She's finally met the man of her dreams - too bad he lives in a different century!
A devoted history buff finds the re-enactment of a pre-Victorian ball in London a bit boring...until a mysterious artifact sweeps her back in time to the real event, and into the arms of a compelling British lord.
Isabelle Rochon can't believe it when she finds herself in the reality of 1830's London high society. She's thrilled to witness events and people she's studied. But she may also have to survive without modern tools or career - unless she can find a way to return to her time. And then there's Viscount Lord Montagu, a man whose embrace curls her toes, but who has a dangerous agenda of his own.
Lord Phineas Montagu is on a mission to avenge his sister, and he'll stop at nothing, including convincing an alluring stranger to pose as his respectable fiancé. He's happy to repay her by helping her search for her stolen calling card case that brought her back in time. But he doesn't bargain for the lady being his intellectual match - or for the irresistible attraction that flames between them.
They're both certain they know what they want, but as passion flares, Phineas must keep both himself and Isabella safe from unseen opponents, and she must choose when and where her heart belongs. Can they ever be together for good?
Don't miss the time travel romance USA Today called "a delicious twist on historical drama and romance."
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Must Love Breeches is a light hearted time-travel HR — a reverse Kate and Leopold, where a modern girl with baggage, ends up in 1834 London. With fine writing and a witty plot, it grabbed me from the start!
But, to be completely honest, I was prepared to be disappointed, since so many of the books with a similar plot have usually failed due to overly plucky and strident heroines, who come across as arrogant or TSTL. Fortunately, Angela Quarles is a terrific writer who handles this tricky sub-genre with a deft hand. Bravo!
The lead heroine, Isabelle, is a history professional. She loves Austen, and the British Museum, and all things antique. Upon finding herself in London in 1834, her reactions — and her denial — feel real, and not at all overdone. And as the implications of her situation dawn on her, that she is truly stuck there, it’s fun to watch her find her footing amid all the pitfalls of trying to pass as someone from another age. (I particularly enjoyed watching while she tried to remember what she'd read in novels and history books!)
The narration by Mary Jane Wells, is extremely well done, and worthy of the story, as she enhances the experience of the book immensely. While she initially reads Isabelle with a flat American accent, but soon softens it, as the character makes an effort to sound more like the people around her, and her American accent becomes very pleasant to listen to. VERY WELL DONE, indeed!
(I shudder to think what a less skilled narrator could have done to this book, and hope Ms. Quarles chooses to continue to use MJW!)
The romance, particularly the sex scene, is a masterpiece. Beautifully written and performed, and true to the era in which it occurs, it held me enthralled. Phineas, (great name!) is a true gentleman of his time, and behaves accordingly, showing all the care and respect one would expect, without stepping back from the passion when it counts. I loved how true to the situation that scene was, perhaps more so when compared to those in many of the usual HR’s, where rakes normally prevail. I found it deeply affecting, romantic, and very sexy. I think Ms Quarles is very talented.
Naturally, there is a mystery, with dastardly bad guys, and enough action to keep the book moving at a good steady clip, but it never overwhelms the romance, and gives 1834 London it’s due in atmosphere and description, peopled as it is with great thinkers of it's age. Neither does it become overly violent or unduly melodramatic, which I appreciated. The Epilogue ties things up nicely, and is not to be missed.
There is another book in this series, Must Love Chainmail, and as I do, I can’t wait to read it. I hope it will come to Audible very soon, with Mary Jane Wells, or someone equally talented, doing the narration. Enjoy!
FYI: I was very fortunate to receive this book (from Audioblast!) for an honest review. Lucky me!
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I don't usually leave all 5 stars on my reviews. However, this was a great love story. The narration is excellent. I was absolutely thrilled with her character voices.
The time travel was basically Isabelle Rochon, who works for the British Museum, walking into the 1834 streets of London after a ball. This all happens in the first chapter. So I am not giving away a major spoiler. She has a cell phone that won't work and is carrying around a little silver card case (like a business card case) and her purse. She is dressed in a ball gown that fits the higher class dress of the 19th century, which alerts people to the fact that she is part of society. She meets Ada Byron Lovelace (Lord Byron the poet's daughter) and her cousin Phineas, Lord Montagu. Then the adventure begins.
Isabelle meets famous scientists, gets to see the British Museum before the restoration after the war, and attends many social events of the time. This is story is filled with some drama involving something she brought into 1834. There are many people that want this item.
