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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Today I want to read a romance. So I went to my to be read shelf and look to see what was there. That's where I found this book. I did read the other two in the series quite some time ago, but the characters actually resonated well. As soon as I reencountered Celia her personality popped into my brain as similar to lots of other younger sisters who eventually go on to get their own book in the series. She's outspoken, kind and of course the belle of the Season.
Enter Anthony. He and I connected well within the first pages. His heartbreak was mine, his feelings about being ostracized were mine, his unrequited love mine as well. As far as I am aware none of this exists for me in real life and as these are not the happiest of things I dont really want them to, but for some reason as I read this Anthony really resonated with me.
the romance was a unique one, set at a house party. I really enjoyed watching them fall in love and embrace it. After the love declaration I thought the plot got silly and contrived fast. it was a strange and unrelated climax to the story that I had just a read.
but over all this book was a fun read with a deeper emotional pull the only regencies out there.
Originally posted on GR in Aug 2013