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Everyone in Highley eagerly anticipates the arrival of Reginald Abernathy, the new master of Albon Manor. Everyone, that is, except Lord William Bascomb. William knows he’ll be expected to woo Reginald’s sister, and he can't summon the interest for it. But when the Abernathys arrive at last, William discovers he’s interested after all—in Reginald. Reginald is the most ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Tanya Chris Publishing
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Truuss / Loveislovereview
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, m-m
William and Reginald

It’s the 18th centuries, no man can lie with another man, no women either, no exception with partnerships, only one man with one woman.
When William laid eyes on Reginald his heart goes faster. Trying to hide his feelings is almost impossible. Reginald is way more open and free with his attraction toward William, of course only when they are behind closed doors.
William has a sister and Reginald too. Susan and Catherine are very fond of each other. Women can show affection
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The Critic
Too much smoke… and no fire.

The glitzy narration hid a dreary intrigue and a trivial storyline. I read up to the chapter 14 and don't want to read more as nothing in the flat twists could keep me interested. There is a variation in the presentation of the main characters; the ramblings are centered around William whose personality is as boring and monotonous as the story itself. Reginald's depiction is vague and nothing in his background or behavior stands out... he's just as cliché as the
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Cleo
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. Tedious and dull mm Regency romance. This author is hit or miss for me but I've really enjoyed some of her contemporary and shifter romances. But I could not get into this one.

The plot is typical of trad Regencies, without the typical sparkling banter or emotional depth, and with zero chemistry between the h/h. An innocent country lad (in this case) has his life turned upside down when an older, wealthier, worldly man takes up residence nearby. There are country dances and picnics,
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Pierre
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful historical romance with an LGBT twist; William being so gullible is difficult to believe though...
LostForReal
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I've fallen out of reading historical romances. Well, the straight ones. At least, I thought so anyway.

This book definitely resembles more the books of old - we may not have a blushing virgin of the unfairer sex who simply could not be in possession of all her faculties and has no possession of any kind of property or money and could be glad to even be let into the company of men - or... do we?

Yes, our dashing hero is in possession of an extra... limb instead of a heaving bosom but does that
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JD Crittendon
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A throughly Unmannerly Romance!

A Regency romance between Lord William & Mr. Reginald, involving an innocent, matchmaking, thievery, a scandal, a penny-pincher and of course, love. A charming, fairytale-ish, sweet story. Enjoyable MCs, co-characters, low angst and sexy, sexy times. Good read. Rating: 3 1/2
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Rachel Reid
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was great! A super sweet, emotional regency romance. Loved it.
Farrah
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this historical read
I felt like reading something different and gave this Author a shot.
I liked the time period and characters. It was a bit slow to start but picked up in the middle and was satisfying going forward.

Happy for the numerous HEA's
Annie Maus
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s an absolute delight to find a terrific author I’ve never read, and a historical romance that grabs me instantly. From its first page, Tanya Chris’ Manners & Mannerisms promises good writing, social critique and an author with a keen eye for personalities.

We quickly learn that Lord William Bascomb, second son of the languishing Rivington estate, has no prospects for work or usefulness in 1788 England. Rivington has recently had an infusion of income through the marriage of William’s
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Jess
This book was given by the author and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted at Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews.

Modeled after the polite hijinks and romantic tensions of Austen’s beloved stories, this book will be right at home on your shelf full of lush, clever Regency romances. It’s familiar, but it works, and it’s fun from start to finish.

Lord William Bascomb is the aimless second son of a penniless household, living off the kindness of his snobby
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Becky Baldridge
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Manners & Mannerisms is an Austen-inspired romance, which brings me to a confession. I've never read Austen. I'm familiar with the titles and premises of various books, but I've just never taken the time. So, is this one truly inspired by those works? I don't have a clue. I just know that the blurb does include that, so I'll just assume that it does and move on. What I can tell you is that this one is an M/M Regency romance. Now, we all already know how anything LGBT related was
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Tanja
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Historical stories are not the books I usually read, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. This Regency romance is set against the backdrop of the English countryside, with manors, butlers, and carriages.
It even is written in the style of an old-fashioned English novel. And although this is fitting for the time period, it didn’t always make for easy reading. The descriptions of country life and the manners and mannerisms of the English nobility were vivid and interesting.
That aside, I found it an
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Michelle Alerte
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A 3.5 Story

I enjoy Tanya Chris's writing. And I enjoyed this story for the most part. It was just a bit too silly on occassion. William was so utterly unaware of anyone else that it felt like the story dragged as it was glaringly obvious what the "solution" for everyone would be, meanwhile William somehow never got it. Also the pairing so perfectly of two siblings coming to America and matching so perfectly with siblings in England? That felt very "let's just make everything perfect because it's
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Joyfully Jay
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


In Manners and Mannerisms, Tanya Chris delivers a richly described historical world replete with upper class drama, including copious romance and intrigue. Based on how the characters interact and their circumstances (footmen, valets, clothing conventions), I clearly imagined a bygone era. There is also much attention paid to how a woman (or peers who are not well-to-do) must rely on marriage to secure a means of living, but without much commentary on the
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Cheryl
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. Lord William was the second son of the title Marquees Lord Eldridge. With no money to claim with the title he had very for options to which he was reminded of daily dislike by his sister in law Lady Isabella. With the arrival of the new Lord of Albon manor, an American to boot Reginald Abernathy. Helping Mr Abernathy teaches William to look more closely at his own brothers estates holding leading him to discover something ...more
Jean Malherbe
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow-wow-wow!
I don't even know where to begin.
There are few words or emotions to describe how much I loved this book!
Four words maybe?
Tanya Is A Genius.
I say this every time I review a Tanya Chris book:
There is not a single trope or subject that this author does not literally nail to the wall!
From adventure to erotica, each book just reaches for the galaxy.
Five stars are just not enough.

