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The Convenient Marriage (Georgette Heyer)

2 out of 5 stars

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Though this has the trademark Heyer wit as well as the thoroughly well-crafted setting and side characters that you would expect, it’s just not very… romantic. Horry, the heroine, comes across as gullible and annoying, and though Rule is interesting in a typically controlling-stereotype way, it’s almost upsetting to see him fall for her. It’s unfortunate because it’s an interesting twist on the standard romance — they marry for convenience fairly early, he even keeps his mistress, but they fall for one another gradually… except the romance of it all just isn’t believable, and is, by far, the weakest part of this book!

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Nonesuch (Georgette Heyer)

4.5 out of 5 stars

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This is probably one of my favorite Heyer works… it’s got the sensible, older female lead who isn’t looking for romance and roses, as well as a wordly-wise hero (one of those men whom all the women are after). There’s plenty of banter, an amusing cast of side characters, and a very believable journey between two consenting adults who just… get each other. They just seem to have an understanding, a comfort level, with each other. It’s highly enjoyable, and though the ending “conflict” was a little more contrived than usual, it’s a wonderfully entertaining read overall (probably my third or fourth favorite Heyer novel).

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Frederica (Georgette Heyer)

5 out of 5 stars

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This is one of my favorite romances to read and reread. You’ve got the beautiful younger sister who’s not the main character, a pair of younger brothers who get into all sort of hijinks, a mongrel of a dog, and Frederica, the managing older sister who oversees everything and everyone. She is slightly more than passably pretty, and definitely not the type of person you’d expect the Marquis of Alverstoke to fall for… but it all just works. This has an amazing, memorable cast of side characters, some of the funniest scenes and pairings I can think of, and probably is the seed of at least half of the tropes out there in the historical romance genre today. See where it all began!
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Arabella (Georgette Heyer)

5 out of 5 stars

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Unforgettable characters, witty dialogue, and a series of lightly entertaining adventures and misadventures make this a wonderfully engaging read. It’s one of my favorites by Heyer and one of my favorites in historical romance genre. If you’ve never read Heyer, this is the place to start. If you’ve never read historical romance (and don’t mind the lack of sex, which some people require, as well as a slightly slower pacing, which I don’t mind) this is the place to start.
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