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Lady Fiasco

(My Notorious Aunt #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,245 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Can a lady with a reputation for disaster, stumble into love?

An unusual heroine, Fiona Hawthorn grew up running free. Without a mother to restrain her, she spends her days riding her horse neck or nothing across her father’s fields and swimming like a sea nymph. But inside a prim and proper Regency sitting room Fiona is bound to overturn the teapot or accidentally trip the
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Ink Lion Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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This is the first book in the trilogy featuring Aunt Honore. The other two being Mistaken Kiss and Cut From the Same Cloth. In this book Tyrell, Earl of Westmont has returned home from the wars to take up his duty upon his father's death. His mother is determined it's high time he marry and give her a grandson. Tyrell is angry at the world for he feels that he should still be on the battlefield in Spain and not in the ballroom. He's determined not to even look at any of the young ladies his moth ...more
Can a lady with a reputation for disaster, stumble into love?

Lady Fiasco is the first in a series of companion books. I did not read these in order. I read book 2, Mistaken Kiss first. Book 3, Cut From the Same Cloth second, and this book I read third. Out of the three this one was the one I liked the least. The series features Aunt Honore in all three books. In each book she "helps" along the romantic relationship of one of her nieces or nephews. I felt like she was a little inconsistent thro
I normally read series in order, but this time I went off reviews and started with a later book - I found that good advice. I liked this one much less than the other I've read so far.

Aunt Honore is more than just notorious here - she's scandalous. Her soiree was just a bit too much for me. In the later book, she's feisty and unconventional, but not crude. I found myself really being turned off by several episodes. I would not classify this as a 'clean' romance because of them, even though it ha
I thought this was pretty enjoyable. I'm sad Badlwin has only written three books, I would enjoy more of her stories. I think this was the first in the series and it was intersting to see a little more background on Aunt Honore, who is a main character in each story. I have mixed feelings about Honore. At times I rather like her, she is quite meddlesome, but has good intentions. She is a little more on the brazen side however, especially in this story.

Anyway, this story is about Fiona and Tyrel
Delightfully fun read,pulled me out of my reading slump!

This review is from: Lady Fiasco: A Humorous Traditional Regency Romance (My Notorious Aunt Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I had been suffering a reading 'slump' where I just wasn't finding anything appealing enough to even finish.

I came across the synopsis of the Regency comedy trilogy and thought I would give these Kindle 'freebies' a try.I am so glad that I did,as this book proved again how sometimes Kindle freebies are treasures.

I had such fun
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-jaff, i-own-it
Very humorous Regency romance that develops in surprising directions. Fiona Hawthorn's reputation for being "cursed" is exaggerated by her nasty stepmother and stepsister Evangeline. Dad doesn't live with them, presumably because even he can't stand his second wife. Tyrell (the Earl of Wesmont) and Fiona have known each other since they were children. Tyrell has returned from service to the crown in the war with Bonaparte and believes himself unsuited for marriage. After the horrors he's experie ...more
Seema Khan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Kindle freebie. Fine book, this one. Although some parts are humorous, it is not a laugh riot. The eccentric aunt is cool. The hero is an angry young man but likeable and the heroine is spirited and I found her cute. The writing is nice along with the story play and plot. It was not boring and kept me going on. Wouldn't mind reading other books by the author.
Blue Falcon
May 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
This review is of “Lady Fiasco”, book #1 in the “My Notorious Aunt” series by Kathleen Baldwin.
The Story: The book begins at a party. It is here that we meet the the hero of the book, Tyrell, Lord Westmont, who has just returned from the Continent and fighting Napoleon, and the heroine of the book, Fiona Hawthorn. Among the derisive nicknames given to Fiona is “Lady Fiasco”, due to a tendency for mayhem to occur in her presence, which does happen several times in the book.

