This book was an absolute mess and zig zagged all over the place. I've heard the second in this series is a significant improvement, and I'd certainly...moreThis book was an absolute mess and zig zagged all over the place. I've heard the second in this series is a significant improvement, and I'd certainly hope so after this installment. I'll give that one a go, but if it isn't amazing, well, this book was basically enough to put me off this author forever.(less)
Every single plot element in this book was ludicrous, and lord there were just so many of them. There was absolutely no love story, the characters wer...moreEvery single plot element in this book was ludicrous, and lord there were just so many of them. There was absolutely no love story, the characters were just suddenly in love. Had I not read this book after the next two, I wouldn't have continued the series. And, in retrospect, the lack of any foreshadowing for the pairing in the second book, which I assumed had to have happened because of the way THAT book jumped into the romantic entanglement, I like the second book less now too. Just a colossal disappointment all around.(less)
I liked the plot between Sophia and Vane, but there was rather a lot of other nonsense going on in the background that I could have decidedly done wit...moreI liked the plot between Sophia and Vane, but there was rather a lot of other nonsense going on in the background that I could have decidedly done without. And I'm still unsure about a lot of the ways in which their titles were used.(less)
I have a weakness for Pride and prejudice re-imaginings/fanfic. I can't help myself. I see one, I buy one. This book was not so much a re-imagining of...moreI have a weakness for Pride and prejudice re-imaginings/fanfic. I can't help myself. I see one, I buy one. This book was not so much a re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice as it was a series of sexcapades starring a guy named Fitz and a girl named Lizzie. Nothing in these characters felt true to the books. Darcy was bad, but Lizzie? Everything that made Elizabeth Bennet great was undone and she turned into a girl who cried over every little insult and tried to break an engagement because someone said something mean to her about it. Least forgivable, surprisingly, was the character assassination of Charlotte Lucas. It is one thing for Charlotte to want to marry for comfort and security, disregarding love etc. It's another thing entirely for her to marry a bitter, vicious man with no regard to propriety who actively seeks to destroy her best friend. And then invite said best friend to the wedding!
Everything about this book was terrible for me. And it was much, much too long.(less)
This cover is ridiculous(ly amazing?). The book was fine. The characters were fine. The plot was fine. Basically it was aggressively fine. A few too m...moreThis cover is ridiculous(ly amazing?). The book was fine. The characters were fine. The plot was fine. Basically it was aggressively fine. A few too many subplots and not enough resolution to elevate it.(less)
I was deeply relieved when I paused my reading of this book and confirmed it was self published. it just isn't well written or well edited. There's a...moreI was deeply relieved when I paused my reading of this book and confirmed it was self published. it just isn't well written or well edited. There's a lot of repetitive phrasing, far too many adjectives/adverbs, and a lot of stuff that just didn't work. Example: How is a first person narrator to know that their face is still bright red when someone looks at them? They might feel heat in their cheeks but unless they're surrounded by mirrors it doesn't make sense. This book is full, so far, of these kinds of sloppy mistakes. The research, in the first third, was poorly done, and I often wondered if the author had ever even seen a show set in NYC. The idea of having a single car crash in which a billionaire's wife wraps a car she's driving around a telephone pole just seems unlikely. As does getting two cabs late at night without having to wait.
I just found the setup completely ridiculous and lacking in emotional weight. This was especially true for the plotline surrounding Evangeline's dad. There was just nothing to make any of his actions make any kind of sense whatsoever. I think, had the prologue dealt with the aftermath of Evangeline's car crash rather than the actual crash - if we saw her feeling lost and lonely and cutoff - this premise would have worked. As it is, everything is told to the reader and that makes Evangeline and all the supporting characters seem like shallow caricatures.
Not to mention that this book seemed to be at least 85% sex.
I should have stopped reading when Ryan says, "I love having sex but I'm not a damn somnophiliac."
Edit: Ok. I'm a glutton for punishment and I read/skimmed all the way to the end. It gets worse. Much worse. And there is absolutely no development of the relationship between the main characters and the ridiculously unresearched tidbits continue to mount. Not to mention the bad writing and editing issues.(less)
This book broke several of my regency rules, but in the end the chemistry was undeniable. I found Julian and Lillith both compelling characters and I...moreThis book broke several of my regency rules, but in the end the chemistry was undeniable. I found Julian and Lillith both compelling characters and I liked the background plot between Cecily and Robert. There were a few things I wish had been addressed more, but this was still a great read.(less)
3.5 stars. The story was fun. I enjoyed Emily because she was prickly and standoffish and haughty with a temper that she always regretted but wasn't p...more3.5 stars. The story was fun. I enjoyed Emily because she was prickly and standoffish and haughty with a temper that she always regretted but wasn't particularly apologetic about. I enjoyed that this was a clean romance. And, though there was tons of chemistry between Emily and Jack, I don't know that I saw this book as a love story as much as I have other books like this because 90% of their interactions involved them bellowing/mad at each other. I wish we had been given a prologue of Emily and Jack's relationship in London, (view spoiler)[particularly because it seems their one interaction was Jack hauling Emily under the mistletoe and her being pissed about it (hide spoiler)], as that foundation would have gone a long way toward establishing their past and making me more forgiving that Jack is calling Emily "Emmy Love" in their very first scene together.
