“Games In A Ballroom”

Book description:

She was forbidden to love him. He only wanted her heart. Can a childhood game bring them together?

London, 1815

Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain. 

Emerson is struggling to rise to his responsibilities after his father’s death. Though he is still learning his place, one thing he knows for certain is that he wants Olivia Wilde to be his wife. Emerson had long ago fallen in love with her quick wit, beauty, and passionate heart. Yet, without a title, he will never be permitted to court Olivia openly. But he has a plan that may give him a chance to court her in secret. 

As the Season kicks off, Emerson proposes a playful game of tag. Olivia’s friends are delighted by the idea, though Olivia is wary. After all, the game must be played in secret as they tag each other at dinners and balls. As the romance builds between Olivia and Emerson, so does the risk of being discovered. Not only are their reputations at stake, so is their safety if they are caught by Olivia’s strict father. 

Can their love find a happily ever after before the game ends?

There’s a scene with a pig that’s my favorite! I wouldn’t be surprised if later on they try to get one to fly 😂

My review:

I had such high hopes! I was intrigued by the plot, title and cover. But I felt it was too slow to start in the beginning, even when they finally start playing the game of tag – it wasn’t enough. I kept starting to read and putting it down for days. Even by 50% it FINALLY started to get interesting 🐷. <I expected this level of shenanigans right off the bat!

I feel like for a game of tag – there’s adrenaline from not wanting to be it and excitement and then the “it’s taboo” all those things should’ve made it exciting but I didn’t get much of those emotions from the characters. Not until much later in the book. 🍊

I liked the friends more than the main couple, even though Olivia and Emerson have grown up together and Emerson has some unrequited love, there wasn’t any tension or growing chemistry between them. Overall this is plot driven with little character growth.

The end definitely needed an epilogue. This book went a different direction then I thought it would. The ending is too fantastical and unbelievable for the characters. I feel this was a big misstep from what I expect and love from the Proper Romance line.

I would be curious to read more books by the author to see what happens to the group of friends. It was a fun idea and kudos to the author for thinking out side the box. I liked the other games added in as well. There were just some minor things that didn’t work for me but I know others have liked it.

This book releases today. I received a e-arc copy from the publisher and these are my own thoughts and opinions.

By Leslie_G

I love books and anything bookish!

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