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Mr. Malcolm's List

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,604 ratings  ·  513 reviews
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an arrogant bachelor insistent on a wife who meets the strictest of requirements--deserves his comeuppance.

The Honorable Jeremy Malcolm is searching for a wife, but not just any wife. He's determined to elude the fortune hunters and find a near-perfect woman, one who will meet the qualifications on his well-crafted list. But afte
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Berkley (first published March 2nd 2009)
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Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Fun story but with a somewhat unlikeable hero.
The reviews I'd read mentioned a lot of the problems with the book, so I didn't go into it with any unrealistic expectations. I read it anyway because the plot looked like it would be right up my alley - and it was! I'm not sorry I read (listened) to this one at all.
AND I would most definitely read something by Suzanne Allain again.


The gist is that Julia, an obnoxiously spoiled young woman, bullies her friend, Selina, (who doesn't have enough money t
Kylara Jensen
This is a fantastic study on how not to write a regency romance.

Let me just start by saying that Selina is more than a tolerable main character. I liked her a lot. I don't think I would have been able to finish this book if I had to deal with an annoying mc on top of everything else.

Let's just run through it.

Setting: Awful.
It's like Allain read one regency romance and then decided to write her own, with no knowledge of history or Britain. The language is so very modern. They might as well have s
2019 Review
Still a fabulously fun read, but this time I think I enjoyed Incognito better. I recommend reading both. (Not as much a fan of The Celebrated Pedestrian )

2018 Review
So first you read Jane Austen. And Jane's great! Iconic, even! But sometimes, deep down, you have to admit...she isn't where you go for a comfortable romance.
Then you discover Georgette Heyer. And she's amazing! Readable, fun, romantic...everything you've hoped for. Until eventually, you run out of her books to read.
I'm torn!

2 or 4 stars? I'm conflicted!
If you want a romantic comedy spoof, then maybe 4 stars. If you're looking for the more genuine romance article, then 2.
That's my burning question. I was suitably underwhelmed by The List as a serious regency work. How a supposedly intelligent woman was beguiled by her one time uneasy schoolfriend to punish a potential swain for not continuing to court her friend is beyond me. And when said perceptive young woman continually falls in with her friend's plans
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars... there is something that is very bingeable about this book, so I had a pleasant enough time in the middle of it. It kind of reminded me of fanfiction in its structure and tone, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, there's a lot lacking in character development, plot pacing, and consistency in voice. I personally don't care that much about "historical accuracy" (for those who do, this is not going to be a book for you :)), but I do want the author to s ...more
Read to 40%, then skipped to the last 3 chapters.

I was quite excited at the premise of this one as the synopsis sounded promising. Sadly, there wasn’t anything for me.

All of the characters sort of sound the same. I honestly think that if you took away the names, the men and women could be interchangeable. Except Julia, but only because she’s a mega-brat.

I did try to keep reading, but eventually realized that I didn’t really care about these characters or if any of them got an HEA.

**Huge thank
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgian-regency
Update 6/29/15
I'm knocking this down a star because, despite the fact that I read it 3 weeks ago, I can't remember a single thing! It's that forgettable.


This book could have used a bit more fleshing out. At only two hundred pages, there was plenty more opportunity to delve more into the characters and spend more time examining their motivations. Particularly the second half of the book, it felt like things were magically resolved a bit too much.
This light romantic comedy is filled with the usual cliched characters and plot devices. I didn't like the relationship between Malcolm and Selina. I felt it could have been better developed aside from mere physical attraction. They are both intelligent and witty but most of their interactions are sparse on dialogue. Malcolm mostly comes across as a snob who doesn't really know what he wants. Selina is a bit too nice at first but she improves as her temper is tried. Another character experience ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mr Malcolm's List
Suzanne Allain
Release date 07/28/2020
Publisher Piatkus for Berkley

Blurb :

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an arrogant bachelor insistent on a wife who meets the strictest of requirements - deserves his comeuppance . . .

The Honourable Mr. Jeremy Malcolm is searching for a wife, but not just any wife. As the target of matchmaking mothers and desperate debutantes, he's determined to avoid the fortune hunters and find a near-perfec
Barbara Rogers
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
** 3.5 Stars **

Publication Date: 7/28/20
Number of Pages: 256

This was a fun and entertaining read from a new-to-me author. She brings the whole range of emotions into it – I giggled, I teared up, I sighed – it was a really nice read. I will mention that it is not in the least steamy, so if you like steam, you won’t get it here. Since I just love a good romance – with or without steam – it was good for me. The writing is good, the characters are pretty well-developed, and the plot was mostly tight
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book last evening, having read the first chapter online, and could not put it down.

I recently discovered the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig and this was very similar in atmosphere and temper. Light-hearted, well crafted, and a very easy read. I think that fans of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen will find this book a pleasant romp. Mr. Malcolm is reminiscent of Mr. Darcy, a bit rigid in the beginning but quite pliable in the end.

I read this in a single sitting. It is a ve
I read the book as I have heard of the adaptation (and saw the 11 mins feature on Youtube). While I understand there can hardly be a second Austen or a second Heyer, Allain's book leaves much to be desired. The story itself would be fun and charming and the author definitely posseses a talent for inventing witty puns but the writing itself is too much of tell and no show. I missed more complex characterizations (and human-like believable characters in general) and also more plausible regency man ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute story, cute characters, it's....cute. Not super sexy, not super emotional. It's cute. ...more
Lily Herman
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Mr. Malcolm's List had some good writing, but it was very...basic. Conflicts got resolved within mere pages, there was a lot of telling and not showing, and it jumped around points of views constantly and without much of a warning. I came away from it wanting more character development; the plot, at its most barebones, was good, but the execution left much to be desired.

