Woo'd In Haste is the first book of the Taming Series by Sabrina Darby and is a retelling of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. This is a longish novella about 150 pages and it read like a novella. Woo'd In Haste tells the story of Miss Bianca Mansfield and Lucien Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith and how they "fell" in love. Luc see's Bianca at the village and immediately proclaims to his best friend Peter Colburn that he is in love with her and wants to marry her. Peter informs Luc that Bianca cannot get married unless the older sister, Kate, gets married first. They visit the Mansfield residence the next day and Luc is sucked in by Peter's tricks and ends up being the tutor of her younger half-brother.
This is the first book that I read by Sabrina Darby. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy it much. Maybe owing to the "love at first sight" trope. Now, don't get me wrong, I do love a good "love at first sight" story but this was not it. Luc's character just rubbed me the wrong way and I felt that he wasn't a man but a boy acting to get this girl. He felt too good, too nice to be someone that Bianca would fall in love with.
I did like how Bianca changed throughout the story. Initially, we meet her as meek and accepting in her current situation. While her older sister, Kate, is out in London on her second season, she is stuck in the country with her former governess, younger half-brother and a father that didn't have any power at all. This struck me as odd. I did not like that that father allowed Kate to dictate his decisions, especially when she said that Bianca had to hold off her season until SHE gets married first.
All in all it is an okay read but it was not for me. I have the next book Wed at Leisure which is Kate's story. I have a feeling that it is going to be better.
Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets … him.
For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother.
Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?