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The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane (Regency Classics: Alphabet Series #2)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  796 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
A Kasey Michaels Classic Alphabet Regency

You’ve heard about them, “those perfect little books” USA TODAY and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kasey Michaels penned in the 1980s, known to her many fans as her “Alphabet Regencies.” These are classic Regencies, not Regency historicals, and they center on the foibles of the day, the eccentrics that populated the drawing rooms
Paperback, 191 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by Avon Books
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Jul 18, 2015 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Lighthearted (and a little light on romance), and amusing traditional regency. Humorous secondary characters steal the show.
Miss Tansy Tamerlane has few accomplishments, no useful social connections, and is nearing the end of her marriageability. On her way to another unpromising governess post she foils a foolish elopement and discovers that the young lady is actually a distant cousin. Having proven her worth at managing her young cousin's virtue she is offered the post of companion. Tansy is clever, strong, and fearless, and she immediately up ends her cousins' ordered lives. They are all better off for it.

This wa
May 03, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a fun little romp, not the best, and maybe a little draggy, but I didn't expect much. Kasey Michaels has never been top of my regency list, but I recently stumbled on an online interview with her from 2005 in which she discusses how she wrote this book: she was pregnant with her 4th child while giving her 8-year-old home dialysis, and she would stay up all night writing this book. It was an escape for her from the stress of life, and she says it saved her sanity. So, I wanted to read it ...more
Madhulika Liddle
The line between witty and tedious is a fine one.

Georgette Heyer, who pretty much pioneered the Regency romance—especially when it came to the literary equivalent of a rom-com—had perfected the art. With brilliantly intricate plots, a judicious use of cant, and just the right amount of humour, Ms Heyer made her books classics in this genre.

Kasey Michaels, in The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane, seems to be trying to emulate Ms Heyer. Several of the plot elements of novels like The Grand Sophy and Reg
Joana V.
Dec 29, 2015 Joana V. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, inglês, e-book
Opinião completa em:

A primeira vez que li algo da Kasey Michaels foi com os livros da Harlequin, e imediatamente quis ler mais livros desta autora. Com um estilo de escrita romântico e que nos prende do início ao fim, Kasey Michaels leva-nos a um mundo dos inícios do século XIX com glamour e atracção.
Tansy estava à beira da falência e não tinha jeito para cuidar/ensinar crianças, pois a sua própria educação, que começou por ser a de uma senhora nobr
Definitely more Heyer than Austin - A Regency Romp at Romance. Well crafted with few 'dead' patches and the cast is well supported by sufficient eccentric characters which helped the author over her next 2 books. (As you work yourself past Penolope to Miss Hampshire the stories tend to lose their sharp edge). Loved Aunt Lucina and spent time checking the rhythm of how the other characters allowed her to voice out what she needed said. The reason why she sticks to other people's quotes is found i ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Camy rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Kasey Michaels books! The heroine is delightful and the writing is absolutely hilarious! I loved this one.
Jun 30, 2015 Zaara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hoots, capers and a bunch of fun characters served up why was this one still so 'meh'?
Mar 14, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
If ever a regency romance could hoist the mantel of “madcap” champion it is The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane. I laughed and chuckled all the way to the end.

Upon the death of her debt-ridden father Miss Tamerlane or “Tansy” has hired herself out as a governess to a succession of brats. She is discovered to be a distant cousin to Ashley Benedict, Duke of Avenoll and is rescued to become the companion of the Duke’s air-headed younger sister. She takes up residence in London at the Duke’s posh townhous
The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane reads like really over-the-top Georgette Heyer fan-fiction. It's extremely silly, humorous at times, painful often, and thankfully a quick read. This may actually be the book from which the term 'Regency Romp' was coined because I've never read anything that fits the bill more than this.

Country bumpkin Tansy finds herself living with distant relatives for a season in London, meddling in their household while they try to keep her from becoming a social disaster and s
J. Kahele
Sep 25, 2015 J. Kahele rated it really liked it
This is painful. I know what the author was trying to do, create the main character to be strong and aggressive, to show the strength and lack of emotion a motherless woman has when raised by just her father, but it was a little much at time and I felt that I needed to see more compassion and understanding to make the main character likable. Because honestly, I found her completely annoying.

I am a different kind of reviewer, I don’t base my reviews on grammatical errors, annoying characters, I
J. Kahele
Sep 25, 2015 J. Kahele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is painful. I know what the author was trying to do, create the main character to be strong and aggressive, to show the strength and lack of emotion a motherless woman has when raised by just her father, but it was a little much at time and I felt that I needed to see more compassion and understanding to make the main character likable. Because honestly, I found her completely annoying.

I am a different kind of reviewer, I don’t base my reviews on grammatical errors, annoying characters, I
The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane is for people who...

...don't mind some fairly thick Regency speak being flung about all willy-nilly.
...yeah, that's all I got.

I didn't really enjoy this one. It was a little too tongue in cheek for me. Lots of flip banter and barbed words. And... it just wasn't for me.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Tina Ullrich
Aug 22, 2015 Tina Ullrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quibbling Bards

Tansy and Ashley's story is full of fun, insightful, and delightful quote. As companion and governess to a spoiled debutante, Tansy has errors hands ful. Enter the Duke, trying to be the good and righteously devoted brother. Add a mischievous grandma's and a bard quoting Aunt to this mix. What you end up with is a laughingly great story.

Here's to more of these. Thank You for this.
Robin Malek
Sep 22, 2014 Robin Malek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenacious indeed.

