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A reblogged Megan Whalen Turner guest post!

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Merely A Mister (An utterly biased review)

Merely A Mister by Sherry Lynn Ferguson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To begin, let me say that Ms Ferguson penned one of my favourite regency romances a few years ago and so bought my loyalty for all eternity. It was the charming Lord Sidley's Last Season (Avalon Romance) Lord Sidley’s Last Season, which I would recommend to most regency lovers.

In three related but independent books, Ms Ferguson tells us the tales of three men, three brothers who are all descendants of dukes and all very stubbornly different from each other.

In Merely A Mister, the third and possibly final book in this series, we read about Lord Hayden, the eldest son and the heir to the Duke of Braughton.

Through Quiet Meg (Avalon Romance) (Avalon Romance) Quiet Meg (Avalon Romance) and Major Lord David Major Lord David I have known the dutiful, solemn side of the Marquis. I have also seen him come to his brother’s aid in a most unconventional way. It is easy to say that he puts family and honour before all personal happiness – he has sacrificed much – but he isn’t a push over. He challenges his father’s outdated ideas as he advices the Duke on matters of politics and admits to himself that it would take time and a lot of patience to usher in changes through his father. But as perfect a son and Marquis as Lord Hayden is, there are those in the ton who think him too serious, too much given to grim duty. And the same voices dub him ‘His Resplendence’ for certainly one of the duties of the heir to Braughton is to give in to the strict dictatorship of a demanding valet. (more…)

Catching Jordon (a review)

Catching JordanCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The best thing about this book? It surprises. How often do teenage romances surprise you? The protagonist is a smart, level headed girl who (predictably) has issues to sort through, but never spirals down into melodramatic fits.

They said in the blurb that there is a love triangle in the story. It took me half the book to find it. It’s perfectly placed. I’m glad it took me that long, and while I kept wandering – what love triangle? She’s already with the guy she wants – Kenneally snuck up the ‘other guy’ into my heart. I liked him from the get-go, but assumed he was a really strong secondary character.

After all the stuff I wrote above it’ll take you five minutes to realize who the other guy is once you start the book. But I’m sure you’ll appreciate her writing never the less.

Jordon is a little prejudiced against the cheerleaders who fraternize with the more social of her team, since some of them make a point of trashing her out of hearing of the boys, but she gets over it, and I like how the author portrays the girl’s biases and faults. It endears Jordon to me.

Great read, I’ll probably come back to it again in a few months. 🙂

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Reforming Lord Ragsdale (A happy review)

Reforming Lord RagsdaleReforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stars: 4.5/5

What are you looking for? Bodice Rippers ala Julia Quinn and Eloise James? I appreciate that they are splendid authors but this book is not exactly like theirs. It wont fulfil your craving for light, hot and sexy. You might still enjoy this book though there is no sex, very little kissing and no secret trysts or scandals to speak of.

But are you craving the lost Heyer touch? (more…)

an author acknowledgment worth reading

Even the best of them give little thought to how the acknowledgment at the back of their books should read beyond making a careful list to include one and all, wording a diplomatic thank you to their agents and editors, and a final sentimental ‘love you’ message to their family. That’s the usual fare. And to be honest, if well written this is actually exactly what an acknowledgment should have. Only, mostly, it’s not well written – (more…)