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Mr. Malcolm's List

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  258 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
The Honorable Mr. Malcolm has a secret. This elusive matrimonial prize, long the target of desperate debutantes and their matchmaking mothers, is well known for his fastidiousness. What is not well known is that he has a list of qualifications for his future bride. Can any woman hope to win the heart of such a hardened critic? Selina Dalton can only try her best. And when ...more
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published March 2nd 2009 by Leymone House (first published February 25th 2009)
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May 27, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book last evening, having read the first chapter online, and could not put it down.

I recently discovered the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig and this was very similar in atmosphere and temper. Light-hearted, well crafted, and a very easy read. I think that fans of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen will find this book a pleasant romp. Mr. Malcolm is reminiscent of Mr. Darcy, a bit rigid in the beginning but quite pliable in the end.

I read this in a single sitting. It is a ve
Jun 29, 2015 Emmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgian-regency
Update 6/29/15
I'm knocking this down a star because, despite the fact that I read it 3 weeks ago, I can't remember a single thing! It's that forgettable.


This book could have used a bit more fleshing out. At only two hundred pages, there was plenty more opportunity to delve more into the characters and spend more time examining their motivations. Particularly the second half of the book, it felt like things were magically resolved a bit too much.
Kylara Jensen
This is a fantastic study on how not to write a regency romance.

Let me just start by saying that Selina is more than a tolerable main character. I liked her a lot. I don't think I would have been able to finish this book if I had to deal with an annoying mc on top of everything else.

Let's just run through it.

Setting: Awful.
It's like Allain read one regency romance and then decided to write her own, with no knowledge of history or Britain. The language is so very modern. They might as well have s
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
After reading Ingocnito by Allain I had to see what other books she had written, which is how I found Mr. Malcolms List. This was probably just as fun as Incognito, both are lighthearted regency novels. I thought the story idea was fun, the characters likable and of course I love the regency setting. I admit, I did not love Mr. Malcolm, but he did grow on my throughout the story. I definitely think it’s a good idea to have a general idea of what qualities you look for in a spouse, I just didn’t ...more
This light romantic comedy is filled with the usual cliched characters and plot devices. I didn't like the relationship between Malcolm and Selina. I felt it could have been better developed aside from mere physical attraction. They are both intelligent and witty but most of their interactions are sparse on dialogue. Malcolm mostly comes across as a snob who doesn't really know what he wants. Selina is a bit too nice at first but she improves as her temper is tried. Another character experience ...more
Beth Bedee
I've never actually read a book from this genre before. I know, I know...have I been hiding under a rock? What can I say, Cliffs notes were my friend in school.

After reading so many "romances" that are in your face with the content, I was wondering how I'd respond to the subdued nature of the the content of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I flew through the book finishing it in 2 days.

It was well-written, and the dialogue was extremely clever. I really enjoyed the characters. Even t
Feb 11, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it
What a cute love story. The author had me laughing out loud! I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good, easy read, clean, love story. I can't wait to read more from Mrs. Allains.
Andrea Lundgren
I was prepared for this to be not-Georgette-Heyer going into it. I wasn't prepared for the areas where we lose the big things that made upper class Regency society what it was. At one point, the heroine and hero are together, in an alcove at a ball...and when he tries to kiss her, she succumbs. Where was the hitting-him-with-her-fan for his advances? Assuming she didn't want to become his mistress, what was she thinking? Gentlemen don't take advantage of young women when their foot has demanded ...more
Typical Regency romance with spunky heroine, interference, misunderstandings, and resolution.
A much sought-after gentleman has a list of qualities he expects in a woman.
A spurned lady decides to turn things around by introducing another lady who fulfills all his requirements, but then have this lady reject him.
Not a Georgette Heyer, but in that vein.
Light and fluffy.
Mar 03, 2015 Carolyn rated it liked it
I really love books about the Victorian era in which passion has to be suppressed by societal conventions and manners. This story is that type. I actually would give it two and a half stars, if that were possible, because it is not all that well-written, but it was "cute." There is some clever, laugh-out-loud repartee between the main characters. Not great literature, but an enjoyable read.
May 08, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm... Well, I really liked the first half of the book. Allain does a nice job of incorporating almost satirical humor as the characters meet, and develop feelings for each other. The storyline follows as one might predict from the synopsis, with: the heroine being roped into a scheme to humiliate the hero, the heroine and hero falling in love with each other, the hero believing the heroine was involved in treachery, and then the fallout. It was this last point I wasn't crazy about, because Alla ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
Regency Wit and Humour