That said, I'm intrigued by the fact that this novel is already being turned into a film with Constance Wu and Sam Heughan, and
1.75 stars
this book is bad. I don't say that often but this was bad.
Malcolm was an arrogant asshole who deserves to die a fiery death. Julie or Julia whatever the fuck her name was was a horrible friend. Who the fuck is Selina because what the fuck was her characterization?? The setting? bad.
this is a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice but the entire time I was reading it I was just kinda wishing I was reading Pride and Prejudice instead lol
also it's currently 2 AM where I live and I am not eve
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
Cute little period romantic comedy. I'm looking forward to the movie! ...more
Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me
2.5 rounded up to 3

This book had a bit of a slow beginning and it took a while for me to get into but I did find it a pleasant read. If you’re looking for a clean, wholesome historical romance this would be a good fit.

I will admit that I did miss out on some of the chemistry between Malcolm and Selina. Their attraction happened very quickly and I felt that they could have done with some more, longer scenes with one another to let things progress a bit slower. I also like a bit more steam in my r
Kelcy Davis
**ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

1/5 - I was so excited to read this book! The premise was intriguing and I loved the cover. I was less than happy with what was inside. I thought this was a new book and it was only after I'd read a bit and started to do some digging that I realized it's actually a republication. Overall, I found the writing mediocre at best and the story incredibly derivative. It reads like it's trying to be Jane Austen with an
The Nerd Daily
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura Erne

Mr. Malcolm’s List by Suzanne Allain was a quick and cute classic regency romance that can easily be read in one go. It was witty, hilarious, and contained a cast of upbeat, brooding, and feisty characters that all graced the page with subtle pride and prejudice undertones. I loved it!

Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily
Paulina (aspiringliterati)
Rom-com style historical fiction regency romance - does one ever need anything else from life?

Selina Dalton, a vicar's daughter, receives a rather unexpected invitation from her school friend Julia Thistlewaite. Introduction to London society and her chance at marriage if she helps Julia play a little revenge trick on a certain Mr. Malcolm who had spurned Julia merely because she had not met a list of requirements his future wife is supposed to fulfill. Selina is to seduce and then refuse him. O
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

I hadn't really heard much about this book until the announcement came through about the upcoming film, and that's when I knew I needed to read it. Mr Malcolm's List follows Selina Dalton, as she finds herself wound up in a plot against the proud and picky Honourable Jeremy Malcolm, who had snubbed Selina's friend, Julia Thistlewaith, and was out for revenge. The issue was a list that Mr Malcolm had, of all
Mid-Continent Public Library
Fans of Austen looking for a witty and humorous romance, then look no further. A seemingly naive vicar's daughter, Selina, goes to London to aide her friend who has been snubbed by the judgmental, yet wealthy and handsome, Mr. Malcolm. A Battle of wits and the quality of each other's characters will be tested, but at what cost?

A fast-paced and humorous Regency-era romance will leave you wanting more laughs, verbal word-wit, and sizzle from Selina and Mr. Malcolm.

Review from Andrew from the Red
Andrea Lundgren
I was prepared for this to be not-Georgette-Heyer going into it. I wasn't prepared for the areas where we lose the big things that made upper class Regency society what it was. At one point, the heroine and hero are together, in an alcove at a ball...and when he tries to kiss her, she succumbs. Where was the hitting-him-with-her-fan for his advances? Assuming she didn't want to become his mistress, what was she thinking? Gentlemen don't take advantage of young women when their foot has demanded ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from Edelweiss and Berkley Publishing.

It felt like a YA novel that was a fanfiction of Pride and Prejudice that rearranged the plot. I find historical romances an excellent easy breezy read that I usually finish in one sitting or at least evening or a day; they should not be a struggle. This one was a struggle for me; I would put it down and brought myself back to it a week later and still didn't enjoy it.

There was a lot of telling but not showing reader emotion and setting, no
Leigh Kramer
Jul 17, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF p. 35

This started off on a promising note. It had a light tone, reminiscent of Regency romance, and I was intrigued by the titular Mr. Malcolm, who is entirely buttoned up. While Selina is a serviceable heroine, her friend (or rather, frenemy) Julia, who has engineered a ridiculous revenge plot against Malcom, is way too Over The Top. There’s no way I’ll be able to enjoy the rest based on how annoyed I am with Julia. And with Selina, for that matter, who seems entirely unable to make up her
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2.5 stars

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

Sigh, the blurb of Mr Malcolm's List drew me in and I was really looking forward to it.

Unfortunately, the execution of the story let it down for me.

In fact, if it wasn't for our lovely leading lady Selina, I probably would have DNF'd this one, but her spunky, witty personality kept me reading to the end.

The second half of the story was better though.

Mr Malcolm had glimpses of a better man shine through at times, but most of the time he
Rebecca McPhedran
Whe Selina’s good friend Julia is looked over by the seasons most eligible bachelor, Julia is hurt. She wants to get back at Mr. Malcolm and his ridiculous list of traits in a wife. She enlists the help of Selina to try and get the better of Mr. Malcolm.

Selina didn’t plan on falling in love with him. When the deception is uncovered, a whole list of things go wrong. And by the end, you are just waiting for the story to wrap up, because there’s been so much miscommunication. This book felt very s
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is what attracted me to it.
Stronger in the beginning, but couldn't hold my attention.
Diane Peterson
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very pleasant traditional Regency romance. Jeremy Malcolm, an attractive and eligible gentleman has created a list of requirements for his future bride. When Julia learns of the list after feeling rejected she devises a plan to give Mr. Malcolm a dose of his own medicine. She enlists school friend, Selina Dalton, to entrap him. What follows is a bit of a comedy of errors.

Allain employs clever dialogue to move the story along. There is a whole host of humorous secondary characters. There are no
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