Captain Xavier Grey's body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn't deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed....
Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?
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"DNF @ 35%.."
Good grief! We’re back to me being shallow! Sorry!
On the cover there’s a pretty girl in a peachy-orange gown that’s looking pretty thin to me, BUT she’s plump and Ms. Ridley doesn’t let you forget it. She feels the need to beat you over the head with it. How many times have I said I read to get out of the real world? I don’t want to read about heroines who are too big, too plain, too much red hair like a Brillo pad, especially when she looks like that and the hero is drop dead gorgeous. Here are examples: On page 14 “quite pretty for a plump girl.” Page 14 “did nothing to hide her plumpness.” Page 41 “is it because I’m plump?” Page 44 “I’m plump.” Page 44 “If she was plump.” Page 47 “any other explanation beyond her plump frame,” and on and on it went.
I really was looking forward to Xavier Grey’s book but I’ve reached 35% and I can’t finish. *Sigh* shallow, shallow, shallow. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, but I am the one who will expound on it….Again and again… Another author I will not be reading anymore. I can’t read books where the heroine is just like me, unattractive and fat. WTH kind of book is that anyway? I don’t want to be dragged into the real world when I read.
If the book cover had matched Grace's description I would never bought this book. I hate being tricked.
As to the narrator: Always a real pleasure to listen to Stevie Zimmerman lately. Great voices and terrific emotional reading.
"Another great Ridley book"
Another great Ridley book. Always too short, though. Great narration.
I love Jane. I always love a Bluestocking. I hope the rest of the books in this series are released on audio soon.
"Clever and well thought out"
This was a very clever, well thought out Historical Romance.
It had me in stitches of laughter most of the time. At other times I was routing for the heroine, hoping that what she so fervently wished for would happen so that all her conniving and devious actions would end in success and in fulfillment of her dreams.
I also listened to the audiobook version and it is great.
I'm very happy to recommend this book to you and wish you a good reading experience.
"Series keeps getting better"
This series keeps getting better and better. I was actually sorry to see this novel end.
Jane is a bluestocking and a wallflower. At twenty-four, she sees herself as a spinster whose only friends are her books, because nobody notices her. Xavier is a captain, recently returned from the army, who doesn't feel like he belongs in society anymore. When Jane pursues a dalliance with him, acting on a crush on him that began before he left for battle and thinking it might be her only chance ever for romance, both of them find more than they were looking for.
In retrospect, having just finished the book, it would have been nice to see more of the other characters who have been mentioned in the previous two. In the context of the plot, though, I think it worked well to focus on just the two main characters; it didn't feel out of place as I was reading. Jane was lovable and relatable, and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading about her.
I received a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
"War Leaves a Man with Demons"
Stevie Zimmerman has a wonderful way of bringing the story to life, Her voice is easy to listen to without getting in the way of a story
This fits well with the entire Dukes of War Series. In this case it would be comparable to the many Historical Romances dealing with the effects of war on the men returning from battling Napoleon
When Jane's cat destroyed all of Oliver's clothing and then he finds them all mended with whimsical embroidered designs
I cried a lot through this book. Oliver came back from the war catatonic and once he finally came out of it he still felt the need to separate from society. When he needed people the most he withdrew. His situation brought on lots of tears but Jane and her cat added some joy to the story
This entire series makes you feel for the men who go off to war. Even though they have returned they still battle their memories and are changed from the young boys who went off to war.
"Delightful, light and fun regency"
Another delightful Regency romp. The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress takes a side step away from the social niceties of Almacks, the opera and the beau monde, and instead the courtship is played out in a secluded cottage during a snow storm. Jane is intent on getting her man and she has set her sights on Captain Xavier Grey who has just recently returned from war. Although he suffering mentally and emotionally due to his experiences of war, no amount of protestation on Xavier's part is going to deter Jane who is determined to become his mistress if nothing else.
The banter between the couple and the frustration Jane suffers adds to the comedic element of the novel.
I voluntarily received a review copy
"A nice listen with a few quibbles!"
I've been very pleased with Erica Ridley's books, most of which I've picked up for free or nearly nothing, making them amazing deals. This book was another pleasant surprise for me.
I want to talk about the audio, which I have very mixed feelings about. To start, I think that Stevie Zimmerman has a great narrating voice and style, and does a surprisingly competent male voice, despite her very high register. What I had a HUGE issue with was the recording quality. To be frank, it sounds like Stevie Zimmerman recorded this in her bathroom. The quality was pretty bad at parts, sounding either tinny or scratchy and unclear, and coming from listening to a professional recording to this was jarring.
The story was fun and easy. It isn't as complex as some other historical romances that I've read and loved, but it was entertaining without feeling frivolous or silly. It kept Erica Ridley on my list of author to watch, and I'll keep buying her books in the future.
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