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Where's My Hero? (Brotherhood/MacAllister series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.
<p#1 New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon also writes as Kinley MacGregor. Since her first book debuted in 1993 while she was still in college, she has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats and genres, including manga and graphic novels, and has more than 70 million books in print worldwide. Her current series include: Dark-Hunters®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman’s Cross™, Black Hat Society™, Nevermore™, Silent Swans™, Lords of Avalon® and The League®. Over the years, her Lords of Avalon® novels have been adapted by Marvel, and her Dark-Hunters® and Chronicles of Nick® are New York Times bestselling manga and comics, and are #1 bestselling adult coloring books.
With tens of millions of copies in print, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn has been called “Smart, funny,” by TIME Magazine. Her novels have been translated into 33 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Look for Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.
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- Publication Date : October 13, 2009
- File Size : 492 KB
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B000FC14IU
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- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0060505249
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- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #102,250 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first book was by Lisa Kleypas(i like a lot of her books usually) the story opened when the hero was at an engagement party of ones of his friends and he was sad because he was marrying the heroine who the hero kind of liked.
2nd books by MacGregor(never read her books before, and wont be now) wasnt terrible but the hero fell in love with the heroine via letters. The heroine fell in love right back but she was under the assumption that the hero was someone else. Once they finally meet and all is revealed she knows who she loves but is still engaged to the person who was supposed to write the letters in the first place.
3rd book by Julia Quinn(ive read and loved most of her books) takes place 3 days before Ned's wedding and he meets the heroine (this book is the only reason this book got a 2 star and not a 1 from me) he falls in love with the heroine but knows he still must marry her sister. Luckily for him, the sister is planning to run away so he gets to marry the heroine.
Each of the novellas has characters who are engaged to the wrong person when the right one comes along.
AGAINST THE ODDS by Lisa Kleypas -- This novella is part of the Gamblers series as the heroine is the daughter of Derek and Sara from DREAMING OF YOU. Miss Lydia Craven is engaged to be married to Lord Wray. On the night of her engagement announcement, she is kissed by Dr. Jake Linley, her nemesis with whom she had bickered and fought for four years. Lydia believes her fiance is perfect for her because they have similar intellectual pursuits even if there isn't any passion. Almost on the eve of her marriage, Lydia and Jake end up locked in a cellar together and she finds out that passion might be the most important thing after all. This is a cute little story which is obvious and doesn't have much twist to it. The best part is seeing Derek and Sara again. For that I would read this story again and again. The romance of Lydia and Jake is okay, but Sara and Derek are amazing even in cameo. Rating: 4 stars.
MIDSUMMER'S KNIGHT by Kinley MacGregor -- Simon of Ravenswood, aka "The Wraith" is a landless knight who is part of the Brotherhood. He is in love with Kenna, the cousin of the King of Scotland. He has been writing to her BUT she thinks that it is Simon's friend, an Earl, who has been writing to her. Now she believes herself engaged to the Earl, but he doesn't know anything about it. This novella is part of the Brotherhood/MacAllister series. I haven't read the other books in this series, but I really enjoyed this story. I thought the dilemma the characters found themselves in was intriguing and I was very interested in how things would work out. Now I want to read more of the series. Rating: 4 stars.
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS by Julia Quinn -- This novella is an add on to the Splendid/Blydon Trilogy. Edward "Ned" Blydon, Viscount Burwick, is engaged to Lydia Thornton. Having given up on finding love, Ned has become engaged to Lydia for comfort and a piece of property adjoining his estate. A week before the wedding, he begins to know her sister Charlotte and realizes that perhaps he gave up on love too soon. This was a nice coda to the Blydon series which resolves Ned's story. The story is light and funny and heartfelt. Quickly readers are clued in to the solution to Ned's dilemma, but he doesn't know. I enjoyed this one as a conclusion to the trilogy. Rating: 4 stars.
