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To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters | #BookReview @marthabwaters @AtriaBooks #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance #RomCom

Two sarcastic and pragmatical characters tangled up in feelings they refuse to acknowledge

To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters is a fun historical rom-com with two sarcastic and pragmatical characters tangled up in feelings they refused to acknowledge.

Our thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Print Length: 352 pages
Atria Books (April 6, 2021)

Book Description

The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are infamous among English high society as much for their sharp-tongued bickering as their flirtation. One evening, an argument at a ball turns into a serious wager: Jeremy will marry within the year or Diana will forfeit one hundred pounds. So shortly after, just before a fortnight-long house party at Elderwild, Jeremy’s country estate, Diana is shocked when Jeremy appears at her home with a very different kind of proposition.

After his latest mistress unfavorably criticized his skills in the bedroom, Jeremy is looking for reassurance, so he has gone to the only woman he trusts to be totally truthful. He suggests that they embark on a brief affair while at the house party—Jeremy can receive an honest critique of his bedroom skills and widowed Diana can use the gossip to signal to other gentlemen that she is interested in taking a lover.

Diana thinks taking him up on his counter-proposal can only help her win her wager. With her in the bedroom and Jeremy’s marriage-minded grandmother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Willingham, helping to find suitable matches among the eligible ladies at Elderwild, Diana is confident her victory is assured. But while they’re focused on winning wagers, they stand to lose their own hearts.

With Martha Waters’s signature “cheeky charm and wonderfully wry wit” (Booklist, starred review), To Love and to Loathe is another clever and delightful historical rom-com that is perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Evie Dunmore.

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Jeremy was Diana’s brother’s school friend, and they knew each other forever but never really got along. She despised his carefree and womanizing ways, and he loathed her cold calm and determination in marrying a rich husband.

But beneath all the loathing lay a sizzling attraction that they both fought through endless banter and outright insult.

The story is well written, and the couple’s repartee was fun and entertaining. Diana and Jeremy were flawed and clueless about what was going on between them, and it was kind of adorable.

The romance was spicy (definitively adult reading). I was not entirely convinced it was true love between them. They seem too practical and jaded for that, but I was happily proved wrong in the end.

To Love and to Loathe is a delightful historical comedy, great for a light and fun read in these crazy times we live in.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author

Martha Waters was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works as a children’s librarian in North Carolina and spends much of her free time traveling. 

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