I have been reading more novellas in the last couple years and have gotten more into the genre than I thought I would. A talented author should be able to tell a great story whether it is novel length or a short story. I like that with novellas they can introduce you to a new series or author. It is a good way to see if an author or series might be to your liking without committing to a longer read. It may also fill the space in between novels. Waiting for the new book in a series can be torturous so it's nice when an author releases a novella so you have something to whet your appetite while you wait. But for some authors this may not be a good way to introduce their writing as it may turn off a reader rather than draw them in...
(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).
CAROLINE AND THE DUKE
written by Sabrina Darby
genre: historical romance, novella
Caroline was once in love with Duke Sutbridge but he was not quick enough to propose so she married another man with a title. The man she married was cruel and even after giving him an heir and a spare he still lavished all his attention on his mistress. When he dies Caroline does not want to get trapped into another arranged marriage.
Her married friend and sister of Sutbridge tells her to find a lover instead so she can get her pleasure without committing. Caroline looks to Sutbridge to fulfill her urges but he wants a commitment from her. He has been waiting for her and will not accept anything else.
Will one of them bend or will they live another few decades without each other?
A very short story with nothing to hold the reader's attention. The plot sounded good but unfortunately, the author did not use banter or chemistry.