I got this ARC from Netgalley and this is my honest review of it.
Harry the eldest son and heir of the Duke of Breconbridge has pursued the beautiful JI got this ARC from Netgalley and this is my honest review of it.
Harry the eldest son and heir of the Duke of Breconbridge has pursued the beautiful Julia Wetherby into the country to ask her to marry him. This is only her latest ploy in their courtship but hes confident that once he manages to make his feelings known she will be his.
After all he is handsome,rich and one of his ancestors were a King (albeit this was out of wedlock) After she suggest they take an early morning ride he happily agrees seeing it as the perfect moment to propose marriage without being disturbed.
But the horse wich he is assigned is difficult to handle and when Julia thoughtlessy jumps out from behind a bush she scares his horse so much that it rears causing Harry to fall and hit his head and break his leg.
Julia not being the most solid rock to lean runs off and he loses consciouness. The next thing he knows is that a young woman who he first assumes is a servant is taking care to have him treated for his injuries and bring him back to the house.
Of course she is not a servant at all but Julias younger sister Augusta,called Gus.
Despite Gus and their father telling her to take responsibility by attending to her almost fianceeiInstead of staying and taking care of him Julia goes back to London because she cant stand any sort of unpleasantness and dont want to have to marry a cripple as Harry might end up to be.
Their father goes after her and leaves Gus to take care of Harry,who is between life and death for some time but recovers and startscreate more work for Gus by sending for his private musicians,his dogs.Leaving her to have to make room and board for them. He also wants her to spend time with him since he gets bored.
Gus is equally charmed and exsperated at his behavior. But how could he ever want someone plain and ordinary like her when his preference seems to be for beautiful and women like her sister? Its best not to get her hopes up
She is also trying to keep him from learning that her sister has abandoned him and is partying in London.
.The nursing back to health plot while falling in love is hardly a new one in the world of historical romances. Its also not my favorite plotline but this had other things going for it like the fact that it is set in the 18th century,one of my favorite periods when it comes to historical romances and I had read another book by this author wich I liked. Might as well give it a chance.
I thought Harry was a complete idiot at first and then he had his accident and changed. Wish this transition had been more gradually as Harry before his accident seemed for a lack of a better word weak in his personality and a bit too easily pushed around.
His character got better and more likeable as the book went on and he started to have to make compromises and face the reality that his life was a very different one now after his accident. That is not to say he doesnt get mopy but he snaps out of it when realizes he has to be there for Gus.
I liked Gus personality shes not one of those aggressive and feisty heroines that makes you groan because they have to be right all the time and get their will. Shes tries to do her best and is confident in her abilities in running a household but a bit naive when it comes to her own feelings and dealing with men like Harry. She does call him out for his behavior once or twice and doesnt let him use her as a doormat.
I liked that the author didnt just have Harrys leg heal magically without reprecussions of any kind. His frustration felt very real to me and knowing personally someone who has had leg surgery the recovery is long and takes a lot of work and yes even in this day and age some people will make fun of you.
It was also interesting to learn that excercise machines like the chamber horse existed in the 18th century.
I did wish that Julia had suffered some consequences from her actions.As a character she feels like a plot device and is very one-dimensional.
While this has a few uneven bits its a solid romance if you can manage to overlook the fact that for one ,I dont think a man would ask a girl to marry him before he had talked with her father nor do I think a young lady would have been allowed to stay behind without as much a chaperone to keep up apperances ,no matter if the man is invalided.
I mean his leg might be broken but his hands and mouth are still working ;) I also noticed some grammatical errors in the book and a location name mysteriously changes from Mildenhall to Mendenhall in the course of the book. I expect they will be corrected in the final version of this book....more
From the moment the heroine winks at the hero I should have known this wasnt going to be enjoyable for me-and I was right. I guess I was firmly convinFrom the moment the heroine winks at the hero I should have known this wasnt going to be enjoyable for me-and I was right. I guess I was firmly convinced of it when the hero takes one look at her and falls in lust.
