A Suitable Replacement

Megan Derr
A Suitable Replacement
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Publisher
Less Than Three Press LLC
Release Date
August 2014
ISBN
9781620044018
Genre
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
After three years abroad on an arduous expedition, Maximilian is happy to be home, where he can pursue his private studies in peace and enjoy not living in a dusty tent. He is also glad he has arrived in time to attend his twin sister's wedding in a few months, and to finally meet her fiancé, Kelcey.

Instead he arrives home to be accosted by his sister's furious fiancé, who wants to know where she has run off to and why. When they confirm the wedding is most definitely canceled, Max has no choice but to fulfill the runaway clause in the marriage contract: he must find Kelcey a new spouse.

And if that was not enough to manage, there is also the matter of the people his sister angered when she vanished...

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Apr 01, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
A SUITABLE REPLACEMENT is a funny, fantastical, romantic adventure.

Lord Maximillian Honeysett has returned home after three years of traveling and studying. He is looking forward to setting up his private laboratory and doing more studying and some experimenting. Before he has unpacked his trunks, he is accosted in his home by an unknown man. It turns out the man is Max's sister's fiancé and he wants to know where his bride-to-be has gone. Max's sister Mavin has always been a boisterous free spirit but even Max is perplexed about why she would run off on her fiancé, Kelcey, so close to their wedding date. Max feels obligated to honor Mavin's marriage contract which states that Max is responsible for finding Kelcey a replacement spouse in his sister's absence. Max also has to figure out where Mavin has gone and how to deal with his own attraction to Kelcey.

There were parts of this story I loved and parts that held no interest for me at all; hence the three star rating. I enjoyed the fact that even thought this book is part of a series, I did not feel like I was missing any information by not reading the earlier books. First, the fantasy elements of the book allowed for some freedom in the storytelling but also distracted me somewhat from the plot. This book is a historical fiction where the firstborn, whether male or female, gets the family title, where sexuality is a nonissue, and apparently where goblins exist and fight wars. While I enjoyed the fact that Max and Kelcey could explore their feelings for one another without worry of discovery, I enjoy that forbidden love element that gives most historical fiction its angst. The author did do a good job, however, of creating other conflicts in the story. While sexuality wasn't an issue, there was still the issue of society and social class, and Kelcey's past creates some drama in the story.

I absolutely adored Max and Kelsey and the development of their relationship. The character that I did not find at all enjoyable was Lady Mavin, Max's sister. I think the efforts to present the character as spontaneous and fun-loving failed. She ran off on Kelcey with no explanation when Kelcey himself said he would have let her go if she had only talked to him about things. Kelcey was more worried about the well-being of Mavin than the fact that his wedding was going to be cancelled. Even after the explanation of her disappearance surfaces, I did not sense any remorse or depth of emotion; she fell short for me as a character.

Overall, I enjoyed the romantic story development and the two main characters.
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