A Regency Romance filled with devious plans and counterplans that leave our hero and heroine in confusion. Yet their witty dialogue carries the tale as they genuinely fall in love contrary to the manipulation of their friends.

A sweet, clean love story told with humour. Light and fun.
Christa Duncan-Arfaa
So enjoyable, in the vain of Jane Austen, which I consider the highest compliment. I really enjoyed the book and loved the table read from blacklist.
Mar 16, 2015 P. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is quite simple, the writing can be a bit too prosey, but the characterization is decent and it made me chuckle and sometimes laugh.
Feb 12, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer
I'm so glad I found this gem of a book on GR and would highly recommend this to anyone wh likes reading well written, clever historical romance with a lot of humour and a delightful cast of characters. In the beginning, we are introduced to Mr Malcolm, a fastidious eligible bachelor with a list of criteria of what he looks for in a bride. Unfortunately for him, one of the ladies he had turned down found out about his list, and with a bad case of sour grapes, she enlisted her attractive friend to ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully light and enjoyable. I love that era and enjoyed the book.
Apr 11, 2015 Genean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well paced charming book that is built for farce! If a man were to be hung by his own petard it could only be by a woman without an agenda to her own cause. A light hearted read well stocked in follies that leave the reader with lots of laughs. Not a must read, however a good why not poke a bit of fun from this one?
Jun 29, 2009 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book! Suzanne Allain's style of writing reminds me a lot of L. M. Montgomery (her short stories, not A of GG). There is the development of characters, the conflict, and resolution complete with a moral. It's succinct, and a very quick read. I highly recommend this delightful book!
Jan 22, 2014 suzi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok but I didn't feel connected with the characters nor do I feel that they had character. It was more of a series of events put together. Read it if you like plot centered stories.
Hannah Colvin
Oct 19, 2010 Hannah Colvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I absolutely loved it. The wit bounces off of the pages and makes the reader keep reading...even if they have a test to study for. ( haha) This book has personality woven into every sentence, but it is still realistic.

( rating: G )

Read this book! It will be money well spent!
Very Austen-ish, but without all her splendid detail about everything. The story was a fun, lighthearted romance. Mr. Malcolm has a list of requirements for marriage, and comes to find out that the person he loves is more important than any list.
Jul 10, 2011 Leaffrog03 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very quick read and I found it to be pretty funny. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading Jane Austen. I also really liked this author and now I want to read some of her other novels.
Mar 08, 2015 Malinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I picked the book up I wasn't hooked but I happened to pick it up again before returning it to the library and loved it! It was a cute no-brainer and fun to read.
Karen Hogan
Sep 27, 2013 Karen Hogan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, fun, read reminiscent of Jane Austen. Found myself laughing out loud at some of the scenes. Would read more of the author's work.
Feb 06, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I love this book. It was one of the best I've read recently. A really short read, really enjoyable! Clean and fun regency romance.
Jan 30, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy read, lighthearted, old fashion regency story..enjoyed. It was like a breath of spring air after reading all the news.
Nov 08, 2012 Libraryassistant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming waltz through the Regency period, with enjoyable characters whom Jane Austen might have recognized. Very enjoyable!
Jul 07, 2013 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked author's style of writing. It is very similar to Georgette Heyer. I will look for more by her.
This was a fun quick read. More plot driven than character driven. Lots of hijinks and romance.
May 23, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Regency romances
A fun, frothy regency read. I'll look for anything Suzanne Allain writes or edits.
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