But, here's the thing: at her best, Lisa Kleypas' work engages and affects me like no other writer in this genre, and very, very few writers not in this genre. There's something so emotionally rich and powerfully evocative about her writing, as if she's mastered the art of appealing to all five of our senses, our heads AND our hearts to a degree that few other writers could ever emulate. She can irk me greatly, but she can also captivate my head, heart and story-worshiping soul. Nearly all of her work ends up either frustrating me to the point where I can barely even finish it OR getting moved to the surprisingly selective 'favorite romances ever' file on my Kindle!
I'm thrilled to say that her novella in this collection falls into that latter category. I've read that some feel it was too short, but honestly, I thought Kleypas did a marvelous job of defining the characters and their conflicts quickly and vividly and without just dumping piles of clunky exposition on the reader. I know that different characters and couples resonate very differently with different readers (and the disparity in opinions is what makes this site so much fun), but Lydia was the type of heroine I happen to love most. She emerged immediately as an all-time favorite, in fact! I'm a total sucker for an unabashedly smart, independent, intellectual, endearingly 'different' but not TOO bizarre heroine who's kind and passionate beneath a carefully controlled veneer and a relatable mix of intellectual arrogance and slight social insecurity. Jake, meanwhile, while a bit of a rake who has of course been with a zillion women (it's sad how few HR heroes DON'T meet that criteria!), was extremely likable and compelling to me: a doctor who's intelligent and dedicated but not at all materially ambitious (in fact, he insists on not living off the Cravens' money). He's charming and witty but not at all shallow, he's got a thankful amount of vulnerability beneath his arrogance, and he's a semi-smartass but not at all mean-spirited, scarily manipulative or 'ruthless' like too many of Kleypas' other heroes. And he is, of course, very emotional, passionate and sexy in all the right ways---at least to this reader. :) In an admittedly short period of time, I actually felt Jake and Lydia's connection---a physical one, certainly, but an emotional one as well, and the latter is always far more important to me. I love when they both talk openly about what they think their deepest flaws were---it was more real closeness and candor than we see from some couples who spend 400 loooong pages together! The fact that they knew each other prior to the start of the novella was a wise move on Kleypas' part and may have made their connection a little richer and more believable to me. The plot isn't exactly revolutionary---Lydia's about to make a respectable, compatible but loveless marriage, and, well, you can guess without my having to use spoiler tags that Lydia and Nice Enough But Not Her Soulmate guy never quite make it to the altar. :) However, I loved that there was a more tight, relatable central conflict and not much room for contrived melodrama or pointless tangents. There are a couple of minor but interesting surprises along the way, and many of Kleypas readers will find the time we get to spend with Lydia's parents, Sara and Derek (from Dreaming of You, one of her most popular novels) is the delectable icing atop this cake. Readers who are rarely satisfied by novellas and short(er) fiction probably won't love this anywhere near as ardently as I did, but if you're someone who enjoys a good novella and Kleypas' writing in general, I highly, highly recommend this one. Not all fellow reviewers loved it, of course, but somehow it just worked for me on every level, and I'll be rereading it...frequently :) 5/5
While most of what Lisa Kleypas writes seems to fall into one extreme or the other for me---a work that annoys or even offends me vs. a novella or book that immediately becomes one of my very favorite romances----Julia Quinn is more consistent for me. Even at her best she doesn't captivate and enthrall me to the extent that Kleypas does, but I find most of her stuff reliably enjoyable. Her novella here has some of the great lines, witty insights that readers expect from most of Quinn's work, but this wasn't a favorite of mine. One of the things I generally love most about Quinn is that a majority of her heroes are actually---gasp----decent, goodhearted, eminently likable men. Even when her actual plots are lacking---which, er, they usually are----I usually love most of her characters and fluffy wit too much to care. In this novella, though, I just couldn't muster up affection for Ned. He seemed sort of inconsistently defined and all over the place for me. Charlotte, the heroine, rather clunkily informs the reader that about a million stellar adjectives apply to him: he's dashing and witty and smart and sensible and sexy and a wonderful conversationalist etc etc etc., but we don't really SEE most of that for ourselves. Worse yet, we wonder when and how Charlotte formed those conclusions, since their first real conversation takes place towards the beginning of the story, and it isn't an especially remarkable one. They have a couple of other conversations that barely registered with this reader, and all of a sudden we're supposed to believe that they are VERY close and share a deep trust and connection and totally love each other even though they can't show it quite yet and---Huh?! Did I miss a few chapters?!
