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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,701 ratings  ·  531 reviews
Identity theft regency style.
Funny. Sexy. Cross Dressing. Not your mother's Regency Romance.

After the death of her miserly cousin, Antony North, Millicent Boarder is determined her family should never be poor or vulnerable again. To protect them she conceals her cousin's death and assumes his identity. Now she must face the Ton and the world as Mr. North and accept the
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published May 19th 2012 by Corvallis Press
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Gail Carriger
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found Ridiculous by D L Carter a frivolous but very fun regency romance. It has more sexy-times than normal in such books, and a whole lot of pining girl disguised as a boy (a favorite trope of mine). Also it is really quite funny. I laughed out loud at least a dozen times.

The boy, well man, that our main character Millicent disguises herself as is Mr. North. She wants to enter society and not be taken seriously. So she creates a kind of foolish Wilde character, only with far less fashion
Miranda Davis
I paid $4 for this but I just didn't buy the romance between a woman manly enough to pass as a man and 'his' best friend who never suspects he's a she until he sees her breasts for God's sake. No chemistry, no surprise at the big reveal, just nothing. So this failed on the fundamentals for me. More like <1 stars, due to the pile up of implausibilities by the end. But it started very, very well.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
All puns aside, I had a ridiculously good time reading this book.

Millicent is feisty, intelligent, witty, and strong. I loved her. The entire book is just one long farcical romp through...well, the ridiculous. The idea that Millicent's charade as a man could go on for as long as it did is ridiculous, that things came to an end as perfectly as they did is ridiculous, that anyone bought into the scheme at all is ridiculous...and yet, hilarious.

This book is by no means perfect, but it is fun.
Cheree Alsop
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. It was exactly what I was in the mood for- a smart, funny regency era book that was differnt from the droves out there that just copy the plotlines of Pride and Prejudice. I love Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen, but I find myself looking for fresh writers because she wrote what she did so well that few who follow in her footsteps can hold a candle to her writing. I am happy to say that D.L. Carter did just that. Ridiculous ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-jaff, i-own-it
The last time I'd read this was more than 3 years ago and, even though I had forgotten the details, it had lodged in my brain as one of the most entertaining Recency romances I'd ever come across. Having just finished another of D.L. Carter's books and realized it was by the same author, I decided to go back and revisit this one.

What a marvelously unusual story. The heroine, Millicent Boarder, takes charge of her own fate (and that of her family) when her miserable cousin, Mr. Anthony North,
KP Pryce
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I can't say I didn't like this story, but if I'd missed the opportunity of reading it, I wouldn't have died in a ditch either.

As a romance, this was pretty light on. There was no romance until the very last little portion of the book, and even that lacked all that is romantic and gave us, instead, a couple of boudoir romps sans yearning on the part of the real Hero. If sex has to be included in a romance, then it should be served as a side dish accompanying a susbtantial main course of other
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
The premise is, well, ridiculous and I liked it. If you expect something serious, don't bother reading, although it does raise a bunch of very interesting questions.

Faced with the possibility of being thrown out of the house she has been living with her mother and two sisters with their miserly cousin Anthony North who has just died, Milicent Boarder decides that she would become Anthony. Nobody would know anyway because the man never socialized.

As Anthony, she runs into a duke and his sister
Ange H
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As clearly telegraphed by the title, this Regency romance was unrealistic, historically inaccurate, and absurd. It was also very entertaining. Cinderella meets Victor/Victoria meets Identity Thief. I probably gave it one more star than it really deserves, but I just finished reading it on my vacation while sitting on my balcony at the beach, and Im feeling generous :). ...more
At the beginning it was witty and enjoyable.

Such a lady as this would never do anything as plebeian as to stand or walk; she progressed!

A language and an atmosphere was almost perfect. I liked Millicent/Mr. North.

Moreover, between the lines there were also a few messages about roles of women and men in that society, about costs of breaking the rules, about how easy to forget how it is to be on the other side.

It was enough, she told herself, to have Shoffer as a dear friend. It was enough. Her
Shanyn Hosier
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Ridiculous" was charming and adorable. It's a Regency romance turned on its ear when an impoverished, clever country miss decides to assume the identity of her recently deceased (and boorish) cousin. It's impossible not to cheer Millicent on in her crusade to provide for her family as well as enjoy the freedoms her assumed gender now allows. Fate being what it is, however - namely, a bitch - she finally meets the fellow of her dreams once she's fully committed to manhood.

