I debated exactly what to rate this story, 4 or 5 stars. Ultimately, though, it boiled down to one undeniable fact: Once I started reading, I couldn'tI debated exactly what to rate this story, 4 or 5 stars. Ultimately, though, it boiled down to one undeniable fact: Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Thus, it receives 4.5 stars from me (rounding up to 5).
This novella is reminiscent of the older, traditional Regencies, fun and sweet. I could picture these characters so clearly and I adored their interactions. I laughed several times, smiled most of the time, and teared up at others.
The final chapter, however, was one I skipped, mostly, as it was a love scene between the married H/H. It was a little too graphic for my personal tastes. Other than that, I adored this story.
My Kindle copy was supplied by the author. I was not paid in any way for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own....more
Sensitive readers warning: Contains graphic love scenes
Wow. I started this book and didn't want to put it down. I thought abMy rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Sensitive readers warning: Contains graphic love scenes
Wow. I started this book and didn't want to put it down. I thought about it when I had to put it down. I loved it.
The main characters were engaging. I even liked Alex, with his arrogance and ignorant determination to believe in his "friend's" honesty, thus believing Joanna to be a manipulative harpy. I thought it made him realistic. At moments it was irritating, but like I said, realistic.
My favorite part of this was the unusual setting. The Arctic in a Regency romance? That's awesome! It was fascinating and reminded me why I enjoyed Madeleine Brent titles so much, the exotic locales. My only beef was how long it took them to get there. Halfway through the book I was beginning to wonder if they'd ever go.
There are sex scenes, but they are skippable (if you're the skipping type) and the story stands on its own without them. At least, I think it does.
I will be reading the next in the series, One Wicked Sin, even though I didn't like Lottie in Whisper of Scandal. The setting is a parole town in 1813 and that intrigues me more than anything else.
Disclaimer: I purchased this paperback at Wal-Mart. I am not being paid in any way for my review. The opinions expressed here are my own....more
Margaret's Rematch is a delightful Regency romp that reminds me greatly of Jane Austen's style of writing. I was amused throughout and4.2 of 5 stars
Margaret's Rematch is a delightful Regency romp that reminds me greatly of Jane Austen's style of writing. I was amused throughout and at times, laughed outright at a description or two that were just too perfect in their delivery. Farida Mastek definitely has a knack for an Austenesque way of telling a story.
This is a totally CLEAN romance. I would definitely recommend this to any and all who enjoy Jane Austen.
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Synopsis: A young woman who married at 18 must reconcile with her estranged husband after a five-year separation.
What made me buy this book: I read tSynopsis: A young woman who married at 18 must reconcile with her estranged husband after a five-year separation.
What made me buy this book: I read the sample that Amazon provides. I really enjoyed the interaction between the sisters as well as the description of the hero.
My two cents: This is a short story, just over 13k words. I liked it but it was definitely more sexually explicit than I personally care for. However, it was an entertaining read, with characters who were likable, believable, and well-drawn. The storyline was interesting, that of a married couple who reconcile after five years of separation. I think it's a storyline that's been done before but I've never read a story where the goal of both main characters was to make the best of their situation.
The only real complaint I have, other than the explicitness, is the typos present in the Amazon Kindle version of this story. Normally, I can overlook typos with no problem, but this story is very short and I think some of the typos should have been noticed. For example, in one scene, the author uses the word emaciated when she clearly meant to use the word emanated. There was one other time I noticed such a mistake but it wasn't as bad; only one letter was off. Other than that, there were a few issues with punctuation. Unfortunately, it was enough to pull me out of the story.
Overall, I still think this one may be worth a reread at some point. The characters were that likable, in my opinion.
*This review is based on the Amazon Kindle version. I was not paid in any way, shape, or form for this review and it is my honest opinion of this work. ...more
Oh my, this was brilliant! I don't care if it was redundant, poorly written, or contained spoilers. (I'm not actually saying it was any of these thingOh my, this was brilliant! I don't care if it was redundant, poorly written, or contained spoilers. (I'm not actually saying it was any of these things, by the way.) This epilogue was hilarious! I loved it!...more
Synopsis: Camilla, the widow of an earl, is under the thumb of her domineering sister-in-law. To escape, she moves to London where she finds it necessSynopsis: Camilla, the widow of an earl, is under the thumb of her domineering sister-in-law. To escape, she moves to London where she finds it necessary to fabricate a husband to fool her late husband's family. To play the part of her husband is her unorthodox footman, an escaped press-gang victim.
My two cents: I loved this story from the first sentence. The story opens with our hero and his best friend, a fellow shipmate. They are set upon by a press-gang, which was a rather unpleasant feature of the early 1800s in Britain. It was the middle of the war with Napoleon and many of the British were not willing volunteers of his majesty's navy due to the inhumane conditions experienced by those who enlisted. Hence, the press-gangs.
The hero Thomas and his friend Daniel escape. After collecting Daniel's wife Betsy, they enter domestic service, hoping to hide from the authorities. Thomas and Camilla do not start off with a great impression of each other as he mistakes her for a servant.
I really liked Thomas. He was strong, loyal, funny, and charming. I thought he was a well-rounded character, believable and lovable.
Camilla was a little weak but she gradually grew a spine. She seemed to rely a little too much on the sage advice of her ten-year-old daughter. I suppose this was believable behavior when one considers her life up to that point. And I have no problem with a Regency heroine who does not fit the “strong” perception of what a woman should be. It was 200 years ago, after all.
The daughter Philippa was an amusing delight but far too intelligent and wise for believability. This doesn't mean I didn't like her. It was actually hard not to. Especially after she made friends with Sybil Sturtevant.
My favorite line: Thomas, in reply to Camilla's request that he masquerade as her husband: “...there's no role in the world I'd rather play than that of your husband.”
In closing, if you are against a heroine who is meek and submissive to nearly everyone around her, avoid this book. If you just love a good star-crossed romance, try this squeaky-clean Regency tale. This book is tied to Passing Fancies which is the love story of Camilla's daughter Philippa....more