This is such an improvement from the first book in the series. I really liked the characters and the storyline as a whole. Maybe I liked it better becThis is such an improvement from the first book in the series. I really liked the characters and the storyline as a whole. Maybe I liked it better because I did not feel like Olivia was another female obsessed with making a man love her, but rejects said man once he recognizes that he really truly loves her.
Olivia Weston, is practical but still has a romantic side (a description that can be used for many twenty-first century women). She believes in love, and is excited by love but she is also aware that love does not happen for everyone. Olivia while at her aunt's home in Scotland finds the diary of the late Marquessa of Sheldon. Wherein she reads of Lord Sheldon's love for his former wife and how he went about showing his wife how much he loved her. Unfortunately since the passing of his wife, Lord Sheldon, the step-son of Olivia's aunt Kate, lived a reclusive life at Castle Arlyss just him and his young son, Edward. (Yes, I know a Castle!!! don't you just love Gothic romance novels?) Olivia, being the adventuress that she is, decided to go with her Aunt Kate and cousin Charlotte to Castle Arlyss on a mission to bring some cheer to the Marquess' life and help him live again. I know it sounds like another green girl's scheme to trap a Marquess, but Olivia honestly did not have any such intentions, eventhough she found Jason Traherne, Marquess of Sheldon, beautiful (at least physically beautiful). However, Olivia does not find Jase to be as beautiful when he opens his mouth.
If you like historical romances, you will love this one. The passion and longing that are essential elements of romance novels are in abundance in this story. Read and enjoy!!!...more
Don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of Candace Camp's work, especially Mesmerized. However, I found this novel to be just okay. The four Willowmere sisDon't get me wrong I am a huge fan of Candace Camp's work, especially Mesmerized. However, I found this novel to be just okay. The four Willowmere sisters are fresh and new, if somewhat unbelievable characters for the time period in which this novel was set. They were spitfires, who lacked social training and basic etiquette. Camp describes them as the stereotypical American girls, rough around the edges but beautiful in their independence. However, it was quite annoying that these four sisters refused to listen to their cousins or any man. For example, they were constantly being attacked but still refused male advice to stay inside until the culprit was caught or until they could be accompanied. Moreover, even though they had some inkling of who was behind the attempted kidnappings, they refused to tell their cousins. It was frustrating reading about their stupidity and naivete.
Unfortunately, the romance side of the story did not help assauge my frustration with these sisters. Once again, I was bored by the story of a young woman who falls in love with a man, who clearly is not ready to commit or does not love her. However, this young woman blinded by love practically throws herself at this man, but when he asks her to marry him she refuses. If you're asking yourself, why the hell would she do that, join the club. Yet once again, a "heroine" of a historical romance novel refuses to marry the man she loves, after she has given herself to him. I'm so tired of this plot!
Overall I was disappointed. Candace Camp usually writes novels about independent young women, but the Willowmere sister's independence and pride went to a new level. And thrown in here was the typical plot - she loves him, he does not love her, she pursues him, she gives herself to him, he proposes, she refuses his marriage proposal, he pursues her, she relents once he tells her he loves her - THE END. It was simply just okay. ...more
Don't get me wrong, I love historical romance but the plot of this novel has been done before. I found it hard to enjoy this novel because I have readDon't get me wrong, I love historical romance but the plot of this novel has been done before. I found it hard to enjoy this novel because I have read several books with the same storyline. In summary, this book is about a naive young woman who falls in love with one of her brother's friends when she was younger at some obscenely young age decides that she is going to marry him one day. Unfortunately, this female protagonists never grows out of her obsession with her brother's best friend and throws herself at him continually. She only comes to her scenses after she has been ruined or deflowered. It is only then does she really get to know the true man behind the mask, and she realizes that she does not even "LIKE" him or what he stands for. But as fate should have it, it is at that same time that the object of her obsession realizes that he, really, really with cherries on top, loves her. She in turn refuses to marry him and he has to woo her, which he does and then they live happily ever after. Alexandra Benedict's Too Scandalous to Wed and Julia Quinn's The Secret Diaries of Mss Miranda Cheever are just two of the books with a similar plot. If you liked this story then you will love the two books listed above, but I myself knew exactly what was going to happen next and therefore I could not really enjoy it....more
I gave this book two stars just because it had a satisfactory ending but all in all I did not like this story at all. The hero, Maximilian, aka Lord DI gave this book two stars just because it had a satisfactory ending but all in all I did not like this story at all. The hero, Maximilian, aka Lord Downing was not a likable character. He was so full of himself throughout the story and treated the heroine, Miranda Chase quite shabbily. It was very hard to find some redeeming aspect in his character.
