Vermont | Member Since 2011
I've been indulging in a lot of Lisa Kleypas lately. I find her books soothing and a great escape. Especially as read by Rosalyn Landor. This one was very much like the others, though it didn't stand out for me. I think the problem was the female protagonist. She was independent enough to become an actress to support herself at a time when that profession was scandalous, but not strong enough to realize she was in love . . . ?
That was just weak. A woman like that would know what she wanted and go for it. So much time was wasted with her in denial that it kind of ruined the whole book. And the male character was a neanderthal. Period.
Dear Ms. Kleypas: You have a good thing going. Stop making your female characters so stupid, and your male characters so one dimensional. Thank you, a loyal fan.
Lillian Bowman is a bit much. First of all, she's American. And, she's opinionated, plain spoken, and hardly lady-like. Not quite the thing for an equally opinionated and arrogant Earl who doesn't believe in love.
And yet, he can't keep his hands, or his lips, off of her.
Watching him try is a lot of fun, as is Lillian's denial about what is happening between the two of them -- behind the hedges. And pretty much everywhere else.
Evie has a spine of steel, even if she has a stammer. After her relatives make it clear that she will be locked in her room to starve until she agrees to marry her slovenly cousin, she runs away . . . right into the arms of the biggest rake in town.
St Vincent is light in the purse, so much so that he attempted to cut in on his best friends girl, a wealthy heiress, and run away with her to Gretna Green. That plan falls apart, but not before Evie realizes he's in the soup as much as she is, so she turns up on his doorstep late one night and proposes a bargain: he marries her for her money, and she gets away from her awful relations. It's meant to be a loveless arrangement for mutual gain, but of course it doesn't stay that way for long.
There is a fair bit of drama in this one, and a scene in which someone's life is saved from a festering wound by unusual means. I'd love to know how factual that process was, historically speaking.
Lots to like in this one. Pretty steaming too.
Daisy Bowman is the last wallflower, and her father has decided that she's a failure on the marriage mart, so he decides to arrange her marriage to his right hand man. Of course, Daisy and her sister, Lillian, are both convinced this is a terrible idea. In fact they hate the guy, convinced he's just like their loathsome father -- an uptight money grubbing industrialist, lacking in humor and romance.
But I love Matthew Swift. What a great character, with an equally great backstory. Of all the heroes in this series, his story is the most emotional and sweet. By the end, I'm wishing I was Daisy.
What are you waiting for? This one is good.
This is a series I've been reluctant to listen to. It was because of Phil Gigante, and his deep voice. Stupid, right?
Well I love him now. For a guy with such a deep voice, he does great women's voices -- not over the top, just right, and plenty of them. I hadn't expected that.
HIs brogue is pretty good, too.
And the series is a light, fun read. Perfect for my current mood. Druids, time travel, sexy highlanders -- what's not to love?
Krell has scars on his face and neck, put there by hateful humans. Because of this, cyborg women have deemed him to be too damaged to breed with, so he's very angry at humans. So naturally, he falls in love with one. Cyan is a great character with all the right stuff, and very funny due to her sarcasm. The relationship is sweetly complex, making this a good, light, sexy and entertaining read.
Best of all, this book has a plot that goes into the origins of the cyborgs in a very interesting and entertaining way.
The first book in the series was a simplistic, and claustrophobic fail for me, with nearly every scene taking place inside. I'm happy to say that in a fit of boredom, I tried this one, and really enjoyed it largely because it takes place in a much larger world. If you're going to take me to space, let me visit some planets!
In fact, I liked this so much I went back and bought the one previous, and look forward to the next in the series. The more complex the story line becomes, the bigger the world, the better the series will be!
I hate to give this book a bad rating. There are so few lesbian PR's being written that every author is precious. Still, this had a kitchen sink feel to it, as in, let's throw in everything but the kitchen sink.
Women getting women pregnant. Hmmmm. That's where Raand lost me. I get that this is a fantasy, but shouldn't it be even remotely realistic so we can imagine the world is real?
I can get behind a female Alpha -- that's a great concept. But some of the other stuff just kept kicking me out of the story.
I admit I didn't get far, and this is a series so maybe it gets better, but with the starting premise being so bizarre, I just don't think I can go back to it.
It's a shame though. And a big disappointment.
I loved Annabelle. Her family is down on it's luck after the death of her father and everything hinges on her making a good ton marriage. Unfortunately, without a dowry, and with her clothes much worst for wear, attracting a suitable man is clearly impossible. But our plucky heroine is determined to keep her chin up and persevere, even if she has to trick some hapless peer into marrying her.
Then along comes a wealthy commoner, Simon Hunt, a butcher's son who's made his fortune in industry. Simon is welcome at some ton events only because he's got friends in high places. He's met Annabelle before, and finds that he's still attracted to the lady, but she won't give him the time of day. To put it simply, Annabelle is a snob.
