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text 2017-03-22 16:25
Reading progress update: I've read 226 out of 432 pages.
The Viscount Needs a Wife: A New Regency Novel (Rogue Series) - Jo Beverley

What I like so far is that the characters don't have the usual cliche petty misunderstandings that go on for pages because none of them bother to open their mouths and talk about it....or think for that matter. That's always so frustrating.

 

Both characters are very logical. They communicate very clearly with the other about where they stand and clear up any confusion before it festers. They are a good team that respect each others feelings and thoughts....I enjoy their interactions.

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review 2016-06-19 16:05
#CBR8 Book 58: My Lady Notorious by Jo Beverley
My Lady Notorious (Mallorens & Friends series Book 1) - Jo Beverley

Cynric "Cyn" Malloren, one of the younger brothers of the extremely powerful and influential Marquess of Rothgar, is on his way back to his regiment after a convalescence and is bored and looking for adventure, when his coach is held up by a couple of highwaymen. Noticing that there is something strange about the pair, Cyn refuses to comply with their orders and ends up "kidnapped" and taken to a small cabin in the woods. He quickly figures out that his captors are in fact a pair of young women, one of whom has had her hair cropped short like a boy's. The women are clearly desperate for some reason, and Cyn wants to figure out why they've taken to robbing passers-by to alleviate his tedium.

 

Lady Chastity Ware needs money to help her recently widowed sister and her baby nephew. The ladies' father (I can't be bothered to look up his title or name) pretty much forced his eldest daughter into marriage with a cruel and callous man and when Chastity refused to marry said man's younger brother, her father arranged for him to be found naked in her bed, causing a huge scandal. When Chastity still refused to marry him, he had her beaten and cut off all her hair, exiling her to the countryside with only ugly, shapeless dresses to wear. Chastity solved the problem by stealing some of her brother's clothes, disguising herself as a boy, and masquerading as "Charles". She wants to help her sister reunite with the man she loves but was not allowed to marry, and they encounter Cyn when they attempt to rob his coach.

 

Cyn decides not to let on that he knows "Charles" is in fact a woman, and convinces the ladies to let him help them in their quest. They go off on a road trip, pursued not only by the ladies' father's men, but also their unscrupulous brother-in-law, who wants to get his hands on Chastity's sister and the baby. Chastity falls for the charming and roguish Cyn pretty fast, but is known in society now as "notorious" and knows that a powerful Malloren would never be allowed to marry a fallen woman like herself. While Cyn finds Chastity attractive, he's not really looking for a wife, being a dedicated soldier and all, but as their journey continues, he becomes determined to make her his, no matter what the cost.

 

When Jo Beverley died in May this year, there were a lot of very touching obituaries for her, and I had to look through Goodreads to check if I'd ever read one of her books. It turns out that, yes, I had, but I had very little recollection of the book. She wrote more than forty novels and a number of novellas during her career and it felt like a suitable tribute to read one of her novels in memory of her. Most romance sites seemed to highlight My Lady Notorious as a good place to start and one of her best works.

 

Now, the book was originally published in 1993, which means that there will probably be tropes that may feel dated or troubling to the modern romance reader. The Ware girls father was just unrepentantly bad and awful, really, there was absolutely nothing redeeming about him at all. Now, in the late 1700s, it was perfectly allowed for men to teach their female relatives like chattel, but a lot of romance writers still don't strive for quite such realistic assholery in the menfolk. Chastity spends most of the book in one disguise or another, and there is a truly troubling section where she dresses up as a masked courtesan at a raucous house party/orgy and in short order is siezed and kissed by her own brother (ew!), semi-molested by another party goer, seduced by Cyn and later also full on snogged by his older brother Rothgar (who later totally recognises her and seems totally fine with the fact that he's been pawing his younger brother's intended - just no). That whole bit - not cool.

 

While a lot of this book is very entertaining, and I always like a good cross-dressing story, Chastity's refusal to reveal her true identity (or Cyn's refusal to just tell her he's known that she's a woman all along) goes on for far too long. In the latter half of the book, Cyn is also sort of pushed to the side, while Rothgar sort of takes over everything and is the one who actually sorts everything to a satisfying end, while Cyn is sent off on various errands, absolutely playing second fiddle rather than being particularly heroic. I get that Beverley probably wanted to set Rothgar up as incredibly formidable, but when he spends more time with the heroine in the latter half of the book than the hero himself does, the reader might get confused about who the lady is actually meant to end up with.

