When it comes to a historical romance, I'ma read it. It's one of my favorite genres and makes me so happy. The first thing that piqued my interest about The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews was the equestrienne aspect. I was the only one in my friend group who didn't ride horses growing up (they took me on a trail ride once and I was terrified), but I knew a lot about the sport just from listening to them, so I was intrigued how that would play into the plot.
|Pub Date: 1-11-22|
Adult - Historical Romance
Evelyn Maltravers is a proud bluestocking who would rather ride horses than stroll through ballrooms. She knows she won't be able to save her family's crumbling reputation through a good marriage match. Her only hope is to play to her strengths as an equestrienne, and she knows the best way to make a splash is through high fashion. To turn the heads of the London ton, Evelyn will need a habit-maker just as afraid to rock the boat as she.
Ahmad Malik has always had a knack for making women feel beautiful. His designs are gaining recognition around London after outfitting the Rotten Row's infamous band of women riders dubbed the Pretty Horsebreakers. Meeting Evelyn sparks creativity in Ahmad that he's never felt before, and the pair decide to help each other out. As Evelyn and Ahmad spend more time together, they can't deny the spark between them, but with so many obstacles to hurdle, they'll have to decide if the risk is worth the reward.
I haven't read anything from this author before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I liked this. I appreciated how much research Matthews must've done into this period to make it feel so historically accurate. All the descriptions of Victorian fashion were so beautiful and detailed, and the conversation surrounding spiritualism was interesting as it wasn't something I was very familiar with. I liked how independent Evelyn and Ahmad were and how they both were just trying to create a better life for themselves and their families. I didn't realize going in that this was a closed-door romance, and I do wish there was a little bit of steam because I felt the chemistry was lacking a smidge. It made the story come across more like historical fiction that just had a subtle romantic side plot. I think if I knew more or had an interest in horses or riding, I would've enjoyed this a little more, but it was still good for what it was.