Lisa Madison has loved Robert Langley for most of her life. However, he has never given any indication that he returns her feelings. After Robert rescues Lisa from a brothel and cruelly rejects her drug-induced advances, Lisa promptly decides to move on. She throws herself into the season, determined to find a husband. Her newfound confidence and resolve make her popular on the marriage mart – and make Robert finally take notice (okay, it might have been the see-through nightdress that made him first take notice).
Of course, there is a problem. Lisa is in serious danger from a mysterious suitor. Robert ends up moving into the house where Lisa is living (her sister and brother-in-law’s house) to help protect the woman who is slowly making her way into his heart. And this is where I wanted to scream. At the beginning of the book, Lisa is drugged by a madame to be given to an unknown man. A bit later, said man tries to kidnap Lisa from her own bedroom. She is in serious dnager – and despite this fact goes off by herself several times giving no thought to her situation because of bruised feelings
Now, Robert does blow hot and cold, making Lisa’s confusion and anger understandable. However, she continuously puts herself into dangerous situations, foolishly. I wanted to shake her. She repeatedly allows her emotional turmoil to get in the way of rational thought. She has several TSTL (too stupid to live) moments.
Oddly, Lisa’s TSTL moments did not impact my enjoyment of the actual romance. Robert captivates as a very reluctant suitor who has some ugly perceptions and personal experiences with marriage (not his own). Watching him try to deny his feelings and ignore his pervasive jealousy made me fall a little bit in love with him. My absolute favorite parts of this book are those scenes with Lisa and Robert, especially those later in the book (after Robert gets over himself a bit).
Something else that made me smile throughout this book is the way that Robert’s friends, Richard and Daniel (the heroes of the first two books in the series who are married to Lisa’s sisters), try to push Robert and Lisa together. The men even come up with a plan for Lisa to seduce the reluctant Robert and compromise him into marriage. This plotting and scheming made me chuckle – and it was rather charming.
“The Husband Hunt” drove me nuts at times and at others made me sigh with happiness. I’m glad that I didn’t stop reading when I got irritated with Lisa’s TSTL actions. However, I would have appreciated Lisa more if she were less immature. “The Husband Hunt” may be destined to be my least favorite of this series, but I will endeavor to remember the romance which charmed me with its sweetness.
Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley