Tangled Web is a Zebra Regency romance by Janice Bennett from 1988. Sadly, it’s not a great read.
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Imprint or Line: Zebra Regency Romance
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era Romance, Traditional Regency Romance
Buy on: Amazon, AbeBooks
Reviewed by: Blue Falcon
Tangled Web begins with the heroine, Miss Celia Marcombe, being informed by her grandfather, Roderick, that he has arranged a marriage for her. Celia is to marry his godson, Lord Trevor Ryde, the book’s hero.
Suffice it to say that Celia is less than thrilled with this prospect. So she tries to get out of it by claiming she is already betrothed to her brother’s best friend, Jonathon Edelston.
Celia is even less enthused about the impending nuptials when she visits Trevor’s home and realizes the state of disarray it’s in.
Despite that disappointment, Celia does begin to develop a romantic tendre for Trevor, which is somewhat broken when she discovers he’s keeping a woman at his home.
The woman in question—Therese de Bourgerre—later becomes the heroine of another book: An Intriguing Desire, the second entry in Ms. Bennett’s Spy Duo.
The reasons Trevor is keeping Mademoiselle de Bourgerre in London later come to light, leading to intrigue and danger.
Eventually, most of the mysteries are solved, and Celia and Trevor realize they love each other. Jonathon finds his true love—Celia’s companion Elizabeth—and the two couples have their Happily Ever After.
Tangled Web is a Regency romance. I usually enjoy Regencies.
Plus, I learned a few new phrases. I do love Regency-Era phrases. Sometimes they are so much more descriptive than modern American ones.
I found both Celia and Trevor to be unlikeable. While I understood Celia’s desire not to be forced into marriage with Trevor, the way she expressed that displeasure was, to me, immature and childish. Although, in her defense, she is only 19 years old.
On the other hand, Trevor is an arrogant, stiff, and unfeeling boor for most of the book. I found the “romance” between them unromantic and unbelievable.
Toward the end of the book, Trevor threatens to kill Celia and spanks her. Yet, despite this, she agrees to marry him!
Other than a few kisses, there is no sexual content.
There was no steam in Tangled Web. Except for a few kisses and the spanking mentioned earlier, this would have been a clean book—not as in “clean and pure” or “clean equals good,” but as in antiseptic or sterile, like a hospital.
This is a sweet romance, but it has zero calories and is sugar-free.
Shootings, killings, and a swordfight. None of the violence is graphic.
Bottom Line on Tangled Web
I really wanted to like Tangled Web, as I currently own four of Ms. Bennett’s books and have many more on my TBR lists. But this was a seriously disappointing book!
My hope is that Ms. Bennett’s future books will be better; they can’t be much worse.
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In a delightful Regency romance, Celia Marcombe vowed Lord Trevor Ryde would never get his hands on her fortune—let alone her person—no matter how handsome he was. But Lord Ryde chuckled as his betrothed gave vent to her temper. Her spirit would make her surrender sweeter, and by the time he was done with her, Celia would beg him to make her his wife!Tangled Web by Janice Bennett