I usually like my Regency Romances with a heap of laugh out loud humour and silliness. But that isn't to say that I don't enjoy the more serious RomanI usually like my Regency Romances with a heap of laugh out loud humour and silliness. But that isn't to say that I don't enjoy the more serious Romances, ones that fit the rules of that society as they should, ones that show the darker side of what often seems like an elegant era.
I liked quite a lot about the Dressmaker's Duke. I especially loved that Olivia was a working woman, a dress maker and that she had a business of her own and preoccupations that are often not seen in regular Historical Romances. She's having to chase payments for her dresses, make her ends meet and all without the aid of a man in her life. Olivia is an independent woman in a society that isn't very kind to independent women. I really liked that she was a woman who would get things done.
Rhys fell a little more into a hero category that I was used to, although as I came to learn more about him I felt for him and the man he grew up under, the things he endured. I liked seeing his fascination with Olivia, and applaud Jess Russell for the way she made it seem believable. He clearly didn't understand what was happening and there was a vulnerability to his actions that made me just want to give him a hug.
It was wonderful seeing these two fall in love, I was cheering for their well-deserved happy ending. The story had a good pace and had its fair share of action, never allowing the reader to get bored.
Give this one a try if you're looking for something a little more serious with a touch of sweet....more
It took me a while to get into this but eventually slipped into the story. It was my first Highlander read :) It was enjoyable and I liked our MC ladyIt took me a while to get into this but eventually slipped into the story. It was my first Highlander read :) It was enjoyable and I liked our MC lady. I'd say give it a go if you like your historical novels with strong Scottish ladies and your Highlander :)...more
Purely my own opinion - I just couldn't get into it. I was enjoying it at the beginning but then...I don't know, it just didn't keep my attention. ButPurely my own opinion - I just couldn't get into it. I was enjoying it at the beginning but then...I don't know, it just didn't keep my attention. But perhaps it'll appeal to die hard Regency Romance fans. I'd say a 1.5 because I did get to the end. It wasn't a bad read, just not for me....more
I had such high hopes for Merripen! Winnifred was a lovely heroine, but they paled in comparison to Cam and Amelia. Though I did feel for Merripen I tI had such high hopes for Merripen! Winnifred was a lovely heroine, but they paled in comparison to Cam and Amelia. Though I did feel for Merripen I thought the book would be a lot more intense. I think I just built it up too much in my head. Nevertheless, <3 loved seeing all the Hathaways again, they are a lovely bunch. And I felt so happy at Leo's return. Though still clearly affected by his past, it was so nice to see a healthier side of him. I did enjoy this one :)...more
I go long periods of time before returning to Regency Romance, they're the type of historical romance that I've always read most.
I made a mistake witI go long periods of time before returning to Regency Romance, they're the type of historical romance that I've always read most.
I made a mistake with this book. I was stupid enough to start it at midnight thinking that it'd be my standard fare of Regency Romance.
I was wrong. I finished reading it at about 4.40am of the same morning. Now that should tell you something.
Amelia and Cam ♥
Romance people. Romance happens in this book of the most addictive and magical kind.
I don't know how many times I sighed over it and the smile I had on my face after I finished it. It's a book that leaves you feeling light inside and like you've got stars in your eyes. It also had enough in it to set it aside from the majority of Regency that I've read and it felt more real. It wasn't all about ball's at Almack's and Bath, or about a season out in society. No. This felt like it dealt with the more every day to day lives of people living in this period. Practical things, you know? Which just made me fall in love with the world in an entirely different way.
It was lovely and I couldn't stop until the book was done. Cam is a different type of Regency hero and I loved him. So refreshing and distant from usual Regency heroes. Kind of wanted him to come and steal me away at midnight too…
And Amelia. Such a strong woman, but someone who is taking on too much and not realising how close she is to crumbling under the pressure of it all.
They make a wonderful couple.
Read this one, it'll send you off to the rest of your day with a smile on your face.
A sweet Regency read, but there was too much repetition in the book, conflict feeling a little forced when it came to resolving their feelings for eacA sweet Regency read, but there was too much repetition in the book, conflict feeling a little forced when it came to resolving their feelings for each other, mainly because they both clearly felt for each other. But it was a light story and enjoyable....more
Felt like a light Regency read and picked this book and another one. It was enjoyable but won't take it's place in my Regency favourites. Still entertFelt like a light Regency read and picked this book and another one. It was enjoyable but won't take it's place in my Regency favourites. Still entertaining though and I enjoyed the tension between the two main characters....more
A lot of readers have been mentioning that they were disappointed by the lack of new stories, that the stories published in this anthology have alreadA lot of readers have been mentioning that they were disappointed by the lack of new stories, that the stories published in this anthology have already been published elsewhere. I'm a reader who hasn't been fortunate to have found these stories earlier on and elsewhere, I found them in this anthology and I have to say that I was very pleased with the diversity of the stories found.
