How To Capture A Duke – Bianca Blythe

How To Capture A Duke by Bianca Blythe

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Things I liked about this book:
– The main characters, after the first couple of chapters. Percival rose above his name and also managed to not whine too excessively about his missing leg (in fact, it often seemed to bother the other characters in the story much more than it bothered him, and it certainly didn’t slow him down much). Fiona was a bit too good to be true at times, but I couldn’t help but adore her when she just let her string of lies get away with her as she held up Percival’s coach. She told one whopper after another, and I liked the rollicking feel of the story.
– The plot covered a lot of territory, very little of it London. It was nice to get out in the countryside a bit. I’m not certain how accurate some of the portrayal was, but it was nice to be out and about.

Things I didn’t like about this book:
– Cognitive dissonance. While Fiona was telling one lie after another, waving a knife about, and boldly tearing across the countryside with a strange man, we were supposed to believe she had cut her Season short due to social insecurity? Because, in other words, she was shy? Um, no.
– Secondary characters. They were either loosely painted caricatures or thoroughly unlikeable, or in many cases, both. I had a hard time understanding why many of them appeared, and whether certain of them (Uncle Seymour?) were villains or merely wretched human beings.
– The plot covered a lot of territory, as in, it was plot spaghetti!

In general, this was fine for me. A solid 3-star read; nothing spectacular and nothing horrible. It was light and diverting, with the exception of the death of one of the only decent secondary characters to mar the frivolity. I would probably not read it again, though.

I did find one continuity issue that, as a horse person, drove me batty – Fiona’s horse “Ned” is first referred to as a mare (i.e. a female horse) but many times thereafter is called “him”. By the end of the book Ned has lost all gender, poor dear, but it’s probably for the best.


Last 3 books I finished

  • His Road Home, Anna Richland – 2/14/16
  • My Dearest Enemy, Connie Brockway – 2/5/2016
  • A Gentleman’s Game, Theresa Romain – 1/30/2016

Reviews coming soon!

(Goal for 2016: Stop starting so many books at once….)

Taking the Lead by Cecilia Tan

5 stars for consensual kinky funtimes!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Ricki was a smart young woman who sometimes couldn’t get out of her own way (gee, I don’t know *anyone* like that) and Axel was completely sweet in his infatuation with Ricki – no alpha-hole to be found here, thank goodness.

I also loved that there were lots of well-developed secondary relationships happening, rather than the primary romance developing in a vacuum or spotlight.
The Hollywood setting was fun – who doesn’t love a little celebrity fantasy? – and the sex was sizzling.

I’m happy to know there are more books in this series coming – I look forward to reading more about the characters and their world!

– disclosure – I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Trade Me by Courtney Milan

I rarely read contemporary romances and I never ever read “new adult” (WTF is that, anyway?). But all that aside, I will be reading this series eagerly if the next two are even half as good as this book.

Things I liked:
– Blake was not perfect
– the Bay Area setting was well drawn
– Tina’s family did not end up being total caricatures as Asian families sometimes do

Things I LOVED:
– the prickly love that develops between Blake and Tina
– Maria, Maria, Maria (googly heart eyes for Maria)
– Blake’s problem, which my college bf had too; it was realistically and sensitively portrayed
– the plain speaking about the working poor, of which I’ve been a member

Could be improved:
– the end required a little suspension (okay, a lot) of disbelief. But hey, that’s why we read romance.