Ok so I could say something cliche here about how happy I am that these feuding families had a happy ending unlike the originals. I said that so now iOk so I could say something cliche here about how happy I am that these feuding families had a happy ending unlike the originals. I said that so now it's out the way.
[Insert my usual spiel about finding a book that I wanted to finish in a day. Truthfully it hasn't been THAT long. The last one was Control by Charlotte Stein]
This book reminds me of Mary Balogh's The Mistress which in turn reminds me of Jane Eyre. But moving on. Christian is that tortured hero that I apparently like a little too much since I've read 13 of the top tortured hero romances according to Listopia. He was a perk.
But it's the heroine Ava that really interested me. She's so...understanding? Idk. Like she talks to herself and I enjoyed that says the girl that talks to herself. OUTLOUD LIKE THE HEROINE She's very honest with her feelings. She's a genuinely nice person, but not in the way that other constantly comment on, but it is clear from the text that this is not the case.
I'll be truthful and say I bought this because I was looking for erotic historical. I came for the erotica, but I stayed for the story. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. ...more
A little background on my relationship with Miss Austen.
I knew of Pride and Prejudice. It is like practically required to have read if you read romanA little background on my relationship with Miss Austen.
I knew of Pride and Prejudice. It is like practically required to have read if you read romance particularly historical romance.
But see I hadn't at least not up until 2010
In 2010 I set out to read it. So I started it. I started. Then I stopped. I started. Then I stopped. I was about 100 pages in when I gave up.
Then I decided to pick up the Penguin Classics version of War and Peace. I had previously tried to read it but again I dropped it. But surprisingly with this edition the prose was clear. It didn't seem so dense and antiquated that I didn't understand it.
So then I thought: Aha! I shall try it with Austen. So I went out and bought all six books...again in the Penguin edition.
And I finished it in about a day. It was nice but I wasn't sure about how I felt about Miss Austen.
So then I tried Persuasion. I liked it but I still didn't love it. It didn't grab me. It was a lovely book to be sure but I wasn't obsessed with the book or the author like I became after I read Jane Eyre.
Fast forward to 2014. For some reason I wanted to read the book of extra stuff I had bought by Austen but I could not for the life of me find that book. So I looked over and I decided I would read one of her mature works. I chose the shortest because I wanted something light.
So I started Northanger Abbey and the most curious thing happened. I liked it. I kept thinking about it. I had recently picked up Vilette but I kept returning to this one.
What I liked the most about this book was that it showed me that teenage girls have not changed much in the past two hundred years though a lot about the world has. I felt I could empathize with Catherine.
What particularly stuck out to me was the peer pressure. Any teen knows that is a big issue. I felt myself getting angry about how much John, James, and Isabella were pushing Catherine. But I understood how she felt.
What also stuck out to me was false friends. I had thought Isabella was a good friend but once I saw how she tried to manipulate Catherine and then her subsequent behavior I realized she wasn't the best friend. I mean I know I have dealt with "friends" like that.
I only give this book four stars because of something I think is specific to Austen's work or perhaps to all the authors writing in that time period. She does a lot of telling and I wanted more showing! The end was nice but I actually wanted to see it. I am after all a reader of this time but the ending left me feeling nice but unsatisfied. But reading this book gave me a new view of Miss Austen's work. She's really funny and I like her insight. I definitely won't dread reading her books anymore. ...more
This was a cute sweet book with a lot of introspection which I love. I cringed at a few moments like when the heroine called herself wanton and the naThis was a cute sweet book with a lot of introspection which I love. I cringed at a few moments like when the heroine called herself wanton and the narrator mentions a mistress's large breasts. I just felt like the narrator was saying because the girl had big breasts she was promiscuous. But I don't think it was consciously intended.
I like the author's style and I would like to read more from her. ...more
So although a fair bit, it isn't usual that I spend a chunk of time reading a book unless I really like the book. I really enjoyed this book.
Leo and CSo although a fair bit, it isn't usual that I spend a chunk of time reading a book unless I really like the book. I really enjoyed this book.
Leo and Cat or Marks as he calls her chemistry is simply out of this world. I have to admit I had a think for the will they or won't they-bickering type of relationship. I have a bit of experience with those myself haha.
I could completely understand Cat's hesitation to accept someone into her life. She has a dark past and I think Ms. Kleypas handled it well. It didn't seem to rushed.
Leo...he's a good hero. I vastly preferred him as a hero to Harry though I am really fond of Harry's name.
The epilogue? Perfect. I can't wait to read Bea's story though I'm sad I won't have any more adventures with the Hathaways. I've become quite fond of them. ...more
So this book started out really interesting. Usually the hero and the heroine get together a little later than Harry and Poppy did but they showed intSo this book started out really interesting. Usually the hero and the heroine get together a little later than Harry and Poppy did but they showed interest within the first chapter.
Harry is...I mean I understand his feeling in this book but I really don't like his methods I mean (view spoiler)[ I don't like the way he essentially ruined all of Poppy's chances. He sent the letter to Michael's father and basically cornered her into marriage by kissing her outside on the balcony and having everyone see them. I am glad with the way Poppy and her family reacted but lbr a marriage made under false pretenses is doomed to fail and I'm sure if the book wasn't a romance it would have fell apart in another genre. So while I enjoyed this book I can't really get behind their relationship because of how it started. (hide spoiler)]
The epilogue though? I am so looking forward to it and I'm debating whether to start the next book now or wait. I don't know yet. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how Elise and Dorian got along. Like they really listened to each other and respected the each other's wishes. I aI really enjoyed this book. I loved how Elise and Dorian got along. Like they really listened to each other and respected the each other's wishes. I also liked that Elise saw how messed up society's rules were and she turned her back on them in the end. ...more
I don't remember what made me pick up this book. I bought it as an omnibus along with No Man's Mistress. BeforeThis was my first book by Ms. Balogh.
I don't remember what made me pick up this book. I bought it as an omnibus along with No Man's Mistress. Before starting this I had been reading a contemporary.
But after I started this book I didn't pick up another book.
What really struck me about this story was how well done it was. I really got into this story. I felt like the characters are really life like if that makes sense. They were well written and I loved their characterization.
And I really liked seeing Jocelyn come into his own. It was interesting to see how he broke away from the strict gender roles his father had set for me.
I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Balogh's work. ...more
This book managed to keep my attention for more than two days. From the start I absolutely loved Jonathan and Tommy. Their persoThis book...this book!
This book managed to keep my attention for more than two days. From the start I absolutely loved Jonathan and Tommy. Their personalities shine through from the page. I loved how their relationship developed throughout the book. And I love how they teased each other! I was cackling so hard while reading this book.
I loved the end (view spoiler)[ where Jonathan makes enough money so he be independent and be free to marry Tommy. I love how he lays things out before his Dad. He challenges him because he loves Tommy and he knows that she is what he wants.
I liked the epilogue where Violet and Miles show up. The end left me with a little hope that the family will come back together and patch up things between them. What more can you ask for? (hide spoiler)]
I think I'm going to add this book to my favorites shelf. I loved it that much! ...more
So having read Ms. Kramer's two previous books in this series, I was excited to read this one.
The beginning was a bit sugary and it did kind of read lSo having read Ms. Kramer's two previous books in this series, I was excited to read this one.
The beginning was a bit sugary and it did kind of read like a parody. But as I read more of the book, I started to fall in love with the characters.
The character Otis though. He seems a bit...campy if you ask me. I liked him though and you could really tell he cared about Jilly and in the end, it's him that ends up saving something important to the characters.
The twist with Jilly and her husband. I guess it could be read as stereotypical and I was wondering how it was going to end.