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Regency Buck (Alastair-Audley #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,321 ratings  ·  310 reviews
"An altogether unsatisfactory arrangement"

After their father's death, Miss Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine travel to London to meet their guardian, Lord Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman. To their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are, doesn't want the office of guardian any more than they want him, and is determined to th...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1935)
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Tadiana
So I feel the great Georgette Heyer Splurge winding down here--a woman can only take so much of the constraints of Polite Society before she hares off and immerses herself in gory urban fantasies with kickass heroines, or something like that--but at least I'm ending on a high note here (or almost ending: I've got one more GH to buddy read with some friends next week).

Judith Tavener, age 20, and her brother Peregrine, aka Perry, age 19, decide to leave the Yorkshire countryside after their father...more
Wealhtheow
With any other hero, I might consider this the best of Heyer. As it was, I was torn between hating Lord Worth and being swept up in the story.
Judith Taverner and her younger, sillier brother Peregrine have been recently orphaned, and with spirited curiosity they decide to seek out their new guardian, the high-handed Lord Worth. They are quite surprised to learn he is a young, handsome man who is friends with the Crown Prince and the cream of society. With his help, the Taverners are rapidly enfo...more
Lightreads
The one where our heroine and her silly brother discover, upon their father’s death, that their new guardian is the sardonic Lord Worth. And then everyone gets into social scrapes.

Almost, but decidedly no. The heroine here is almost my favorite kind of Heyer girl – witty, perceptive, cleverer than the men who are supposed to be her betters – except for how she’s ultimately an idiot so that the hero can explain the entire plot to her. And the hero. Almost my favorite sort of Heyer man – dry, sarc...more
Tweety
Well... This was a bit of a dud.

I don't know how to put this, but frankly this was irritating. I hate to say that when so many of my Goodreads buddies liked it, but boy I have a problem with the characters!

I'm not saying it wasn't funny, I have yet to read a Heyer that wasn't. However, Judith will never know how many times I wanted to smack her. She was so inconsiderate, ungrateful and childish. Do I like ingrates? Is it funny when a character is childish enough to do the exact opposite of wha...more
Badlydone
This is Georgette Heyer's first Regency romance, and has seen its fair share of criticism - particularly of its hero, the fifth Earl of Worth, Julian Audley.

The beautiful heiress, Judith Taverner, and her brother Sir Peregrine, are on their way to London in search of their guardian, when they chance upon a aristocrat who gets entirely too familiar with the feisty Judith. They soon discover that this man is none other than the guardian they had come to meet.

In spite of all the criticism I have...more
Jamie
It's possible I'm overrating this because I'm so pleased with it in comparison to the last two Heyer books I've read: These Old Shades and Devil's Cub. All three of these novels are prequels to An Infamous Army, which I look forward to reading next, but I've been disappointed up until this one.

I was charmed by this book, which is a pretty standard Regency romance enlivened by Heyer's amusing characterizations and sparkling dialog. Our lovers are a very likable couple, not too far apart in age, c...more
Rachel
I read my first regency romance in college; introduced to them by a roommate who shall remain nameless for I would hate for all the world to know that she was at fault for the many, many hours I've wasted reading them. They are a guilty pleasure that I try not to indulge in too often because, while many are harmless, I have come across those with love scenes that make me blush and hope that no one saw me with such heavy stuff. But I was recently introduced to Georgette Heyer who appears to have...more
Kathryn
I'm not a huge fan of Regency Buck, mostly because I like Judith when she is away from Worth, but hate her whenever she's in his presence or even thinking about him. Judith is a clever, sensible, level-headed woman with a wry sense of humor...right up until Worth says something to or even just looks at her, at which point she degenerates into a contrary, irrational, immature little girl. It's so frustrating. I just want to slap her.

