I really, really love these books. I devoured all five of them in three days. I love the characters, the action, the romance, the intrigue, that setti...moreI really, really love these books. I devoured all five of them in three days. I love the characters, the action, the romance, the intrigue, that setting...but four stars, you say? I've been Team Lord Greco for awhile now, and I just wasn't crazy about who he ended up with. She was okay and all, but I thought he deserved someone A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Some like Lia or Gabi. (Not them specifically, but someone as awesome as them.) I'm glad he's happy and all, but I wish Bergren had created a character for him that would make my heart flutter like it did for his scenes with Gabi.
A fine read, but WOW, I hope there's another because I need a resolution for Luca and Lia!(less)
Ally: "I’ve been working on this series and living with these characters since 2005. Saying goodbye to them has been b...moreThe title and cover are PERFECT.
Ally: "I’ve been working on this series and living with these characters since 2005. Saying goodbye to them has been bittersweet, but I’m so grateful to be able to give the series a proper send-off. So few authors have that luxury. Will the ending make readers cry? I don’t know. All I can say is that this author cried buckets."
Carla Kelly, you did not let me down. Just when I thought this was going to descend into regency romance cliche territory, you deftly and surprisingly...moreCarla Kelly, you did not let me down. Just when I thought this was going to descend into regency romance cliche territory, you deftly and surprisingly and blissfully steered this in the other direction just in time. I haven't been surprised at the ending of a book in a long time, but you got me with this one. Happily so.
Another delightful and addicting book from Carla Kelly. I'm looking forward to devouring the sequel.(less)
Ally Carter is one of my favorite authors. I love her books with an insane love, and that creates high expectations. While Ally's Gallagher Girls seri...moreAlly Carter is one of my favorite authors. I love her books with an insane love, and that creates high expectations. While Ally's Gallagher Girls series just gets better and better with each book, for me, the Heist Society series starts out strong and then tapers off a little with each book. I LOVE Kat and Hale's relationship, but I had the teensiest bit of a hard time with this book. It was good--everything Ally writes is good--but it wasn't my favorite. I hate saying that about a series and an author that I love, but for me, Heist Society is the best book in this series.
Now don't get me started on how much I fanatically love the last three books of the Gallagher Girls series...(less)
I think this may be the best Regency romance I've ever read. CARLA KELLY CAN WRITE. She creates these characters that live and breathe, complex charac...moreI think this may be the best Regency romance I've ever read. CARLA KELLY CAN WRITE. She creates these characters that live and breathe, complex characters with flaws and heart that you can't help but cheer for. I've never read a Regency romance quite like this one. There are serious themes of redemption, prejudice, and forgiveness mixed with wit and romance. The blend is intoxicating--a novel that made me laugh, made me cry, made me swoon, and, importantly, made me think and reevaluate myself. How does one make his or her life worth living? Don't we all need a bit of redemption at times?
Lord Ragsdale is an indolent, neglectful man who won't "exert" himself for anything or anyone. He neglects any and all duties and wastes his life on drink and worthless past times. The worst part--he knows it but is too lazy to change. The best thing he can say about himself is that he doesn't gamble. So why does he exert himself and save Irish indentured servant Emma Costello in a card game? And what will be the results when, in a drunken stupor, he agrees to let Emma reform him?
This story has so much expected depth and sparkling wit. In this day of the overused love-at-first-sight romance and cardboard stock character, Reforming Lord Ragsdale shines with it's slow building romance and complicated characters. Would you believe it, but these characters actually grow from hating each other to becoming FRIENDS. It's a indication of the power of this story that the most important part is when the heroine tells our flawed hero, not that she loves him, but that she LIKES him.
Carla Kelly, please keep republishing these classics of yours. This is what a historical romance should be. This one deserves to be re-read every year.(less)