A Dangerously Bored Duke . . .
Enormously wealthy, scrupulously mannered and suffocatingly confined by his title, the young Duke of Sale -- known to friends as Gilly -- longed for a spot of true excitement. So when his cousin found himself in quite a pickle -- a beautiful country girl claimed Gideon had proposed! -- G...more
In his travels, Gilly encounters Tom, a magnet for mischief of all kinds, Belinda, a beautiful, empty-headed girl whose virtue is teetering on a knife-edge, a brace of villains, and a host of citizens of all stripes that, as a Duk...more
The Foundling tells the story of the Duke of Ware, a shy, retiring boy of twenty-four who has been cosseted and coddled until he could scream. But he's so mild-mannered that he merely sub...more
As I mentioned in my notes on Sprig Muslin, these two books start off their adventures in pretty much the same way: a man, on his way to propose a marriage he isn't very enthusiastic about, finds himself saddled with a beautiful woman-child whose innocence he has to protect and a heedless schoolboy...more
It's difficult not to enjoy Gilly's discovery of his...more
The Duke of Sale, known as Gilly to most people (his full name and titles are amusingly very long), is an orphan, raised by his uncle until he reaches his...more
Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, the Duke of Sale, known as Gilly to his friends, is a mild-mannered and kind-hearted young man. He is too kind, in fact, to snub the well meaning servants and relatives who push him around "for his own good." When a chance for independence and adventure comes in the form of helping a young rela...more
I never wanted to read any Heyer slash. That should be self-explanatory, because her romances were the only real ones, with the m and f really belonging together, fitting, genuine love, affection and attraction, it made me sick to consider slashing the men, no matter how many there were, how many were attractive in every way. It still makes me sick.
But Gideon's love for his "little one", and that first scene were Gilly comes a little bit apart and a lit...more
Well, it was. But SO much better, I'll have to amend that review to note this one should be substituted every time. A much wider cast of characters complicate the plot delighfully and the occasional bouts of cant dialogue a...more
I will read it again.
I freakin' love Georgette Heyer. Many imitators, but only one of her.
The beginning dragged out too much. There was an over emphasis on the smothering of Gilly (and Harriet) - irritatingly so. I felt Heyer was banging the reader over the head trying to emphasise the problem.
Descriptions of scenes, characters or the char...more
I didn't want to read it because I knew I would think Gilly to wimpy, unlike other Heyer male protagonists, Gilly grows up and has to learn things. Something Heyer usually doesn't do with her male protagonists (her best ones are the ones who know all and brood most of the time,...more
The Duke of Sale, Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, better known as Gilly, has never enjoyed a true day of freedom in his life. As sole heir (and orphan, to boot) of the Sale estates, his sickly childhood foredoomed him to a life of being constantly cosseted. Approaching his twenty-fifth birthday, he dreams of being simply Mr Dash from Nowhere. When the opportunity to clandestinely escape his retinue for a few days, he jumps at the chance (though later, initially, questioning himself). What...more
Nei capitoli successivi il duca decide di fuggire e, puntualmente, si ritrova inseguito da parenti e servitori preoccupati che si prenda un raffreddore…Durante la sua settimana di l...more
Georgette Heyer was an intensely private person. A best-seller all her life without the aid of publicity, she made no appearances, never gave an interview, and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. Heyer wrote very well-researched historical fiction, fu...more