I dont get it. Heros father had been in love with another woman,thus making his mother suffer from knowing she his wife could never have his love.
Now...moreI dont get it. Heros father had been in love with another woman,thus making his mother suffer from knowing she his wife could never have his love.
Now he wants to avenge his mother. But the thing is..I dont understand why. Its not like Lady Veronica was involved in an affair with the father. But he wants to have his revenge despite monloguing about how he does feel bad about what he is trying to to do-wich is seduce Lady Veronicas daughter Lydia.Who he met in the first book.
Apperantly this is the secnd book in the series. If I had read the first one would this book make more sense? I dont know. And omg its the return of the tigthening loins whenever Aiden sees Lydia. Or he has desire flowing through his veins.Hmm its one He calls her "Lucky Lady" wich to me just comes across as corny and sounding a bit like the name of a horse. He purrs into her ear.
In my book the only things allowed to purr in books are felines and shamelessly sexual women wanting to be seductive.
And the heroine...well shes so inconsistent and quite frankly not so bright. Shes supposed to be smart what with reading Mary Wollstonecraft but she agrees very quickly to go to the heros house after finding a murdered man in a library. Convenient plot device activate!
They are still in his carriage when they have sex for the first time. Maybe I wouldnt have found this so weird if I had felt anything about them and their relationship.
But as it is this book just leaves me cold. As does the characters attempt to imitate regency era folk
"Lydia walked into the white Georgian town house"
Im not sure what to make of this. Yes the 18th century and the early 19th century was called the Georgian era. But I doubt people living in that time period would have referred to anything as georgian. Its a name applied only later.
And explaining social norms to other characters who should know this from their upbringing. Lets face its just clumsy info dumping for the readers who know next to nothing about the period. As someone who knows about it felt annoying but its just one of several things about this book I dont like.
And the dialogue between characters is...lets just say akward "Are these two serious?" "I hate being stuck in traffic and so I park where I can come and go without inconvenience"(less)
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)