But Judith conspiring with the Beau to make herself notable in S...more
Anne
Although it lacked all the excitement, drama, glamour and awesomeness of These Old Shades and Devil's Cub, Regency Buck was still highly enjoyable and well worth reading. I instantly fell for the hero, Lord Worth, who was as handsome as he was irritating, and as dashing as he was manipulative. Yes, I wanted to shake him up a great many times and command him to stop driving poor Judith up the wall, but he was such an interesting and fun character to read about, that I could not but like him a lot...more
Susan
First time ever I couldn't finish a Heyer - I'm glad I got it from the library! I just found it humorless; Judith was one of Heyer's beautiful, haughty, strong-willed heroines, which is fine when balanced with warmth and humor, but I just didn't see it. In fact, I didn't see much of Heyer's trademark humor at all; the hero (his name escapes me, since I stopped reading it last week and started another!) was the typical handsome, dashing, "top-of-the-trees" Corinthian, leader of the ton, etc., but...more
Rosanne Lortz
Once upon a time, back when I was in college, a friend recommended that I read Georgette Heyer’s novels. I picked up my first one, The Grand Sophy, and devoured it. Then I was on to Fredrica and Cotillion and Bath Tangle. My enjoyment of Heyer’s books left me feeling a little guilty at first. As I was growing up, my mother had always vehemently decried “romance” novels for putting foolish notions in young girls’ heads. And Heyer’s books are definitely romantic, all about innocent heiresses and d...more
Rebekah
A new favorite Heyer! While my previous favorite was These Old Shades (such a great one!), I think that Regency Buck is even better. There were several things that I particularly liked about this novel.

1) There was a lot more interaction between the hero and the heroine than in most of the other Heyers that I have read. I really liked this because it was nice to see how their feelings were slowly growing/changing throughout. I think that this made the ending much more believable than in some ot...more
Siria
My least favourite kind of Heyer novel—one with a fiery-yet-naive heroine and a hero so full of upper-class, alpha male testosterone that I'd be surprised if he boasts but the one pair of testicles. Judith irritated me, and Worth was the very image of an even more insufferable version of Darcy, who never got the set-down that he so thoroughly required. Heyer lost any interest I might have had in him the moment he started carrying around Judith, touching her against her will and physically intimi...more
Trice
this was either my 1st or 2nd Heyer, so fond but foggy memories. interesting to reread w/a whole bunch more of Heyer's bks under my belt, plus already knowing how it ends - kind of a groaner watching the heroine fall into various traps, like "not again!!" even though she actually hasn't been there yet; also kind of funnier for the same reason. Worth seems far more amusing and far less annoying because of that too... though he's still rather high handed.

I had forgotten that this was the one where...more
Muriel
There's nothing like a Georgette Heyer to get me back in the reading mood. This is another effortless charmer from Heyer with a group of wonderful characters which is a staple for this wonderful author.
Belinda Rule
What a fabulous bait-and-switch plot this has! (view spoiler)...more
Jade Heslin
Urgh. This was one of the most boring things I have ever read in my life. There was just nothing to it. It doesn’t make you think. You can’t learn from it. You can’t even relate to it.

Regency Buck is (surprise, surprise) set in Regency London & Brighton. The costumes and furnishings are extravagant and it’s all Georgette Heyer can seem to focus on. I don’t want to read 3 pages on how exquisite a certain type of silk is. I don’t care!

This book is just a bunch of rich people complaining about...more
Nicole
Young siblings are left the wards of an unknown friend to their father when he dies just before the eldest reaches her majority. Judith Tavener takes herself and her harum scarum young brother, Pergrin, to London to meet their guardian and to establish themselves in society.
On the way Peregrin finds a boxing match planned so they pause on their journey to allow him an opportunity to attend. Judith needing to occupy herself strolls a bit to far and meets autocratic and egotistic man who takes the...more
Kathy Davie
This was the very first Georgette Heyer I read decades ago and I was intrigued by the very careful manners of Regency society---as well as its high-spirited heroine pitting herself against the alpha male.

Judith Taverner and her brother, Peregrine, are flouting their guardian’s will by coming to London; they are determined to enjoy themselves to the hilt. A chance encounter on the road sets the tone for Judith’s future relationship with her guardian and it’s will-he, nill-he for the next year as...more
Evania
It may be said that I need some help--this is the second regency romance I've read in 2 days, while I've had obligations to read other stuff for class. Yeah.........um. OOPS!

