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text 2019-10-27 22:43
Try to Keep Up . . .
A Night Like This - Julia Quinn
Married By Morning - Lisa Kleypas
Rules of Surrender - Christina Dodd
The Dream Hunter - Laura Kinsale

Okay, we all understand that genre fiction is so pleasurable because writers take a relatively set structure and group of accepted conventions and make new stories out of them again and again. Here's a chain of books that have some very specific details in common:

 

 

1. Julia Quinn's "A Night Like This" is a book that uses the "Lady hiding from her dangerous past by working as a governess" plot. The female hero's "governess name" is Anne Wynter. 

 

2. Lisa Kleypas' "Married by Morning" is also a "Lady hiding from her dangerous past by working as a governess" book.

 

3. Christina Dodd's "Rules of Surrender" is part of the author's "governess" series. Its plot is focused on "taming the wild male hero," rather than female hero in jeopardy, but the hero's name is . . . Lord Wynter.  This Lord Wynter ran off to the Middle East and lived among the people there for a long while then comes back to England to wreak havoc on everyone's ideas of "convention." 

 

4. Laura Kinsale's book "The Dream Hunter," (the best one on this list) also features a hero who lived in a Middle-eastern culture, specifically among the Bedouin, then comes back to England and faces his "adjustment." His name: Lord Winter. 

 

So there you go. Random details among the genre, lined up in a neat little row. 

 

-cg

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-06-30 19:11
Devil's Daughter
Devil's Daughter (The Ravenels, #5) - Lisa Kleypas

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Devil’s Daughter is the book 5 of Lisa Kleypas’s ongoing historical romance series, The Ravenels. Though I’ve had quite the ambivalent feeling towards a few of the installments, I’ve largely enjoyed her return to the world of historical romance since this series debuted in 2015. It was given, that Weston Ravenel, one of the prominent secondary characters of the series, would have his own book. But was I really anticipating the release of his book? Did it meet my expectations?? Let’s see if I can elaborate.

 

As usual, I’ll begin with a bit of background to connect the dots. So the series is set in the Victorian England. Two brothers, Devon and Weston, two of the very few remaining Ravenels, suddenly come to an inheritance that they never thought of gaining. Devon becomes an Earl when the direct heir to the Treanor earldom suddenly died in a riding accident without leaving any heir. The circumstance of Theo’s death was an example of how wild and unpredictable a bunch the Ravenels are. Having a self-destructive bend is how they’ve always been, probably since the beginning of their line. They were known for wild and fast living and many of their ancestors died young too maintaining that lifestyle. Devon and Weston were most probably heading to that direction, though they had none of the burdens of money and properties… until they were burdened. In fact, Devon and Weston were poor enough to not have any prospects. Both were known rakes, sometimes bullies and had a very debauched lifestyle of a true Ravenel. They’d probably planned on dying young (at least Weston had thought so…). But owning the legacy that was never meant to be theirs changed everything for them. And boy with that legacy came burdens! Not only Devon was now responsible for a dilapidated, debt-ridden mansion that he ardently wanted to raze down and wash his hands off of, but also he had to take care of Theo’s young widow, Kathleen and his 3 sisters; Helen, and the twins, Pandora and Cassandra.

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review 2019-06-18 02:38
Entertaining story, wonderful characters.
Married By Morning - Lisa Kleypas

This story kept me listening. I enjoyed the journey as Cat and Leo found love while working beyond their pasts. Cat's past haunted her as she tried to rise above it. Leo was accepting of her past as his own was not perfect. They made a great couple, and I had tears by the end of this book. The narrator, Rosalyn Landor, did a wonderful job with the story and the characters. This was an abridged edition, and I may look into finding an unabridged to see what I missed.

This is my unsolicited review.

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review 2019-06-15 04:03
[REVIEW] Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
Devil's Daughter (The Ravenels, #5) - Lisa Kleypas

I am sad I didn't love this. I don't know if it's me or this book, but I wasn't feeling it as much as I thought I would be. The Evie and Sebastian appearances were the best parts, tbh.

 

I have loved West since I first met him back in book 1 of the series, and now he made this journey worth it. Indeed, he's the reason I kept reading. Phoebe was sweet though she annoyed me at times for reasons I can't fully identify, though I'm glad she has a backbone and uses it.

 

There's no real plot? to speak of? Which made it a bit of a drag but Kleypas writes incredibly well so even if it's dragging, you can't pull away from the prose because it's so easy.

 

I somehow both loved the ending and simultaneously felt it wasn't enough. It had so much love and sweetness that it made me 'aww' out loud, but I was expecting an epilogue to finish wrapping everything up.

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review 2019-06-11 23:00
Sugar Daddy ★☆☆☆☆
Sugar Daddy (Travis's, #1) - Lisa Kleypas

I'm not really much of a Romance reader anymore, but I did really enjoy several Kleypas' historical romances. This book did not have the charm of those, nor did I find any of the characters especially compelling enough to keep on after I met my minimum 20 minutes of audio.

Audiobook on CD, borrowed from my public library. The performance (and Texan accent) by Jeannie Stith was uneven, and the audio quality was poor, although tbf that might reflect the age of the recording and the quality of the CDs.

 

DNF after 20 minutes.

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