What happened? Where was the comedy? Where were great characters? Where was the great plot and narrat***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
What happened? Where was the comedy? Where were great characters? Where was the great plot and narrative flow I've come to expect in this series?
I'm sorry to say, this was the worst story so far. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what it could (and should) have been. Both the hero and heroine were annoying. I know Bartholomew's been dealt a shitty hand, but he went a little too far in feeling sorry for himself. He came through as selfish, only thinking of himself, believing he's the only one with rotten luck. Daphne was his perfect match in feeling sorry for herself, but for entirely different, yet also selfish reasons. No one cared about her, no one wanted her, everybody left. People die, so they leave, it's the circle of life, but if you want someone to care, you have to give them a reason to. She never bothered. And then, it turned out, she was doing all her goody-goody work for selfish reasons as well, because she wanted people to know she was doing it, she wanted people to care about her and not about her projects. Sheesh. And she kept pushing people away when they wanted to help (Bartholomew, Katherine...), because she wanted to do it all one her own. For herself, not for the others.
I just couldn't empathize with the two of them, I couldn't relate to them, since I didn't really care about them. They were two selfish, self-centered, egotistical individuals that sort of happened to like each other, be attracted to one another, and ended up being in love. Meh.
I much preferred the secondary characters in this one, and the glimpse into the beginning of the next story. I loved Daphne's friend, Katherine, and I hope she'll find her match in the last book in the series, whose title suggests it's bout a duke. ;) And I'm looking forward to the next story in the series that starts with the wedding of the Duke of Ravenwood who's pretty much given up on marrying for love in order to give Sarah Fairfax the respectability after her fiancé, Bartholomew's brother, knocked her up and went to die in war. I truly hope the dead guy is a step up from his brother....more
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Jane Downing is tired of giving people Janenesia. She's tired of not being memorable, of being forge***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Jane Downing is tired of giving people Janenesia. She's tired of not being memorable, of being forgettable, of passing through life unnoticed. Yes, her predicament might be a little bit her fault, but she's tired of it. Unfortunately, there's nothing she can do about it, but there is something she can do for herself. Like getting rid of her virginity, for example.
But a man or other won't do. She wants someone she likes to do the honors. Someone she desires, someone she respects...And that someone should be the honorable Captain Xavier Grey. He's no longer a vegetable, hiding from the world inside his mind, so Jane's confident he's up to the challenge. Only, it turns out the real challenge is convincing him.
This was another lovely addition to the The Dukes of War series, although I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with the story. I can't really put my finger on what bothered me (not enough, of course, to drastically lower the rating), there was just something off. The pacing was good, the story had just the right amount of humor to start with, the characters were lovely (even the Satan-cat—can a cat be deemed a character?), the plot and story were nice...
I guess what bothered me was what happened after the deed. Not Xavier's confession of what he truly did during the war, but how Jane dealt with it immediately after hearing it, and her thought process afterwards. It somehow didn't quite fit with the Jane we've been introduced to, the Jane that barged in on a gentleman in the middle of the snowstorm. Granted, she needed time to adjust, but it felt discordant with everything else. Also, I wouldn't have minded a bit more pages after it, because the resolution (Xavier's reasoning and the final "show") seemed a bit rushed.
I know I'm nitpicking, but the last third of the story didn't seem "in harmony" with the rest of it....more
Lady Amelia Pembroke knows the only way she could get her younger brother, the Duke of Ravenwood, married, is to get married herself. And what betterLady Amelia Pembroke knows the only way she could get her younger brother, the Duke of Ravenwood, married, is to get married herself. And what better way to find a husband than at the annual Sheffield Christmas ball. Unfortunately, the annual ball is canceled due to a lightning strike, so Amelia decides to help Viscount Sheffield find another venue and organize the ball so she can find a suitable husband. But you know what they say about the best laid plans...
I've been meaning to read this for a while, ever since I enjoyed the first book in this series, but I somehow never took the time. I guess I prefer to read my series in bigger "gulps". So, after receiving the invitation to read the third instalment in the series, I decided it was now time to "dig out my eating utensils". Three books (in a series) in a row, no problem.
After reading it, I can't help but kick myself for not doing it sooner. I loved it. I adored Amelia, the little bulldozer that didn't know what hit her, I adored Benedict, the adorable rake that didn't know what hit him, I laughed at Amelia brother's reaction underneath the kissing ball...I loved everything. It had humor, it had romance, it had lovable characters... The only thing that might have been improved a bit was the length. It was too short. Otherwise, I have absolutely no complaints....more
I could not have chosen a better book to venture back into the realm of historical romance. It had i***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I could not have chosen a better book to venture back into the realm of historical romance. It had it all—good, tight plot, flowing narration, humor, drama, romance, a little angst, a wonderful hero that wasn't an ass, a great heroine that wasn't an idiot, the baddie in the form of the heroine's grandparents (the hero should be made a saint for his patience with the grandmother), a clandestine pregnancy, a vegetable of a friend that decided to wake up from his near catatonic state at the most inopportune moment...
I loved it and I can't wait to read more. I already have the "prequel" on my Kindle, and am impatiently waiting for Xavier and Jane's story.
Ms Ridley offered (me) a breath of fresh air on the genre with the story and H/h that veered just enough off the template to keep things fresh, yet not so far to make it all appear foreign. Loved it....more
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagoni***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagonists. She was annoying as hell, and he came off as an utter idiot. I didn't feel the connection between them, didn't get the animosity she felt toward him...And the plot about the ghost in the woods wasn't appealing, either.
I gave up somewhere in the middle, but read the last few chapters, hoping a good ending might help me change my mind and finish the book properly. Unfortunately I didn't get my wish.
Sometimes stories of a naïve, spoiled, overly-confident in her beauty and intelligence country bumpkin that decides to travel to London to execute a hSometimes stories of a naïve, spoiled, overly-confident in her beauty and intelligence country bumpkin that decides to travel to London to execute a half-cocked plan that would prevent her from marrying the man her father had betrothed her, only to end up in need of rescue immediately as she end up in a brothel thinks is a boarding house, work and sometimes they don’t. Only I don’t think there’s ever been a brothel slash boarding house involved.
This one didn’t work. At least not for me. I severely disliked Viola, though Ms. Lejeune probably wanted to endear her to me. She failed. I guess she wanted her portrayed as a character with depth and onion-like, but I just didn’t feel like seeing her like that. She’s shallow, flying high on her importance, spoiled, and bossy. The only redeeming quality was the fact she didn’t give a fart as to what people thought of her. She takes no prisoners and while that is an admirable trait sometimes, sometimes it isn’t. While she didn’t care what people think about her, she also didn’t particularly care what some people wanted or wished. She was always right. And that bugged me. No one is right all the time!
I acutely felt for the hero. Julian, that poor soul, had no idea what he’s gotten himself into by associating with such a shrew. She had it all planned out, his career, their honeymoon, everything. He only had to nod. If he didn’t, poor him. I admire strong women who know what they want, but she was much too pushy and bloated on confidence for my taste.
So the romance between them seemed off, bland, lackluster, and weak. I just didn’t see them as a couple. They were more like bickering siblings most of the time, or high-school sweethearts that were bound to go each their own way, but no, they were getting married. And I just didn’t see the reason why.
This was supposed to be a comedy, what with two idiotic leads, a menagerie of “funny” supporting cast, the misunderstandings ,the bickering, the arguments, the piling up of “comedic” incidents...And while it was funny at first, but it quickly turned so silly it wasn’t funny anymore. For a screwball comedy it screwed a little too many balls....more
Gayle Wilson’s The Soldier’s Christmas Miracle was a cute little story about miracles and lost hope found again, but I couldn’t get past the heroine.Gayle Wilson’s The Soldier’s Christmas Miracle was a cute little story about miracles and lost hope found again, but I couldn’t get past the heroine. She had no idea what she wanted and she got angry when someone tried to show her what it was that she might want and what might be good for her. I felt sorry for the poor guy, named Guy, that fell for such an annoying creature.
Amanda McCabe’s Snowbound and Seduced was much “mellower” than its predecessor with two star-crossed lovers meeting again after many years only to discover that love is still binding them. It was “mellower” because it didn’t have any annoying characters, though that somehow made it all rather bland, but still it was a cute, sweet little Christmas story.
Carole Mortimer’s Christmas at Mulberry Hall was a little less “mellower” than the previous one, though I can safely say it was the best of the bunch. A ward/guardian story that could’ve been a bit weird, but was done masterfully thanks to the plot device of ward being old enough to be safely in love with her guardian and them having just recently met. It was the hero that was a bit wary this time, but given his (past) profession it was to be expected. Cute, sweet, and Christmasy....more