Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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This book and I have a very serendipitous relationship. First of all, it was chosen for The Smart Bitches, Trashy Books bookclub pick for June, but I wasn't sure if I would pick it up. I hadn't read the others in the series, and I am a big stickler for two things: spoilers and reading/watching order. But then, Eloisa James and Tessa Dare were to make a stop in my hometown and I just had to go. I did and ended up buying Any Duchess WIll Do based on the premise and how much Eloisa was selling it up!
Even without reading the other books in the series, it didn't matter at all to the story (I love that). This book was hilariously, bark laughter funny. It reminded me of the earlier Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn, which says a lot about it's lightness content and how much I am bound to love it.
The poignant parts are poignant, the funny parts are funny, and the sexytimes are hot. What more can you ask for?
The reason it is not five stars is that it take a hell of a lot for me to five star a book, like life changing sort of movement. But since it's been a few months since I wrote this initial review and I am still thinking back on it fondly, I'll bump it up a half-star (since I can do that now ;) ).
I would highly recommend this to the lovers of the historical romance genre. It is worth your time even if you have not read the first three, and even if you wanted to go back and read them, it wont ruin them for you either by recapping all the events. I really hate it when they do that...