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Lady by Chance (Historical Regency Romance) (House of Haverstock Book 1) by [Bolen, Cheryl]
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  • File Size: 1254 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Appleton (May 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052HKTSE
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By Barbara Schamberger on November 26, 2011
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While the mutual misunderstanding has been done to death as a premise for a novel, you've never read anything quite like this one, and if you have, please let me know because I'd like to read that one too! This was a fun read, entertaining and possessed of all the romantic elements one likes to see in a story. Admirable motives, revenge, intrigue, stupidity, courage. Good stuff! Enjoy.
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I thought that this book could have been so much better than it was. The two main characters liked each other far too much for people who were supposed to hate one another. they fell in love so fast that it was unbelievable and the hero thought the heroine was doing things she wasn't ALL THE TIME. He frequently suspected her of sneaking around with other men when it was obvious to everyone else that she wasn't. That got on my nerves after a while. The hero was really jealous all the time and the heroine fell for him anyway--even though she claimed to hate him at first.

Overall, I think if the hero wasn't so jealous of everything and they had fallen in love a little more reasonably, I would have given it a fourth star.
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Why is it so hard for American authors to get the language right? The term 'mon cheri' translates as 'my (male) friend'. But; when the female character is talking about, or to a female friend, it is 'ma cherie' ! Not for Cheryl! The rule of a king is his 'reign', the control of a horse is by a 'rein'! To 'post a ban' is to forbid something, but to announce an upcoming wedding, one 'posts the banns'! It is this sort of error that drives me crazy whenever I try to read anything by Cheryl. Phonetic homonyms are frustrating, but they mean entirely different things. And this penchant for using foreign language phrases is wonderful, but only if the author gets it right! Still, if your brain is willing to forgive, or too indiscriminate to know the difference, go right ahead and throw your money at her. The story isn't too bad, just badly written.
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Truly, a fun book to read, I read through the night, finally had to put it down and finished it the next day.
There are a LOT of characters and they flit in and out of the story; more cameo's than anything and yet they are introduced as important characters, only to disappear.
The story line is plausible, but the paragraph development is disjointed. A few paragraphs on one subject, then suddenly jumping to another which leaves the reader a little confused. More than once I had to go back and reread something because it wasn't clear.
The end of the story though is really weird, and here is where I will cite something directly from the book, so if you don't want to know STOP HERE!!
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Near the end of the book, the rescue scene, the hero climbs up to the balcony, only to be followed by his brother and Sister!! How is the sister, in a long gown going to climb anything much less up a building to a balcony. From there the other good guy "leapt" from the other balcony...Seriously!!

The close of the book, everyone loved everyone and all was good...and all unexplained. Just a little to contrived.

I think that this author has a good idea and a good start, but this book could have been so much more had she taken the time to flesh out the characters and story line. Sometimes less is more, but this time less is just less.
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I enjoy romance books where the main characters seem like they would be a terrible match at first, but end up unable to resist each other. I feel like this book had that. The sex scenes were well written, and the French spy plotline was different and enjoyable. This was my first Cheryl Bolen book and I will definitely be reading more!
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The book was OK, the plot seemed to continually throw in new twists at an attempt to keep the book exciting, but it didn't work. In one breath our heroine was plotting her husbands demise/ruin, spying on him then in the next instant she was in love with him. That would have been OK, but she fluctuated every other page and it became tedious. I think the author was going for the effect of making her position plausible as she was torn for love of her country and falling in love with a "traitor" but it never added up. As one reader said, perhaps if there had been more character development ...
The hero, was insipid @ best. He had his moments, but for the most part I didn't care if they were together or not. I enjoyed his best friend and and the sisters. I gave it three stars, because I did complete it, and overall I found it an OK way to pass the time.
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The plot contains very good premise based in revenge that is largely unrealized because the author was unwilling to commit to it in favor of romance and sex. What could have been a novel with more tension between the main characters leading ultimately to an explosive and in my mind, more satisfying union between Charles and Anna, was from the beginning a tale of a woman whose commitments are weak and a man whose actions alternate between seduction and cruel disregard. I got whiplash from Charles' frequent changes of heart regarding Anna and felt little more than confusion at Anna's difficulty in remembering her reasons for hating Charles' family,the Haverstocks.

Bottom line: What could have been a strong story of revenge leading to love was nothing more than a weak tale punctuated by fairly typical sex scenes between two people whose emotional connection is, at best, illogical and tenuous.
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