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Poetic Justice, a Traditional Regency Romance (Regency Escapades) [Kindle Edition]

Alicia Rasley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Praise for Poetic Justice:
Honestly, this ranks as one of the best regency romances I have ever read. I read it a few years ago and when I found a copy of it, I bought it and hung on to it.
Amazon Customer

I highly recommend it. There was no thought of going to bed before I finished it.
Heroes and Heartbreakers site: Momwritesjelly.

Loved it, have read it more than once.
Goodreads: Frances Fuller

Poetic Justice
won the Romantic Times Certificate of Excellence!

A play manuscript written in Shakespeare's own hand! Between rogue rare-books dealer John Dryden and his prize is an obsessed librarian who wants to destroy it... and the heiress who can lead him to it, but only if he's willing to risk his life, his freedom, and his loner's heart.

More Praise:

POETIC JUSTICE is a delightful, emotionally-satisfying story with the main focus being on the characters and their journeys towards love and trust.
Gracie Stanners

Well plotted, strong characters and real conflict combines for an entertaining read. I couldn't put it down.
Louise Behiel

Poetic Justice
(is) extremely enjoyable with a perfect blend of adventure, humor and romance.
Nonesuch Reviews

Rasley's Regencies have been compared to those of Carla Kelly and Loretta Chase-- elegantly written and with lively plots and characters.

**If you were looking for the Michael and Tatiana "prequel" to Poetic Justice, simply search under Royal Renegade.

**If you were looking for the story of Captain Lord Tressilian, check out The Reluctant Lady.

If you'd like to read about a girl who learns to be careful what she wishes for (but does get the hunky guy in the end), search for Charity Begins at Home. THIS IS A RITA-AWARD NOMINEE!
**If you like naval heroes, you might like my short sweet Valentine's novella, The Wilder Heart.

**If you were looking for Alicia's Kindle #1 bestselling women's fiction novel, simply search under The Year She Fell.

**If you were hoping for something shorter or spicier, check out my pennamed (Cesca Ross) erotic short story The Gift by Cesca Ross. But be warned, it's more graphic than the usual Regency story!

**If you were looking for my husband's books about Nepal, search for Light in the Mountains by Jeff Rasley. (Yes, two writers in the same family. Moodiness galore!)

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Product Details

  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Midsummer Books (December 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reflection of her own amusement January 21, 2012
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In many ways, this was a charming book. Well-researched and intelligent, the book concerns itself with characters who are outside the Regency romance norm. The hero and heroine, John and Jessica, share an interest in antique and rare books. Jessica's parents were collectors and she stands to inherit an important collection, and John is in the business of acquiring rare manuscripts. Jessica and John are both intelligent and educated, they reflect the attitudes of their time (rather than seeming like modern characters plunked down in a costume drama), and their characters are well-drawn and believable. I especially appreciated that here is a Regency romance with barely a duke or earl in sight. A very refreshing change from most Regency romances today that are knee-deep in nobility. My only quibble with the book is that despite its intelligence and charm, it is rather anemic in the romance department. I thought it needed something more--not sex, necessarily, just passion--to make me care about Jessica and John's romance more. Maybe it was that Jessica and John seemed to reserve their passion for the books they were trying to protect, but for whatever reason, I felt the romance was lacking, which made the last quarter of the book a bit of a letdown. Overall, though, I enjoyed the story, and it is a pleasure to read prose as beautifully written as this.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and worth your time! January 8, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I found it to be a refreshing breeze in the regency genre; the focus was on the story and the characters not the dress or the dancing or the proprieties of society (or lack thereof) though these elements were present. The main characters were charming and not at all over-the-top in the obnoxious/annoying department as sometimes happens in these types of stories. Definitely worth your time! Also loved that it was clean.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Regency Romance January 16, 2012
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Poetic Justice is a romance set in the Regency period. It brings together a hero and heroine who have strong agendas, an interesting question about the 'real' author of Shakespeare's works and a surprise twist that keeps the reader guessing. It is a sweet romance, which is a very nice change from all the 5 alarm fires that seem to permeate romance today.

well plotted, strong characters and real conflict combines for an entertaining read. I couldn't put it down.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotionally-satisfying read January 10, 2012
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POETIC JUSTICE is a delightful, emotionally-satisfying story with the main focus being on the characters and their journeys towards love and trust. My congratulations to Ms Rasley. Jessica was independent without being unreal. John was alpha without being controlling. Both of them deserved the relationship they built.As one of the other reviewers has said, it was refreshing to have a story set in this period where the emphasis was not on the ballroom and the myriad social engagements.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High class Regency romance January 24, 2012
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I am simply blown away by what an excellent book this is. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Regencies with a bit of mystery and adventure. The author's knowledge of sailing, navigation, collecting antiquities, and Shakespeare is most impressive. There's no sex (the wedding night could have been hotter), but the love story is compelling.