Your writing makes me want to digest your words and phrases to understand your meanings more clearly. Aunt Lucinda and her quotes took some getting used to but when you started understanding where she was coming from, it was quite delightful. I did so enjoy that. Thanks again for such an amazing read.
Margaret Taylor
Aug 21, 2016 Margaret Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely hilarious

Never read any of Kasey Michaels before so this was the first. It was a good storyline and written with humour through just about every other paragraph. I found myself laughing at the continuous antics of the family and servants. Cheered me up no end. Thank you Kasey. I have joined you via email and look forward to reading your newsletters.
Sep 21, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kasey Michaels is a hit-or-miss author for me, and this title could not be more of a miss. There is nothing likable about it: the characters are obnoxious stereotypes, the plot is outlandish and unbelievable, and the overall writing style is beyond gaudy, to distracting and dreadful. I could not recommend this to anyone.

(My first Bookbub freebie.)
Marilyn Geary
Jan 25, 2015 Marilyn Geary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty fun

Recommended to those who enjoy light romance novels. Nice story line, kept my interest, funny secondary characters, good clean fun. I will definitely read more of Miss Michaels books.
Sandra Sales
Eu gosto imenso de romances históricos, mas este achei particularmente difícil de ler. Houve alturas em que simplesmente não tinha paciência para a tradução e tentava ficar apenas com a ideia geral da cena. E mesmo assim, às vezes não a conseguia entender...
Jenika Ioffreda
Nov 09, 2015 Jenika Ioffreda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
very pleasant and funny story, it made me smile and laugh. All the characters were quite likeable, especially the quotes-crazy aunt.
I will definitely try more books by this author.
Not the best regency I've read...
kindle freebie on Valentine's Day
2.5 stars broken down like this:
Writing quality 2
Character likability 2 1/4 for Horatio
Plot 2.5

Tansy Tamerlane has neither looks, age, nor accomplishments to recommend her. She's a penniless spinster with the vocabulary of a gamester and skills no lady should ever have. She is forced to play governess to bratty children for a living. While on her way to her next post, she comes across an aborted elopement and puts a stop to it before the young Lady Emily's brothe
Liana Bautista | Will Read for Feels
*This review was originally published on book blog Will Read for Feels

I’ve been seeing Kasey Michaels’ name on the covers of books for what feels like all my life. And yet I never read any of her work until just recently, when I was browsing through Amazon and picked up a free copy of The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane, the second in a series of Regency novels that originally were printed over 20 years ago, but have since been rereleased. I devoured this novel in one sitting, and went on to read more
Eunice Robertson
Tansy and Ashley, a duke, strike sparks off each other from the first time they meet. What a romp this was. The characters are absolutely delightful. (This ebook was given to me in return for an honest review.)
Sep 28, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kelly by:
Note to self - Read EVERYTHING of Kasey Michaels lickity-split. The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane is my introduction to Kasey Michaels, which seems crazy considering I adore Regency and I don't know how I've missed this fantastic author.

After reading the blurb (I got this book for free at Amazon) I started reading it right away. It was right up my alley and I had visions of Georgette Heyer from the start. I adore GH. I now understand that this book was written back in the 1980's and I didn't start sn
Emilia Barnes
DNF - The only good thing I can say about this book is that I got it for free as a Kindle download on Amazon. It's badly researched, the dialogue is stilted, as far as I had got in it it did not even make me crack a smile, and I lost patience with it. The premise is just unbelievably stupid: The daughter of a baronet who is distantly related to a duke grows up unable to converse with members of her very same class in a manner that they would recognize her as their own because her father was a ga ...more
Kalinya Parker-Pryce
A reasonably fun, clean story with a tart heroine who likes running off at the mouth and is a control freak who lacks any feminine accomplishments; yet without any previous guidance from another female, is nonetheless able to walk into a duke's houss; sack his housekeeper; and take over the efficient running of the household as though she had been trained to do so.

Thank God there were other distracting characters in the story, though while I was originally entertained by the Aunt's comments, wh
Linda Walters
I found this story to be one that I had mixed feelings about. For those that want to know, it was a clean reading story. I liked the blunt speaking Tansy and found her fun and unusual, often these two traits getting her into trouble all on its own. The lofty Ashley often didn't know what to do with her, how to deal with her. She often got the best of him, with her quick wit. When he wasn't wanting to strangle her, she made him laugh out loud. His sister, Emily really was a twit relying on her be ...more
Amanda Caswell
Feb 14, 2012 Amanda Caswell rated it liked it
A fun novel to read, but I was expecting a little more. The hero was sullen and annoying and I didn't quite believe the heroine would act as she always did. Having read a later book in the series I was hoping Aunt Lucinda and her quotations would be more fun, but I believe she developed as a character later on--she rarely hit my funny bone or engaged my interest. The more I read of authors more current than Heyer I realize that while their primary characters are normally well-drawn, the secondar ...more
Nov 11, 2016 Mstv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delight to read and hard to put down!

The first in the series and if all are as good & as fun as tis, I will be reading the entire series!

Tansy Tamerlane is one of your usual Regency Romance Heroines, gentile, homeless, down on her luck & heading for her next governess/babysitting job, when she rescues a women from a "Cad" only to find she's a cousin when her brother the Duke, rides up late, gets a dressing down by Tandy for his neglect then gets hired/taken in as a poor relation to cha
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Kasey Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 books (she doesn't count them). Kasey has received three coveted Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, two for the historical romances, THE SECRETS OF THE HEART and THE BUTLER DID IT, and a third for contemporary romance LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (that shows diversity, you see). She is a recipient of the RITA, a W ...more
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Regency Classics: Alphabet Series (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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