I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I have not read any of Celeste Bradley’s books before, but I enjoy historical romances set in the Regency era, so I was excited about reading I Thee Wed.
This is the fourth book in the Wicked Worthingtons series, which follows the exploits of the Worthingtons, a family with eight children. Each book is devoted to one of the siblings, and follows his/her love story.
The books function reasonably well as stand-alones. I did not have to read the previous books in the series to get the sense that Orion Worthington wants to distance himself from his family. He loves his family, of course, but he has chosen a career in science, and that is very different than their penchant for being free-spirited.
As the story begins, Orion has taken up residence with Geoffery Blayne, a respected scientist. He has accepted a position as Blayne’s apprentice, with the understanding that he may also be able to make a match with Blayne’s daughter Judith.
But when Orion meets Blayne’s niece Francesca, a lifetime of relying on logic and reason goes right out the window. They try to deny that there is a connection, but their efforts are fruitless.
I enjoyed reading I Thee Wed. The combination of Orion’s stodginess and Francesca’s impetuousness doesn’t seem like it would make a good match, but it does. Most historical romances only feature the hero and heroine’s point of view. This book has multiple points of view, and this added an interesting layer of depth to the story.
I would recommend I Thee Wed. There are times when it seems like too much effort is being expended to make the characters quirky and different, but part of the appeal is that the characters are quirky and different. Orion’s little sister Attie steals every scene in which she appears. I’m looking forward to reading more of Celeste Bradley’s books, especially the other books in this series.