No. This series just doesn't measure up.
The narrator has a pleasant voice, and does accents well. If she wanted to imitate a German accent, though, she should have researched it a bit better. Her "German" comes across a bit too much like what you'd hear in a cartoon. A little too much V for W and little else that sounds German. Her narration tends to have a sing song quality that could be improved on.
The decision to include a PG sex scene was awkward and didn't fit. This series seems to be aimed at YA, and the sex neither added to the characterization nor moved the plot along.
The author has obviously done a lot of research on swing dance and jazz. She includes too much, though. Describing a swing dance would be fine, and in keeping with the book... Including a long list of dance moves was out of place.
The book doesn't seem to be able to decide what audience is wanted. The writing style and characterization is more Young Adult than adult, but the author includes a homosexual character and his affairs as well as an awkward sex scene. Sex can be included in YA if it is handled properly, but this scene comes across as awkward and self conscious.
The characterization and action remind me of the Nancy Drew books I read as a child. I have read three by this author, because I hoped the awkwardness of the first one might have been a fluke. The author writes smooth, easy to read prose, but the characters are rather flat and the plot is very predictable.
I haven't read the print version of this novel, but the audio one is excellent. I have bought stories I liked before and been so put off by the reader that I couldn't finish them. Most women readers can't do a believable male voice, but not only can Kellgren handle upper class British, Cockney and Irish accents, she does a male that sounds male. I'm going to look for her name for future purchases.
The plot is light and fun. Georgiana is believable and spunky. Belinda is just plain irritating. Darcy is tantalizing.
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