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Preview — His at Night by Sherry Thomas
His at Night (The London Trilogy Series)
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 ...more
I was quite impressed with how Ms. Thomas wrote this book that made me laugh myself giddy in some scenes, and feel ...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
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
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
The story is de ...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
I’ve been on a bit of a Sherry Thomas binge lately – I’ve devoured her two YA novels and listened to My Beautiful Enemy), and now, pounced on this new recording of one of her backlist titles, His at Night.
This is one of the small number of her books I haven’t yet read, but Kate Reading’s expert narration brings the story to life so vividly that I didn’t feel I’d missed anything by not having read the book first.
The story centres around two emoti ...more
My DH crept to the bedroom doorway two or t ...more
1. the dastardly villian
2. secret past, mistaken parentage
3. suspense plot-line
4. the forced marriage due to being caught in a "compromising position" by the ton gossip
5. the virg ...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
I loved this book. The story was hilarious in some spots, poignant in others and overall completely enjoyable.
Vere and Elissande are both play actors, each for a different reason. I thought this was a very fresh approach on the "wrong impression" trope and I did love their chemistry even as they wanted anything else under the sun but to fall for each other.
This was a great read for a lazy Sunday. It was on sale for Kindle when I bought it a while ago, but I don't know if it's st ...more
What it's about: (here's the blurb from the author's website)
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 ...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:
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
The main characters have been greatly traumatised by events in their past lives, and their reactions and coping mechanisms are similar. Both deal in lies and deception and in the case of the hero, Lord Ve ...more
Other reviews have certainly summed up the plot in detail.
In short: to save herself and her aunt, isolated spinster heroine entraps a marquess who is one of a group unexpectedly staying at her reclusive uncle's country house. The hero marquess has been pretending to be simple minded for 13 years to bring criminals to justice, the heroine's uncle being a current subject of inquiry.
Loved the writing, very wry, intelligent ...more
In His At Night, Ellisande is desperate to get out of a very grim situation. Her creepy, controlling, and scary uncle holds her hostage because she doesn't dare leave her invalid aunt b ...more
The plot is a sorta Scarlet-Pimpernel riff, with a twist, of course. Lord Vere, our hero, is tall and gorgeous, a Marquess and, as far as everyone, including his beloved brother, is concerned, he's also an absolute idiot.
We, the readers, are quickly made aware that the good-natured dummy role is just that--an act he puts on to cover his 'job' as special investigator for the Crown.
Ellisande, our lovely ...more
The story was satidfying. It had a thrilling hero and a great heroine(sth that usually doesn't happen in historicals, at least not for me) and a side story just as great.
I loved both Vere and Ellie. They were both liars and manipulators but both had a ...more
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".
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 say ...more