This beautifully written historical romance was totally captivating, right from the first sentence
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Miriam
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, historical
I received an ARC edition of this book from the author.

I found William equal parts amusing and annoying. There was a naivete to him through most of the book that was almost adorable, but at other times the naivete got to be a bit much. I did like that he eventually found something that he want to actually work on rather than just continuing to live off the kindness of his brother and sister-in-law. There were several plot points (I hesitate to call them twists) that while William didn't see them
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Renee
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tanya Chris brought me so many emotions with this book. I love how she’s able to do that and this was a hard-hitting one. There was a complexity to the story and yet the overall message desperately needed to be heard.

The character development was superb. Every bit of it made me feel like I knew the characters fully. This included secondary characters. It didn’t matter if it was a character I fell in love with or one who made me angry, it all was executed perfectly. Historical romance is not a
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Mari  Cardenas
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars!

I really liked William and Reginald, although I would've preferred to get both their POV's and not just William's, I felt like I didn't fully get to know Reginald because of this. Still, they had great chemistry and I loved the way their relationship progressed, it was a bit of a slow-burn, which made sense because of the period's restrictions.

I also liked Catherine and the rest of William's family, not including Isabella, and Susan and Jeremy on Reggie's side. I think their stories
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Alicia
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge historical romance fan, so when I saw Tanya Chris had tackled one, I was all in.

Historicals can be rife with pitfalls, and I confess the use of "sick of it" in the first line took me aback, as I wondered whether that phrase was in use during the period in which the story is set... and whether that was a harbinger of anachronisms to come. However, I quickly became immersed in the story and forgot about nitpicking. (To be clear, I never did research that phrase, so for all I know it's
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Jesse Bennen
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, the story. I love how Tanya Chris takes me back in time with the words. It is lovely, shy as it should . As I imagine those times, how hard was, almost impossible to show affection to the opposite sex, as good as forbidden till marriage. How hard would be to the same sex couples. It is still hard nowdays. I missed a bit fire, I love fire, but I understand the author. I've read Jane Austen. I know it is bit different, but Tanya would make her proud.
This Regency romance is
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Kitt
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Tanya Chris story. I love to read about LGBT characters in historical era novels. Yes, you can see most of the relationships and solutions coming, but that does not change the reality or difficulty of the situations or the sweetness and lovability of the characters. I loved Reginald and his seeming devil-may-care attitude. In reality, he had already accepted who he was and had figured out ways to keep his secrets while still living his best life. William spent much time ...more
Suzun
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very slow and formal

It’s not bad per se, but I found it kind of unbelievable and it sort of just drags on. The guy you start with is so innocent as to be comical and it takes way too long for anything to happen.

I generally like the formality of historical stories but this is kind of stiffly formal, and it’s not very in depth. There’s an awful lot of time wasted with the first guys confusion. That only leaves so much time for anything interesting to happen.

There’s sex but it’s weird. It’s not
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Melanie Titus
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in return for a voluntary and honest review. This was an amazingly fresh romance that kept me reading well past my eyes exhaustion limit! :D I didn't want to put it down! I loved the honest feelings and warm embrace of the characters. I love historical romance and also mm and mixing the two so well without any gimmicks or tricks thrown in made me a devotee for life! The ending brought a sense of peace and lightness that you don't usually see in the historical ...more
BookSnuggle
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Manners & Mannerisms by Tanya Chris. This is Lord William and Reginald's story.

Lord William and Reginald's characters were great. Reginald fulfilled so many things that William was missing in his life plus his influence got William to using his skills from school. Their sister's characters were great too and they played an important role in this story.

I hardly read historical novels anymore but this one kept my attention and I enjoyed William and Reginald's story. They found a solution to
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Allison
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku, 2019
Probably more like 2.5 stars.

This was just ... not good. It started out great, although I saw the solution almost immediately, but then it bogged down, and got increasingly unrealistic. Is it possible it could have ended that way? Maybe, but it's so unlikely that it might as well have been AU, and if it had been written that way I would have accepted it, but it wasn't, and I can't. Plus everyone was just a little too perfect, they were not part of any of the things that helped define the age,
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Sallyann
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Historical romance is not usually my cup of tea but when i found out that Tanya Chris’s latest was historical I thought, why not give it a chance. And I’m so glad that I did, although I found it a little bit slow and confusing in the beginning after about 25% I had figured out who was who and I was hooked. Reginald and William were so sweet together and I found it so cute that William just couldn’t see what was right under his nose, with is sister and Susan. I’m so glad that I took a chance with ...more
Annezo
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun and easy read.

The plot is lightweight and entirely predictable, but sometimes, that's just what you're in the mood for.

Two families, one rich, the other poor. Two women in need of husbands (according to the mores of the times) and two men presumably in need of wives. Stir in a surly friend, a woman with her hands firmly on the pursestrings and unhappy to loosen them for poor relations, possible fraud (embezzlement?), and the fear of the Polite World (not to mention the law) finding out
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Gwen
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A taboo love in a time where there were too many risks. Reginald comes to England with his family from America. He is a bit liberal. Lord William is expected to woo Reginald’s sister Susan. But William is not attracted to Susan. It’s interesting to view the relationship from such times, how they were so secretive and circumstances for intimacy were not ease to come by. I like historical romances and this one doesn’t disappoint. A nicely plotted, well written gay romance.
I voluntarily reviewed an
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Louise
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Found Love!

I found this book advertised in my Facebook. William and Catherine are siblings, they live with their older brother James and his wife. New neighbours are arriving from America taking over the Estate close to them. Susan and her brother Reginald are very different in what they want out of life and soon find ways to change William and Catherine's life. This m/m was a delight to read.
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