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 th...moreIt 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?
Isabella Latham is accompaning her two cousins for their season,a spinster of 26 she doesnt except to be more than a chaperone for them. One d...more2.5 stars
Isabella Latham is accompaning her two cousins for their season,a spinster of 26 she doesnt except to be more than a chaperone for them. One day while at the modistes she comes upon a little girl who is quickly revealed to be the Earl of Hartleighs ward.
The earl himself soon arrives and mistakenly believing Isabella is the modistes assistant brusquely dismisses her,just to be set straight by Isabella that she is in fact a lady.They dont get off on a good foot.
Since his ward Lucy wont stop talking about her wonderful "Missbella" he starts to consider getting married so she will get a female rolefigure in her life. He did promise her deceased father he would take the best care of her.This decided he starts to look for a suitable bride.
Meanwhile Isabella has also entered the social season with some unsuspected sucess when word got out that she was an heiress she started to get more and more interesting to the fortune hunters.
Among these is Basil Trevelyan cousin of the Earl of Hartleigh who has set his sights on Isabella and her monies.And the fact that Hartleigh has been taking an interest in her only adds to her charm,since Basil resents his cousin for inheriting the earldom when he himself is penniless. Isabella finds himself a
As Hartleigh and Isabella starts to become more acquainted,Basil tries everything he can to sever their relationship and compromise Isabella so she will have no choice but to marry him.And if that wont work hes got an ace up his sleeve in the form of a secret her mother has concealed.
This book has a lot of the themes I love. Plain but smart spinster,handsome but gruff hero who learns to see behind appearances.
But somehow it just didnt click with me.It just felt like I couldnt fully connect with the characters.Being one of her earlier books I think she has evolved since then but I could detect similarites with some of her later works.At least it wasnt as bad as The Devil's Delilah (Regency Noblemen, #2)
Also the thing with Isabellas mother and her (view spoiler)[marriage to Isabellas biological father and him losing his memory (hide spoiler)] felt very plastered on and convoluted.It could easily have been removed from the story. But I guess the author thought she deserved a happy ending.
Also another thing I did like was that the villain wasnt this cardboard cutout(Some of the funnier bits were between him and his friend.) who did bad things for the sake of it.But actually had reasons and motive for his actions even if they werent good ones.And he also gets his redemption in The English Witch
Adrian Deveraux Earl of Raven is like so many other rakes in regency romances tired of matchmaking mamas and their debutante daughters trying to captu...moreAdrian Deveraux Earl of Raven is like so many other rakes in regency romances tired of matchmaking mamas and their debutante daughters trying to capture him in marriage.
He is also very drunk, so when he and his similarly inebriated friends arrive at the friends house and the housekeeper in tears tells them that there is a young lady near death in the upstairs chamber. She had been traveling when she fell deathly ill.
Adrian comes up with a clever plan.He will marry this dying woman and then when she has kicked the bucket he will be a grieving widower.In effect he will be off the marriage mart.
Did I mention he was drunk? :P
So he,his barrister friend and his priest friend and the near unconscious young woman go through with the ceremony.After wich Adrian returns to London and begins regaling the ton with stories about his sudden marriage and his deep love for his new bride. All the while waiting for a message to arrive with word about her death.
But judge his surprise when his "wife" Leah appears at the door of his London home and she is clearly not in the least dead.In fact she is quite the resolute young lady who informs him that she wont go quietly away and she offers him a deal. If they will pretend to be married for the time it takes for her to launch her younger sister Christiana in society and see her married to some eligible man,then she will agree to an annulment.
Adrian agrees at first reluctant to her proposal but after doing some thinking of his own he agrees...and from there the story goes.
I have to admit that I put down this book with a sigh after reading only a few pages in. The premise was just so silly and unrealistic!
Also the hero was nicknamed Raven.Wich is such a cheesy name.Could it have more cliches?
But I decided to give it another go just to see what would happen next.And then I got swept along.
Adrian is one of those heroes that are far from perfect,of course he is a rake but it goes beyond that,he could be downright sneaky as Leah finds out as she comes to know him better.For example the way he got her into bed...I would have been so angry to find out the truth but hey its romancelandia.