Of course, Isabelle falls in lust...then love with Phineas. The "Item" is found and Isabelle can return to her own time. She goes back and forth with "does he love me doesn't he love me?", but this is not drawn out into a long emotional chapter after chapter. I am so glad that Angela did not drag this on as most Romance writers do.
Small spoiler Alert ----- Okay, she goes back to her time. She immediately knows that she should not have returned. She gets back to Phineas in 1834. The romance is great.
BUT....Here is something VERY important; you absolutely MUST pay attention to the Epilogue at the end of the story. Pay close attention to the dates and events Isabelle mentions. It makes this a FANTASTIC ending.
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
Did Angela Quarles change her timeline midway through? I enjoyed the story, but there are little details that really bugged me. She spent so much time emphasizing Isabelle's cell phone at the beginning and the details about the phone indicate she's probably from at least the early 2000's because it sounds like a smartphone. Isabelle also repeatedly talks about how things are supposed to change over the next 150 years while she's back in 1834, but then the dates given in the epilogue totally screw up the timeline. It's missing at least 40 years. She goes back to 1834, they're married for 30 years, and then she says she'll be born in another 80 years.... In the epilogue, Isabelle says that she was born in 1944 and would then travel back from 1973.... Her age would be right since she's supposed to be 29, but then how the heck is she supposed to have a smartphone that sounds like it's from the 2000's? It doesn't fit! I know the point of the story is to immerse yourself in the romance, but these details are super annoying.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Must Love Breeches by Angela Quarles brings together contemporary sexiness and nineteenth century innocence. The result is a sensual romance that you can’t put down!
The story begins when Isabelle Rochon faints during a reenactment ball, and awakens in 1834 London, in the midst of a true ball. With no money, no friends and absolutely no idea how this has happened to her, Isabelle faces an unbelievable reality. She has traveled back in time!
Isabelle soon realises that a capable, independent, modern day woman has no place in London’s society. Lucky for her she meets Miss Ada Byron, a woman who has the open mind and intelligence to accept Isabelle’s time traveling story as truth. With Ada’s help, Isabelle is able to safeguard her secret and blend in while she searches for her way back home.
Lord Montagu knows his cousin Ada’s new mysterious friend is a complication he doesn’t need. He is a man focused on revenge, and tries his best to ignore the curiosity and desire Isabelle stirs in him. However, once he sees his carefully constructed plan is not working in his favor, he realizes Isabelle might be just what he needs to finally have vengeance.
After accepting the gorgeous Lord Montagu’s unusual proposal to act as his fiancé, it proves no easy task for Isabelle. She must protect her true time traveler identity, while aiding him on his secretive project. Most importantly, she must resist the growing passion that continues to threaten the fact that she must leave. She needs to return to her life, her job, her time - but every tender kiss and stolen moment of passion is tearing Isabelle apart. Isabelle must decide... Is this love? Is this worth staying for?
You won’t want to miss this love story that defies time! I should warn you though... it will leave you wanting a little more romance in your life!
Mary Jane Wells was excellent with the delivery of the story
You bet I would! First, I love period books and the fact that this crossed over into somewhat modern times was awesome! The writing and narration were so spot on. I was fully immersed in the story I couldn't wait to get back to it!
Lord M for sure. He was vulnerable without being too soft. His heart while usually misunderstood was always in the right place. He loved her from the first moment and never stopped wanting what was best for her even if it meant leaving him.
I don't have an English accent so, I would never have read the words in that manner. Hearing what sounded like an earnest depiction made it all the better.
No crying but definitely lots of giggling.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
I'm romance author Jessi Gage and I love anything with passion, romantic tension, and happy endings! I also read lots of books to my kids.
This is a top-shelf romance told in a fresh voice. The loveable heroine, Isabel approaches problems with a scientific mind that proves intelligence is sexy!
An impromptu make-out session hastily arranged to divert suspicion. Super hot!
I listened every chance I could get. It kept me entertained from first word to last. Well done, Angela Quarles!
I love audio books and one of my favorite types of books are time travel. A lot of time, the narrator does not give the "modern" feel to the traveler but Mary Jane Wells has hit it on the head!
The story itself is wonderfully orchestrated to keep the listener enthralled all the way to the end of the story.
I loved this book!!!!
I surprised myself by requesting this book from Audiobookloudnoise dot com (kidding – it's now audiobookboom). I mean, I'm not a big romance fan, and I generally object to the time travel romance (been there, done that, got the torn bodice), and if I am going to pick up a romance novel I am not at all comfortable having the heavy–breathing parts read to me. And here … well, the cover art is embarrassing. I listened to the book at work, and every time someone came over to talk to me and I had to pause the Audible player, I sincerely hoped no one was paying much attention.