Carter does an
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature Regency fans
Shelves: fun, romantic, regency
This is a delightful novel. Set in the Regency it is the story of 'girl power'. When the Boarders are left homeless and penniless at their father's intestate death, they move in with a cousin Anthony North. Mr. North isn't a kind man rather a miser who uses Felicity, Millicent, Mildred and Maude as his indentured house staff. When he dies Millicent decides to avoid a workhouse or worse by adopting Mr. North's identity. Her experience as Mr. North's secretary gives her an understanding of his ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Millicent Boarder, her mother and two sisters are living as unpaid servants to their cousin Antony North when he unexpectedly dies. With no other options except being sent to the workhouse, Millicent takes over Mr North's identity. Her familiarity with her cousins business dealings helps, and she successfully passes as Mr North. In her disguised identity she encounters Timothy Shoffer, Duke of Trolenfield. The young Mr North impresses the Duke, and when he helps Shoffer's sister Beth with what ...more
Kirsten Lenius
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Regency romances are a guilty pleasure for me. I don't know why this quite short historical period resonates with me so much, but it does. That said, this story was one of the most enjoyable of the sort that I have read in a long while. It addressed the terrible difficulty of impoverished female gentry and of women in that period in general. It was quite wickedly humerous as well and I appreciated the heroine's dealing with the ton and icons of that time period. Oh, and if I had been the Duke, I ...more
Sheila Majczan
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

Blame it all on Debbie B. Laughing. Her review is so excellent that I was forced to read this comedy, this farce of Regency ladies finding a way to survive when women had few if any rights.

Left indigent by their father/husband, the Boarder ladies live in a poorhouse until a cousin, Anthony North, agrees to take them unpaid servants. He dismisses all the previous servants so their lives are total drudges. Then he dies! Quick thinking Millicent changes clothes with
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was a big disappointment for me, all the more so because I thought it started out well, and then just sort of imploded later in the book. I actually started reading with no expectations--this was another Gail Carriger monthly reading recommendation, and was .99 on Kindle, so why not? I'm picky about Regency novels, though, so I went in skeptical. The thing is that the story engaged me almost right away. I admired Millicent's practicality, and I could almost see how she would pull off ...more
Jackie Jones
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love Jane Austen, and sometimes one yearns for another Regency-style book to read, so I gave this one a chance. I loved how funny and different it sounded, and I was not let down. It is so funny! There wasn't a single dull moment, and that is probably why I didn't get much sleep in the two days that I read this. I love how strong a woman Millicent is. She is so great at being a witty, eccentric man, and yet her womanly feelings are ever present. Jane Austen is great, but sometimes her ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a Regency Romance that I could not put down. Our hero, Mr. North, is actually a woman! Although no one but his family is aware of that. It seems the real Mr North had passed away, and rather than be out on the streets, Millicent assumes his identity. She as he then befriends a duke of all things, who assists in setting up her sisters (believing them to be Mr North's cousins) with a London Season. But the duke is repaid by Mr North drawing his painfully shy sister out of her shell so she ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desperate times call for desperate measures! And in Millicent Boarders mind this was a desperate time, determined as she was that her family would never be poor or vulnerable again. So, after the death of her miserly cousin Anthony North, Millicent decides to conceal his demise and assume his identity. After all, she and her family had been taken in by Anthony as unpaid help in return for their miserly existence of shelter and bare necessities. She would face the Ton and the world as Mr. North ...more
I am madly in love with this book. I loved it from start to finish. It was funny, sexy and silly. Practically a farce but in the best way. By chapter 4 I was rooting for the 'heroine' and falling madly in love with the love interest. Seriously, I'm madly in love with halfway-down-the-aisle in love. I loved the silliness and the humour and I'm sad to see it end. I wish this was a series so that I could just continue the story and never have to leave this world. I can't wait to read it ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
I do so very much love this trope. Though looking back I have often come to wonder how I could have been so in the dark about being transgender when a large majority of my favorite novels growing up involved a woman becoming a man to have adventure. Oh well, better late than never I guess.

