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Copyright: 2005

Pages: 320 (paperback edition)

Setting/Type: Regency/Straight Romance

Series: Featherton Sisters #3

Grade: DNF

Having had her heart broken by a “reformed rake,” Meredith Merriweather is determined to help with other young ladies avoid falling for the wrong man. Meredith intends to tempt the most notorious rake in all of London, the devilishly handsome Alexander Lamont, and then document the results in a cautionary guidebook called “A Lady’s Guide To Rakes”. But soon Alexander decides that Meredith is the woman for him. And as he uses all his rakish charms to win her heart, Meredith finds herself tempted to give in to a man no woman should trust, let along love.

Kathryn Caskie is another author I tried out because my library offered a copy of one of her books and her name found it’s way onto my wishlist under cryptical circumstances. I discontinued this story around page 150, after having discovered my wandering mind was contemplating to start on another book from my TBR pile.

All in all A Lady’s Guide to Rakes is a nice read with an orginal and humorous heroine, a funky plot and a well-musceled hero. Problem was, it didn’t capture me. The reading felt too flat, too bland, so that I started skipping rather big parts of the story. The one detail that really disturbed me was part of the hero’s personality.

Alexander needs to marry in order to placate his father who is finally fed up with his philandering. Circumstances let his father decide that Merredith is the one to bring him back onto the right path … and Alexander, too, decides that Merredith is probably the best choice for his reforming act. To me, Alexander was too wimpy and weak. He does his father’s bidding, curbs his behaviour so as not to loose his support and inheritance. I would have prefered him to stand up more for himself, being less of a dandy and playful boy and more of a full grown man instead.


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Copyright: 2007

Pages: 453 (tradesize edition)

Setting/Type: Regency, Historical Other Setting (India)/Straight Romance

Series: Spice Trilogy #1

Grade: D

Ian Prescott, the Marquess of Griffith, is a cool-nerved British diplomatic renowned for his integrity, and famed among the British debutantes for his striking good looks. Much to their dismay, the handsome marquis has no use or love. He conceals a dark secret surrounding his disastrous first marriage and the death of his wife and has vowed never to marry again. On a diplomatic trip to India, Ian is asked to watch over the daughter of an old family friend, Miss Georgiana knight. He is instantly intrigued by Georgiana’s striking beauty that conceals a sharp mind and a shocking independence. A ruling belle of local society in India, Georgiana is out of her element in London and yet she’s determined to conquer the ton on her own, refusing Ian’s protection every step of the way. Ian is infuriated by Georgie’s wilful defiance, as much as he is captivated by her natural charms…

Once upon a time, about two years ago, I discovered Gaelen Foley’s Knight Miscellany series and ravished the books within a week. For a short time thereafter she has even been an automatic-buy author, but after the disaster of His Wicked Kiss I deleted her from that list. Her Only Desire is #1 in a new trilogy which is simultaneously a knock-off of the Knight Miscellany series.

Miss Georgina is one true-blooded TSTL heroine straight out of the textbook “How to create annoying , stupid personalities”. In her eagerness to be modern and independent (which per se are very commendable traits) she fucks up a number of situations and exhibits a behaviour that shames the whole female gender into submission. I personally wanted to crawl into the book and read her the riot act. She’s a spoiled person with a conceited attitude and a mind that can’t rub two brain cells together when it’s necessary.

She does get better … after her brothers – thanks to her – were nearly hanged for assault against a royal person and she consequently has to flee to England.

What is there to say about Ian? In the beginning I thought of him as a tight-assed, emotionally repressed representative of the British aristocratic society. After a cheating wife he decided to give up on hope for love and light in his live and built an even stronger wall around his heart. He does develop a more human personality and looses some of his stiffness, mainly thanks to Georgina .

Georgina’s warm personality saves eventually the book from an even worse grade. She has a TSTL complex but she also cleans up and grows some brain cells … and despite her ailment she does carry her heart at the right place.

All in all I am hugely disappointed in this story and I am not sure I will read the next one in the series. I don’t think I can stand that torture again . %$&ยง”$”%.

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