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Notorious

(Rebels of the Ton #1)

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Critically acclaimed author Minerva Spencer brings a rebellious spirit to the Regency with a vibrant new series focused on how the youth of that era subvert the social expectations and mores of the day in order to carve their own paths in life. Full of witty humor, Minerva Spencer weaves a tale of an forthright and unapologetically opinionated lady and the effortlessly cha ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Kensington
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Notorious is by one of my favorite historical romance authors, Minerva Spencer, so the fact that I didn't like this story is crushing for me.

I can't tell you how excited I was to read Notorious. I am a big fan of her "Outcasts" series (and I highly recommend reading Dangerous before starting this story because it acts as a prequel for Notorious), and I couldn't wait to read Gabriel's story. However, this book suffered the double whammy of lacking momentum and having zero communication between th
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Stacey is Sassy
I did not enjoy this story…

This review is a wee bit spoilerish, please proceed with caution.

Now, normally I would cut my losses early with a story that doesn’t work for me. In this case, I had heard a lot about Minerva Spencer and her fabulous storytelling abilities, so persevered waiting for the fabulous to start happening. Unfortunately, I only read romance and this story was one of the least romantic I have read in a long time. At 92% I was still waiting for the fabulous to happen and HATED t
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Phrynne
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
My first book by Minerva Spencer so thank you Netgalley and the publisher for introducing me to her Regency novels.

I am a big Georgette Heyer fan so I do look out for books which are influenced by her style. The plot of Notorious is fairly standard - the forced marriage and the misunderstandings, followed by some dangerous event which ends up bringing everyone to a happy ever after. I did feel the misunderstandings went on a little too long when basically the two main characters just needed to t
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Sabrina Jeffries
Unique characters and emotional depth make Spencer’s Notorious a winner. Spencer gives you all the feels!
WhiskeyintheJar
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Could there be anything more pitiful than a homely wallflower yearning for an arresting, attractive Corinthian?

The first in the Rebels of the Ton series, Notorious pairs together Drusilla Clare, an heiress but the daughter of a tradesman and Gabriel Marlington, the son of an Englishwoman and the late sultan of Oran. Some of the names in the story m
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Candace Robinson
Loved this one! It had fun things, serious things, twists and turns, and the perfect amount of swoon! I could bask in that cover for all eternity as well! Dru wasn’t very confident in herself which I could totally relate! But as the book progressed, we learn more about her and see her growth! And Gabe was totally on fire!
Em Wittmann
This book follows some of the younger generation featured in Ms. Spencer's Outcast series. Unfortunately, its principal characters are poorly drawn and unlikeable, and the story is underwhelming.

Threesomes, orphaned children, oversharing parents and their super sexy marriages, bluestockings, villains who aren't super evil - just sorta, avenging younger sisters...friends, this is a hot mess. The elements of a good story might be there... but they're lost in translation. The Outcast series also p
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Alison
Drusilla has been helplessly in love with her best friend Eva’s half-brother Gabriel for five years. But since he is a notorious rake and unbelievably handsome while she is more ordinary, she hides her feelings. She hides them so well that Gabriel thinks she dislikes him.

But when Gabriel’s enemy Lord Visel places Drusilla in a compromising position the only way to silence the gossip is for Gabriel and Drusilla to marry, despite Gabriel courting the beautiful Miss Kittredge and Drusilla following
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Rainelle
I found this book to be different from books that I have read from Minerva Spencer. The characters I found quite entertaining. They brought great dialogue to the book. The plot was good. I was looking more for the Victorian history romance aspects from the book.
I would like to read details from the wedding. It’s was hard to push through reading Gabriel making out with his mistress the day before his wedding. I would like to have seen more romance scenes from Gabriel and Drusila. The book started
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The Magical World of Reading
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Minerva Spencer with her new novel ‘Notorious’ will lead you in the past, where one sassy wallflower lands the handsome rogue in one bittersweet romance that is certainly a very interesting beginning to what promises to be great series.
This tale is about a marriage of convenience, which is definitely often used in historical romance books, but the plot and definitely the characters are quite appealing and make this book unique in its own way. Drusilla Clare, confused by her own feelings and desi
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
DNF

The hero, who is biracial and the son of a former sultan of a made up country, is described as "rather exotic". It is 2020, and I'm no longer accepting novels that refer to non-white people as exotic (unless it happened in a way that called that out as stupid, which is not the case here FYI). Yes, it's historical, but we all know it's a fantasy version, and I don't need desire othering racism in my historical romance, thanks.
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Title: Notorious
Series: Rebels of the Ton #1
Author: Minerva Spencer
Release date: November 24, 2020
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: historical romance

Notorious was my first read by Minerva Spencer. It started out with real promise, but I soon realized that there were big character and plot issues that I couldn't get over. In the beginning chapters I was really enjoying the banter between the two characters and how the heroine's secret, unrequited love was hidden behind her animosity. She is an outspoken fe
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linda hole
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This was just an ok book for me. Even though the authors writes beautifully, the story has been topd top øany times before in my opinion
Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this e arc in exchange for an honest review
Reyes
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book!

1.5 Stars

I haven't read many historical romance books, but lately I've found a few that were super fun and very interesting to read, and when I saw this I thought I'd found another one: a female protagonist that refuses to follow society's conventions, an enemies-to-lovers relationship and witty banter? Sign me in!

Unfortunately, rather than engaging banter what we have for the first half of the book is open
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Brandy
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So. I kinda hated Drusilla at first, who is so sharp tongued and almost bitter every time she comes into contact with Gabriel. Gabriel annoyed me a lot in the beginning too, and I felt like way too much time was spent on his past sexual exploits. This is a recurring theme throughout most of the book. BUT! As the story went along and these two found their way to living with the situation they found themselves in, I grew to enjoy it more, even with a few super awkward/frustrating interactions. I l ...more
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I was excited to read Dru and Gabe's story after reading their tension filled intro in the sneak peak but sadly it took a turn I wasn't expecting.

