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Mischief by Moonlight (Regency Mischief) Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 2014
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"Greenwood's playful addition to her Regency Mischief series will bring a smile to readers who love a quick romp touched with a bit of magic and mayhem." - RT Book Reviews
"With a gypsy love potion on hand and an enchanted earl with secret desires, Greenwood's third installment in the Regency Mischief series, Mischief by Moonlight, promises readers triple the trouble for a pair already prone to mischief..." - BTS eMag
"With engaging characters, an interesting as well as intriguing storyline, Ms. Greenwood has created a story that is fun, light-hearted, but passionate, filled with mischief, honor, and the power of true love." - My Book Addiction Reviews
"Emily Greenwood with her usual wit, creates an entertaining, delightful story." - Eileen Dandashi
"Mischief by Moonlight is a delightful read; it gives new life to a storyline as old as time...A beautiful, and sexy, novel." - Maggie Hite, Librarian
"MISCHIEF BY MOONLIGHT is a witty historical romance... a tale of moonlight, mischief and magic in a Regency setting" - Romance Junkies
About the Author
Emily Greenwood worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures, but she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance is the chocolate-and in some exquisite cases, the wine-of literature. A Golden Heart finalist, she lives with her husband and their two daughters in Kensington, Maryland.
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Third in the series, each story stands alone.
A Little Night Mischief
Gentlemen Prefer Mischief
Mischief by Moonlight
About the Story: Colin Pearce, Earl of Ivorwood, loved his history books and spent hours in research for writing. He was also best friend to Nicholas Hargrave financed to Colin’s lovely, charming and slightly impulsive neighbor, Josephine Cardworthy. Nicholas after knowing Josie for six weeks left to war leaving his fiancée in the care of his best friend. During the year Nicholas was away Colin had taken his responsibility seriously. He also found he enjoyed Josie’s companionship thus he found his way on the path between their homes more often than not. Even though he wished that Josie might look at him differently, he knew that he and she could not be anything but friends. But then it became near impossible to keep his hands off her. He was unable to control his feelings after that one night having tea with the family at Josie’s home. Colin was all about honor and control since he saw how out of control his parents were and how unhappy they were. No, his relationship had to be in control—just affection and friendship would be ample. That would make a marriage of comfort.
Josie was concerned about her sister, six years her elder. She wanted to make sure that Josie could find a good match for herself before Nicholas came back and they married. She decided that Colin might help her sister with that endeavor by having his aunt sponsor a season in London. She had even encouraged Edwina to consider Colin as a suitor, but Edwina flatly refused. In fact, Edwina had ingrained in her by her late father the only thing she had going for her was beauty. It’s true, Edwina had a sharp tongue with a nasty tone which kept most people from liking her. In her defense she pushed people away from her before they could push her away. All that was to change when she went to London.
Once Edwina and Josie got to London neither was ready for the changes that seemed to come over both of them. Colin continued to struggle to keep Josie at a distance. She enjoyed Colin’s friendship which made it difficult for her to understand why he was warm and personable with her one moment and cold the next. Colin was good at covering up how he felt so Josie didn’t understand why the different messages. Attending Josie and Edwina became increasingly difficult. He was undone the moment that Josie put it into her head to kiss him without thinking anything other than she wanted to.
My Thoughts: Sisters Josie and Edwina have the same problem although both sisters are very different in demeanor. They both think they know what’s best for them in marriage and yet do all to avoid what their heart is telling them.
This story was hilariously funny in points because of the way the characters reacted to situations and to each other. As Colin and Josie’s relationship changes after the death of Nicholas, both begin avoiding each other, but not at the same time. As one of them is interested in pursuing the relationship, the other isn’t. Then when the one who wasn’t interested becomes so, the first changes their mind. This type of situation goes back and forth as they get more and more frustrated with each other, and that much more involved.
Edwina comes to learn who she is and what she wants and doesn’t want while in London. She no longer believes what her father always told her so we experience the real Edwina.
Both women learn to lean on each other and use each other as confidant as the plot unfolds. They work together to help their mother kick an addiction no one knew she had.
The story unfolded well-paced with adventure and sorrow along the way. Emily Greenwood with her usual wit, creates a entertaining, delightful story. Whereas the plot was seemingly simple, it became more complex and the reader finds layers of stories within the story. Both Edwina and Josie have their stories. Their mother has her own. Even though the tone of the story is light hearted, there are some serious emotions that are present and faced.
I enjoyed Emily Greenwood’s third book as I did the first. As far as history, there was little, but you felt that the story was taking place during the Regency period. If you enjoy Regency Romance with men trying to remain honorable and women who explore who they are and what they want in life, albeit rashly at times, this book is for you.
Emily Greenwood is a new to me author and I’m glad I tried one of her books. The writing flowed well and kept me totally in the story. I needed to know what would happen next. I read this book quickly, but that’s because I couldn’t put it down.
There are a lot of plot twists in this book. Keeping them straight can be a tad hard, but it’s worth the effort. I liked trying to figure out who would end up together and who was better off as friends.
Let me tell you about the characters. Colin, although he’s got his suave and debonair moments, is a bit of a geek. That’s a good thing! I like my heroes a little different. I immediately liked him. I understood his choices, and though I wasn’t keen on all of them, they made him who he was. He was a fine character to read about.
Then there’s Josie. I have mixed feelings about her. As much as I liked her…I didn’t. She’s torn. Her fiance went off to war and according to intel, he’s not coming back. She doesn’t want to stop loving her fiance, but there’s Colin. He’s so handsome and he’s…there! I appreciated her trying to work a love connection for her sister, but there were times I couldn’t root for her. I guess I wanted to conk her on the head and say get real. But that’s a good thing because I was emotionally invested in the story.
If you want a book that’s got fun moments, sweet moments and characters you won’t forget, then this might be the book for you.
originally posted at long and short reviews
This was a surprisingly enjoyable book, and has definitely made me want to read more from this author. The book did start out slow–although that was in due to my digital ARC having a weird format that did eventually correct itself about a third of the way through the book.
What kept me reading this book is that it wasn’t what I expected. Colin is not your usual Regency hero–he’s handsome, but not a rake, he’s been in love with Josie for over a year, and is conflicted about his feelings for her–she’s engaged to his best friend Nicholas, who’s been off at war in Spain for the same amount of time. Josie has been sheltered with her family–her older sister, younger brothers, and their mother, who has literally done nothing but drink herself (via a special elixir) into a stupor over the death of her husband–whom is seemed that none of them were fond of in the first place. Josie thinks of Colin as a very good friend, and for a time even considers matchmaking him with her older sister Edwina. Josie’s family is a bit of an outcast, for no other reason than it seems her parents just didn’t like socializing with anyone, and so kept themselves and their children confined to the estate they lived on.
I really enjoyed the side romance between Edwina and Jack Whitby–he’s a carpenter who Edwina meets. I was intrigued by Edwina, and wish she and Jack would have gotten their own book although they do get their own HEA.
This was a lighthearted read, and there are some humorous moments throughout the book that kept me smiling. There is just one sex scene, and very lightly and tastefully done, although there are plenty of steamy moments throughout the book. I am adding Emily Greenwood to my new favorite authors list and am looking forward to reading more from her.