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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 hand ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Tanya Chris Publishing
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Teal
DNF @61%, and I only got that far by skimming.

This looked promising, and got off to a tolerably entertaining start. Since it's a Regency romance I went in expecting some wit and charm and sparkle. Instead I got Sir William Bascomb, from whose 3rd-person POV the story is told.

As not one, not two, but three couples within his immediate circle form romantic attachments, William is oblivious to it all. He is a man without a clue. It becomes apparent to the reader that William is being defrauded by s
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True Loveislovereview
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
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 muc
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Jürgen  von der Heide
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 rem
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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, flirtat
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Caz
I've given this an A- for narration and a D for content at AudioGals. Going by my normal critera for rounding star ratings up or down, that would put this almost into the 4 star bracket, but I feel that would be too misleading given the extremely poor quality of this story..

Manners & Mannerisms is a standalone m/m historical romance by Tanya Chris, who is the author of a number of contemporary and paranormal romances – and based on this, I’d suggest she should stick to those, because historicals
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Shelby
Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 67%.

This isn't horrible, it's just incredibly dull and predictable. The characters are so completely bland.

But when Reggie said he was going to call William's dick Sir William because it stands so proud and tall, and William refers to Reggie's asshole as a portal, I was done.

It's hard not to read a Regency MM romance and not compare it to KJ Charles or Joanna Chambers, which may be part of the issue here (though I'm still not forgiving the use of "portal"), so maybe I'll give one of the
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Sonia Vice
Expecting a bit of formulaic fluff, I got instead an odd choice in narrative voice -- the dullest man in Christendom. The best part of this book for me was ruminating on how that voice took this book right off the rails. All the elements of Regency fluff are here, the grasping sister-in-law in charge of the money, the dull-witted brother who inherited the crumbling estate, the evil manager fiddling the books, the mysterious stranger who arrives at the very conveniently placed neighbouring great ...more
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 sister-in-la
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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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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...
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I just experienced a highly enjoyable trip back through time. I was whisked away to the days of my early teens when I’d sneak a dime store romance novel—usually a Regency period historical—to read in my room when everyone went to sleep. I read of forbidden things that men and women do behind closed doors. Those stories were titillating and enlightening to my innocent self and that’s exactly the way William, one of the main characters, reacts in this lovely tale narrated by the highly talented Jo ...more
Hemmel
Nov 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know now why I did not rate this novel after listening to it. I thought I did not give it my attention. I tried a second time and now I notice: this novel is incapable of holding anyone's attention. ...more
Viki /LostForReal/
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: rommance, historical
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 ma
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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, an
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Leslie
DNF. Time of death: 56%. Not rating. Awkward and clunky. Not sexy. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Grace
Enjoyable, relatively light angst read. Definitely some pride and prejudiced vibes in terms of period, if not exact plot. It was definitely a very light take on being queer in that time period, with things just a little too easy, neat, and convenient. It was fine, but I do tend to like my historical romance with a bit more grit and realism.
A.J. Lange
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5***

So sweet... That’s terribly ineloquent but the sweet simplicity of this little tale will stay with me a long while.
Walford
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A nicely done Regency, convincingly true to the period and Englishness. The plot depends on Our Hero being Clueless and Ashamed up until the last minute (a perfectly defensible choice, given that gay men were subject to dishonor and/or death if caught in the act). Not my favorite trope, but if you enjoy a healthy helping of Angst I think you will like this.
Kathy
 MM Historical Romance

Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020

Format: Kindle Edition

I do not read a lot of historical romance and cannot tell you how accurate the portrayal of this was, but I absolutely loved it. The love story between Reginald and William was just absolutely heartwarming. I was so caught up in what was going to happen to them that I couldn't breathe! I couldn't imagine what was going to happen to them. With the world how it was at the time, how were they possibly going
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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 implicatio
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Annezo
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
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 yo
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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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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
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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.
Anne in VA
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Left me a bit cold. Everything was surface and not much deeper.
Gabi
4 stars — for enjoyment rather than quality.

Before anything else I need to say I really enjoyed this book because I'm about to denounce everything that could have been improved. This was a easy read, with almost no angst (for the reader, because William hoarded all of it to himself), easy to like characters (if you are patient enough with William's narrow sight) and a satisfying resolution, if a rather improbable one.

The writing was really good, not overdone. It was just right to give the 18th
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Judy
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of all Tanya Chris’s books but I’m not so such historical romance fan. When I was offered a free audio version I decided to try it again because of the author. I enjoyed the book. I can’t say I’m converted to reading more historical romance but I would if it were this author’s. There is so many quirks in the story that made it enjoyable. I kinda of knew where the story was headed but it was the journey that made me laugh. I could see a proper William having mental battles with his sel ...more
ren
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s not surprising but is an absolute delight

This romance is very much in the vein of a Jane Austen book, William reminding me exceedingly of Elinor Dashwood in temperament, and quite firmly at the mercy of insipid sister in law Isabella (Fanny Dashwood through and through). All the main characters are lovely, Reginald, Catherine and Susan are so delightful, and William so sweet that you can occasionally forgive him for being utterly blind to the people in his life, and their potential motives.
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Shilo Quetchenbach
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was really sweet. It started off with a lot of similarities to Pride and Prejudice, but then it branched off into its own thing. Yes, I saw the twist coming from a mile away but I think we're supposed to? It's honestly a relief to have the perfect solution work out so, well, perfectly. I really enjoyed the sexual tension in the first half, but will admit to skipping the sex scenes as they felt really unnecessary and were definitely skippable. I'd say they were one of the weaker parts of the ...more
Morgan
I don't think I've ever read about a character as dense as William before that.

He's a bit sheltered and naïve so it would explain a bit of his obliviousness but to that extreme? I don't buy it. Because of that for the majority of the book my main question was: Is he stupid or is he just so self-centered that he doesn't pay attention to the people around him.
I've come to the conclusion that it was mostly stupidity. The self-centered part is definitely there but he has such a lack of awareness t
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