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
I read this yesterday and struggled to get through it. It's not a lengthy book, but even so I found myself skimming. It's a shame, this is just the kiI read this yesterday and struggled to get through it. It's not a lengthy book, but even so I found myself skimming. It's a shame, this is just the kind of book I felt like reading and I settled in all ready to just enjoy it, knowing more or less what I'd be getting.
That's not really how it panned out. A lot of it didn't fit for me, especially on Ashly's mother's side. Really? I found it hard to see any mother doing this to their child. I can see them maybe doing this to get their child to see the world and maybe find some joy in life again after turning so bitter. But to force their child to do it with the man who abandoned them at the alter? No. No.
I think he's an asshole and she's whiny. And then, I kept going because I thought I was almost to the end but there was a cliffhanger. The problem is, I could've reasoned a two star rating. But there was no reason that I could see, for the book to end on a cliffhanger. It felt to me like either the author couldn't be bothered, or it was just a blatant way to get customers to spend their money on a second book that they'll still be dissatisfied with.
I won't give it a one star because I dislike giving books one star, nor do I like being so harsh on a book, but I found myself really annoyed by the time I reached the end of it. I don't think I will be buying the next one....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.
It's been a while since I'd read a Nora Roberts, so when I went to WHSmith and it was a rainy day, I saw this, read the back and thought - yup, you'reIt's been a while since I'd read a Nora Roberts, so when I went to WHSmith and it was a rainy day, I saw this, read the back and thought - yup, you're coming home with me.
The beginning of the book had me hooked. I loved Liz/Abigail's character and the sinister turn that the night took from her. The crime was excellent and I couldn't wait to get to the rest. I parked my ass down and started doing some serious reading.
Unfortunately, I didn't maintain that feeling throughout the entire book. I know Nora Roberts is primarily a romance writer, I have no issue with that. I've read a lot of her books and loved them all, however, I found the start to the book misleading. There was a large chunk of the beginning of the novel dedicated to developing the crime part, and her situation as a result of it. So naturally I assumed this wouldn't be the end of it and would come back to bite her in the ass. I was pumped for it!
This didn't come to happen however. Ms Roberts focused entirely on the romance after that chapter of the book was done, and when the original crime actually came back on page, it was resolved almost off the page and that left me feeling disappointed. I have to admit that it also took me a bit of time to warm up to Abigail and Brooks as a couple. Though I liked Brooks and his family almost on sight, I found that I didn't really feel the same way about his romance with Abigail, I felt not chemistry, mainly because the start of their romance felt rushed to me.
It's a shame, the book had such a fantastic start. I'd say, take a chance on it, if you're a Nora Roberts fan you'll probably still enjoy this, if not, then you may like it a lot more than I did :)...more