The reason I rounded down is that I was a little weirded out by how physical Jack and Emily both were when they were mad. There was a lot of slapping and throwing wine and throwing in the lake and kicking out of chairs and threats to give someone a good spanking and...ok, a few instances of this would be fine (and Emily certainly took part in all of this), but the fact that almost every interaction involved something like this bugged me. I think this would have been less of an issue if this book had utilized alternating points of view (something I almost never wish for).
There were a lot of plots going on in the background, but I really liked that we had just enough of each to keep he book moving forward, that they weren't all neatly tied up at the end, and that it fit with Emily's main plot which was trying to create some order out of chaos.
Overall a cute read, and I'll definitely be checking out more of Amanda Scott's stuff. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
3.5 stars. A cute, fun story with a heroine and hero I really liked. I just thought it went a little long and it didn't take advantage of some of the...more3.5 stars. A cute, fun story with a heroine and hero I really liked. I just thought it went a little long and it didn't take advantage of some of the depth its plot made available to it.(less)
I was pretty disappointed in this one after the perfection that was The Rake. It's a 2.5 that I'm generously rounding up because I liked the story, ev...moreI was pretty disappointed in this one after the perfection that was The Rake. It's a 2.5 that I'm generously rounding up because I liked the story, even if the writing was clunk and repetitive at parts and the plot proceeded at a helter skelter rate. Also, I should note that, because of how quickly things in this book develop, I think it is highly advisable to read the first book in this series before proceeding to this installment, which is not what I did. I think a lot of the buildup between these characters must have happened in the last book, and this book certainly implied and stated that such is the case.
More thoughts to come depending on my thoughts about the rest of the series.(less)
Honestly, the movie was ridiculous but I enjoyed it more. I read several reviews that were upset that the movie dumbed down the book (made the women f...moreHonestly, the movie was ridiculous but I enjoyed it more. I read several reviews that were upset that the movie dumbed down the book (made the women fight etc when in the book they were friends), but I just didn't see that. The only thing that was different was Jane, and I didn't like book Jane all that much. The old boyfriend flashbacks, in particular, left me feeling pretty judgmental toward her and I can't explain why. The more self-assured she was, the more annoyed I became. Maybe it just didn't ring true for me, but overall it didn't work. I also found the storytelling sloppy, which is a shame because I felt genuine chemistry between Jane and her leading man.
I also found several elements in the writing to be off. First, teenage boys yell "Don't date someone too pretty for you" as an insult to a nerdy kid Jane is dating (sidenote: Jane is successful and attractive and the reason she's alone is because she was waiting for Mr. Darcy. Literally. She broke up with a guy because he snorted when he laughed. Come on.) What high school boys would use that as an insult? MAYBE substitute hot for pretty, but it just seemed laughable.
Not laughable was Jane and her best friend painting she-male as an insult on the side of a douchebags car because he broke up with her. Number one, Jane is supposed to be clever and that's the best she can come up with? And two, really? That's what we're playing off for laughs in a novel intended for adults?
Finally, I was really bothered by the attempted sexual assault scene. We have a man, advancing on Jane who keeps telling him no, who is intent on pushing forward until Jane handles the situation and knees him in the groin. A+ Jane. However, that's it. That's as far as that goes. The man disappears "to the apothecary" but...that's it? It's never mentioned again? A new actor comes to replace him for the next group? It made it seem like that scene was put into place only to give Mr. Nobley a chance to be noble, even if he didn't do anything besides ensure Jane was allright and make sure the asshole's ass was out of Austenland. I don't know that I can explain why this scene bugged me, but it really did.
All that aside, and going back to the chemistry, I thought the ending was really cute and the perfect amount of cheesy romance for a book like this.
Overall, this was a quick read that had, at it's heart, a good story, but it could have stood to be a little longer, I could have done without the romantic history recitation, and I'd have liked to see the wall between fantasy and reality explored a little more.(less)
This book started off really well (if things were a bit repetitive) and about halfway through completely went off the rails. I dislike misunderstandin...moreThis book started off really well (if things were a bit repetitive) and about halfway through completely went off the rails. I dislike misunderstanding books, and this misunderstanding was so patently ridiculous that I just couldn't handle it. We'd already dealt with a conflict from one misunderstanding, and then tacking on another just made the end of the book miserable. It's a shame, too, because I quite liked the Henry and Dunford of the beginning of the book.
The writing was not at all what I expect from Julia Quinn. At one point, ten pages after Henry has done nothing but try to con him back to London, Dunford thinks she doesn't have a duplicitous bone in her body. What? Almost exact explanations would be repeated within a page of each other. And how, when the hero has kind of made a secret of his name, is it completely glossed over by the heroine when we do find it out?
I very nearly rated this one star and might have but for the beginning. (less)