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Chills

(Distinguished Rogues #1)

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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,411 ratings  ·  184 reviews
With a nickname like Pixie, Constance Grange should be used to disasters, but debt collectors invading her former guardian's London Townhouse is beyond mortifying. Given the precarious state of her finances and the loss of her family estate, her choices are either enter debtors' prison or swallow her pride, forget love and desire, and turn fortune hunter to secure a wealth ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 29th 2012 by LLD Press (first published May 1st 2011)
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Bianca
I haven't been reading much as I've been binge-watching The Killing on Netflix and the French open. I began reading this looking for something lighter. I must say I was entertained for a while as I wasn't paying much attention. It's riddled with cliches, inconsistencies, ridiculous scenarios and characterisations. Romance writers of the world, here's a cheap tip: want to stand out in this crowded market? You should try coming up with an MC who's not grumpy, brusque, moody and someone who's got a ...more
Chelsea
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm. Most are longer than this.

While Boyd's novel An Accidental Affair was delicious, Chills left a lot to be desired. It was, simply put, boring. Nothing ever happened; the main characters spent the vast majority of the novel dancing around each other, taking one step forward and two steps back, and it was just disappointing. The sister's story should have been the main plot; that would have been much more interesting and made for much deep
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Amy
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, and-a-half
1.5 stars
This book is about as historically accurate as...as...words fail me. As books not set in that era.
But of course, one does not read books like this for historical accuracy. Unfortunately, the story contained the great flaw of its genre (IMHO): it failed to keep up the romantic tension. Plots like this always have such intriguing premises and delicious tension for the first half. Then the hero and heroine give into their lust and it isn't interesting any more.
People who make out all the
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Candace
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pixie and Jack

Constance "Pixie" Grange is being bullied by her man of business. Jack Overton, the Marquess of Ettington, stops the bullying. Pixie informs the Marquess she plans to marry Cullen Brampton within a month, Jack is against the marriage. He convinces Pixie to hold off the wedding and stay until his sister, Virginia, is more herself. Because of her mother's debt, Pixie decides not to marry Brampton. Instead, she and Virginia compile a list of eligible bachelors who have the funds neces
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N.N. Light
What happens when a devastatingly handsome Marquess falls for his former ward who's his twin sister's best friend and companion? That's exactly what happens in Chills by Heather Boyd. A Regency romance with plenty of drama, schemes, misunderstandings and double entendres to fill a ballroom. I enjoyed every minute of it. The emotional attachment between Jack (Marquess) and his twin sister touched me deeply. The multiple POVs filled in the storylines and I particularly enjoyed when Pixie (former w ...more
HR-ML
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took place in 1813.

Titled/ rich Jack wanted assistance w/ his mentally
fragile widowed twin, Virginia, from his former ward
Constance. Va. & Con were friends. Con thought Jack
a bully at times. His father had an alcohol history &
her family was ruined by gambling & overspending.

Jack reminded me of a boy who took the wings off
butterflies just because he could. Jack was moody &
overbearing toward his sister and Con. Several times
in the book it felt like taciturn Jack left Constance
hanging
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Natward1yahoo.com
Didn't finish after page 18. This may be an okay read but I absolutely cannot stand it when authors make their lead females so uptight and pissy. I like awesome, fun female leads that have a wide variety of emotions and personality traits and don't get mad over every little thing. Especially when they are provoked. It shows uniqueness and is interesting. But By page 18, the only emotion pixie has had is anger toward the marquess. And why? Oh well of course it's because he helps her with the bill ...more
Ursula
It was ok.
This went around and around and around, covering mostly the same ground. It could have been half the length and a better book. A few sexy times, not badly written. I just couldn't get into it.
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Jennifer
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
UGH

Poorly written for starters. Nonsensical and silly at times. The language and behavior are not consistent with the time period. I will not read more of her work.
Coco.V
Jul 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
For me, this book was okay, but easily forgettable. It wasn't a story that captured my attention and drew me in. There was no big conflict in the story, and it felt like this book was a prime example of "poor communication" between characters. Starting out, the heroine was soooo angry at the hero for literally NO reason. It was silly, and when the big reveal takes place about what really happened to create such an upset for the heroine, it was incredibly anti-climatic and left you feeling like " ...more
Joyce
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars raised to a 4. This is pure, unadulterated chick lit set in Regency England. Constance, our heroine, comes to London to visit her friend at her brother’s town house. She and Jack, a Marquis, have known each other since childhood and have a somewhat tempestuous relationship with the addition of a strong attraction to each other. Their antics, coupled with those of his sister and her gentleman friend, will keep anyone with an interest in this genre involved. Thanks to the author and publ ...more
Laura
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jack and his twin sister Virginia look after their friend Constance/Pixie...even though Jack no longer sees her as a child and Virginia has been lost in her own troubles. Constance's mother has put their family in a lot of debt and she believes a rich husband is her only way to stay out of jail. Jack is upset that his name wasn't on the eligible list and helps Pixie in her pursuit while also trying to seduce her.

This was very boring and way too long. The two main characters love each other but d
...more
Kiki Burrelli
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun. Around this time of year I am always in the mood for British historical romances and Chills was great because it satisfied that craving while also bringing something a little new to the table. I really liked the relationships described in Chills beyond the main couple. The twin relationship was interesting and not a twist I've seen a lot in romances. I am looking forward to exploring more by this author. ...more
Joan
I ended up skimming through the last 6% or so of this book. The characters never really came alive for me, and the seemingly endless 'falling in love' aspect was far too drawn out. I never felt any real conflict either. Several things were mentioned and then conveniently forgotten such as the house, and the debts and the mother.