Not all of the shorts were to my taste, surprisingly some of these from writers I know and like. Others that I did enjoy were from authors I wasn't aware of or ones that I had previously read before and not found to my taste.
It just goes to show that you should probably give authors more of a chance to impress by reading one or more pieces of their work.
The short stories vary from outright paranormal cities to contemporary. As promised by the title of the anthology, even the contemporary stories aren't clear cut, always that sense of the weird about them. I found that one of the short stories that worked as a great definition for the title of the anthology was The Adakian Eagle by Bradley Denton. It was one I was unsure of at the start but ended up changing my mind about, completely, by the end of it. Definitely a sense of the weird, but gripping just the same.
Ilsa J. Blick's The Key was the short story which had my favourite main character of the lot, and where I felt that the character was most complimented by the narrative style. Very enjoyable too and I loved the mythology. It ticked all the right boxes for me. Another that stood out was Cryptic Coloration by Elizabeth Bear that was right up my alley.
Those weren't, by any means, the only good stories in this anthology, merely the ones that ended up being my favourites. I'll be looking in on new authors found here and trying out their novel length works too because there's some really good and intriguing writing here.
Whether you've read them or not, these make a neat little collection, nice to settle down with now and then, or for an afternoon, with some nice snacks and huddled under your duvet on a snowy day (it actually was snowing when I was reading them and it did feel quite nice lol).
Fantastic. Have bookmarked quite a few pages and I'll be returning to it. I liked this approach because most text books on history tend to leave me yaFantastic. Have bookmarked quite a few pages and I'll be returning to it. I liked this approach because most text books on history tend to leave me yawning, this felt more interactive and the information I've gathered here will stick with me for a long time. It was very good at invoking a reader's imagination and taking them along for the ride. Nicely done....more
Oh. Oh, this book *_* I absolutely adored it! From beginning to end, everything about this book just had me.
First of all, I have to stress how AMAZINGOh. Oh, this book *_* I absolutely adored it! From beginning to end, everything about this book just had me.
First of all, I have to stress how AMAZING the atmosphere is throughout the story, I mean, the creepiness, it's there, but at the same time it's subtle, the kind that's slipping just under your skin and stays with you, just tense with it you know? God, I loved it.
The main character, Jacob! Oh <3 so believable as a teenager, as a grieving teenager, and his need for answers completely understandable. And also, from the beginning, it always felt like he was set apart and on his own because no one believed him. I loved how we found everything out, slowly, the story taking it's time unravelling, but the pace was not the type where you get bored, there was plenty to keep you interested. The new setting for example, the new people he meets and the house.
Can I just say that the house made a MAJOR impression on me? God, I could practically feel the hair standing on my arms as Jacob went inside and like him, I was just waiting for something to jump out. Like I said, the atmosphere was just epic.
The story itself, god I love so much of it but I can't say much without giving everything away but the characters were intriguing, and all vulnerable in their own way. It deals with what it means to be different, and that as always, being different isn't always such a good thing when people fear something that they can't understand. Apart from the big themes of the book, the elements of fantasy and the history in the book, it's got a sad touch and you can't help but feel for the adults in Jacob's life (though not his mother, I really didn't care about her at all, but I don't think I was meant to either), and the children he meets. His relationship with his grandfather was such a lovely yet tragic thing at the same time, and the relationship between his grandfather and his own dad was just plain heart breaking, again, a case of people not knowing how to bridge distances and differences.
My favourite character, aside from the main character, was actually Millard! But I'll let you read to figure out for yourself, but I absolutely loved him!
The romance was definitely not the central thing in the book but it was well handled and sweet if a little peculiar (see what I did there? Huh, huh?) And it felt very much like a teenage romance too which I felt was lovely, it's something that I think I do miss from current YA novels and here it was done so well.
Miss Peregrine herself, yes, absolutely loved her character too and just, the rules that made up this world and the secrets and the magic of it, I really can't say enough about it except that this is so, so my type of book, addressing fantasy elements that have always interested me but again, which I can't go into without spoiling so!
READ IT! You must *_* I love it. My only complaint is that I got to the end and I didn't want it to stop there.
Also, the thing that must be mentioned, are the excellent vintage pictures that make their appearance throughout the book. I felt the mixed media added just the right touch to the feel of the story. They were fascinating and odd and weird and completely appropriate, so in sync with Jacob's narrative.