Suitors and Sabotage
Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception.
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentle...more
Need to read more books by this author. My heart. This was just the cutest story about a girl and her dreams, going after her heart and art. I love it when books explore characters pursuing their passions. I get weak by it every time.
I had so much fun reading it.
Buddy-reading with me bookish partner-in-crime and enabler!
I’m expecting some good ol’ historical fiction romance. We all know how adorable they can get. ...more
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Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his you ...more
I loved Imogene and Ben. She’s smart and he’s charming and together they’re really good people with the most chemistry you could have during this time period. I’m a sucker for the longing filled glances from across a room and while we do get a bit of banter from them, the pesky fact that Imogene is nearly engaged to Ben’s brother is quite a fun snag.
Plot wise, it was delightful. There was a big group of ...more
When Imogene has a good season in London, her family deems it best for the most suitable gentleman to join them over the summer. She is eager to get to know her suitor better as a proposal is bound to come, that is until she meets his younger brother. As Imogene and Ben spend more time together, they do their best to fight off their growing feelings. However, it seems that someone amongst them seems to be plotting against Ben as many incidents happen ...more
So lately I've been craving a story similair to Olivia Twist (It has been almost three years since I read that book, but I remember loving it so much and the story comes to my mind every now and then) and this book seemed a teeny tiny bit similair to it, which was one of the reasons I added this to my tbr-pile also the cover is very pretty and also I've never read a Cindy Anstey book before and her blurbs always intrigued me, especially this one.
Apologies to Cindy Anstey for my rather poor attempt to emulate her humorous chapter headings that playfully evoke the era of Jane Austen. Some of my favourites include:
‘In which hands and fluff are subjects of a deep discussion.’
‘In which the words “dreadful” and “secret” are bandied about.’
‘In which a question about the question is questioned.’
Imogene (with curious ‘e’ on the ...more
I am a bit unsure about Suitors and Sabotage. One the one hand, I did like the growing attraction between Ben and Imogene. On the other, it was really messy and complicated between the two.
This third novel by Anstey is probably the most worrying historical rom-com she’s written, or at least, that’s how it felt like to me. It’s almost like that one Shakespeare play! Imogene is gearing up for a potential engagement to Ernest, Benjamin’s ...more
Plot - 3.5
Writing style - 4
Romance - 4
In which a shy eighteen-year-old girl fell in love with her intended's flirty younger brother.
Characters - I think they're okay. Sometimes hilarious and sometimes annoying.
And, dear Lord, I just can't see the whole female lead being shy. I mean, sure, she tends to refuse to look at people's eyes but that's where her so-called-shyness stops.
I love the heroine's best friend. Usually, she's the type of characters I easily get annoyed with but ...more
"Love was a gift, a compliment. It might not be reciprocated..."Imogene Chively's suitor Ernest Steeple arrived at the Gracebridge Manor a little too early with his brother Ben Steeple. She was expected to say yes whenever Ernest asked her hand in marriage, especially her father. However, it turned out that Ben has caught Imogene’s eyes even more than it should be because Mr. Chively had always Ernest's company instead of spending it together with Imogene ...more
First off, the characters were kind of, like, boring. And flat. And two-dimensional. And I just didn’t really care about any of them. I want to be able to like my characters, or, at the very least, have them be interesting to ...more
I thought it would be both a mystery, and a Regency social drama type romance. The mystery aspect is barely there at all -- mildly odd things happen occasionally, and no one even acknowledges that there's a ...more
Question that I don't have an answer to: was this story inspired by the play, The Importance of Being Ernest ????
We follow a story of a group of four - essentially a very messy love square while also realizing one of them may be in serious danger of getting hurt in a purposeful accident.
I LOVED all of the characters in this story. Cindy Anstey did an amazing job creating characters that made it hard to know ...more
I really enjoyed Suitors and Sabotage! There is a unique style in Cindy's books that reminds you strongly of Pride and Prejudice"! All the English form and attitude, the shy heroine who at the same time wants more for herself and even the small funny moments between the scenes.
The romance is sweet and adorable between Ben and Imogene! Like a teenage historical movie, you expect to happen and can't he ...more
Honestly, the main reason I listened to this book was the narrator, Fiona Hardingham. I was trying to get back into audio books and since I really enjoy her voice and narration, I thought I'd give this a try and, very fortunately, it did not disappoint.
It's definitely a very light and sweet historical fiction YA novel that's also great on audio. Not really something that I will think about extensively, but still a lovely read. ...more
Last year, I read my first Cindy Anstey book, Duels and Deception. I found it so delightful, and can honestly say, that history repeated itself here with Suitors and Sabotage.
•Pro: Imogene played the part of the a lady, but she had dreams of doing her own thing and being more than just a wife and lady of the manor. Her passion and her conviction were fabulous, and I love that Anstey always gives us a somewhat feminist heroine in all her books.
•Pro: Ben was so charming, and I ad ...more
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She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals and enjoyed the jazz of Beale St.
Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. The H ...more