- File Size: 2712 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Orson Whitney Press (November 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GPYF1ZY
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Baron and The Bluestocking (Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Basically, she comes across as wishy-washy, high maintenance and demanding. The rest of the story was not good enough to make up for my strong dislike of her.
But I've read worse.
Criticisms: I love a female protagonist who has strong views and can skewer her "adversaries" with sparkling, acerbic, intelligent humor. Helene often comes off as plodding and dull with dialogue that puckers with vinegar rather than bubble with humor. The male protagonist, Christian, Baron Shrewsbury, is a little better, especially as he reminds Helene that she'll catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar. While I understood each of their perspectives, I had a difficult time establishing an emotional connection with either of the main characters.
Bottom line: "The Baron..." provides a brief glimpse into early views of female equality in a clearly defined and rigid English class system, but it does so without humor thus leaving this reader largely uninterested.
The bad: There are numerous typographical errors that a good editing could have fixed. That kind of thing always makes for tiresome reading. In addition, Mary Wollstonecraft's name is misspelled. This might not have been such a problem if her name had only appeared once or twice (and one could believe that it was just a simple typo), but the woman's name is sprinkled throughout the novel liberally because Helene is constantly being compared to her or admiring her. To write a "historical" novel and misspell the name of a prominent historical figure makes one question the writer's research, if there was any. While the character's motivations are realistic, some of their situations are not. It's difficult to believe that Christian would be shocked that everyone assumed he was courting Virginia--during this period, a man's marked attentions to a woman usually meant courtship. Helene's outspokenness is refreshing but also would have been unladylike for her time. The plot plods along at times.
I was able to download this novel for free. The fact that it's a clean romance is attractive. However, if it's indicative of the author's other novels, I would be reluctant to actually pay for any of them at this point. There are many other clean Regency romances available by more proficient writers. I hope this author will return to this novel in particular for a tune-up. There is potential.