgery and possible financial ruin could have been expanded more. It also seemed to be resolved too quickly. The romance part had enough going on without the subplot. The romantic tension between Marion and William was written very well. I always loved when they were together.
Love in Disguise is a very fast read and Regency Romance lovers will enjoy this novel.
I read a lot of clean Regency romance novels--there's just something about the time period that appeals to me. When I was given the opportunity to review Love in Disguise by Anneka R. Walker I couldn't pass it up even though I wasn't familiar with the author.
Walker captured my attention right off and made me feel for Marion with her performance at the musicale. Her shattered confidence was so sad, yet understandable. And, I think most people can relate to holding a grudge against someone for at least a small amount of time.
I wasn't drawn to William initially. I would have appreciated deeper character development for him to more fully understand his facade, but he did grow on me as the story progressed.
On the whole I liked the idea of the story, but would have loved more attention to the latter half. Some of the resolutions came on very quickly and needed more hashing out.
While I don't see myself reading this story again, I would give the author another try.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
I was charmed by Walker's book Love in Disguise. I found the premise to be good, and the story to be entertaining. It was a quick read for me. Although I will say that since everything is slightly predictable it is a little forgettable once you are done reading it. However, the overwhelming feeling after I read it was enjoyable. I found it sweet and it definitely kept my interest. I'm kind of a sucker for stories where the two parties aren't quite fond of each other at the beginning and then discover that they make a great match after all. And while William moves quite quickly at the courtship area, even when he just thinks they are compatible, I found it refreshing that Marion held out a little longer for the love that her parents had.
The secondary characters are a fun to get to know, and add quite a bit to the story. Williams dressing as a dandy was a fun aspect of the story, but I was left wondering what it really had to do with anything. It's mentioned why he does what he does, but really I'm not sure that it had any bearing on the story.
I would read another book from Walker, and I will enjoy reading this one again.
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Marion Watt loves to play the pianoforte. But after a performance in public goes disastrously, she vows never to play in public again. Since that disaster was caused by none other than Lord William Everton, London's most eligible bachelor, she develops a dislike for him, especially after an insult at a ball. She's stunned when he seems to develop an interest in her and they start courting. But initial impressions are hard to get past. Her feelings do start to shift though as she starts to see the man behind the dandy. But as things develop between them, things start to go wrong in other ways and it seems their relationship may not survive. I quite enjoyed reading this story of slow-developing love. Both Marion and William are likable characters with flaws to be overcome. And of course, as in real life, things don't run smoothly, especially after their first few unfortunate encounters. The book has both a sweet romance and some rather amusing misunderstandings along with some serious problems. Walker has written a very pleasing, delightful tale of growing in love despite all the difficulties that arise.
I love finding new to me authors who write great books! Anneka R Walker has written such a fun one in this Regency Romance novel. I loved so many things about it. And it was a fairly quick, easy read for me.
Let’s start with the characters. I loved Marion. She hasn’t been the kind of girl to like much attention. And that doesn’t change in the story, even though she ends up getting plenty of attention for being around Lord William Everton. I felt a bit bad for her character in several places, it seems that Lord Everton is always helping her to feel awkward in social situations. And she despises him for it. That’s always fun!
I love that the reader gets to see things through William’s perspective too. It’s always fun to see how one situation can make one character feel a certain way and the other character is completely oblivious. That’s how it is with William, he has no idea why Marion seems to despise him. He only knows that she does. And when he decides that she’s the one for him – that only makes the whole plot line more fun.
The plot of this one is a fairly straight forward love story. There are many bumps in the way however, making this one a page turner for me. I didn’t want to put it down! You’re going to want to read this one!
It's wonderful when you pick up a book and genuinely like the characters. Marion and William held preconceived notions that had to be overcome, but they were good people at their core.
This book was so cute! There were moments that were "laugh-out-loud" funny. I really couldn't wait to turn the pages to see they would do next. While this book is humorous, there are moments that were serious. William is actively trying to change the lives of people less fortunate. He takes in the misfits and gives them hope and purpose. He uses his influence in less than subtle ways to help others.
Marion is tenderhearted, but she has a stubborn streak. It is hard for her to change her opinion once it has been set and William is NOT one of her favorite people. He knows her for her kind heart, but she is unaware of his. She sees him as a dandy and not worth her time. I loved reading the transformation of opinions and hearts.
This author is new to me, but I will not hesitate to pick up one of her books in the future. This is a clean regency read.
I so adored this book! The title is very fitting as there are some very fun, very intriguing, and very subtle disguises in the story line.
So well written you will want to read every single word. I would love to read more from this author-
I highly recommend this book!
I say that a lot about books. This is a new author for me so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was gifted an ARC of this story by the publisher via NetGalley and thought I would take the chance. I am so glad that I did. This story was full of so many things. The relationships were solid and the layers of the story were all there.
I loved to see the character growth as William and Marion were able to open up to each other and discover the deepness that they could share. I loved that there was an additional mystery with breadcrumbs being dropped by the author. I could have so easily missed it if I wasn't paying attention.
This is definitely one I would read over and over again. It didn't read like other stories I have read. It brought a new voice to the regency world I love reading about.