The writing just didnt do anything for me but as I read on something else started bothering me even more. For example when the heroines (evil)fiancee buys her an emerald necklace and then goes on berating her for not being up to his standards I started to be reminded strongly of a certain movie.
When she heard the faint click of the necklace locking into place, Emily closed her eyes. A ball being fitted to a chain. Nicholas’s fingers lingered for an unnecessarily long time at her nape and nausea swirled inside her. "There. Now you belong to me." His breath whispered hot against her ear.
So a historical romance where the heroine is a spirited young woman trapped in an engagement to a bad bad man who buys her a necklace,but she is falling for another man who is lower class.
And the necklace is called The Heart of Kingston.Sound familiar?
"I will never be yours mentally, emotionally, or physically." Pride swelled in her chest. "Will Samson took it all."
He stared for a long moment, revulsion contorting his face until his mouth curved into a slow grin. His eyes gleamed. "Oh, Emily. I am not a fool. I know you are a slut and I know Mr. Samson has had you."
Cal:Where are you going? To him? Is that it? To be a whore to that gutter rat?
Rose:I'd rather be his whore than your wife
But in Titanic we have the mother to act as an incentive to the marriage in this...well
Even her own father indicates its fine with him if she breaks the engagement.He loves his daughter too much to subject her to the hell a marriage with this guy would be. But no shes forges on determined to get her hands on the money no matter if she has to marry a domineering violent man. Its for her children (daughters) so they can have a better life
Ok...umm you do know your children would also be HIS childen? So you are willfully wanting to marry a violent man and exposing children to him.
Have you no regard for decorum?"
He smiled. "Decorum?"
Not so long ago you were winking at him while suggestively biting your lip! Now you care about decorum?!
This book supposedly takes place in 1890s but there is nothing about the characters behavior that makes me believe in them as actually living in that time.I also felt no connection with or between these two characters or what their appeal for each other was. I guess they just found each other hot?
Its fine to be inspired by something and take it to put a twist on a story but this was just a forgettable story. .At least it was free. ...more
The heroine Marietta is unhappily married to the womanizing and neglectful Dario Gatti who suddenly dies after eating bad meat
After his death she is sThe heroine Marietta is unhappily married to the womanizing and neglectful Dario Gatti who suddenly dies after eating bad meat
After his death she is summoned and told unceremoniously by her horrible mother in law to get out.She will get an yearly allowance but she is no longer a part of their family.
She was always hated by the Signora Gatti for not being good enough for her son and when she finds out the Signora has had all her paintings burned.Marietta says good riddance and leaves feeling she can finally be free.
She decides to return to Venice to make peace with her estranged father but on the way the carriage she is travelling in gets stuck in mud and she and the other passengers are left stranded. Luckily another carriage belonging nobleman Nico Foscari arrives and invites the passengers to his familys villa.
Marietta early on takes his measure and realize he is a bit of a rake and quite possibly a cad too. Albeit a charming and handsome one but still a rake who likes to throw around innuendos and try and discomfit her.And she then discovers that Nico is nearly blind and relies on his friend and former tutor to be his eyes (and sometimes his ears too)
He likes to use his disability to throw other people off their guard as most people assume he is totally blind and therefore helpless. He is bitter about his blindness since it means he is dependent on other people and not being able to do something worthwhile with his life he tries to fill his time with women wine and cards. His own father considers him a failure and embarrasment.
When Marietta finds out through Nico that her father has been dead for two months and it was stated to be a fatal accident. But something doesnt quite add up with this story and when she arrives in Venice and start to investigate her doubt about it being accidental grows. Could it be one of his noble patrons who had him murdered.
But this is Venice and asking too many questions can be dangerous so Marietta has to use her the wit she has at her disposal and even dress up in mens clothing to get inside these noblemens houses to find evidence.
And wherever she goes Nico Foscari seems to appear and delight in teasing her and take an interest what she is up to.
So what did I think of this book? Well...