Sadly, the heroine Miranda Chase was no better in my eyes. The author initially described Miranda as a practical shop girl, who had a passion for books and had just a touch of the bluestocking in her. However, her decisions throughout this book were a bit idiotic and showed a lack of intelligence that did not fit in with the author's initial characterization of her. I expected a strong, intelligent young woman who would bring the arrogant Lord Downing to his knees but got the opposite. All in all, this book was a disappointment....more
I really enjoyed this story. It was not the typical historical romance but the two characters grabbed my interest as soon as started reading. StephenI really enjoyed this story. It was not the typical historical romance but the two characters grabbed my interest as soon as started reading. Stephen Mowbray, the Duke of Clarewood, is not the typical hero, but is the illegitimate son of Sir Rex de Warenne (so anyone who has read any of the previous de Warenne Dynasty series or specifically A Lady at Last is probably programmed to like him because of the family connection). Stephen Mowbray was raised by the Duke of Clarewood who was cold and heartless, in fact even on his death bed he could not admit or even say that he was proud of his son, he only had Stephen promise to take care of Clarewood/duchy. His exact words were “Clarewood is everything….Clarewood is your duty.” Stephen, having never still felt like he truly was a de Warenne, still sought out the approval of his father, the Duke even fifteen years after his death. He made his life about the duchy and for years had coldly seeking out a wife but could not find any interest in a debutante. However, one night at the birthday party of his half-sister, our heroine Alexandra Bolton falls into his arms and piques his interest as she clearly not recently graduate of the schoolroom. However, his interest in Alex was far from honorable and needless to say their journey to happily ever after was extremely bumpy. Yet these two characters who had allowed promises they made to their dying parents to color their decisions and make their lives less than happy, do find happiness with each other in the end...more
In the beginning I found it hard to read this book, the first few pages and chapters were just too ridiculous to fathom. To think, Elizabeth Bennet aIn the beginning I found it hard to read this book, the first few pages and chapters were just too ridiculous to fathom. To think, Elizabeth Bennet a skilled zombie killer!!! Simply ridiculous, right? It was my initial hang ups that prevented me from seeing the book for what it was, a parody of original Pride and Prejudice. Being a fan of Jane Austen myself, it was hard to see a novel so revered by many an avid romance reader, brought so low as to be adapted to include zombies and brains. However, there were several parts of the story that I found hilarious.
SPOILER ALERT (If you plan to read this book, I suggest you stop here, I do not wish to ruin the story for anyone)
There were several differences between the original Pride and Prejudice and this adaptation. 1. The most obvious being that the world has been infected by a plague that turns its victims into mindless zombies who seek to eat the brains of their living counterparts. 2. The reason Charlotte Lucas decision to marry Mr. Colins was not solely due to her desire to get married and her practical view of her chances on the Marriage Mart. In this novel, Charlotte's decision was based in part on her desire to get married but it was spurred on by the fact that she was recently infected with the plague. (Funny right? -- only the idea of certain death could have convinced Ms. Charlotte Lucas to marry Mr. Colins). Fortunately, Lizzy was aware of Charlotte's condition and kept an eye on her. (You should read if you wish to see what happens to Charlotte and Mr. Colins). 3. In the original Pride and Prejudice, Lady De Burgh offers Lizzy the chance to play on her pianoforte so that she can improve her skills. However in this adaptation, instead of a pianoforte, Lady Catherine offers Lizzy the use of her dojo to practice her zombie killing skills. 4. Lady Catherine, insults Lizzy's kung fu master and Lizzy kills three of Lady Catherine's ninjas in an attempt to prove that her training in the art of kung fu far surpassed the training that several others had received in the art of karate. (She even eats their hearts - this is definitely not the same Elizabeth Bennet that we have all come to know and love!!!)p. 130-132. 4. When Mr. Darcy proposes marriage to Lizzy for the first time during her visit with Charlotte and Mr. Colins, ELizabeth insults him as she does in the original novel but in this adaptation, she also kicks Mr. Darcy and causes him to bleed from the mouth. (It is absolutely unbelievable that any man would stand for such treatment and continue to love his abuser. Nevertheless, this novel tries to convince us of that Mr. Darcy, one the proudest fictional characters known to man, would stand for such treatment) p. 151.