Their relationship was quite the rollercoaster due to both characters having their invidiual insecurities.Leahs being afraid she was too much like her mother and choosing to deny herself happiness and instead try to give her younger sister all that she herself thought she didnt deserve to have.
So despite the marriage being a mismatch in the end the couple complemented each other very well and had me believing in their relationship.And the sex...well that was very racy.;=
While some aspects of the story could have been embellished/researched more once you got past the awkward beginning it was quite an engrossing read. Good if you are looking for a fast and entertaining read with some angst thrown in.(less)
**spoiler alert** Another book for my "bad akward sex" shelf list. Not rape or anything like that mind you. Just...bad sex,fumbling around
Helene,Count...more**spoiler alert** Another book for my "bad akward sex" shelf list. Not rape or anything like that mind you. Just...bad sex,fumbling around
Helene,Countess Godwin has been married for 10 years after eloping with Rees Holland,Earl Godwin.They had seemed perfect for each other intially,both passionate about music and each other.
Then after a disastrous wedding night it all got ruined culminating with Helene being kicked out of the house after a year of marriage. Since then she has tried in vain to persuade Rees to get a divorce. He seems to take a bit of pleasure refusing her in fact.
At their last confrontation Helene reveals that she really wants is a child. Rees dismisses this as another of her follies. Angrily she makes up her mind that if he wont give her a divorce or a child she will take a lover who will get her pregnant.Enough with being prude!
So she takes help from her glamorous and freespirited friend Esme to attract men.This isnt as easy as it sounds as she doesnt have a lot of attractions (read flatchested) but after a visit to the modiste she acquires a gown that shows off the attractions she does have.
Rees learns of her goal to take a lover and arrives in the nick of time to prevent her seduction,instead he proposes that it would be much more convenient if he fathered the child. Helene agrees to this even though she and Rees knows that their relations has hardly been sucesses before.
And from there on it goes...
I liked this and found it quite funny,not perfect but there was plenty of humorous situations.
A case of the hero and heroine not seeing whats in front of them and quite a lot of misunderstandings in the past and present.
Rees was quite boorish and crude despite being a very artistic type who wrote operas and Helene was a bit sensitive but yet able to get angry at him when he teased her. (he enjoyed scattering her prim and proper attitude)
They were not perfect but maybe perfect for each other :)
The supporting characters were just that ....characters with their own quirks and motivations. Helenes friends were especially a hoot to read about.
A character I had problem with was Lina the heros mistress (though he has not slept with her for months)who was quite the wet blanket.It was a good thing of the author not to depict her as completely bad person and giving her,her own love story but really I just wish she would have the sense to go away.
Wich she does eventually.
If you are looking for a light read with a flawed hero and heroine this is the one.
**spoiler alert** I think I put this away on the basis of 10 pages.
Andrew Halpern (viscount) is summoned before his father on account of a...more**spoiler alert** I think I put this away on the basis of 10 pages.
Andrew Halpern (viscount) is summoned before his father on account of a scandal he created when he had an affair with a married woman. Her husband took offense to this and it was a big to do.
Also the hero is in the foreign services and the thing could seriously injure his career. The hero is 28 years old by the way and acts more like a teenage brat in my opinion.
So his father says he has to marry a young innocent country miss named Jenny Shaw,and spend a year in the country with her until shes pregnant. After some mild protestations he just goes like "meh I will marry her"
The heroines incentive is apperantly that she is poor? I dont know. I know that she has blond flyaway hair though.
Then it skips to their wedding day and after the first encounter between the couple the heroine has her opinion of the hero. He is a toad!
Then we skip ahead 4 months later when they are settled in. And just like this I decided to label it a DNF. Hero is at the breakfast table musing about how the heroine is so charming,able to soothe inner demons etc etc
Huh? Where were we when this happened? I though the first rule of writing was "show dont tell"
I just felt this was lazy writing. The characters feels very flat and since I had a hard time engaging with them from the onset their suddenly perfect relationship stretched my incredulity.
I was also pulled out of the story by the heroine living in a bungalow. I googled this and the phrase was first used in the 17th century. BUT wouldnt it have been better to describe her living in a cottage?
In historical romances I feel that the ability to make the reader believe a story takes place in the era its supposed to is very important. And if they cant do that then they can rely on great character and/or good writing.