Review & Giveaway: Not Quite a Marriage by Bliss Bennet

Not Quite a Marriage by Bliss Bennet

Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 359 pages

Series: Audacious Ladies of Audley, Book #1
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

A rebellious viscount returns to England determined to prove his worth to his long-estranged his family, but the shy mouse of a woman he was forced to marry is equally determined not to forgive or forget…

Spencer Burnett, Viscount Stiles, once swore he’d left England for good. Yet after five years of self-imposed exile in West Africa, he’s no longer the same spoiled, selfish boy who ran away from a domineering father, a disappointed grandmother, and a decidedly unwanted wife. Proving himself to the family he abandoned will be no easy task, but Spencer no longer shies away from a good fight. He hardly expects his formerly docile wife will be the hardest to convince. When Philadelphia refuses to accept his apologies—or to allow him back into her bed—Spencer finds himself tempting her into a bargain he cannot afford to lose.

Philadelphia Burnett’s desires were once as vast as the sky. But now, after suffering one devastating loss after another, the only thing she allows herself to want is a home. So when her estranged rake of a husband returns from a five-years’ absence to claim the estate promised to her, Delphie resolves to fight him every step of the way. Beechcombe Park will be a sanctuary for her, and for the wayward Audley cousins she’d promised her sister she’d always protect. She cannot, will not, suffer even one more loss.

Especially not the loss of her heart…

"Not Quite a Marriage is all about the longing. Two estranged spouses try to work their way back to one another under a rain of misunderstandings and Bennet's plumy prose ably guides the way, moving this reader utterly in the process...Not Quite a Marriage is a perfect romance, and comes with a high recommendation." All About Romance, Desert Island Keeper recommendation

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This year has been the year of finding incredible new voices in Historical Romance for me and I can now add Bliss Bennet to the list! Not Quite a Marriage was a fantastic read that captured me from the beginning with Philadelphia (Delphi for short) and the fun first scene with all of her female cousins. I had a lot of female cousins around me growing up so it brought back some memories!

Not Quite a Marriage tells the story of Delphi and Spencer who have been apart for 5 years after he ran away to Africa following the tragic death of his young son. Delphi is of course still hurt after his abandonment and Spencer has a long road to go to earn back her trust, and her love. She has found that she enjoys her independence since he's been gone but she gives him two months to try to win her back.

I greatly enjoyed Bliss Bennet's writing and the relationship between Delphi and Spencer, it was deep and complex considering their history. The author knows how to keep you turning the pages - it's an easy book to devour in one sitting, which I did!

Not Quite a Marriage is the first book in her Ladies of Audley series and I can't wait for the next one!

About the Author


Bliss Bennet writes smart, edgy novels for readers who love history as much as they love romance. Her Regency-set historical romance series, The Penningtons, has been praised by the Historical Novel Society’s Indie Reviews as “well worth following”; her books have been described by USA Today as “savvy, sensual, and engrossing,” by Heroes and Heartbreakers as “captivating,” and by The Reading Wench as having “everything you want in a great historical romance.” Her latest book is Not Quite a Marriage, the first book in the Audacious Ladies of Audley series.

Despite being born and bred in New England, Bliss finds herself fascinated by the history of that country across the pond, particularly the politically-volatile period known as the English Regency. Though she’s visited Britain several times, Bliss continues to make her home in New England, along with her husband, daughter, and one monstrously fluffy black cat.

Bliss’s mild-mannered alter ego, Jackie Horne, writes about the intersection of gender and genre at the Romance Novels for Feminists blog.

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