The good: LORD WORTH. I know some reviewers have found him insufferable at times, and I did too, but overall he's exactly the type of character I enjoy reading about. High-handed, dandy, proud yet self-aware: he's the opposite of a Tortured Hero, and that was a cool glass of water to me. I am goddamned tired of the stupid a...more
Annii
"Regency Buck" is the story of feisty Judith Taverner and Lord Julian St. John Audley, the Fifth Earl of Worth. Due to a careless mistake in her father's will, Judith and her younger brother Peregrine find themselves Julian's wards. Pompous, arrogant, and a bit of a dandy, Julian is as horrified as his wards at the situation, especially when he starts interfering in their lives - as he does when he expressly forbids Judith to marry while under his guardianship. While Judith flourishes in London...more
Poonam
This is the first time I have actually read a Georgette Heyer. Long back, I had picked it up and unceremoniously dumped the book since I felt the language was contrived. Actually it was not the language, rather the vocabulary of the Regency period that had made me impatient. I, who does not like to passover any word without knowing exactly what it means. It is precisely this quality that endeared this book to me this time. The period that is weaved in Heyer's words enchants me. I little digging...more
Sbuchler
Genre: Regency Romance

This is a very nice audio version of one of my favorite Heyer novels. Judith and her brother Perry move in the very highest circles of Regency Society - Beau Brummell becomes one of her friends, and she's the focus of multiple royal princes’ attentions, much to her own chagrin.

Slowing the book down by listening to it did have one downside - the hero is ALWAYS right and Judith is ALWAYS wrong. It's frustrating how normative his world-view is. Despite this, the cast of chara...more
Melissa
Quickly smushed this one in between Devil's Cub and An Infamous Army because I didn't realise that characters from Regency Buck figure prominently in An Infamous Army until several chapters in.

I really loved the plotting of the book - you don't know who the villain really is until the very end. (view spoiler)...more
Donna
"Poor Clorinda"...I can almost hear Worth purring the nickname out of the page. This one should get 10 stars. I love this book. I read it at least once a year and enjoy it very time. Spunky heroines and redoubtable heroes are Heyers stock and trade. This particular story has a little intrigue to add spice and some very dispicable characters to add flavor and sweetness to the contrasting honest characters. By far the best part of this story is the completely satisfying conclusion. Heyer hit the b...more
Karen
I've read that this was Heyer's first Regency book (the earlier ones being more correctly called Georgian), and she certainly put her best research into it. Lots of actual people make an appearance: the Prince Regent, the Duke of Clarence (and future king), Beau Brummel, and several others. Much of the action takes place in Brighton, so there is an exhaustive description of the Pavilion.

The romance is OK; I think I would have preferred the hero's brother myself. The heroine's younger brother is...more
LaFleurBleue
This book does not seem related at all to the first two - the link with the previous only comes in the next instalment.
It's less swashbuckling, less vaudeville than the previous two, though quite typical Heyer. Also slower and with much more misunderstanding and mistrust between the lead characters, so much so that the ending almost seemed rushed, though not completely as a surprise. However I really liked all characters in this story, Worth, his younger brother, Judith, her younger brother, the...more
Michael
(3.5 rounded up?)

Overall? Enjoyable enough and a decent escape from modern reality.

If you look back over recent entries, you may have noticed that I'm on something of a Georgette Heyer kick. I've read a handful of her mysteries, so far, and found them very good for "that type of book"-- i.e. more entertainment, less "Literature". She writes with an ease that puts the reader also at ease. I do appreciate an author who has sufficient skill to make you forget everything else, for a while, and Heyer...more
Cindy
Sep 12, 2008 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Romance fans
My favorite of hers so far. I laughed out loud several times and it takes quite a good author to get me to do that. I love the frustration of the our heroine and the anticipation felt over whoever the true love is - you can't be altogether sure in the story until the end. The suspense is not gripping but neither is it so lame that you guess it after the first two chapters. I found myself guessing towards the end before it was cleared up. Again, smutt free!
Danielle
With every new book I read of Heyer’s I am convinced it is the best. She has such a wonderful way of developing characters and having dialogue that is funny and entertaining while also being believable. This story was a great mystery and I absolutely loved Judith “Clorinda” Taverner. Her relationship with her guardian was all too amusing and made the story. You will not regret reading this book.

I would love to see her stories made into movies.
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Georgette Heyer was an amazingly prolific writer who created the Regency England genre of romance novels.

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
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“What is your name?"
"Again sir, that is no concern of yours."
"A mystery," he said. "I shall have to call you Clorinda."
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"Judith! What the devil? exclaimed Peregrine. "Has there been an accident?"
"Judith," repeated the gentleman of the curricle pensively. "I prefer Clorinda.”
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“Lord Worth: 'I think you may be quite useful to me. The heiress has a brother.'
Captain Audley: 'I am not the least interested in her brother,' objected the Captain.”
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