I'm a novella lover, which means that I'm eager and ready to believe that my fictional couples can develop genuine love and closeness in far fewer pages. In this case, though, it really wasn't executed effectively for me. Neither the H or h or their connection to each other seemed well-defined. The main things they had in common seemed to be slight self-superiority ('if only everyone were as SENSIBLE as they were!' is one lament, though Ned doesn't strike me as especially sensible) and a dislike for poetry. I never saw them get close, let alone fall in anything I'd call even close to love, and hence wasn't impacted when a betrayal of trust arose (and neither character came off too great in this particular conflict, by the way!)
Despite my not loving the H, h or buying into their connection with each other, this one did have its individual moments of sweetness and humor---Quinn's work nearly always does, even when we're not 'wow'ed overall! I'll probably reread the lines I highlighted at some point because, yeah, I'm that much a geek, but I doubt I'll ever reread the entire novella. 3/5
Even those as bad at math as I am might notice that I've commented on only two novellas despite this anthology containing three. I didn't feel quite right reviewing Kinley Macgregor's since medieval/Middle Age romances are just not my literary cup of tea. The parts I read did seem well-written, though the plot relied on a misunderstanding that I find contrived----our heroine thinking the love letters she's received are from one man when they're really from our hero. If you do like this type of story, you might want to download a sample and check it out!
Overall, I'd give the Kleypas novella an A, the Quinn story a C+/B-, and have to in good faith give McGregor's an 'Incomplete'! If you can find this for a fairly reasonable price, I'd say it's well worth purchasing. The novellas themselves are probably more tightly written that this rambling review ;)
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I have not read the novel where these characters appear before. But I was most certainly drawn to Dr Jack Lindsey and, if I had come across him before, I would most certainly have wanted to know what happened to him! This is a charming novella detailing the attraction between Jack and Lydia Craven – an interestingly different and intelligent heroine - and I enjoyed it. 4 stars.
Midsummer’s Knight By Kinley MacGregor
This is a novella set in the Middle Ages – which is not an era I am particularly drawn to. However, I read on and found myself liking Simon and Kenna and the ‘peep through the keyhole’ into their world. Maybe it would have even more meaning if you had read other books relating to this time and these people, but I did enjoy it without that prior knowledge. 4 stars
A Tale of Two Sisters By Julia Quinn
Ms Quinn has already written books about Ned’s sister, Belle, and his American cousin, Emma. Now we are given an update on what happened to him. A bit of a rake over the past few years, he has now felt that he should settle down. On his father’s advice, he betrothed himself to a pleasant young lady, whose dowry was a piece of land next to his estate. This was purely a marriage of convenience – he didn’t know Lydia Thornton, but felt she would be an unexceptional wife that he would grow to like and respect. He hadn’t seen much of her during their six month long engagement, but now it was only three days to the wedding, and he was having second thoughts – not helped by his sister telling him that he was making a big mistake as he didn’t love her. Enter Lydia’s younger sister, Charlotte, who had tripped on a mole hole and sprained her ankle. Ned (also known as Lord Burwick) happened across her – helped her – and attraction flared. The tale is told in Miss Quinn’s easy style, and with humour always just under the surface. 4 stars.
However, ignoring that, the story is lovely albeit too short.
I bought the book for Jake Linley's story, but the other two stories were also enjoyable. I own several Julia Quinn books, but I have always found the style to be far too modern in tone, however, the characters and interaction are fun.
Despite what other reviewers have said, the Kinley McGregor story is very sweet and truly romantic, and also enjoyable.