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Karen M. Nash
1.0 out of 5 starsFake Regency - didn't finish.
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2019
I made it halfway through the second chapter before I decided it just wasn't worth my time. The plot (as far as I got) is old and tired. A sense of time and place is lacking, despite the obligatory inventory of what the leading woman is wearing and how stunningly risque it is (yawn), and the unnecessary cataloging of surroundings (chair color, for example). This is the dryest, most stilted kind of exposition, and I am annoyed by it. But when the leading man ruminates on his previous night at Almack's, when the first chapter placed him at a ball given by the leading woman, my patience started to give out - only the second chapter in, and there's a continuity disconnect ? This is a quick and dirty Regency that dishonors the founding mothers of historical romance, who always did meticulous research and never hit the reader over the head with it. But one quick swat from me: a private ball would not have been held on the same night as an Almack's assembly. And another swat for having the leading woman say she'd been playing whist with the stable hands the night before her ball. Stable hands weren't known to be big whist players, and ladies listed in Debrett's wouldn't be playing cards of any sort with the stable hands in order to glean gossip. And one more hard swat for the way-too-contemporary dialogue, including the leading woman's description of the leading man as "uptight." For Heyer's sake, read some Jane Austen to get a feel for how folks talked back then! Hint: they didn't use 1960s slang. There are plenty of real Tegencies out there. Don't bother with this fake.
Some of the reviews of this book were so sterling that I really looked forward to reading it. Alas, I had to abandon the book after about 10 pages. Sentences were garbled, syntax was awful...it was really hard to read. Maybe the writing got better further into the book, but the first ten pages screamed for a knowledgeable editor's hand.
To Bedevil a Duke (Lords of London, #1) by Tamara Gill Anna Swedenmom's review Jan 26, 2018 · edit it was amazing
It is a historical romance....................................with...... Hot, passionate, erotic romance as well as a wonderful love with a twist! I wanted to downgrade this novella... Why? Because it was way to short! It ended before I was ready and I wanted to keep reading and reading and reading. I normally will not buy novellas. I love long novels. However, I made an exception, and I am so very very happy that I did that! I can only say buy the novella and just enjoy as I did! You will enjoy the characters, the way it unfolds and most of all the creative writing from the talented author.
3.0 out of 5 starsWhere have all the proofreaders gone?
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2018
An interesting premise that became predictable. Only read 72%. Examples: formally for formerly; informative for formative; steeping for steeping; harm for arm; won’t for want; completed for completely; and possessed fir obsessed.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2019
I loved this whimsical tale of a lady of the ton debauching a Duke. This is a delight to read and I loved how fun the characters are. Darcy is a woman who just finished her required one year of mourning. Her marriage was a disaster. Her husband tried to control everything she did but he had all the freedom to do as he pleased with his many mistresses. He died with one of his mistresses by his side. Darcy was embarrassed. She swore never to marry again and allow a man to rule over her. Now that she was back in society, she thought to pursue a lover. However, the man she was attracted to irritated her to no end. Cameron the Duke of Athelby was a straight up stick in the mud and acted like he had a rod up his @ss. A stickler for rules and propriety his looks his demeanor his life must be above reproach. He had no qualms telling others male or female if they were not living up to his high standards of living. He never walked with a smile, his countenance was one of extreme dislike of everyone and everything around him that did not come up to scratch. When he was around Darcy his disdain for her fun-loving ways and her skirting the edges of the propriety of polite society drove him crazy and he did not hesitate to tell her so. With each encounter between them it seemed they would never get along. But Cameron's grandmother is Darcy's godmother and she would always say that they belonged together. They both abhorred the thought. One evening was all it took for Darcy to see a different side to Cameron. They had known one another as children and she wondered why he had so drastically changed? She was beginning to understand. She decided to get him to kiss her and see where that led. This was such a fun read. I totally recommend it. I received a free copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving a review. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Easy-to-read Entertaining Funny Happily Ever After Steamy Whimsical Wonderful characters
My first thoughts on this story are that it is very easy to read and follow. The next is that these two main characters, Darcy de Merle and Cameron, Duke of Athelby, are opposites who have grown up together but have never fallen in love, until now! Darcy really gives him a hard time because all she wants is to become someone's mistress and he can't seem to unstick himself from his views on only doing the right thing and that certainly is not to take a mistress. Lots of tongue in cheek moments and quite a few where I disturbed those around me with my outbursts of laughter. A very well written and clever story that certainly deserves to be recommended! I requested and read a promotional copy of this ebook and my unbiased and voluntary review is recorded above.
This is a short book, a couple of hours reading max, and the last 11% of the book is just adverts for the rest of the series. I really liked the idea of this. The young widow, liberated from societies expectations, living life on her own terms meets the uptight upright Duke. He disapproves. She doesn't care. Sparks fly. It is a simple plot, no grasping cousins trying to steal an inheritance, no far fetched kidnap twist. Just two people who take a bit of time to work out that they should be together. Unfortunately it is not well written. The plot jumps forward in fits and starts, changing point of view every few pages. Characters appear to change not only their mind, but their whole world view several times in every conversation. The dialogue is meant to be witty, but is is cliched and a little crass. Sentences are overlong and some have to be read several times to get the sense of them. This was a very disappointing read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2018
Shame really because it started out as though it would be very good but then just seemed to concentrate on sex scenes ( which seem to be the same in most of the historical romance books that use them) & I find boring.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2018
❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋💋 A fun and romantic story . The first in the series has a great storyline and wonderful characters, with a stuck up Duke an amorous widow and an cheeky interfering best friend. Great book by Tamara Gill , love everything about it .