Not rating at this time.
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Skye Burling-Briggs
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I read a preview of this at the end of ' Wicked mourning' and was hooked!! I'm not usually a fan of this type of old english romance so please take that as a complement Heather! I will be looking for more of your work :) ...more
Chenelle
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t stop

I enjoyed the chemistry between Pixie and Jack. The love scenes were well written and filled with passion. Strong characters
DKC
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, regency, romance
I have mixed feelings about this first book in the Distinguished Rogues series.
I liked several things about the story: the twin-sympathy connection appealed to me; the friction between the hero and heroine based on the change from friend, to guardian, to an undefined relationship; (view spoiler)
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Janett
2.0 I felt zero “Chills”stars

Possibly one of the most boring HR romances I’ve ever read!!! Like... EVER!!!

First read by author Heather Boyd and I’m absolutely on the fence whether I will continue with this series.

After a brief repose from historical romances I decided to give Chills book #1 in Boyd’s Distinguished Rogues series a shot and as part of my December reading challenge. Perfect opportunity to tally another book I’ve had on my TBR for quite some time.

The covers to this series a
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Tisa
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the plot of this novel first in the Distinguished Rogue series-Jack, Marquess of Ettington, is at his wits’ end dealing with his twin sister’s distress. He has summoned Constance Grange, his vexing former ward, to London to act as his sister’s companion for the season.

Although Pixie’s debt-ridden state comes as a complete surprise, what disturbs him more is his sister’s plan to find her a wealthy husband to pay off her overwhelming debts. And—despite his availability, wealth and title—he’s
...more
Gemma McLaughlin
Constance Grange is perfectly content in life, she has a lovely home at Thistlemore with her mother, a beautiful horse companion and a wonderful fiancé who will help her with running the estate once they are married. When she goes to visit her dearest friend Virginia Ettington in London, she can’t hide her shock and embarrassment when debt collectors knock on the door demanding payment for her parents unknown gambling debts. Constance has been left with two options, she can either go to debtor’s ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, own-digital
The scandal. The drama. The severe lack of verbal communication leading to chaos. Everything you need in a good romance novel!! The fact that everyone in this novel is trying their best to ship their OTP is hysterical! Jack and Virginia are twins. Virginia is still recovering from the devastation of her psycho dead husband. Jack is in love with Virginia's best friend Pixie (Constance) and has been since he assumed guardianship of her when her father died. Eight years older, Jack is worried that ...more
April
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Ok, while there were some serious issues with the book, namely, the characters being inconsistent with their established character and a couple of very important plot points just stuck in like flag poles, and the author's strange belief that a serious case of PTSD could be cured by one evening's bout of lovemaking - this wasn't a bad book. I did like the characters (even though they were in and out of their characters) and the story was good. Well, mostly.

There was the problem of the mysterious
...more
Lillian Cummings
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Constance Grange realizes that she has no choice but to find a husband that will be able to pay for all her mother debt. She knows that has no choice but to hope that she can find a good man that loves her and will care for her. She can't control her mother any longer as her gambling has gotten them into so much trouble she might have to sell their family home. Her best friend Virginia will do whatever she can to help but her brother Jack, Marquess of Ettington isn't happy about this so he offer ...more
Wendy Tavenner
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read!! Virginia has asked her friend to stay with her but unbeknownst to Constance aka Pixie it was actually the Marquees (Jack) that wrote the letter. He was hoping having Pixie stay with them it would help in his sisters recovery from a horrific 1 night of marriage where her husband almost killed her. 4 yrs later she still has night terrors and is uncomfortable around people. Constance doesn't know the extent of what she went through. As Jack and his former ward get reacquainted Pixie ...more
Fran
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved the two stories in one. Mostly it focused on Constance 'Pixie' and Jack but also a little side thing with Virginia and a guy with a thing for her. I loved the two for one deal going on there. Jack and Pixie make an amazing couple. Stubborn, headstrong, strong morals they are very similar. I liked that they had the history of friends and knowing each other as children as well. The long term foundation was there and even though they drifted apart they ended up coming back in a closer more ...more
Jane
Meh. This started out well, then dissolved into misunderstandings (a misconception about the hero already being in a secret engagement drove me crazy), boring repetitive love-hate scenes between the two heroes and the two heroines (this is really a tale of two romances, not one), and lots of inappropriate sexual behavior between people who not only aren't engaged, they aren't courting and don't even like each other (yet).

About halfway through Jack begins calling Pixie "little one" or "little Pix
...more
Pontiki
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Constance has to marry a rich man to pay her mother's gambling debts. Her former guardian, Jack, is dead set against the idea, and is put out at her calling him old in s moment of anger.

As the search gradually dwindles and feelings grow between them, Pixie (Constance) worries that she's in the way of Jack's betrothal to someone. Jack's twin, Virginia, doesn't know who, but it's a constant barrier to Pixie considering being with Jack.

He decided he wants to marry her, but does an abysmal job of
...more
Dianne Lowe
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an entertaining story of Constance(Pixie) and Jack, the Marquis. Constance and Virginia, Jack’s sister, are friends. Pixie comes to visit at Virginia’s request. Virginia is easily distraught. Her husband died shortly after they were married. Jack has been Pixie’s guardian until she came of age. Now they are back together. Pixie finds she owes a great deal of money because of her mother’s gambling debts. Her only chance of repaying them is to marry a rich husband. Jack is angry and disap ...more
Dee Jay Blaylock
Scoundrels and rogues

What is a man to do when he has a rocky relationship with a woman who once he was a guardian over?
She happens to be the one person close enough to his sister to bring her out of the trauma her first marriage created.
Pixie and Virginia find out that Pixie, a nickname given her by Jack, is in deep debt and must marry well to stay out of debtors prison.
Jack is irritated not to be on the list and finds ways to whittle the list until no one is left but then he can step in.
Meanwh
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