As to the story, I find I greatly enjoyed it. It did slow down for a few chapters when the secret came out of the bag, but after that it picked right back up again. Ending a bit implausible, but I don't think
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining. I enjoyed this a lot and it's very amusing and, even, dare I say it, a little ridiculous. It's about a young woman who assumes the identity of a reclusive, rich, newly-dead male cousin in order to protect her family from the workhouse and ends up becoming the latest and greatest wit of the ton while also falling in love. This is a light, fun, slightly implausible romp that does not take itself too seriously and it was fun to read. Millicent, as the silly Mr. North, is very ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what to expect going into Ridiculous, a book that was free on Kindle eons ago and subsequently left to rot in the digital ether. My attitude upon finally starting it was basically "I guess I should get around to reading this old thing," which is now hilarious because if I had any clue how much I would have enjoyed this book I would have read it immediately.

What you have in Ridiculous is a cross-dressing regency romantic comedy. I put it that way because it's cut from the same cloth
Man, I really enjoyed so much of this book, but it was not entirely satisfying.

Usually the plot/setup aspects of romance novels are the flimsiest, but, here, it was the most entertaining and interesting part. After the death of their gross and miserly protector Mr. North, the main character, Millicent, decides to impersonate him to access his funds and save her mother and sisters from poverty. Reading about how she takes control of these new money and properties, and crafts an image of an
Mich Must Read
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a freebie on Amazon. I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Ridiculous is a really slow burn romance. The romance is in the end and most of this book is a woman parading around as a man in regency society for survival. We go through day in day out adventures of living as a man and discovering a freedom that was unheard of back in that time for women. It also touches on what lgbt would have to encounter in this age. How much of this is accurate? I'm not certain, but I would ...more
Jennifer Blake
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A different Regency indeed! -- also a well-written and charming tale with several neat points to make about the differences between male and female roles during the period. I enjoyed the banter between heroine and heroine, and applaud the author's ingenuity in coming up with ways for the heroine to resolve the many social crises she faced in her male persona. The barrier to a happy-ever-after was as well conceived as it was inevitable; there was real doubt that it could be overcome. Yet the ...more
Nickie Kuhn
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was HILARIOUS. Within the first chapter I was chuckling, by the second I had pain in my sides I was laughing so hard. The scene where our heroine first sees our hero's nether regions KILLED me. I may even read it again to make sure I didn't miss any good jokes.

Millicent is magnificent. She may be my favorite romance heroine ever. I could picture her dressed as a man, leaning back in a leather chair with her feet up holding onto an unlit cigar making vulgar comments to society folks.

James Minter
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I write farce and appreciate the genre. As a man I read this to see how a female author wrote for a predominantly female readership. Jane Austins Pride and Prejudice its not, and you need to suspend belief but the humour is good, as is the attention to detail without overwhelming the story.
I wasn't sure what to expect. This book is pure entertainment; an escape. Its fun, witty, and conversationally absurd. Millicent's love for her family, and later for the Duke, drives her to sacrifice her own
Drew Doll
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny

This book is a wonderful example of a Regency Romp. The whole book is just one absurd situation after another. I kept turning the pages thinking:


The pace never slows down, Mr. North is a hoot, the villains are horrid with no redeeming qualities, we lurch from one ridiculous farce to another. I have seldom enjoyed a book more.

In fact, I was so wrapped up in this book I stayed up until 2 am to finish it.

Would I read it again? Yeah, Baby, Yeah!!!

Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful read. The witty dialogue was spot on and had me laughing out loud throughout. As for the 'why did it have to have a sex scene?' complaints, I'm not sure why everyone is upset over this - I think it's fairly obvious that for her to reveal her sex to the duke he would have to see her naked. I would have been angry if the author had glossed over that just because it happened to be a sex scene - much better to get a full reaction on North suddenly being a 'she.' Plus it wasn't ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing twist on a regency romance. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this one but I loved how much fun it was. Usually the heroine dresses as a boy because it was safer than running around as a girl by herself, but this book took cross dressing to a whole new level. I was amazed at how easily she stepped into to her role as a man. And that her family came around to the idea so quick as well. I loved the hero so much, he was a true gentleman. I would definitely read another of this ...more
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