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review 2017-08-20 19:14
Book Review For: 'Black Widow' by Lucy Leroux
Black Widow: A Spellbound Regency Novel Book Two - Lucy Leroux

'Black Widow' by Lucy Leroux is Book Two in The "A Spellbound Regency Novel" series. This is the story of Amelia Montgomery and Gideon Wells, Earl of Flint. I have read the previous book (and loved it!) but this is easily a standalone book.
Amelia was the Ward of Sir Clarence who had a son named Martin and also a nephew named Gideon.
Martin and Gideon were close growing up and Gideon had met Amelia too. Martin talked about Amelia allot also. But later on when Gideon was away traveling and helping the war office Martin married Amelia. Martin and Amelia left also to travel after being married and did not return until sometime later. The book opens up with Amelia finding Martin, her husband dead with blood everywhere. The town blames her and Lord Worthing for his death. Lord Worthing was a close friend of Martin and Amelia. But the town only seems to know and care that Amelia and Lord Worthing are friends still a year later and that he is her lover.
Gideon who no longer works for the War Office after inheriting a title now has returned home to see about his new estate and to make sure Amelia pays for the death of Martin, his cousin. But Gideon is surprised by his quick desire for Amelia but he has his mind set on bring her to justice.
But things aren't always what them seem and it appears that Amelia is more the victim than being guilty.
I am so In Love with Ms. Leroux writing! I love everything she writes for sure and this book was just as wonderful as the other books I have read by her!
Loved it!
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review 2017-08-19 01:37
Historical Romance
All She Loves: a Regency Romantic Myster... All She Loves: a Regency Romantic Mystery - Amy Corwin

All She Loves is my first book by Amy Corwin.  I liked it.  Ms Corwin has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are entertaining.  Elspeth and Geoffrey's story is full of drama, suspense and a little spice.  I enjoyed reading All She Loves and look forward to reading more from Amy Corwin in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from BookFunnel.

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review 2017-08-18 16:33
For the Love of a Widow: A Regency Novella by Christina McKnight
For The Love Of A Widow: Regency Novella - Christina McKnight

 

When I grow up I want to be a Christina McKnight heroine. A rather ridiculous statement, I know, but in reality it makes sense. Ms. McKnight centers her stories around women with strength of character. They are fighters, not victims. They lead with heart but have the smarts to back it up and they always manage to land on their feet and in the arms of their perfect match. Of course life is not a fairytale, but with stories like For the Love of a Widow, characters like Daniel and Lettie, keep the fantasy alive in a realistic kind of way.

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review 2017-08-14 03:54
The Romance is a Nope
Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer

This was my second (at least) read of Regency Buck. There were parts of it that I liked better this time around, and parts that I actually liked less.

 

The hero, Lord Worth, is no more likeable in this read than he was the first time I read it. I just cannot conceive of his appeal for Judith, who is headstrong and occasionally obtuse, but who is generally of a friendly, informal disposition. Worth, on the other hand, is cold, withdrawn and often downright unpleasant. He also more or less assaults Judith on their first meeting by kissing her without her consent, an incident that is not made more appealing with threats of repetition.

 

She made light of the circumstance of the stranger’s kissing her: he would bestow just such a careless embrace on a pretty chambermaid, she dared say. It was certain that he mistook her station in life.

 

I don't find this even remotely appealing, not the least on behalf of the pretty chambermaids of the Regency, who deserved better than to suffer random groping by asshole peers taking unwanted liberties upon their persons. Ugh. There is one occasion where he actually threatens to beat her.

 

Do not look daggers at me: I am wholly impervious to displays of that kind. Your tantrums may do very well at home, but they arouse in me nothing more than a desire to beat you soundly. And that, Miss Taverner, if ever I do marry you, is precisely what I shall do.’

 

Gross. On top of that, there is no real sense that he has improved by the end of the book. He treats her indulgently, referring to her repeatedly as "adorable," in a way that is actually fairly insulting.

 

It seems to me that Heyer is trying hard to create a Darcy/Lizzie vibe, with the sparks that fly between them and the irreverent teasing that Lizzie uses to soften up the withdrawn, shy Darcy. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for me at all, because I just don't see Worth having Darcy's good points. Darcy seems like a jerk. Worth is a jerk.

 

So, as far as the romance goes, this one didn't convince me. I wanted to push Worth overboard, and have Judith marry one of the other male characters. Mr. Brummel, for example, was quite charming, as was Lord Worth's younger brother, Charles.

 

Now, though, the really good aspect of this book - Heyer did a great job with the mystery in this romance. Someone is trying to get Judith's brother, Peregrine, out of the way, and the way that she plotted that particular part of the book was genius. There were several bits of redirection that were extremely effective, and even the second time around, she confounded me a couple of times.

 

TL/DR: Keep the mystery, jettison the romance. A hero who threatens to beat the heroine is not a hero to root for.

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review 2017-08-12 21:54
Unlucky coincidence
Her Enemy at the Altar - Virginia Heath

This book had the unlucky coincidence of being read right after a lackluster book that pretty much had the same storyline.

 

Tall heroine who hides her hurt behind a tough abrasive exterior. This book's heroine was better constructed but the whole "I can never believe I have any minuscule attractiveness to me" carried on far too long. It ended up giving her a bit of immaturity.

 

Poor gorgeous hero who needs to marry for money to save estate. Same character outline as the other books I read but story placement here was a bit different with hero and heroine's families having a centuries old feud. The feud wasn't really explained but how it effected their present families was detailed. They are caught in a compromising position and hero marries heroine even though her father doesn't give him her dowry, thus bankrupting the hero.

 

This book had more of a story construct but how long it takes the hero and heroine to develop past the immature "I hate you!" "No, I hate you!" took too long and I missed seeing their relationship without any animosity. 

Since I read this right after not enjoying an extremely similar storyline, I definitely think I already had my fill of insecure abrasive tall heroines (I'm even one!) and the poor gorgeous heroes who just want them to recognize how regal they are. 

The bottom line, I was exhausted by how long it took hero and heroine to move beyond their animosity. 

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