The setting of 18th Century Venice makes this book stand out a bit from other historical romances but apart from including carnival in the plot and mentioning ridottos and some historical personages from that time I felt the potential of the setting was very underutilized.
The same thing with its two main characters who have could have been fleshed out more and would have benefited from a exploration of its characters motives and ambition.Its more or less spelled out by another character why the hero is such a devil may care. and often Nico appears very immature in comparision to Marietta.
I did like her character quite a bit but even she displayed a bit of whats the problem with the characterization in this book.for example after Marietta arrives in Venice she often forgets about her marriage that is supposed to have been unbearable unless the author have to bring it it up to explain the heroines reluctance to fall in love with the hero (or at least fall into his bed)
I felt that this book could have used some editing since sometimes the characters talk and act like genuone 18th Century people to suddenly go all modern on you.It was very jarring.
And the situation with the antagonist wrapped up too easily in my opinion and feels quite anticlimatic.Almost apologetic and "truly honestly we didnt mean it" I never got what they actually hoped to accomplish with their plan. It was all a bit vague and never got a proper conclusion.
Furthermore the historical character of Casanova who is one of Nicos close friends is nicknamed "Cas" by Nico and his character is also shoehorned into being a romantic interest of Nicos sister.. I am sorry but I wasnt really rooting for this and felt he could just have easily been edited out or replaced with an original character.
So in conclusion this is a book that had much potential but falls short due to it being inconsistent. But in the end I cant say I hated it as there are some fun dialogue in it and I did care about what the heroine was going through.
**spoiler alert** Disjointed and quite hard to read. DNF
Interesting idea with the heroine being raised in Africa and returning "home" to the US after**spoiler alert** Disjointed and quite hard to read. DNF
Interesting idea with the heroine being raised in Africa and returning "home" to the US after the death of her father.Her mother and brother had left years ago when she was a child. So to her they are literal strangers.
She boards a train that will take her to the coast and is told to seek out a man on board named Matthew (sorry forgot last name) who is to escort her on her journey. When she sees him she immediately know that "omg this is the The wild White man with the scar" that her african friends have been telling her about.Hes gone about from villages and in the wilderness fighting wild animals and saving lives and whatnot. Then she goes on a bit in her head how he looks like a warrior etc.
They have a rather bizarre conversation :/ Hero seems to hate heroine on sight for no particular reason also called the "i feel disdain for every other human because ive been hurt by people in the past.I have such a tragic backstory" reason
THEN! The train they are on crashes! Exciting isnt it?
But...we cut to a journal entry where the hero is describing saving Finnea from the crash. Quite anticlimatic. Then we cut again to the US.city of Boston where several months have passed and heroine is more or less recovered were told in an expositonary way from her mother,who then goes on to complain about how weird her daughter is/how hovely her son is.
Im sorry this is when I dnf...or rather skimmed until I found out about the Dark Secret the heroine had. I just couldnt believe in the plot/characters/romance so this is probably my first and last by this author.
It seems I had forgotten that I knew about this author.
Written in the same chaotic style and with incomphrehensible characters as the other book by thIt seems I had forgotten that I knew about this author.
Written in the same chaotic style and with incomphrehensible characters as the other book by this author this one tells the story of John Sebastian Smirke who is a ... vain unpleasant guy in love with himself and who cant stand "ugly" people (thats pretty much everyone else) and that goes around calling for his "mamma" constantly. Hes a mamas boy and when he learns his mama got married he throws a tantrum.
A grown man..throwing a tantrum..sure thats attractive. Im not sure but I think this was intended to be comedic. It really isnt.
But he surely must have some other traits that arent abominable. Not really.
When he takes his last little "hobby" (blackmailing virgin ladies to sleep with him) he gets whats coming to him and beaten up and left for dead.He in fact actually dies.
But heaven gives him another chance and hes sent back to life on the condition that he has to find his true love wich will be the only woman he will be able to have sex with without catching the pox. The womans name is Joan.
Oh and he has a ward that he knows simply as J.Larkin who decides to come visit her guardian.Do you see where this is going?