Series: The Worth Saga #2
Published by: self published
ISBN 13: 9781717220578
Published: April 2018
Format reviewed: eVersion from NetGalley
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five
After the Wedding by Courtney Milan is the second in the Worth Saga, following Once Upon a Marquess.
In the first book we met Judith and Christian, and while we meet two of Judith’s four siblings, we only hear about Camilla, who took a spur of the moment opportunity when it presented itself and has then regretted it ever since.
When their father was found guilty for treason Judith became head of the household, and struggled to keep food on the table for her younger brother and sisters. An uncle offered to take Judith and Camilla in, however refused their younger sister, Theresa. Judith then refused, not wanting to leave anyone behind. Camilla, however, scared of the unknown, took the offer thinking it would mean a roof over her head in the very least.
The uncle however passes her on to someone who passes her on, and so forth, until she is basically a servant. And then she gets a little too close to a man who promises her everything yet leaves her ruined… and she is forced to move on again, however now at half pay. She finds herself servant to a rector who is at best a cad and at worst a bounder (sorry, I saw the chance to reference Austentatious and I had to take it) who is sneaking money meant for honourable things into his own pocket.
It is here that Camilla runs into Adrian, a man posing as a valet who is actually there on a mission from his uncle, to try to prove the rector as a disreputable man. However instead, the rector forces Camilla and Adrian into a compromised situation, which then gives him grounds to force them into an actual shotgun wedding, and toss them both out onto the street.
From there we have two people who are growing more and more attracted to each other, who are married so could legally act on these urges, however also want an annulment for the simple fact that it was a shotgun wedding and therefore they had no choice in the matter.
There are some other plot things here and there, but parts weren’t as clear as they could have been and the second quarter of the book dragged so much that it took me months to get through. Then it all picked up again and I finished the last half within an hour, and I can’t wait for the next one.