I know many will enjoy reading the back and forth between these two (normally something I enjoy too) but for me this became a one sided romance with too many instances of double standards.

Dru has been in love with Gabe for years and Gabe honestly can't stand her, thinks she's irritating, her looks lacking and makes no secret that he would have prefer
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Teresa
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Regency-era romance, and Notorious was a fun dip back in the waters. This is my first Minerva Spencer book, and I enjoyed her writing. This book's plot was not much different from the books I remember; a wallflower and a dashing rake must marry against their wishes but become attracted to each other during their marriage. The witty banter between the two main characters, Drusilla and Gabriel, was full of humor and sexual tension and kept the story moving a ...more
Beatriz Abreu
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, regency
This is a 2,5 review rounded.
I didn't know the author and based on the synopsis and the first couple of chapters I confess I expected something different, more of a regency romp, instead this went deeper. That was not necessarily bad, but it was a bit misleading.
I really liked the heroine; she is an heiress, of commonbirth, and a marquess daughter's best friend (I was expecting this to feel misplaced, but it is explained well enough). Somewhat of a wallflower, Drusilla had a massive crush on her
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Maria
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
3.5 stars.
Solidly written and with two complex, intense leads, “Notorious”, by Minerva Spencer (Kensington Books), is an engaging historical novel addressing themes of feminism and the role of women in 19th century Britain, as well as social, religious and cultural differences, biases and prejudice.
Drusilla and Gabriel are interesting and multifaceted characters, with substance. Both are outsiders in some way – Drusilla as an intellige
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Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
If ever there was a year I truly needed an escape, 2020 is it. Luckily, Minerva Spencer has come to the rescue with this swoon-worthy new release. If the rest of this Rebels of the Ton series is as sexy, funny, and angsty as Notorious, I may survive the craziness of the world today.
Drusilla Clare had been a quivering lump of fool for her best friend’s brother since the first time she’d laid eyes on him, but she’d kept her attraction secret knowing no man as beautiful and perfect as Gabriel Marl
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Barbara Rogers
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
Series: Rebels of the Ton #1
Publication Date: 11/24/20
Number of Pages: 352

I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely romance. I loved meeting Gabriel (Jibril) and Drusilla as well as their families and friends. The book had it all – humor, seriousness, twists, turns, villains, prejudice, kidnappings, and, most of all, a lovely HEA.

Drusilla Clare is an outspoken, Wollstonecraft quoting, wallflower who has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s older step-brother since the first time she saw him fiv
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Laura ☾
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

3.75 stars

Notorious, a piece of period romance, revolves around Drusilla - a sharp-tongued and strong-minded, but really somewhat insecure woman - and Gabriel, a witty and assured man who however struggles somewhat in London society due to his ethnically mixed background. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, they end up having to marry each other in other to save their reputations, and not
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Joana V.
2.5*
Review will be published soon
Laura Jones
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drusilla Clare believes women should not need to marry to be an important part of society. However after an altercation with a high handed man at a ball, the only way to keep her reputation in tact is to marry the brother of her best friend. A man she has been in love with for 5 years, not that she has ever admitted that to anyone.

This was a great read full of mysterious twists that kept me guessing, and the steamy parts were 🔥. The cliffhanger ending (not about Dru and Gabriel’s story, that wa
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Kristin
I have mixed feelings on this one. First, I didn't realize some of these characters are from one of her previous books until I went back and looked at the backcatalog blurbs. So even though this is the first book in a series and can be read alone, I did feel like there was a lot of family relationships that had backstory that was in play. I felt a little lost at first.

Another thing that was interesting, but I'm on the fence about if it added much to the love story was Gabriel being the ousted so
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Jewels Tate
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this 4 stars because I couldn't put the book down. I loved the main characters Dru, Gabe, and Gabe's sister Eva which is Dru's bestfriend. The author really goes into details when the characters are in deep thoughts. This plot is well played out for this genre but the author makes it unique because of the heroine feelings toward the hero. Usually when this happens in a book it's usually two people who hate eachother or complete strangers who get caught etc.

Dru on the inside is in lov
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Abigail Singrey
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a delicious guilty pleasure.

When Drusilla Clark finds herself unchaperoned and alone at a party, a ruthless man tries to take advantage of her. She’s rescued by her best friend’s brother, a rogue named Gabriel, who she loves to trade insults with. When Gabriel proposes to save her reputation, Drusilla has a secret. This may be a marriage of convenience for him, but she’s secretly been in love with him for years.

The chemistry between the two main characters rages like a wildfire. T
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Zan
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay read for me. The writing style was nice and kept me going, but some parts of the story and all of the background information about certain characters went completely over my head because of how little they contributed to the story itself. (This is apparently because it's a callback to other works by the author? I don't really know)

I think the characters were interesting, but I didn't completely understand the main characters and the development of their relationship because it j
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Tracy Emro
Maybe 3.5 stars...WARNING THIS REVIEW MIGHT BE SPOILERISH

Drusilla “Dru” Clare is mistakenly caught up in a plot to call out Gabriel Marlington that results in them having to marry. Drusilla is best friends with his step-sister Lady Eva de Courtney and has harbored tender feeling for Gabriel for years. On the outside Dru is a sharp-tongued, non-nonsense feminist who has repeatedly voiced her distain for marriage and when she does speak to Gabriel, she is curt and tosses out veiled insults. But in
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