To Marry and to Meddle By Martha Waters
Book/Novel Author: Martha Waters
Book/Novel Title: To Marry and to Meddle
“Sure to delight Bridgerton fans.” —USA TODAY The “sweet, sexy, and utterly fun” (Emily Henry, author of People We Meet on Vacation) Regency Vows series continues with a witty, charming, and joyful novel following a seasoned debutante and a rakish theater owner as they navigate a complicated marriage of convenience. Lady Emily Turner has been a debutante for six seasons now and should have long settled into a suitable marriage. However, due to her father’s large debts, her only suitor is the persistent and odious owner of her father’s favorite gambling house. Meanwhile, Lord Julian Belfry, the second son of a marquess, has scandalized society as an actor and owner of a theater—the kind of establishment where men take their mistresses, but not their wives. When their lives intersect at a house party, Lord Julian hatches a plan to benefit them both. With a marriage of convenience, Emily will use her society connections to promote the theater to a more respectable clientele and Julian will take her out from under the shadows of her father’s unsavory associates. But they soon realize they have very different plans for their marriage—Julian wants Emily to remain a society wife, while Emily discovers an interest in the theater. But when a fleeing actress, murderous kitten, and meddlesome friends enter the fray, Emily and Julian will have to confront the fact that their marriage of convenience comes with rather inconvenient feelings. With “an arch sense of humor and a marvelously witty voice that rivals the best of the Regency authors” (Entertainment Weekly), Martha Waters crafts another fresh romantic comedy that for fans of Julia Quinn and Evie Dunmore.
I have read all three books in this series, and enjoyed them all, but I REALLY loved this installment. Emily and Julian are absolutely magic together. I had a smile on my face throughout the entire book.
Lady Emily Turner is the beautiful and perfectly behaved daughter of a Marquess. A young woman above reproach, but she has remained single for six seasons due to her father’s gambling debts. That’s also the reason she’s being escorted at the various events of the ton by the American owner of a gaming hell trying to snake his way into the upper class by any available means.Lord Julian Belfry is the second son of another influential member of the ton who decided to rebel by purchasing and operating a theater and taking to the stage. But when he meets Lady Emily through mutual friends and learns of her circumstances, he decides to offer her an opportunity that could benefit them both and that’s how their marriage of convenience comes to be.This book was a light and fun, more similar to the first book in the series. I found it highly entertaining, nicely written and easy to read, without too much unnecessary fluff. It was easier to understand and relate to the main characters and quite funny, especially all the Cecil related events.This is a read I recommend if you enjoy the genre and like your reads on the lighter side.4 stars
I had high hopes for Emily and Julian, but sadly, they were dashed. Julian completely trivialized Emily and does not listen to her. That pretty much killed it for me.
Enjoyed this the most of the tree in the series. Real change takes time and this marriage changed alot in a meaningful time. It was funny and the people from past books were used in a real way and not just tossed in.
To Marry and to Meddle was a light read that I needed during this time. I thought there was more potential in the marriage of convenience story that wasn’t realized, but the characters were likable. It made for a relaxed few hours.
There wasnt a whole lot of tension or angst in this story, but I did find Julian and Emily to be charming. They just made my heart happy. This book left me with a warm glow of happiness instead of a raging inferno of passion and it was nice.