Later, after Tyrell an
This was a free read and so I didn't expect much. But it was such a fun read! Fiona grew up wild after her mother died until her father remarried. Unfortunately the new wife is cruel in a passive aggressive way and her daughter is just plain mean and selfish. She has encouraged everyone to believe that Fiona is cursed and now even Fiona believes it. When Tyrel, a neighbour who was kind to her when she was young, returns from the war, she is the only thing that tempts him to smile. He believes th ...more
Sara Cardon
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, fiction
I loved Fiona and Tyrell's story. Tyrell has PTSD coming home from the Napoleonic war. He has no desire to have any more responsibilities bear down on him, so he's not interested in marriage. I love Fiona, who has been raised by her father without worrying about the conventions of the time - she must have had a wonderful childhood riding horses, swimming, hunting with her father, and running around. She's listened to so many people say she's cursed with causing accidents that she believes it. It ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Lady Fiasco is a charming, farcical, regency romp as advertised. This rerelease is a quick read - with a slight bogging down in the middle - that evokes the sense of a one act operetta as it has the same style and pacing and is replete with colorful characters just on the edge of bawdiness. Be prepared to be generous in overlooking false start typos where wording was reordered, but didn't get completely cleaned up. Also, numerous references seemed anachronistic or slightly off, but not worthy of ...more
Theresa Caligiuri
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She has done it again!!! Ms.Baldwin has captivated my imagination, sending me back to an age where chivalry and pomp and circumstance rein supreme! Lady Fiasco is an amazing blend of romance, intrigue, and comedy, that will have you vexed one moment and swooning the next. Once I picked it up I could not put it down! I look forward to reading anything Kathleen writes, and I recommend this book as well as her others highly.
Arec Rain
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
This was a cute little read. I loved both of the main characters who are well developed, and it was an enjoyable adventure to watch them realize they loved each other. The plot wasn’t anything ground breaking but I was more interested in the couple than any actual plot.
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May 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This really doesn't contain any spoilers, it's more of my annoyance of some things that happened in the story (but if you're super sensitive to anything reminiscent of a spoiler, don't read):

I wish there would have been more backstory for the characters, because while we know that they have known each other since they were kids, it really doesn't mention what happened to make Fiona love him since she was five years old.

I really did enjoy this story, but the thing that made me not give this book
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Fiona and Tyrell

Fiona Hawthorn lives with her stepmother and stepsister. Most of the villagers think she is jinxed or cursed. Fiona is known by several names: Lady Fiasco, Duchess of Doom and Countess of Calamity. Tyrell, Lord Wesmont, has known Fiona since she was a little girl jumping her mare over hedges. Tyrell's mother throws him a ball to celebrate his return from the battlefields of Badajoz and Salamanca in Spain. Tyrell is displeased with his mother's motives. He watches Fiona hiding beh
Tracy T.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well this was sort or an annoying story for sure. Good narration by Beverly Crick (audible review)

The Aunt was not very funny for the most part, she had her moments but not that great. The characters were okay, the story line and plot was kind of boring. It was a struggle to get through for sure. I am glad it is over.

The story did not flow well. It had potential but the writing was lacking. I can't say I would listen to the next book in this series, This was also a rated G story so for those of
Virginia Tican
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is a well~written comedy romance written by one of the more reliable authors of the genre. I thought it was ingeniously crafted but because of my erratic short~term memory I can't say I will remember much after this review. All I can say is, it was real Good Fun while it lasted.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
As I've stated many times before, I adore historical romance novels. Unfortunately, this novel did not work for me.

Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words.
Fun read with very character driven story. No steam, but I didn't miss it a bit.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vintage-romance
Feel the heat

I loved this story and the characters but admit there are very suggestive moments. He is tortured by the horrors of war and she has been labeled cursed for so long that she is beginning to believe it. Neither desire to burden anyone with marriage. I especially love Aunt Alameda and her cunning. I hope there are more books that will include Roberts story. My only disappointment being the stepmother and daughters not being reined in. ...but maybe in the next book?
Margaret Fisk
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

Lady Fiasco hails back to the early days of the Regency romance with all the fancy dialogue, over the top situations, and vibrant characters. I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading a couple of Georgette Heyer’s novels, and Kathleen Baldwin does a great job conveying that same feel. Like Heyer’s, this is also a sweet romance.

