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Preview — The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston
The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior
Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn't yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a diary detailing the secrets to ...more
I couldn't suspend my disbelief and I didn't really like the heroine ...more
I love unconventional HR heroines. The wallflowers, the strong-willed, the brave ones who refuses to conform to society’s rules. So I really wanted to like Lucy, because she is unconventional, but all her plans, all her determination to not be dependent on a husband, in the end just aggravated me. She was set on claiming her inheritance, but she would lose hope very quickly, thinking it was just too difficult to live on her own, and care for a broken down house. And all she wanted to do then was...more
Lucy had nothing but grand ideas and plans that really amounted to, well, not so much. She's totally quick to judge. To think ill of others and to think most are untrustworthy. Chances are she's got some family issues to work out :)
Thomas? Dude, I'm totally in love with this man. I find his character is so compelling, so well defined ...more
This second book in Jennifer McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series re-acquaints readers with Lucy Westmore, the free-spirited, rather hoydenish younger sister of the heroine of the previous book. The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior is a deftly written story that packs quite the emotional punch and boasts plenty of humour and sexual tension between the leads. But Lucy is one of those heroines who insists on being contrary for the sake of it, and ...more
I don't read a ton of historical romance, but I enjoy them now and then and am on the lookout for new authors to add to the small number I read. I thought this seemed promising, but then a lot of things popped up that I really didn't like, and I couldn't keep reading.
What I did like: this was an unconventional heroine, which is great. She wanted to avoid the whole marriage market/Season and live alone as a spinster. Also great. I also liked that the servants (well, one at ...more
The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior is the second book in the Seduction Diaries, it can be read as a stand-alone novel but I recommend to read the first book in the series.
Lucy Westmore is free-spirited heroine who used to dress as a boy and climb up the tree but after her sister scandalous marriage four year ago, she decides to go through the ...more
I'll admit to being a little frustrated with Lucy's stubbornness throughout the story, but the character development was really well done. Toward the end of the story, I found myself really cheering for her instead of being annoyed by her kind of clueless, privileged behavior. And there were a few surprising twists with Thomas that made me love him even more.
I loved it!
I've loved some of Jennifer McQuiston's previous books but I just couldn't stand the heroine of this one. She came off overly proud and sanctimonious. I found myself rooting for the hero to find himself another girl - any girl - and so I figured it was time to quit.
I wish Miss E was the heroine. She sounded like she was a riot.
I've tried, and I've tried. But I can't seem to care enough to continue.
There is no real plot, no admirable or even likable personalities to the hero and heroine. It's so banal, with repeated sections. Lucy is ridiculous, and I'm sure the intent was to reform a spoiled girl into maturity, but it's done rather poorly I'd say. And Thomas was just meh. He kept saying how Lucy's reckless nature was admirable etc. but to me, it was annoyingly ignorant. You might chuckle the first couple but ...more
Was i excited? Yes! I even forgot that Lucy is Clare's younger tomboy sister...Clare of the previous book. Was i disappointed? A bit. I was expecting a more lavish story-telling very much like the previous book and the Second Sons series. Those books made me a fan of Jennifer McQuiston. This story is draggy. Although it's quite interesting to have snippets of Aunt E's diary which is funny and sassy, it all became a bit ...more
Is it the author’s talent to create such an upsetting character m, but it worked.
I was angry at her for being too stubborn to listen nor give some thoughts before taking matter in hands.
The parallel with her aunt’s diary were so flagrant, I was kicking over the traces of her idiocy and impossibility to see past her nose.
I hoped she would see beyond the ...more
Lady Lucy Westmore is a woman determined to live life as she sees fit.
Unimpressed by the "sell one's self to the highest bidder" meat market.
Otherwise known as The Season.
Young Lucy has chosen, much to the chagrin of her parents, to dedicate herself wholeheartedly to a life of cause laden spinsterhood.
The seeming green light in Lucy's plan for singlehood, comes in the form of the gift of a ...more
This just did not hold my attention. I didn't enjoy the setting or the story, and the heroine made so many problems for herself. The hero had problems asserting himself, and the conflict didn't work for me.
tl;dr: the book promises a witty heroine with a lively, competitive flirtationship with the marquess who semi-accidentally tried to buy her inheritance out from under her. It doesn't deliver. He's totally ...more
The problem for me was Lucy, the heroine. Lucy is 21 years old, but acts like she's 15, and an immature 15 at that. She's in a constant state of simmering adolescent rage and rebellion. So if her parents or Thomas (the hero) say one thing, she'll run out just as fast ...more