Men are sheep. Where one goes, the rest soon follow'. Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, 30 April 1813. After enduring two seasons in London, Daphne Bridgerton is no longer nave enough to believe she will be able to be marry for love. But is it really too much to hope for a husband for whom she at least has some affection? Her brother's old school ...
Men are sheep. Where one goes, the rest soon follow'. Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, 30 April 1813. After enduring two seasons in London, Daphne Bridgerton is no longer nave enough to believe she will be able to be marry for love. But is it really too much to hope for a husband for whom she at least has some affection? Her brother's old school friend Simon Bassett - the new Duke of Hastings - has no intention of ever marrying. However, newly returned to England, he finds himself the target of the many marriage-minded society mothers who remain convinced that reformed rakes make the best husbands. To deflect their attention, the handsome hell-raiser proposes to Daphne that they pretend an attachment. In return, his interest in Daphne will ensure she becomes the belle of London society with suitors beating a path to her door. There's just one problem, Daphne now in danger of falling for a man who has no intention of making their charade a reality
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I must first say that I am a great fan of a well written Regency romance, and having started in my early days by reading the entire works of Georgette Heyer I have high standards as regards the quality of the storytelling and the style and language used in setting the scene and evoking the feeling of the Regency era.
I have to say that although the basic storyline was quite good, Julia Quinn failed to create a convincing cast of characters. Her use of modern English or even worse modern American idiom was jarring and also very annoying, how lazy can she be as a writer not to use language and terminology appropriate to that time.
Although writing a romance nowadays is far more sexually explicit , and most readers would expect and enjoy these scenes( myself included) I found that overall I was annoyed and disappointed with this book. And as she has written quite a few in this series I was also disappointed that I will not now be reading any more of them!
I will keep looking to find a writer who can create a more engaging and believable set of characters.
Feb 5, 2009
Great Regency Romance & Funny
Light hearted romance that is funny along with being romantic.
Apr 23, 2007
I expected this book to be good when I bought it and once again I wasn't disapointed. Not only is Julia Quinn a good writer but it seems like every book in the "Avon Romance" line is great. Its not a book that you'll read once and put down, you'll read it again and again. Buy it!
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