There's an oily villain, some fellow wallflowers (who act as fairy godmothers), and lots of opportunities for romance and misunderstanding at the Duke's estate during a months' long house party. The characters from Again the Magic are also here, so the series gather's some steam as more are introduced.
LK hits all the right notes with this one, and it's clear she had fun writing it. Best of all, you end up cheering for the leads.
I bought this one quite some time ago (February, 2012), and I relistened this week because I love this series and wanted to start from the beginning. But the thing that bugged me about this book was the same thing that bugged me the last time I listened to it.
Still, this is a Lisa Kleypas book, so of course, it's great. And Rosalyn Landor is reading it, and she's great. It also has one of the best and most brooding of heros, McKenna, and I adore McKenna.
Tossed out of the manor for daring to love the Duke's daughter, he's made his fortune and now he's back. He's everything you look for in a leading man. And he's come back looking for revenge. I love that. I love that he isn't some heartbroken wreck.
But while he's plotting, he doesn't realize the lady has a secret of her own that could ruin his plans.
There is a great romance at the heart of this one, even though Lady Aline took her time coming to her senses. But so what -- it has McKenna.
Also, it's full of wonderful secondary characters that figure prominently in several books to come, including the Hathaways, so this first of many shouldn't be missed.
If this is your first foray into this world, I envy you.
It only get's better in subsequent books.
This is the closest thing to hearing Dicken's read A Christmas Carol you will ever experience! This particular recording is gorgeous, with Tim Curry's deep and lucious voice to bring the characters to life. It's also wonderful to listen to on a trip to grandmother's house through the snow, and I listen to it with my family on car rides every year.
As an aside, Tim Curry had a stroke in 2012, but is working his way back with physical therapy. I wish him all the best and hope to have more treasures like this from him in the future. Love you Tim!
This is one of those books that suffers greatly by comparison, but even if it was a stand alone book, I would hate it.
I enjoyed the first and third books so much, that this one doesn't really feel like it belongs in the line-up. The only thing I enjoyed was the opportunity to keep the secondary storyline going as it concerns the other wallflowers. This is a very, very small compensation though.
Olivia, the second wallflower, has been raised to be the perfect lady, something her mother never fails to trumpet at every opportunity. Lady Archer is so vocal and obnoxious that she manages to make a mockery of her daughter, destroying any chance she has of attracting a marriage.
Tired of Olivia's failure, her parents decide to settle the matter themselves and betroth her to a Baron. Unfortunately, gossip has saddled him with a very bad reputation. In fact, the ton believes he murdered his first wife, and there is a salacious book that dramatizes all the unsavory details, so of course it must be true.
When Olivia discovers what her parents have done, she feels betrayed. She regrets all the years of obeying her parents wishes only to be given in marriage to a man she doesn't love, and one who could possibly murder her. Believing he only wants her because she is a perfect lady, Olivia sets out to destroy her own reputation to get out of the marriage. This is when the fun is supposed to start, but it never gets off the ground.
This book is written as a farce, but the repetitious dialogue and the over-the-top paper-thin hijinks really ruined it for me. I didn't find it charming or even amusing. About halfway through I realized that this was the HR equivalent of an episode of Lucy. Yes, it's that bad.
I especially hated that the wallflowers, who were themselves victims of gossip, were so credulous when it came to this man's reputation. Especially as Emma's husband was working with him on his project.
Rodale isn't a great writer, but she is an entertaining one. She wiffs this one badly, however.
Read it, don't read it -- I'm not sure it matters. Book 3, however, IS worthwhile. I loved that one, and it is the best of the bunch.
Skipping this but worried you might miss something? Read on.
SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO WON'T READ IT -- BUT WHO LIKE THE SERIES:
Phinneas Cole, the Mad Baron, is a reclusive engineering genius who is in London to work with Emma's husband, Ashford. They are partnered in building a prototype of the Difference Engine. He is also ready to take a new wife.
The crux of the gossip about Phinn is that he killed his first wife, Nadia. He didn't. Though why he married her in the first place is a mystery since she was his dead brother's fiance. His brother died in a fight over her infidelity with another man. She is described as a narcissist who is easily angered when she is ignored. This causes her to set fire to Phinn's workshop, and die in the fire when she can't get out.
Phinn's guilt over her death is way too contrived to be believed, as is his refusal to explain it. instead he allows the gossip to persist. He's also way too slow to understand that his reputation is connected to Olivia's behavior toward him, a woman who is clearly terrified of him, even as he does nothing to reassure her.
Phinn also has a moron for a friend, who we are supposed to think is funny, but his scenes just made me cringe.
There are two moments that can be considered romantic, but they do not save the book. As a love interest, Phinneas Cole is an empty suit.
I suppose there are some people who will like this one, but for me this is not a credit worthy purchase. The misunderstanding went on and on until I didn't care one way or the other how it would play out.
I won't reread this one. There are too many better books out there, and at least some of them are written by Maya Rodale.
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