What I liked: the heroine is smart and sassy but doesn't get into silly scrapes. The hero is dark and has a past but he's not brooding or haunted. Jessica and John become allies due to their love of old books and to thwart an attempt to prove that Bacon wrote the Shakespeare plays. There are engaging secondary characters and plot lines. The Prince Regent is a minor character, and I enjoyed seeing him depicted with approval of his efforts to protect England's literary heritage; most Regencies either leave him out or focus on his silly extravagance.

What I didn't like: SPOILER:The uncle changed his mind and approved their marriage awfully quickly and without sufficient explanation.It was never clear to me who would inherit the Parham collection if Jessica did not; perhaps I missed something there. Minor complaints: I don't think that Jessica and John would have called one another by their first names in front of her aunt and uncle. What happened to poor Damien? Was he Shanghaied?

This is a rewritten Kindle version of the print version published in the 1990s. It was free to Amazon Prime customers and is available in the Amazon lending library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful and Unusual Regency February 2, 2012
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As much as I love Regency romances, I will be the first to admit that the current field of Regencies makes for poor pickings -- cardboard cut-out "rakes" and feisty virgins in the same settings, over and over. If you're tired of reading the same old Regency tropes, then you will adore "Poetic Justice."

Since the book has already been summarized in other reviews, I'll just add what I loved about this book:
- the antiquarian book collector angle is much more exciting than it sounds,
- the conflict is believable and unusual,
- John Dryden is TO DIE FOR, and Jessica is a great heroine,
- the pacing is wonderful. It's no wonder Alicia Rasley's also written several books about writing.

In short, I loved this book SO MUCH that I was ashamed that I got it for free - I WANTED to pay Ms. Rasley for her work!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read January 23, 2012
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Very enjoyable, fun Regency romance with great characters. I've always enjoyed Alicia Rasley's Regency novels and am glad they're being re-released.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid!
Certainly not the usual Regency romance, but even better! Strong, believable characters and a rousing plot. The end came all too soon.
Published 9 months ago by Carolyn Earle Billingsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing
This book kept me up reading late and night and every chance that I had to read. I liked the lead characters as they were believable and down to earth. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Z. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
I enjoyed this book because of its clean romance and good chemistry between the characters, without overt sexual undertones. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
this is the kind of book you stay up til 3am in the morning reading because you cant seem to put it down. amazing how a story about ancient books can be so adictive. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars Current, yet historically accurate
This book is one of those rare finds that manages to appear current while staying true to Regency mores. Very impressed and will certainly be reading more of this author. Read more
Published 17 months ago by TheDrunch
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
this book kept me interested from start to finish. i lovef the antiquarian aspect of the novel, something abit diffetent and more interesting than a typical regency romance. Read more
Published 21 months ago by lisa martha
5.0 out of 5 stars A romance for the intelligent reader
This is a charming, literate romance for readers of above-average intelligence. It has excellent plotting, characterization and accuracy of detail. Read more
Published 21 months ago by molliemole
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, I'm the odd man out-not so great
I started this book twice before I finally decided, based on reviews, to keep reading. I was bored stiff for the first 15% of the book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Loree
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this book
This book is an enjoyable read. It held my attention. The book was easy to put down and pick up again. I read Royal Renegade before Poetic Justice. I enjoyed reading both of them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging regency era book
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters - sharp, intelligent, in love. But I read it right after reading A Royal Renegade and A Reluctant Lady. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carrie B. Morrell
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Alicia Rasley is a Rita-award winning author and nationally known teacher of writing workshops. She teaches composition and tutors students in two state universities. She grew up in the mountains of Southwest Virginia but now lives in the midwestern flat land. Her book The Year She Fell has twice been a Kindle fiction bestseller.

Her blog is at:, and her website is Her writing book, The Power of Point of View, is still available from Writer's Digest Books. You can read her Regency romance novels at
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