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Preview — Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory
Once, a long time ago, Coco Wild learned to never allow a man's kiss to move her, for that way led to downfall. A slender beauty with alluring eyes, she built impregnable defenses around her emotions. The men who came to adore her, fought to conquer her and learn her mysteries, made her the toast of London, but none were able to rouse her passions.
But that hard-taught less...more
4.5 starsAfter reading Untie My Heart I wasn’t ready to part with Judith Ivory just yet. Thank you, Wollstonecrafthomegirl, for bringing this story to my attention. I loved it.
As with most of her work, the author departed from nearly every romance formula in creating this wonderfully nuanced, multilayered romance –romance that paired a “retired” courtesan with a young explorer, darling of the society.
This is a character-driven romance at its best. The author made me care for the characters. I w ...more
Dammit, here's what happens when you accidentally read too many books with the same theme in a short period of time!
WARNING: BIG TIME SPOILER for anyone who has read The Duke but not this book, or this book but not The Duke
I quite enjoyed this book -- the writing was good, the characters different than the norm, and the setting was Victorian rather than Regency, which makes a HUGE difference in terms of setting. I really liked both characters and their relationship (and the conflicts t ...more
Fresh from his successful geological trip to Africa, where he returned with gold in abundance, England's new hero James Stoker has just ...more
It seemed like nothing happened in the first half of the book.
Too often the author used artificial means to draw out conflicts. Someone in love did not act the way someone in love would act. Example: a bad guy is going to frame James for two crimes. Coco hears this. She and James are in love. When Coco next sees James she does not warn James about the bad guy’s plans. She thinks to herself James is smart he ...more
It took me awhile to get through this story. For one thing, I kept trailing off into reverie as I read. I would think about the setting and time, and how unjust it was to women and lower classes. I would think how fortunate I am to live in contemporary times. I would think about how well Judith Ivory acknow ...more
James has a brilliant academic career, and perhaps an earldom, ahead of him, but none of that will happen if he publicly takes up with Coco. As for Coco herself, she's become wealthy and entirely independent and has no desire to subject herse ...more
A historical May-December (older woman, younger man) romance that starts with a meet cute... in a Victorian dentist's waiting room. Cool, but also, shudder. Anyway, Ivory is a pleasure to read, even if this one didn't wow me as much as some of her other work. Still, Sleeping Beauty is a nice change of pace for those tired of ballroom Regencies.
This book wasn't quite as memorable as Untie My Heart, but it was still excellent. It made me think about how lucky I am to live NOW instead of THEN and those thoughts really endeared me to the heroine. I would so TOTALLY have been a whore if I had been born in the 1800s. It was the only way for a woman to be truly independent (sexually and financially). I even empathized with her bad tooth since the same thing happened to me two years ago and ...more
I have this on audio and will reread it one day when I'm in a better mood (ha, ha ...more
This was the second time I tried to read this book, and the first time I gave up because I didn't like the idea of a prostitute heroine who (gasp) actually enjoyed her work. The squeamish aspect of ...more
Coco was an original heroine, and I enjoyed both her independence, her maturity, and her unrepentant past. Ivory was particularly clever with how she signaled Coco and James's happily ever after (normally a heroine sleeping with the hero is the sure sign of their devotion and HEA-ness, but for a former courtesan, that won't work).
As much as I e ...more
Sleeping Beauty is one of my historical romance favorites and, as such, I eagerly purchased the audio version two years ago, although the sample assured that James’s nasal almost effeminate voice, as performed by the narrator, would prove a challenge for me. As I mentioned in our first Speaking of Audiobooks column, my initial listening session was over quickly – I just couldn’t handle my James speaking in that manner. However, since that post, two of our readers have men ...more
This is my first Ivory, and I liked it quite a lot. Fairy tale associations are usually a plus for me, of course, but mostly, I really liked the hero and heroine and how well Ivory fit ...more
I do really love Ivory's writing but she is either hit or miss with me. This was a miss.
James is all that is good; he's from lowly beginnings and was helped along life's path by his mentor, Dr. Phillip Dunne. Now all kinds of good things, including money, are coming James' way. However, James meets a beautiful, somewha ...more
In this book, we have a young man, James Stoker, who has recently returned from what was considered a highly successful African expedition. H ...more
--I hate the name "Coco". Hate it. "Coco Wild" sounds like a B-list porn star.
--She laughs a lot. Like, a lot. She can have other verbal reactions besides laughing merrily.
--Please oh please, there are at least twenty better and more sensual descriptors for someone's breasts than "globular". And it's used more than once. *shudders*
"Judith Ivory" is the pseudonym of author Judy Cuevas (real name).
The pseudonym was first used by her after publication of her last book as "Judy Cuevas," in 1996 - Dance. Her first book, Star ...more