It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa Romain

September 5th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Review 53 Comments

5th Sep
It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa Romain
It Takes Two to Tangle
by Theresa Romain
Series: Matchmaker Trilogy #1
Published by: Sourcebooks
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

WOOING THE WRONG WOMAN… Henry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit… IS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE… Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart…

Theresa Romain’s new Matchmaker Trilogy starts off with a bang with It Takes Two to Tangle. She offers us unique characters who are drawn to each other in friendship and discover something more. I easily consumed this and was delighted Romain offered a different dish from the usual courses served in this genre. Three word review: warm, enchanting and romantic.

Henry Middlebrook has returned from the war with a useless right arm and is trying to readjust. Prior to the war he was a painter and he attempts to paint with his left hand. He is currently residing with his brother and sister-in-law. It is decided that a wife is exactly what he needs to launch himself back into society and his sister-in-law plays the matchmaker introducing him to society’s gem, Caroline. As he tries to gain her favor he seeks the help of her companion the war widow Frances Whittier. She finds Henry to be enchanting and sets out to befriend him and help him. A serious of misunderstands, and fireside confessions held me captive as I looked for my HEA.

Henry is a most unusual hero as he tries to find himself and deal with issues left over from the war. He is reinventing himself and of course is going about it all wrong but that’s what makes the tale delightful. Frances has guilty over her first marriage and the death of her husband. She owes Caroline the world for taking her in and her life is not an easy one. She is one step above a maid despite her rank before marriage. She is completely attracted to Henry and finds him to be quite fascinating. I laughed because Henry is the most clueless hero I have ever encountered and watching Frances try to woo him was delightful. Frances is witty and can put Henry at ease but for all of her external confidence she is very fearful of rejection. I loved the banter between the two of them and all of the missed signals. At times I wanted them just to confess all, which kept me engaged.

It Takes Two to Tangle was romantic, warm and left you feeling good. I loved that the hero and heroine were refreshingly different. Frances was witty and I loved how she dealt with some of the snobs of the ton. I think at times she wanted to scream, “Look at me, Henry!” and I wish she would have. The romance was sweet, felt genuine and grew out of friendship. The pacing and move towards our HEA was well done, with twists and just enough drama to engage us but not overwhelm our senses. We do get a few heated scenes that are discreetly done and felt natural for the couple. I am anxious to read the next book in the trilogy and hope we continue to see unique, fleshed out characters.

Fans of historical romances, fleshed out characters and a refreshing twist will delight It Takes Two to Tangle’s sweet romance.

Three and half cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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53 Responses to “It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa Romain”

  1. Nick

    This sounds like a really cute historical romance, Kim. I like how Henry isn’t the typical arrogant rake that you usually get. The poor man seems to have gone through a lot. I think I would really like his relationship with Frances. It sounds very sweet.
    Lovely review, Kim! 🙂

  2. Wendy

    It is so hard to find refreshingly unique storylines in historical romance, but this one definitely seems to fit that bill! I love witty character interactions and the idea of the hero and heroine beginning as friends is very appealing to me. I’ll definitely give this novel a try as soon as I get the chance!

    Great review!

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Ali, I like unique characters too, have a wonderful day 🙂

  3. Lark

    Good review, Kimba! I like the sound of this book: well-developed characters, humor, and enough originality to make it fresh. I’ll keep an eye out for it!

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  4. Andrea

    It seems this couple is not the typical of many historical romances, and I love that, especially the vulnerable hero.
    This cover is beyond gorgeous. I’m so glad you enjoyed this , Kim!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Andrea, the characters were unique and I appreciated that.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I did that too, and then for five years banned them…I am finally back reading one or two a month and loving it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a solid read, and the characters were refreshing 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like mixing my genres between dark and light, and this was perfect after a darker read 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Isn’t the cover breathtaking 🙂 This was a great start to the series, with just a touch of heat, but unique characters 🙂

  5. Lauren

    This is the second review I’ve read of this one today, and now I’m super excited to read it! I love historicals and this just sounds charming. I do hope Caroline gets her HEA too though!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Lauren, I enjoyed this and love when characters get themselves in a pickle..LOL

  6. Kimberly

    Another good one. I like sweet historicals and I’m glad you mentioned that this one’s characters really drive the story. Great review 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was Kim and I love where characters create their own trouble, and boy does she!

  7. Janice Hougland

    Here I am again, Theresa! I’m soooo glad you’ve come out with a new book that I can start reading right away. I’ve caught up with your backlist and have pre-ordered the next one coming up…but don’t have this one yet. You know my Mom always told me “It takes two to tango,” rather than “tangle.” I like the connotations of that “tangle.” Makes me think this will be a doozy of a romance! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like the twist on two to tango and hope you enjoy this as much as I did Janice 🙂

  8. Aurian

    I fell in love with Theresa’s first two books, but I just could not enjoy this one. I really did not like the hero at all. And in the end, I could not write a review about it either. Now I am just looking forward to the third book in her first series.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Aww, I liked how original they were, he was a sorry sap and totally clueless but charming in his own way..he was a victim of his sister-in-law’s match making scheme 🙂

  9. Adriana

    I don’t know if I would want a clueless hero as an MC but it sounds like he was funny rather than disappointing. Poor Frances! Wanting to be seen but unable too. I’m sure I would be rooting for her the whole way. I love how she’s witty especially since the setting is in a historical time. You could get in trouble for that wit in those times which makes her more of a heroine to me. Great review (: