For some reason, I had completely forgotten about Griff through the series so when I discovered who he was I sort of raised a brow. In this book, h3.8
For some reason, I had completely forgotten about Griff through the series so when I discovered who he was I sort of raised a brow. In this book, he is nothing at all like the carefree rake from the previous books but it isn't a wonder why Minerva can't stand him.
This is a different Grif, a man going through a private pain that would fell lesser men. He is on a road to of isolation, pain and redemption and he doesn't want to open his heart to anyone else should he go through hell again. His mother doesn't know what's gotten into her son and is desperate for a grandchild. She has issued an ultimatum which turns into a bet.
Make the girl that Grif chooses into a duchess.
She has one week.
Enter Pauline, the girl who always means well. The girl with a quick smile and a joke. A girl with a "dumb" sister. The girl with the violent father and no future beyond the tavern.
Nope. Pauline isn't having that. She can't change her father, her sister's mental acuity or the fact that she is quite witty but she sure as shit can change her station. She wants to open a lending library in Spindle Cove and she wants it to stock every book she can think of. Including some of the naughty ones.
Grif offers her a thousand pounds to sabotage his mother's teachings and she happily agrees. For a week, she can absolutely be a social disaster. Especially for a thousand pounds. That's enough for her and her sister to live on while they open the shop.
And so begins a week that starts off very clearly. Everyone knows the want, what's expected of them and how to go about getting it.
Until that dress.
And then the fun begins.
If you liked the other installments in this series, you will absolutely adore this one. In fact, this one is actually my favorite and ends quite well.
Grif is witty and surprisingly kind and Pauline is sassy and intelligent.
This was a perfect historical novel of a bluestocking bespectacled and a traumatized rake. I love that combination and sometimes it doesn'tUm....yes!
This was a perfect historical novel of a bluestocking bespectacled and a traumatized rake. I love that combination and sometimes it doesn't work. But this time? This time it friggin' works amazingly!
Minerva is not missish or shrewish, she is intelligent, witty, and curious. Disguising herself as a man - through writing - she is a member of the Scottish Geological Society and she has made a discovery in Spindle Cove. A dinosaur footprint found in a cave. She has also noticed the gossips, and her mother, have been throwing her beloved older sister and the affable but notorious rake Colin Payne together. And that won't do.
To kill two birds with one stone, she decides to proposition him. She'll "run away with him" to Scotland so she can go to the symposium and there she'll win 500 guineas. All his if he'll stay away from her sister and go to London.
After awhile, the agreement is a go and from there we discover so much about these characters, especially Colin, that you can't help but fall in love with them. Falling in love with them definitely helped the reader get involved with them actually falling in love.
There are mishaps, humor, smexy sexy times, development in both the characters and the plot (simple as it was), and a nice subplot involving Thorne and Kate.
Seriously, this was a good book and I will never think of sword swallowing the same way....more
Do I understand Sarah's reasons? Absolutely. As a mother myself, I get it. Wha
That almost ending tho!
Really Sarah? Are you drunk? Wyatt are you dumb?
Do I understand Sarah's reasons? Absolutely. As a mother myself, I get it. What I don't understand at all...at all..is the sudden turnabout and the fact that she didn't even bother to discuss anything with Wyatt. Didn't even think of another plan or another way. Just said, ok. I give up. Let's do it this way.
I liked Wyatt and he just didn't deserve that treatment.
I had problems with this installment anyway. I didn't like Sarah, her near martyrdom at the end cinching the deal and I didn't understand the attraction between Wyatt and Sarah. I most certainly didn't understand what they could find to love in one another in such a completely short time with almost none of that time spent alone.
Wyatt was awesome and if it had been another heroine with a stronger backbone, I think I would've liked this book a whole lot more. Hell, even if we had spent more time with these characters 'courting' or whatnot, I would've enjoyed it more and maybe would've been saddened at the sudden decision (which by the way gets a nice neat overhaul and the ending is happy happy) instead of so thoroughly betrayed and disgusted.
This...was not Chase. Not the Chase I expected (as built by the last books in the series) nor the Chase I wanted.
In fact, we barely saw Chase. We sawThis...was not Chase. Not the Chase I expected (as built by the last books in the series) nor the Chase I wanted.
In fact, we barely saw Chase. We saw Georgiana and we saw Anna and we saw dumbass Duncan but we never got to see Georgie in her full power.
And for that the book suffered. Georgiana became weaker as the book rolled on and Duncan became....brutish? Misguided chivalry? Scared of Georgiana's power? Wanting to diminish her because it was just easier to deal with?
Either way, I didn't care for him. His qualities were not exactly endearing and frankly I don't understand how Georgiana hadn't put him firmly in his place.
I wanted to see Georgiana relishing in her power, with a hint of vulnerability. I wanted to see her be all 3 sides of herself without sacrificing her intelligence or brazenness. I frankly didn't like that I got no Chase, a watered down Georgiana, and an annoying Anna.
I wanted to see Chase's world and how Duncan played in it...not some weird in between.
This is going to be a short review but I'll say this: it was rushed (the review and the development of the story).
I could tell what the mystery was3.6
This is going to be a short review but I'll say this: it was rushed (the review and the development of the story).
I could tell what the mystery was but I didn't know the secret and when I found out I was like WTF, mate?
I liked Richard up until the secret came out and without a proper POV from him, I'm still a little miffed even if I understand where he is coming from. I mean...seriously dude...what girl wouldn't love that shit that you pulled and then tried to pull? And then you got on your high horse with both your sister and your wife and forgot to come down? Oh...but wait...there's more. The little ruse that you wanted to pull?
Oh Richard, Richard, Richard. Again, I get that the options are limited. But you really didn't think this one out.
And Iris? I wanted to like her. She had some good basic character building blocks but she sort of fell short for me. She was bland. I would've liked to be in her head during the three days in her room. But alas, alack.
Also, this is going to sound weird but I didn't really feel a spark between Richard and Iris. The book should've been longer simply so these characters could've developed. Especially with each other. I knew that these two liked each other, I knew they cared for each other and when they let their guards down, they had decent and funny conversation.
But, like their conversations through most of the book, their relationship seem stilted. Forced.
I was told Richard was attracted, I was told Iris was in love and by the time I finally believed it, by the time Iris and Richard believed it, the book was done.
By the last 30 pages, everything was rushed and packaged together neatly with a few loose ends.
I really feel like Quinn's editor rushed her on this one. I love Quinn and she's an Instabuy but this was one was meh....more
The plot was obscured by the relationship for most of the book which wouldn't have been bad if the book had been a pure romance. As it stands, I wa3.8
The plot was obscured by the relationship for most of the book which wouldn't have been bad if the book had been a pure romance. As it stands, I was into the plot and the time period but I felt like the potential to have this be awesome was there but not explored.
I love Jenn Bennett, love the Arcadia series and look for more from her all the time. While I enjoyed this book, and the steamy sexy scenes, I felt like this book was struggling between being a historical romance and a historical mystery with romance. It had tons of potential, and ruined to serve into the lane it was meant to be in, buy it kept swerving.
The plot went in and out and only kicked in toward the end of the book.
Also, Aida, the famous freckled lady (or so it seems), had moments of completed idiocy. She talked a big game about being tough and capable but went flying off the handle at the merest hint of confusion.
Not to mention that Winter had a hard on a lot throughout the book. At times I thought it should be renamed Winter's Erection.
However. I still enjoyed the book. Despite my complaints, despite what should have happened, I ended up enjoying this. I just hope that the next book figures out what genre it wants to be in....more
This was almost a five star book. What stopped it short was all of the boat jargon and the ending.
However, this is very close to a five star book becaThis was almost a five star book. What stopped it short was all of the boat jargon and the ending.
However, this is very close to a five star book because of the amazing character development and plot. There was action, intrigue, high seas, sexy and steamy love scenes and a heroine who could kick all of our asses. Seriously, Sally's skinny but I would've backed down on half the stuff that she ended up doing and I consider myself rather stupidly brave.
Col was perfect in this story. I don't mean that he was a paragon of virtue and light; I mean he was simply perfect for Sally. He was the consummate professional until he realized who Sally was and what she meant to him. His slow unraveling is....perfect. Not to mention, I love a man that doesn't stop cursing simply because they are in the company of a woman and Col didn't because he thought of Sally as an equal. He saw her and it worked because that's what she wanted and what she deserved.
This book explores one woman's feeling of entrapment as a woman. Sally Kent was born to a Naval family and she knows the ins and outs of a ship. If she had been a man, she would've been a Captain at an early age. However, she has breasts and a vagina and is therefore not qualified to do much other than wait at home for her family (all males) to return from sea. Problem is, her younger brother Richard is dearly devoted to God. Not the sea. So when he's called up, he disappears and Sally takes his place. Partly because Kents don't just not serve in the Royal Navy and partly because Sally knows what she's about. She does her job and she does her job well and does it better than anyone on the Audacious .
Another thing I loved about this book was that it wasn't cliche. In books of gender swaps you always always wait and receive a reveal. The reveal is usually made by mistake or by the big bully/villain. Let's just say that there is a surprise in this book that is both delightful and completely understood. The villain is still a jerk but how he is handled is quite clever.
This book also reminded me a bit of the Hua Mulan story. Girl joins army to save family pride and family member, becomes a hero, becomes a girl again and is prepared to live her life alone. Except this one has a bit of the Disney twist, what with the romance and all ;D
If you like your romance novels to have backbone, meat, sensuality, danger and just general awesomeness, read this book.
If you want something frilly and light, then I would hold off....more
Bridget: really really short and rushed. I didn't get enough of a sense of Bridget or Trace to actually be invested in their relationship. I didn't seBridget: really really short and rushed. I didn't get enough of a sense of Bridget or Trace to actually be invested in their relationship. I didn't sense a whole lot of chemistry between them and their backstory was a bit weak.
If it had been longer than 136 pages all of this could have been addressed
Christy; skimmed through hers because I couldn't stand her personality or her agenda.
Skye: I had been waiting for this story and yet I was underwhelmed. There was more conflict in this so while it made the story the most interesting of the compilation, it also shone on a light on the omission of relationship development.
It bothered me that in Bridget's story Jake was shy and sort of endearing, in Christy's he became a bit cold and unappealingly pragmatic (I never got the sense that he actually loved Christy) and in Skye, he's still pragmatic but all of a sudden he has a fire that the previous books have no indication of. What I'm trying to say is that his character development baffles me. It's like reading about three different characters that happened to be named Jake.
Megan: skimmed through. Selfish like her sister Christy so I couldn't really dig her (I thought that since the last book and yes she sort of redeemed herself....).
My biggest complaint was after a while the characteristics of the girls ran together so that they sometimes seemed like one in the same.
The first thing that I really appreciated about this book was the amount of research that went into it, not only that but the way that the research4.9
The first thing that I really appreciated about this book was the amount of research that went into it, not only that but the way that the research was incorporated felt organic and not as if the author was lecturing us. I did have to rush to my phone a lot to look things up but I appreciated that because it meant authenticity. For example, The introduction, and then the use, of Harry Houdini as a characters leant an air of realism to the book. It also added the necessary angst that Anna needed about her parentage.
I also loved living inside the head and the life of Anna. She felt real and her troubles, including her relationship with her mother, we're done in a way that made you sympathetic and kept you interested. Anna was no shrinking violet, except for when it came to the toxic relationship between her and her mother, which was also written with the complexity and the emotion that comes with those relationships. This book was also about Anna coming into her own and the scenes of Anna and her mother performing were indeed more than just illusion.
Some things were a bit obvious, like the main bad guy and his accomplice, but the mystery was very intriguing and well built. I will admit that I would have liked to learn more about Cole and Mr. Darby but Anna was well fleshed out.
Anna's abilities were both a blessing a curse and her struggle to learn more and be normal led her to characters of varying interest. The supporting characters were perfect for what they were, support. This book was primarily about Anna, told from her point of view as the reader loved in her head - present tense. You rooted for her and felt for her when things didn't end up going her way. I can't wait to read more about her.
I honestly enjoyed every second of reading this book. It didn't feel like a young adult book, which is perfect for me. Anna was also never stupid in her approach to things, she was pragmatic and cynical but still warm.
I missed something because this book doesn't deserve a close to 4 rating
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First off theI missed something because this book doesn't deserve a close to 4 rating
This review has gifs and language not suitable for church ladies.
First off the bat there's a lot of victim blaming on the part of the Duke, who is a right jerk, so it's pretty funny (in that not funny way at all) that Fallon and Dom end up together.
Fallon, who is actually not all that pretty (according to herself, which I can't tell if that's her being self-deprecating or she really isn't)is constantly getting fired due to two things; her jerky bosses who tend to try and sleep with her when she doesn't want to and her inability to keep her opinions to herself. These are two separate issues and only one is in her control.
There are a few occasions where the consequences of your actions, in which you would be a victim, are your fault and could've been avoided. DUI? Your fault. Getting into a fight? Your fault. Getting hurt while crossing a railway track knowing full well the train is coming but you're not looking to commit suicide, you just want the thrill of crossing? Your fault.
Being sexually harassed? NEVER YOUR FAULT.
So, having Dominic make snide remarks, even while angry or tormented or whatever he's supposed to be, about how Fallon is constantly putting herself in a position to be taken advantage of makes me want to punch him in the balls. Since he loves using them so much, I feel this would be a suitable punishment.
That's not sweet, romantic or cute, blaming your intended victim lover for being the victim of a crime.
Stick to porking whores, you insensitive damaged clod.
Also, Dominic, for all that he's tortured is a one sided character. You get no real depth as to what happened to him as a child other than a few comments about Mrs. Pearce and his Grandfather and then you are in the passenger seat of his demise. Oh goodie. A lout, a libertine and a rake and I don't have any reasons for it. If he was a secondary character then sure, this makes sense. I don't need that much background but even Hunt had a better backstory and developed sense than Dominic!
Fallon was no better with her pity party of one. Oh, my Da died. Oh, I can't get over it. Oh, I can't manage to stay away from the Duke. Oh, blah blah blah blah blah blah
Her senses of grief and anger was stymied by her stubbornness and pride and for that I lost the little respect I had for her. It also didn't help that her emotions regarding this bit of her past were vague and almost paltry. I just didn't get the connection that she claimed to have with her father. Why? Because it took such a backseat to everything else. Her indecision, her insecurities, her ruses, and her general lack of common sense trumped anything and everything else that would made her a better character.
Her friends seemed to be the only solid and interesting thing about this book and they simply didn't get enough screen time.
Fallon's reaction to Dominic was spot on the first time she met him. She isn't a woman that needs saving and at first it's her backbone and determination that makes her stand out and stand up. She seems awesome when we first meet her. She is not impressed with Dom until about three seconds after meeting him. He's immediately stricken with lust and in order to tease her, takes the breast of one of his whores and teases the living daylights out of Fallon.
Is this hot? No.
Is this skeezy as all hell? Yes.
I would've jumped and rolled from that carriage as fast as possible despite how "beautiful" the Duke is.
I don't get the relationship between the main characters. Forget social status, because I've read enough historical romances to know it can be done when it's done right. In this case, I .... don't know if it worked or didn't. I was too busy wondering why Fallon kept coming back to a man whose overtures were borderline rapey. (view spoiler)[ her first time. Let's take that as an example. I don't know about you but the idea of being cornered in a kitchen, given very little opportunity to get away, and fucked roughly on a kitchen table isn't the ideal first time. I mean, to each his own I suppose but in the case of Fallon, I just didn't see it. This is more of a second time. (hide spoiler)]
Also, Fallon's not knowing what she was about was enough to make me scream. You hate the Duke, you love the Duke, you're scared of him, you want to be devoured by him.
Pick an emotion and a path and stick to it Fallon because by the second time it's old and tired. Dominic is not exactly a catch. With his lifestyle I wouldn't be shocked if he had syphilis. And that's another thing! If you're going to start screwing a man who has such an adventurous, and recent, past, you're an idiot if you think you're not gonna catch something. I mean, there isn't exactly a cream for whatever you're going to get and as a 'prim' woman, you'd think Fallon would've thought of that. If not the clap Fallon, at least think about the possible pregnancies!
But apparently Fallon's philosophy is simply:
There were just so many times that this book could've worked and simply didn't.
Loved the main characters, especially Alec. Also really liked how Collins kept Cecily and Winterson around and didn't just make them cogs in the pl4.6
Loved the main characters, especially Alec. Also really liked how Collins kept Cecily and Winterson around and didn't just make them cogs in the plot wheel.
More to come.
This one was by my far my favorite. I'm ashamed to admit that the third one with Maddie didn't even get finished because I just couldn't stand her as a main character.
However, I'm not reviewing that book. I'm reviewing this one.
Juliet, oh poor poor Juliet. If I were her, I would've had a lot more moments of self-pity. I also would've been a lot angrier so kudos to her for being a fairly normal and adjusted character.
The attraction and the resulting affair between Juliet and Alec read quite believably. Full of genuine affection, they had a good banter and were both good for each other.
It was no surprise when the typical "Oh shit, I love this person" epiphany happened but it was nice when it did.
BY the way, you will hate Juliet's mom more this book than you ever did in the previous ones. Her diabolical selfish scheming hurts her daughter and Alec. In fact, Alec really comes through on this one. If I were either one of them I would've popped Momma in the face for what she does.
I do have to admit that Cecily is a bit weird in this book. Sort of prickly and annoying. However, she is there for Juliet when the latter needs her and Winterson, well he's there to be a genuinely awesome friend...so it all works out.
I do recommend this book in the series. Especially if you like your heroine to have some sort of physical flaw that she needs to overcome....more