 

As there are so many other enjoyable romance series out there, I'm not entirely sure that I will be seeking out more of the Malloren books. It's fun to read something from the Georgian period rather than the more common Regency era of historical romance, but some of the romances written in the 90s just have too many tropes I don't particularly enjoy. I don't regret reading this one, but may wait to seek out more of the late Ms. Beverley's books.

 

Judging a book by its cover: I'm assuming this is the original cover for the e-book version and as romance covers go, it's neither particularly remarkable or hilarious, like many of the classic romance covers are. Plain background, fancy velvet pillow, golden masquerade mask. As masks and fancy dress features in the book more than once, I can't fault the publishers for this decision. It's certainly a lot better than the original cover of the mass market paperback, where none of the protagonists look as described and I think Chastity may be part mermaid.

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/06/cbr8-book-58-my-lady-notorious-by-jo.html
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text 2016-05-24 19:57
Show me the glint of light on broken glass. . .
My Lady Notorious (Mallorens & Friends series Book 1) - Jo Beverley
Tempting Fortune - Jo Beverley
Something Wicked by Jo Beverley (2005-01-04) - Jo Beverley
Secrets Of The Night - Jo Beverley
Devilish - Jo Beverley

 

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov

 

 

 

My heart is sad. I read last night that Jo Beverley has passed away. She was one of the first historical romance writers I read after I 'rediscovered' histroms. My introduction to Ms. Beverley was Devilish, and though my copy was a battered and bent, a less than pristine copy bought for pennies at a used book store, I knew I was holding gold in my hands. I finished it in one sitting. That was the beginning of my reading love affair with her Malloren world. Since then I have re-read those original five books many times, and, yes, I replaced my tattered original copy of Devilish with a brand new crisp clean copy. But I've kept the old one, and it will always have a place of honor on my keeper shelf. 

 

She will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and colleagues, and I hope she knew what a treasure she was to a reader like me, one who had never met her, but felt as if I knew her, just a little, from the stories she spun so eloquently, from the characters who peopled her books, and from the hours of reading joy she gave me over the years. Safe journey, Ms. Beverley. 

 

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review 2016-05-15 06:56
The Viscount Needs a Wife (Company of Rogues #17) by Jo Beverley
The Viscount Needs a Wife: A New Regency Novel (Rogue Series) - Jo Beverley

Since being widowed two years ago, Kitty Cateril has been trapped in her late husband's home, where she is expected to mourn forever. Desperate to escape, Kitty will consider any option—even a hasty marriage to a stranger with no intention of abandoning his bachelor ways.
 
London life suits Beau Braydon, especially his work keeping Britain safe. So when he inherits the title of Viscount Dauntry, he has no intention of resettling on a rural estate. He can’t resist the opportunity to marry a sensible widow who can manage Beauchamp Abbey for him—until he realizes Kitty is more than he bargained for...
 
Before Kitty and Dauntry can adjust to each other, a threat to the royal family takes them to London. Soon someone is determined to prevent Dauntry from exposing the villain, and secrets in Kitty's past threaten their growing love..

 

 

 

 

 

My Review:

The Viscount Needs a Wife felt kinda Cinderella-ish but it worked. Both the h/h grew on me from the beginning and despite a few issues I had at the beginning trying to understand Kitty waiting it out paid off and I wound up really liking the entire cast. A slow paced but worth while read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-04-15 05:11
Are you poor? Shame on you.
An Unlikely Countess - Jo Beverley

It’s somewhere in between 2.5 stars and 3 stars, but I am feeling generous. The book is not bad. It just isn’t good. It’s an average romance, set in the second part of the 18th century, England.

What irked me most was the protagonists’ perennial concern about money, clothing, and general lifestyle. The heroine Prudence’s driving force is to get away from her poverty. She is ashamed of being poor. She is ashamed of her shabby clothing and her uneducated neighbors. She wants funds, a house of her own, but she isn’t ready to fight and bite and disregard conventions, like Scarlett O’Hara was. Instead, Prudence is mostly whining and cringing. I didn’t like her.

I did like the hero Cate, but even his rough charm couldn’t save this book. Like Prudence, Cate is concerned about his new wife’s clothing and hairdo, as if they were the most important facets of her. Both also concentrate on social class distinctions, and how everyone should stay inside his or her own social circle. The message seems to be: don’t aspire to climb the social ladder, to mix with your betters, or else... Yikes. No.

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