The story begins with a decorated soldier’s return from war. Tyrell, Lord Wesmont, has seen the darker side of life, is sufferin
Linda Walters
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story and it had me laughing out loud more than once. Fiona wasn't really the disaster that people made her out to be but there were some interesting mishaps just the same. She often was just the scapegoat for others. Their superstitious "fears" often even caused some of the accidents. No matter how hard Tyrell,
(Lord Wesmont) tried, he just couldn't forget Fiona. Its not just because of their history of knowing each other as children either. He doesn't want to want her or ge
Clean historical English romance with a returning titled war vet finding love with his childhood neighbor and (possibly) cursed friend.
I liked the Lady Fiona Hawthorn because she is really interesting. Sure it would be easy to just blame a silly curse on the fact that whenever something goes wrong, it is Fiona's fault, or we could just see that it is a mix of being clumsy and coincidence. Aunt Honore sees right away what is going on with her neice and quickly gives her choices and a new life in
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lady Fiona Hawthorn is a mess. So much so that she is labeled "Lady Fiasco" because disasters seem to follow her so much so that the community in which she lives thinks she is cursed.

Her wealthy, eccentric and improper aunt, Lady Honore Alameda, thinks she needs another season in London and takes her in. Lady Fiona soon thinks her aunt is crazy but Honore is a lot sharper, wiser, and more savvy than anyone in the ton is aware of.

Enter Lord Westmont, her childhood friend and neighbor, who has re
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a cute book. I enjoyed the romance between the two Fiona and Tyrell. It's always nice to read a book that doesn't have to resort to sex to give some heat. I really like the Notorious Aunt. She was a very entertaining character.

I would say this book edged closer to the steadier side of clean. There were several steamy kisses, a incidents of cleavage ogling, and even a nipple slip (not the main character). None of these went over the line I have set. One small detail was questionable in
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Within its rather particular genre, "Humorous Regency Romance," this one is aces. Thus, five stars. Because if that's what you're looking for, that is exactly what you'll get from this story. What I particularly liked about it was that while most of the characters are badly behaved or funny in some way or other, breaking social rules, etc., yet it was not anachronistic. It held firmly to its own internal logic, and to the general "Heyeresque" idea (and setting and language) some of us are always ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Goodness, if I had known that the book ended so abruptly at 90% I would have finished it off last night. Apparently the other 10% are previews and begging for reviews. To title this humorous didn't work for me. I actually wanted to have it make me smile, and that didn't even happen. There was no romance, just an angry Hero who has loved the heroine since they were children. He goes from kissing her to yelling at her in a blink of an eye. That isn't romance. So, no romance, no humor, what are we ...more
I give this book 3.5 stars. Three for the story and the 0.5 for liking the book more than I originally thought.
The book is fairly predictable but the story is enjoyable. I found Fiona to be a nice heroine. She's spunky and I like that. She does seem rather clueless at times but that seems to be a regency novel staple.
The hero I didn't really like. It took me quite a while to warm up to him and even then he's kind of 'blah'. He could have been better and less of an asshole in my opinion. But re
Mary Ann
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aunt Honore is a riot!

This is the first book in the NOTORIOUS AUNT series.
Aunt Honore is a steam roller with scandalous see through gowns and hair dyed to match. In this book she says that she has 16 nieces and nephews. I hope that means there will be that many books. She is opinionated, funny, manipulating and totally outrageous. Not to mention, filthy rich, so she can do whatever she wants. Her niece, Fiona, the fiasco of the title, is a sweet girl that "things" happen to. She begins to belie
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Award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, enjoyed way too many classes in college, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. They’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.
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