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Regency Buck (Alastair-Audley #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,539 Ratings  ·  418 Reviews
Celebrate the 80th birthday of Regency Romance with great books from Sourcebooks Casablanca!"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 a
Paperback, 392 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1935)
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Jul 07, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
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
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
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
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
Sherwood Smith
One of Heyer's earliest novels, and it appears that she attempted to write in Austen's style, with an awkward result that is almost painful at times. After this, she began developing her own distinctive style, mixing Regency-era slang with twenties Bright Young Thing cadences.

The hero in this one is one of her Brutal Guys. I loathed him in this book, though I like him much better in An Infamous Army. But this one had a lot of details about Regency life that were enjoyable, at least when I first
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
Nov 07, 2014 kris rated it it was ok
Judith and Perry ride to London to rock out, and on the way they have a misadventure that ends with Judith getting her face kissed off by a grabby stranger. Once in London, they realize that the grabby stranger is actually their guardian! SCANDALOUS HORRORS. And what follows is an over-detailed collection of cock fights, a gaudy Brighton palace, and lots and lots of tense standoffs between ward and ward-ee! COMPELLING STUFF.

1. I was pretty disappointed by this. Worth is a class A Asshole. His in
Mar 02, 2011 Badlydone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgette-heyer
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
This is not my favorite Georgette Heyer romance, but as light historical fiction it is a delight.

Regency Buck tells the tale of two wealthy though provincial young people as they embark on their first London Season. The dialog is witty, the story peopled with a rich cast of well-drawn characters, details of Regency life are sprinkled everywhere; it is all meticulously researched yet the history is woven into the story in a way that never feels forced or overwhelming.

The story begins on Septembe
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
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
Seema Khan
***The review below is that of a very involved reader, please make allowance for any difference of opinions!***

4.75* for this Georgette Heyer book.

Regency Buck was a book I had been wanting to read for a long time and after having read it, well the least I can say is it was what a Georgette Heyer book is, prolific writing and a good story, considerable amount of intrigue and mystery with touches of romance. (Romance in RB was much higher than in The Reluctant Widow I must say!)

The story is about
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4.5 twinkling, sparkling stars!

In my early days on the internet I was excited to find a Georgette Heyer message board. I didn't last long there as most of the posters hated Regency Buck & loved Lady of Quality! While Regency Bucks has it's flaws, my memory of Lady of Quality is (view spoiler)

The message board didn't last long either.

I might as well get the issues I had with the book out of the way first
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
Aug 10, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I paid 399 for THIS! description The plot sucked.It was just pages and pages of TMI about bonnets and cravats and silks and other petty things, our heroine getting proposal after proposal from every relatively young male in the story, and our hero being thoroughly impossible to like.Looks like the author thought that by giving Judith a pretty face and a fortune and an interest in books like Sense and Sensibility, it'll hide her bland personality.It doesn't.She gets dislikes the Earl for no valid reason, ye ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2015 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Georgette Heyer's "Regency Buck"
Fantastic! I've read this one several times now, and the pleasure of the story, the characters and the writing just grows with each reading. This book, Georgette Heyer's first novel set during the Regency, is the one that started the whole "Regency romance" genre and it's still one of the best. The descriptions of all sorts of Regency social activities, sports, dress, towns, architecture and society are just amazing. Even theuse of Beau Brummell, the Prince Regen
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
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.
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Yay! Just listened to the last half hour of this instead of going to the pub this afternoon. I know! Can't for the life of me remember if I read this in my teens, when I devoured every Georgette Heyer in the Hamilton Public Library. I did correctly identify the baddie well before the big reveal, but still had plenty of fun trying to work out what the heck was going on at times. The narrator was delightful. A very engaging listen.
"Peregrine Taverner," said Worth, with a certain deliberation, "is an extremely wealthy young man, and if anything were to happen to him his sister would inherit the greater part of his fortune."
"Very well, let us by all means drown him in the lake," said the Captain gaily. "Plainly, he must be disposed of."

The arrival of Judith and Peregrine Taverner in London causes a stir among fashionable society. Fresh from the country, the siblings are young, good looking, friendly and, of all virtues
Pauline Ross
This is the first stage in my attempt to read (or reread) all of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances in the correct order. This was first published in 1935, and it shows. The writing style is high-flown Jane Austen, the backdrops are authentically drawn from the era, complete with famous characters, and the plot is squeezed in amongst all that historical accuracy. The characters have to play second fiddle, and the book suffers for it.

Judith Taverner and her brother Perry are orphans, seemingly ab
Sep 02, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I have, this summer, been on a Heyer kick. Regency Buck is the fifth one I've read in a month. They are delightful books, snappy and satisfying. And they might be perfect beach reading except that I keep wanting to look up words and there being no cell service on the beach (huzzah!), I am frequently thwarted.

That inability did not stop me from keeping a little list:

Words Looked Up While Reading Heyer

Gretna Green

rheumatic fever
Morganatic marriage
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

In other aspects, it is quite similar to other Heyer novels I've read - one of the main characters is a part of the respected ton and the other wishes to become a part of it. Neither of them actually fit in there 100% and differ from the rest of the crowd in some or other way. And the romance part ... well, it is like most of Heyer's novels I have read so far. The hero and heroine don't actually seem to really care for each other that much for most of the book, but by the
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.
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Reread Nov 2nd-Nov 3rd 2015

Another favourite of mine! Really, Heyer always has the most interesting characters in her historicals! And I always find myself thinking how droll they are.

I remember the first time I read this, I picked it up simply because I was in a Georgette Heyer reading craze, so it didn't matter which book it was, as long as it was Regency Era, and written by Georgette Heyer, then sure, I'll definitely read it!

Regency Buck is actually one of a sequence of three books that cou
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Judith and Peregrine Taverner are heading to London from their estate in Yorkshire to find their guardian. Along the way they encounter an inn full of gentlemen, a prize fight, an old gig and one annoying gentlemen! When they arrive in London, they are shocked to see that their guardian is not the crotchety old man they expected, but rather a youngish man who is about as unexcited to be their guardian as the Taverners are to have him as their guardian. Lord Worth is determin
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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Alastair-Audley (4 books)
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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."
"Judith! What the devil? exclaimed Peregrine. "Has there been an accident?"
"Judith," repeated the gentleman of the curricle pensively. "I prefer Clorinda.”
“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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