Kitty getting ready to pounce!

Beware of bluestockings and demon cats that come a-knocking.

The captain's bluestocking mistressOkay, this book made me laugh. Perhaps not for the best reasons, but when you have a girl on the cover who is as sexy as this one, an invisible, forgettable wallflower is NOT how you would expect her to be described.

She smoothed out her skirts. It wasn’t the few extra pounds on her frame, or that she was an unrepentant bluestocking. Her lifelong curse was the unfortunate fact of being utterly, absolutely, one hundred percent…forgettable. (pg 7, ebook)

Granted, I know that the art department often takes a little leeway with covers, but I think this book would have been better served if you did not stare at such a stunning young woman with piercing eyes who is not at all plump as the book describes her. I just can’t believe that the men of the ton would not remember this young woman. They would be clamoring to meet her in Almacks or any other ballroom.

If I can get passed this discrepancy which I do not blame the author entirely for (hey, authors do have say in how the covers look, at least at my publishing house!), I did enjoy the book. It only took me a couple of hours to read, so if you want something to fill an afternoon, this is an entertaining choice. I especially enjoyed the antics of the cat (although I do slightly resent that it was characterized like a demon cat), but I did find great humor in the patterns that the main character, Jane, embroidered on all manner of items that the cat shredded.

Pros:

  • Lighthearted moments mixed with darker issues, like that of a soldier recovering from traumatic war memories
  • Quick escape with a bookworm heroine

Cons:

  • A bit of inconsistency within the text itself. The author loves to describe Jane as unforgettable. She even has a plain, forgettable name. People meet her numerous times and promptly forget who she is as soon as she walks away. However, near the end, we suddenly are expected to believe that 2,000 people know who she is and where she is sitting in a theatre?
  • Also, it is a bit far-fetched that Jane is beyond shy and can barely think in the beginning of the text when Captain Xavier Grey shows up at the theatre, yet she suddenly overnight becomes a confidant young woman setting out to seduce a man by showing up unexpected with a trunk at his cottage? That’s some courage, right there!
  • The author must be a dog lover (heaven forbid on this blog!) or have had the world’s worst cat to be inspired to create the cat character Egui.
  • New York Times really needs to be italicized on the cover. Sorry, as someone who works at a major publishing house, I notice that sort of thing. ^_^*

Overall rating: I like the book. I wasn’t bored but it wasn’t 100% believable for me. It was easy to set it down and then come back to it because I wasn’t dying to know what happened next. I guess it was slightly predictable, but that isn’t necessary a horrible thing since that’s why most people like romances. They are easy to read!

Three/Five Stars for Erica Ridley‘s The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress. Book 3 of The Dukes of War series.

 

Bookworms Deserve Love, Too

The Love Match Lily Maxton

I love her dress. It reminds me of my senior prom dress!

If you have just a couple of hours to immerse yourself in a regency romance, Lily Maxton’s A Love Match is a great choice that just hit the market. This novella is the third one in Maxton’s Sisters of Scandal series, and it features a delightful bookworm named Olivia Middleton who catches the attention of the charming and slightly infuriating William Cross during a country house party. Now that Olivia’s two older sisters are happily married, Olivia is forced to attend the party by her overbearing mother who can’t wait to have an empty nest. Of course, no country house party can happen without some late night trysts during which someone gets caught. The question is, will it result in a marriage between Olivia and the bachelor who states he will only marry for true love?

If you want something short and sweet, I’m quite impressed by Maxton’s ability to create such lovable/chokable/just-say-that-you-love-her already characters. The only negative I have about this book is that I wish there was more of it, which I’m not even sure that is a bad thing to say. I felt like I was finally getting to know the main characters and be fully drawn into the story and all of a sudden–poof! I’ve reached the last page. As a quick reader, I zipped through this story in under an hour. Olivia is an atypical heroine who isn’t dying to get married, and for that alone, I would have loved to have spent more time with her. It’s nice, too, to have the classic beauty in the story snubbed in favor for someone whose beauty isn’t quite as obvious.

Entangled Publishing gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. You can pick up your copy of it for just $.99 from their site as well as copies of the first two novellas in the series! Dude, three stories for $3 is a steal! You can afford to purchase them and your pumpkin spice latte without feeling too indulgent. 🙂