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Preview — A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry
A Royal Pain (Unruly Royals #1)
Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and whe...more
In this case the premise is "girl meets boy, they fall in love, boy is secretly a duke," which, YES, I will read the hell out of that book and I am not ashamed.
The fucking up, sadly, is extensive and irredeemable. It occurs in the writing (and the characterization and the plotting, but primarily the writing). Mulry is... not a natural wordsmith. For one thing, her ear for dialogue suggests...more
Marlene: A Royal Pain was just that, an absolute pain to read. I hate to put it that way, but the pun is just right there waiting to be said. I finished because I said I would. And I was on an airplane and “what the heck”.
Stella: I’m sorry to say but I completely agree. *sighs* Which is even sadder since from the moment I read its blurb I was predisposed and predestined to love it, I mean it is my go-to fantasy the normal, ordinary gir...more
They meet seemingly by chance in a Chicago book store, when Bronte wanders thru the SF section after being bemused by a hot Saturday cashier. Many Saturdays later they decide: Enough with the deja vu! and date, then consummate, finally agreeing to terminate, as soon as he's finished his studies and returned to England....more
Leí este libro hace tantos meses (enero) y había olvidado por completo traerles la reseña. Cómo ligar a un duque es una novela que pese a su título, no trascurre en la regencia ni mucho menos, es un libro contemporáneo.
Bronte siempre ha aprendido todo lo que ha podido sobre la realeza, es una soñadora, algo que le traía muchos problemas con su padre, se llevaban pésimo, pero él amaba a su esposa, así que para Bronte, el hecho de que sus padres se quisieran era suficiente...
Por ahí dicen qu...more
Bronte and Max are two ships that pass in the night the first few times they should have met, which just doesn't happen in most wham-bam-thank-you...more
Ugh! Bronte was likeable before meeting Max...even with her penchant for dropping the f-word in every other sentence. True she moved from NYC to Chicago for an ill-fated romance with the Texan, but she rebounded... unfortunately into Max's arms. Unbeknownst to Bronte, Max is the heir to a dukedom, even though he is working on his dissertation at a u...more
Bronte really isn't looking for Mr. Right, she just wants someone. After dating Mr. Texas, she finds that although he is charming, he just isn't the right guy for her, even after moving to Chicago to see if the romance will go anywhere. She buckles down and becomes Career Girl. And to her surprise she meets an English guy. Now to fully understand Bronte, you need to know that she has a closet addiction to British royalty. She was enthralled when Diana married Charles, devastat...more
Mulry gives us years of Bronte and Max’s lives. She gives space for mess ups, for growth, for change, for angst. And in that way, it made it feel like we were on a journey with these two characters, not simply peeking in on a quick courtship.
Bronte is wonderful. Like any romance heroine, she makes incredibly frustrating choices and I want her to just give Max a chance even if I understand why she is hesitating. But man, I loved that she cursed all the fucking time. And I loved tha...more
This book follows Bronte and Max on their very bumpy journey to their happy ending. Bronte and Max first meet up when Bronte moves to Chicago and sees a very good looking Max in the...more
Anyone familiar with my reviews knows that I am really harsh on female main characters. I have high and specific standards. They may disappear sometimes and I'll somehow enjoy a TSTL heroine, but usually I'm incredibly harsh. Knowing that about me, knowing that I will quickly DNF a book because the female MC is annoying, TSTL, horrible, bitchy, whatever... please understand how serious I am when I say this girl, Bronte, is one of the worst characters I've ever read.
The lovestory takes time, in all ways. It takes time for them to meet, to fall in love and more. I guess I was expecting instalove and a trip to England but no My Lord, that was not in the cards. There is drama, hardship and...more
But after a while, I got really fed up with the characters.
So we have Bronte, who is a late 20s independent career woman living in NYC. She is working well towards her goal and has a boss who appreciates her and thinks she'll go far (seriously, these days hardly anyone has that).
Then she decides to run off to Chicago to be with some rich jerk from Texas and surprisingly (since...more
A ROYAL PAIN opens at an apartment party in NYC. The English hostess, Willa, hopes to introduce her American friend, Bronte, to her English friend, Max (en route to grad school in Chicago). But Max is late and Bronte meet “Mr. Texas” (a wandering spirit with a home in Chicago). Bronte begins a long distance romance with Mr. Texas. She even moves to Chicago...more
Con un título como Cómo ligar con un duque uno puede pensar que esta sea una novela divertida, fresca y ligera, pero la verdad es que no es este tipo de historia. Es mucho más profunda de lo que me esperaba y a pesar de ser un romance contemporáneo, tiene varios toques de narrativa femenina, y se centra mucho en la parte romántica (que es casi su único componente) pero es muy introspectiva en lo que a la protagonista se refiere.
Bronte está desconsolada. Siempre ha sido una mujer independien...more
Originally published on The Librarian Next Door:
All her life, Bronte Talbot has been obsessed with the scandalous lives of the British royals. But while she soaks up all sorts of gossip about their love lives, her own isn’t going so well. After moving to Chicago for her boyfriend, the relationship abruptly ends and Bronte starts looking for her Transitional Man, the rebound guy to get her back in the game. Enter Max Heyworth, who is charming, handsome – and British! Bronte’s dead set on keeping...more
They were supposed to meet at a party thrown my mutual friends but his flight was late and she was swept up by Mr. Texas. She and Mr. Tex...more
The writing style itself falls a little flat for me. I sense that the author was trying to perhaps bring to life some quick, witty banter or she was trying too hard to create characters that were cool in their live-in-the-moment, I-don't-care-what-others-think attitude, but the end result is that it felt too fo...more
Why, you ask?
BECAUSE I WANT TO PUNCH our heroine, BRONTE (Oh yes, you read that correctly, Bronte- her FIRST NAME IS BRONTE!) IN THE FACE.
Why? Well..Her name is Bronte but people call her Bron. This isn't necessarily a problem-...more
I've skimmed a LOT because there's just so MUCH to get through!! Sometimes...more
Love both the hero and heroine and that they weren.t made to look perfect :) I had one or 2. "Oh come on"moments but besides thaose it was a great book! It was exactly what I needed after a sucky school week and laptop problems: fun, light, 1 or 2 emotional moments thrown in and had lots of humor.
Full disclosure: I am friends with the author and did some beta reading.