Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tainted Bride by A.S. Fenichel

Title: Tainted Bride (Forever Brides #1)
Author: A.S. Fenichel
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publication: September 27, 2016

My Rating: 3.5/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Only trust can save her….

Sailing to London, Sophia Braighton only hopes to escape certain ruin. But when she arrives, her Great Aunt Daphne has other plans for the American-born beauty. Determined to marry off her niece to a man of means, she propels Sophia into London society, not knowing that the young woman’s trust in men is shattered. In fact, Sophia never expects to ever feel anything for a man. Then again, she never expects to find herself in the company of the dashing earl of Marlton….

From the moment he sees Sophia, Daniel Fallon feels alive in a way he has not since his broken engagement. Though the vulnerable beauty shies from the passion burning bright between them, Daniel is determined to court her and make her his bride. And when he learns of the painful secret she harbors, he is equally determined to take revenge on the man responsible. But will the quest destroy him—and his future with his beloved?

**I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Sophia has been hurt by a man, and her reputation suffered a lot after that. Since the attack, she finds it really hard to trust men, and can't see herself getting married to one. She thinks they just care about their own satisfaction and nothing else, and she can't stand the thought of having a man touch her.

It's really sad to see that Sophia is blamed for what happened, like she was responsible for such a thing! And I have to say that I liked Sophia very much, she's so nice and wishes to help people who are in a similar situation as hers, which is actually very risky, since she could be once again involved in a scandal. But because of this, Sophia makes two great friends, and I love the relationship between these three girls. They really stick up for each other.

Daniel was a very nice guy, but for some reason I wasn't too crazy about him, I think he was a bit immature at times.

And I'm still not sure, but I think I might've liked Thomas better than Daniel, he was incredibly nice to Sophia and didn't judge her straight away without having any proofs, like Daniel did. Thomas met Sophia first, and was also captivated by her, although I don't think he actually fell in love with her, just appreciated her and admired her a lot.

Something really interesting about this book is that the pace was just perfect, and it was like the whole thing contained only good parts! No, seriously. You know how, when you're reading, you might find yourself wanting to read like crazy to get to the good stuff? This book was pretty much all good stuff, I didn't feel the need to rush through things to get to the cool parts. Not bad, not bad!

And it was very sweet to see how badly Sophia wanted children and to form a family, but, since she didn't wish to marry, she didn't think she could have that in her life. And that awful man who hurt her wouldn't go away! I just felt so bad for her...

I hate the double standards from that time, since it's rumored that Sophia might have shared her bed with a man, Daniel gets mad and runs off to his former mistress to make Sophia jealous, rub it in her face or whatever... And seriously, it just makes me so mad that men expect women to remain virgins until marriage, but they can fool around all they want (even after getting married), while saying awful things about prostitutes, their mistresses and such. Stop being such hypocrites!!... Ugh, I can't...

But oh well, can't change the past now, can we?

All in all, a very entertaining read if you like historical romances and a female lead to admire, it's also very nice to see how she gets over her fear of men step by step.

Oh and can we also talk about how stupid Michael is? You don't ruin the reputation of the girl you like and then run off without saying a thing... I wonder how that story's going to end.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Thank you for reading! ♥


  1. Changing the past is a great theme, isn't it??
    For me, yes!


  2. Oh my goodness, it's terrible that they blamed her for such a thing! Of course it isn't her fault at all, and it's horrid that there are people in the world who think in that way. I really like the theme of this novel, though it seems like you'd have rather she ended up with the other guy - Thomas, more so than Daniel...

    1. Yes! And it's even more terrible when we see that it's being done nowadays, people shouldn't be blamed for that!!
      Haha yeah, I'm still not completely sure, but I know I didn't love Daniel :P


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