But the reason I generally object to the time travel romance is because so few of them are at all well done. From the sample, this seemed like it might be, and the narration sounded good, so I went for it. And I was very glad I did. It was fun.
The story: Isabelle Rochon, enthusiast of the Regency period, attends a reenactment ball and finds herself whisked back in time into the middle of an actual Regency ball in 1834. How and why, she has no idea, but it seems to have something to do with the antique card case she was handling when it apparently happened – which is promptly stolen from her on the street. She is fortunate enough to fall in with Ada Lovelace, who gives her shelter and a guide to this brave new world – and through whom Isabelle meets Lord Phineas Montagu, known as the Vicious Viscount, a man on a mission.
Some things could, perhaps, have been done better. For such a scholar and enthusiast of the period, Isabelle was alarmingly prone to lapsing into modern idiom and habits, and – to me – surprisingly slow to adapt all around. Naturally, I tend to think I'd do better – and of course I'm probably wrong. It just seems like it would be similar to an immersion course in French: much more quickly absorbed, as one has no choice.
"Running in a corset had been a mistake." It always is. I know this from experience.
The writing on the whole is self-assured and sure-footed in the period, which I think is one reason that Isabelle's anachronisms were so jarring to me. The Phineas point of view was lovely. I love the intoxication of the sight – and touch! – of an ungloved hand. And while sex-in-a-carriage is one of the squares on my Bad Historical Romance Bingo Card (patent pending), this version of sex–in–a–carriage is marvelous. And the twist in the tale, the little moment at the end which made me say "Wait, what?" and go back to hear it again? So good.
I love that I learned something new about Shakespeare in this. I had never heard of the Tate version of King Lear – and my hair either stood on end or went a bit grayer, reading that. Wow. Just wow.
I love Jane Wells's male voices; her Lord Montagu (Phineas) is velvety and very nice. In British mode she reminds me of Juliet Stevenson, and of Heather Ordover in her American. I tend to be as wary of Brits' American accents as they must be of Americans faking an English accent – have you heard some of the "Americans" they've used on things like the old Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes, or the Britcom of your choosing? But Ms. Wells's American accent is not half bad – though occasionally there's a little overlap. Overall really excellent.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com. Thank you!
Yes, don't let the cover throw you off, this is actually a really well done Time Travel Romance with very real historical facts, not as raunchy as the cover suggests, but a well written novel.
I'd compare it to the movie Kate & Leopold, except the woman goes back in time.
Where she catches him snooping upstairs and they need to form a cover story, quick.
It has plenty of funny moments in it.
Must Love Breeches begins with Isabelle Rochon attending a re-enactment of a pre-Victorian ball in London. Isabelle is also looking for a way to remain in London. When she discovered that her co-worker, Andrew was trying to charm her to give him the promotion, she was angry. She wished that she was attending the real pre-Victorian ball and that she would meet a real gentleman.
Isabelle has never thought she would landed herself into 1830's Victorian ball and meeting Viscount Lord Phineas Montagu. Isabelle is in a predicament. She doesn't have a place to stay. If it wasn't for Lady Ada, Lord Phineas Montagu's cousin, she wouldn't be a respectable woman in 1830's.
He is seeking revenge for his sister's ruination. Phineas couldn't afford to allow Isabelle to distract him. In order to infiltrate his enemies', he needed Isabelle to poss as his fiance.
During their investigation, Phineas and Isabelle are falling for each other. Isabelle believed that she must return to the present and Phineas believed that he must do the honorable thing and to make Isabelle happy.
The beginning of the story started off a bit awkward yet it is also a female thing to do which is checking the opposite sex. Even when Isabelle is thrown back in time, it took her awhile to figure out that she somehow has traveled back to the past.
What I like about the book is that when Ada is trying to help her, Isabelle is not understanding the roles of the woman in that era. Ada has to explain to Isabelle that if she seeks to become a store manager, her social status will open her to unwanted advance of the opposite sex.
I also love the way the story ends. It took Isabelle a long time to realize what is important. Unfortunately, she realized it after returning to the present. I also love that Phineas' heart was broken to show the readers/listeners the extent of his love for her. There are moments in the story that I just love and there are moments in the story that I find Isabelle a bit irritating that she wanted her independence and believe that love will stripped her of it.
The narrator, Mary Jane Wells does a very good performance of narrating the story. I found that her narration gave life to the character. She does an excellent job of showing Isabelle's confusion and trying to fit in to the pre-Victorian era.
I was given this audiobook by the author via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in anyway for writing this review.
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