Almost everything else in the book is the same. The key phrases that we all love still remain but lose their strength due to the ridiculousness of the surrounding circumstances. All in all it was funny, but can never measure up to the original....more
This was another amazing Pride and Prejudice derived novel by Elizabeth Aston. Unlike other romance novels, Aston's piece was very Jane Austenesque inThis was another amazing Pride and Prejudice derived novel by Elizabeth Aston. Unlike other romance novels, Aston's piece was very Jane Austenesque in the fact she did not focus the story on the romance of the main characters. In fact the main characters feeling for each other are only revealed later on in the book but it is still able to give you that little heart flutter that occurs when you are in the presence of true love. Aston uses the majority of the novel to develop the characters separate of their interactions with each other, and like Jane Austen Aston does not focus on mainly those characters but involves the main characters' best friends, their families and their relationships/loves. It is refreshing to read such a well written story, that is not merely a trashy romance that is based on the mutual lust of the main characters but shows you how love develops gradually as Elizabeth Bennet's love for Fitzwilliam Darcy did in Pride and Prejudice. I would recommend this book to anyone....more
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was immediately intrigued. However, I found this book predictable. The Duke of Marchmont, who grew up wWhen I first read the synopsis of this book, I was immediately intrigued. However, I found this book predictable. The Duke of Marchmont, who grew up with the heroine of this story, Zoe, decided that he is the only one who could save her from being shunned by the ton. And regardless of the ridiculous things that Zoe forces him to do, the Duke of Marchmont still arrogantly believed that he would succeed in making the ton accept her, even after the years she spent in a harem. He definitely had arrogance to sell. Predictably, as Marchmont proceeded with his plan he fell in love with Zoe and/or realized that he had always loved Zoe. THE END, right? Wrong!!! After, Zoe and Marchmont are married and continue on to have wonderful marital relations, the book continues for at least 100 more pages. Apparently, there was still a mystery to be solved after the hero and heroine are united in marriage. In other cases, I would have enjoyed this mystery but I felt as if it came out of nowhere. It just surprised me and I felt that it was not properly incorporated into the story.
Additionally, I found the story in and off itself was quite incredible. For example, the author included unbelievable scenes like a serious make out/groping session in the park and Zoe's race with Marchmont's mistress in the park. I know Zoe was supposed to be a willful and stubborn person, but to me her actions seemed just reckless and stupid considering the fact that she desired to fit into society. Also, Zoe's parents, namely her father, strangely did not take more of a role in making sure that she conformed to the ton's strictures but seemed to have left everything up to Marchmont and her sisters. All in all the characters were quite contrary and the story predictable....more
Lady Ivy Sinclair really intrigued me. Her character toed the line of propriety so many times that I found my self doubting that anyone in that time cLady Ivy Sinclair really intrigued me. Her character toed the line of propriety so many times that I found my self doubting that anyone in that time could have acted that way. Kissing in the park!!!! Just grabbing and kissing an "actor" without verifying who he is and whether he would agree to your ridiculous plan. I found it difficult to believe that a maid, albeit a 22 year old woman would be able to act in this manner without any repercussion. However, outside of the scholarly and historical conflicts. I found the character funny due in part to her obliviousness. Dominic Sheridan, was an adorable character. He was a handsomely charming marquess, but also a countrified marquess who does not know how to waltz. Caskie did a great job in describing him and creating the scenes. I can definitely picture Dominic laughing at Lady Ivy and her siblings as they fight over who should have him after Lady Ivy is "finished with him". All in all the book was a good book especially since it gave you a antagonist in the form of an annoyingly chuvanistic Lord Tinsdale. Lord Tinsdale, a lord who has to wear shoulder pads beneath his jacket and the recipient of Lady Ivy's affections, decided to transfer his attentions from Lady Ivy to another because he felt that Lady Ivy was not meek enough for him. However when Lady Ivy appears to be in love with Dominic Sheridan, he renews his quest to claim her as he is convinced he can tame her. What an idiot!!! Rest assured he is dealt with accordingly. Definitely and enjoyable read...especially the waltz scene....more