Once Upon a Marquess
I may need an Netgalley intervention quicker than I thought. I used to read historical romance, and I liked it at the time.
I think I've read too many stabbing, killing and porny mayhem books though. Because in this book I was just bored.
Judith is not a bad character at all though. I don't want to distract people from ...more
Look, I'm a Milan fangirl, so I kind of feel like you'll have to pry my Milan books from my cold bony dead fingers but I do get what you all were saying about this book. Have you ever put something together and then turned around to discover there are still some parts left in the bag? (Ikea, not for noobs) Well, I feel like Milan had this problem but instead of hiding the evidence in a blackhole drawer, she jammed them into any nook and cranny she could find.
We have the Worth family w ...more
This is a second-chance romance, which sometimes is tricky for me. I tend to like m ...more
3 1/2 Stars - Nice enough but not impressive as a CM (rightly) should be. Luckily a fabulous and simply perfect audiobook narrator in RL
A new series (The Worth Saga) from an author whose historicals I usually higly appreciate. Downloaded this first part a month ago and I was at last listening to the 9 hrs audiobook narrated by one of the very best - Rosalyn Landor.
Once Upon a Marquess is the oldest sister in the ...more
Actual rating: 4.5
Love was a knife, and try as you might to hold it properly, it would always twist in your grasp, cutting your fingers.
I've just finished the most wonderful book. These are the first and foremost words I want to repeat again and again when talking about this book. At first, I wanted to start my review explaining how Courtney Milan is extremely talented, which she is, and how complicated my relationship with her books, which it is, but I decided I don't want to go into self-philo
"It was no surprise that he'd fallen in love with Judith again. He'd never fallen out of love with her, and over the years, she'd become... more. More beautiful. More capable. More sure. More of everything he respected. She'd become so much that she scarcely had need of him."
And so begins a brand new series from Courtney Milan. Courtney Milan, as we all know, is a writer who writes really complex and realistic characters and relationships with a deeply rooted social justice edge ...more
The writing strives hard to be witty (see the cats obsession, the swans, the baby elephants...), but it soon becomes annoying and interrupts the flow of the story.
Also both hero and the heroine are mildly annoying in their enimity/freindship/love. I said mildly because I didn't particularly like neither of them: they just left me indifferent. I couldn't care less if they got together or not.
I'm really, ...more
There was just too much she was ...more
Wow. What a disappointment. I consider myself a Milan fan, but this was kind of bad. What happened? (I have a theory. This book felt like the book written by someone who had no interest in writing it and was just desperately banging out pages in between plot elements from her outline, very much like a high schooler using extra words to try to eke out a few more paragraphs toward a mandatory wordcount.)
Premise: heroine and hero have a convoluted, vaguely tragic backstory: ...more
What a disappointment! Once upon a time Courtney Milan was one of my favorite HR writers. Not anymore. Nothing worked for me in this story. Based on characters' conversations, they, along with the story, can be transported to modern times with just a little adjustment to their attire or the transportation they used. The sprinkled socio-political drivel was off-putting. Over-the-top dialog was bogged down with too much cleverness and became tedious and annoyingly cute. It seems the autho ...more
It's amazing how quickly the people who claim to care, will turn their backs when you've hit rock bottom. I found Once Upon a Marquess thoroughly entertaining and exactly how I would imagine things would go when the "Ton" turns their favour. The "good" people turn their backs while the "bad" will protect your back. But, there are always exceptions.
The characters were engaging, the storyline kept my attention and the connection between Christian and Judith jumped off the page ...more
✘ I didn't get the mix of depressing subject and very inappropriate humor.
✘ The brother's actions were execrable. So much like a man to do something supposedly honorable (NOT!) and then leaving a woman to take the fall. (view spoiler)[Who was the brother to decide who Britain goes to war with? Is he the king? Was he elected to public office? Do you know how many people thought we shouldn't have nuclear capabilities and wanted to sell nuclear secrets to the ...more
One Upon a Marquess is the first book in the Worth Saga series. It's laugh out loud funny, passionate, romantic, intriguing, and everything I love about Courtney Milan's stories. She gives us amazing characters to cheer for and fall in love with. They're complex people who don't just fo ...more
4.5 stars - mostly for the narration.
I always find books and audiobooks by Courtney Milan difficult to review, usually because she explores such complex, meaty themes tha ...more
WHY IS ANTHONY WORTH RUINING ME LIKE THIS and when will i have my judith/anthony hug
first read: january 2016
why you should read this book
1) there's a brother. his name is anthony. the curse is real and going strong
2) A GAY OLD MARRIED COUPLE OF SWANS is canon (don't ask just read)
3) JUDITH & CHRISTIAN WERE FAB (the violet/seb vibe was strong)
4) KITTENS EVERYWHERE
5) siblings. all the siblings. siblings everywhere. beautiful siblings. heartbreaking siblings. SIBLINGS AT EVERY ...more
I just re-read this in preparation for the coming of book 2 on April 24th. Finally. Yay! Before writing a few thoughts I will mention that I saw an update on Courtney Milan's website where she gives an explanation of sorts as to why it was so darned hard to get this book written and the next one. Turmoil and challenges abound in the nature of those of the #metoo movement. If you want to read about it here is a link:http://www.courtneymilan.com/shortnot...
So, this book. This boo ...more
Still, her latest effort, Once Upon a Marquess, didn't quite ring my bell. I'm excited about this new series and its premise, focusing on the five Worth siblings, who used to be aristo ...more
I love Milan. She does great banter and great chemistry. Her plot lines are interesting and often unique and her characters are engaging. As always, she brings the laughs even when the story itself is poignant and dramatic.
The beginning of this book finds our leads -- Judith and Christian -- in a heartbreaking situation. They've been in this awful situation for 8 years but things are finally coming to a head. Their situation seems truly h ...more
There were a few things t ...more
1) this was such a smart book. such a lovely book. such a hopeful book. i enjoyed the brothers sinister series but i remember that the plot side of the story felt really cold to me (at least in the earlier books) but this one was so incredibly warm, in spite of the terrible things the characters have been dealing with. does it even make sense? when you r ...more
It felt like two books, either of which I would have really enjoyed, but that didn't match up with each other at all.
The banter was fun and smart, and it could have been great for a whimsical novella about an eccentric nobleman and the practical inventor who loved him.
And the angst was great, and I could have been totally immersed in the drama of the family sca ...more
What a charming family. I love the Worths. I love that they have a little cat collection going on and the endless support and love they have for each other. This book had me smiling and crying lol. I definitely think Judith is one of Courtney's best heroines yet. I love that she faced her responsibilities and still got the dude. I hate when the heroin ...more
The year is 1866, London. the Worth family is living under the scandal of there fathers suicide and there eldest brother Anthony's transportation because of believed treason to the crown. The main responsible party is there childhood friend and best friend to Anthony The Marquess of Ashford, Christian Trent. Christian thought he was helping to prove the Earl and his sons innocents by investigating the crimes they were charged with, only to find they were guilty. This part of ...more
Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.
Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th ...more