His at Night
Elissande Edgerton is a desperate woman, a virtual prisoner in the home of her tyrannical uncle. Only through marriage can she claim the freedom she craves. But how to catch the perfect man?
Lord Vere is used to baiting irresistible traps. As a secret agent for the government, he’s tracked down some of the most devious criminals i...more
The hero was as stupid as the premise, and I wish I had never bought this book.
The entirety of this novel revolves around the concept that Lord Vere, the male protagonist, is a complete idiot. He was given the opportunity to work for the Crown undercover and he chose to use a riding accident as his reason for his current less-intelligent stat...more
In contrast, His at Night hinges on a more implausible premise unrelated to the central romance, where hero Lord Vere adopts the pose of an idiot for years as an agent of the Crown. Perhaps the rockiest leg of this foundation i...more
HaN starts lightly enough: Lord Vale is a Crown's agent pretending to be an idiot, working on a case about the heroine's uncle. Ellisande on the other hand wants to escape her uncle's home anyway she can. And the opportunity presents itself when Vale and a group of...more
...But it didn't work.
Novels like this are terrified of offending their audience. They're desperate to reassure the reader that there's a familiar path, regardless of changing this trope or that angle...more
Sometimes it can be hard to feel for the characters, and for me it took sometime for me to really feel and understand where Vere was coming from. At first glance he comes across as a loveable idiot But as an agent of the crown, he can move more freely when everyone just thinks you don’t ha...more
The first thing to do if you want to write a romance novel is to come up with that obstacle. Sherry Thomas came up with this: let's make the male lead really smart and handsome but let's make him pretend he is dumbshit because he is a secret agent and 'dumbshit' is his co...more
Reading His at Night was like having a fresh, brand new meal after eating the same food over and over again; it was very refreshing. A simple look, touch or kiss was more sizzling than a few pages of love-making in an erotic novel.
I’m officially a fan of Sherry Thomas now and I’ll read her other books as soon as possible.
Thank you, NU for encouraging me to read this wonderful book.
This book is amazing! I love it even more then the 1st time. On a side note, it's one of the books that also makes me cry, a lot! I can't explain why.
1st read October 2011
Gender: Historical Romance (Years: 1890-1900)
Hero: Spencer Russell Blandford Churchill Stuart or "Penny", Marquees Vere
Heroine: Miss Elissande Edgerton
I don't know how to explain why I loved this book, but I did. The hero was very intelligent and funny and he played the role of an idiot so good th...more
And, yet another reread, this time on 6/19/12: I turn to Sherry Thomas whenever I hit a reading slump. I cringe at my innocuous review above - but can't really put into words how much this book delights me. It's so funny and sharp and sad and sexy - and there is real care taken with setting and h...more
A história centra-se em Elissande Edgerton que vive prisioneira na casa do tio e tenta a qualquer custo casar com alguém que a possa livrar da prisão em que vive! O seu desespero é tal que a sua escolha acaba por recair em Lorde Vere, um agente secreto que se faz de tolo para melhor desempenhar a sua função! Mas nada o poderia preparar para a armadilha que recai sobre ele....more
I liked the book, generally speaking. I think of Sherry Thomas as a good writer and would definitly try out some other works of hers. But there were some aspects that left me … unsatisfied. I will start with the aspects I liked.
The two main characters, but mostly the hero, were interesting enough with their disguises, no matter that both main characters had different „acts...more
I was intrigued by the premise of the story and Ms. Thomas did give me the story I expected, but the delivery of it somehow fell short..or rather, it fell flat. It had all the makings of a wonderful book yet it didn’t grab me emotionally or excite me as much as it could have. I don’t know why. It’s one of those inexplicable things to me – how some authors are able to grab me and some just don’t, even though [all things considered] it should. Especially with all the act...more
[End of the Victorian era - England:]
His at Night is Sherry Thomas's fourth book, but the first of hers that I've read. Although I did not enjoy this book, I think Thomas is a talented author who has the ability to create interesting and complex characters. Not Quite a Husband has very good reader reviews, so I think I will be checking it out from the library and reading it before deciding that Thomas...more
My review will seem quite oxymoronic, I'm sure.
I want to give this book more stars for no more reason than this author is egregiously talented (oxymoron number one) and because I could not stop reading until the last page.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a smart, historical romance from the authorial lineage of Ivory or Kinsale. However, I didn't give the full 5 stars to this wonderful book and here's why:
4.50 stars - Regency/Historical Romance
Wow! This was an interesting read. Full of surprises, Lord Spencer Stuart is a man with mission. He works as a secret agent of the government and entertains a pretense of being just another British peer who happens to be exceptionally dim-witted and frustratingly idiotic! But apparently this is not the case. Behind his silly unintelligent demeanor lies a sharp mind with a shrewdness of a spy and a brain worthy to catch London’s infamous criminals.
I'm not going to do a full review on this book, especially since I did end up skimming around. There were a lot of things about this book that I usually don't like reading.
1) Two stories
2) secret between the H/h like identities
3) anticlimactism (That's so not a word)
I liked the hero well enough. I think it was Vere's disguise that made him appealing. I didn't really care for Elissanda very much. She was not some I could really love. Together they were "eh".
So this one has been sitting on my e-reader for a long time, that I thought maybe I will give it a try.
Lord Vere is a secret agent, who is well, act stupid. That is his disguise. And I do find that it is tiring for him, since he is actually intelligent. The act is so successful that no one suspected that he is not stu...more
ellisande harus segera menikah demi membawa pergi bibinya yang selama ini hidup dengan pamannya yg kejam.ellisande slalu hidup dalam kepura2an,setiap hari harus senyum dan sok ramah,menjadi keponakan yg manis dan penurut.padahal ellisande lagi memikirkan cara buat kabur dengan bibinya.dan kesempatan tuh pun datang.tralalala
marquess of vere,dikenal sbg marquess idiot dan mulut bebek,semua rahasia diungkapkan,sampe segala hal yg tabuh.manusia yang paling...more
Vere, dikenal sebagai bangsawan idiot tanpa ada yg tau bhw dia agen mata2 pemerintah.Dirinya ga menyangka, identitas palsunya akan ketahuan oleh wanita yg ditakdirkan mjd istrinya.
Semua itu bermula dari penugasannya menguntit bangsawan yg dicurigai memiliki usaha tambang ilegal berlian. Usahanya itu mengarahkannya bertemu dg sang keponakan bangsawan yg cantik dg senyumnya yg mampu...more
I don't know, is it just me, but this book was so totally different in feel to Not Quite a Husband, if I didn't see the author's same name on both books, I would have thought those two books were written by two different authors.
The difference was Not Quite a Husband was very serious and very angsty, whilst this book has a serious storyline, but it had many hum...more
On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.
On the young adult fantasy side, there isn't much to sa...more