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#BookReview – Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince (The Marriage Game#8) by Ella Quinn

The blurb reads,

Ella Quinn’s wealthy, titled bachelors think they’re immune to romantic notions. Yet no matter how they try to evade it, love somehow finds a way…

In the two seasons since her triumphant debut, Meg Featherton’s heart has been tested to its limits. Her first suitor: a criminal. The second, a cad. For her third act, Meg vows to leave love completely out of the marriage equation. She has set her sights on a newly made viscount whom she could take or leave. However, now she must avoid his handsome, roguish, irresistible best friend like the plague. It’s no easy feat, as they are all attending the same house party…

Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth, cannot imagine why Miss Featherton seems so damn disinterested—or why he cares so terribly much. Certainly Meg is a fine wifely prospect for a man in his position, but more than that, he finds he longs for her as he has never done for another woman. She may be determined to protect her heart, but Damon is equally set on winning her over, one delicious kiss at a time…

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So I got this one from NetGalley because of a tour I signed up for, I think, with Pump Up Your Book. I don’t remember getting mails about the tour, or perhaps it was a review only tour.

But I got to this book in November 2015 and then restarted reading it in 2016.

I love regency romances. There is some charm about Britain and even though India is independent, you can’t help but revere them in some small, slight way. I’m in awe of their towns and cities and of course, any story concerning the Tudor times or the like. I don’t have even a fraction of awe or knowledge about my own country’s history which is sad.

But anyway, all that left aside. This was a fun loving tale. A tale where Damon has to woo his lady love before she finds love with someone else. The thing that struck me first was the male protagonist’s name. Damon! How very un-Brit like. But that just made the story more interesting.

Like a true blue regency book, this love story went through trials and tribulations followed by the ultimate fruit of falling in love. The grandmothers here, who set their children up were absolutely great! I loved reading about them.

I mean, when you look at the social restrictions at that time, it does not seem too different from the Indian society. Britain had dowry too, and openly so. It’s a little hypocritical they bash India for it.

Inspite of all that, I feel my love for Regency romances simply lies with that era or with how unconcerned and fun loving the ladies are. Rather than conforming to the crowd, these ladies stand out and have spirit and character. That’s what sets them apart and makes these books a lot of fun to read.

And this book was nothing different. The matchmaking aspect of it made it different. I loved reading the book and my love for Regency novels stays.

Meg is a spunky character and I absolutely love how she and Damon fall in love. It just melts my heart.

My rating: 4/5

Sigh!! The redeeming feeling of falling in love!! Bring on more Regency romances!!

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#Brilliantly Funny: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

The blurb reads,

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?”

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So I requested this one on NetGalley at some point of time without even realising it. And then finally, one evening in Goa, when I was on holiday, I clicked this one on my Kindle and started reading it.

The blurb was immediately catchy and I dove straight into the story. AND I LOVED IT!~

I love stories from the Regency period and this re-telling of Cinderella was so very well written. I absolutely loved Kat and I was rooting for her every step of the way.

Of course, Murphy interfered here and what had to go wrong did go wrong everywhere in the book. But Kat’s personality shone through every dealing she had with the Prince or with her mother.

Reading through this book did make me feel so grateful that we lived in the times we did. Living in those ages with whatever Kat had to go through was definitely not easy.

It did make me wonder and think, that with all the media attention calling India a sexist country, it wasn’t really any much different in UK where this story is based. They were equally sexist and treated women as dirt probably a lot more than in our own society. Talk about not hearing anything bad about your ex-rulers. (Britain did rule India for over 2 centuries)

I sooo loved Prince Edward. And all that sparring that Kat and Edward had. I just wished the book would continue and that their fairytale would continue. I loved reading how hard Kat tried to fight her rising chemistry with Edward.

This book made me realise how wonderful the Romance genre can be. Light and meant to give you a break from the vagaries of life, it is books like these which make me want to stick to this genre and this blog and write more about Romances!

It has made me realise my love for Regency Romances and now I’m busy hunting for more of those online.

If you’re an author who has written a Regency romance, please contact me so I can review your book!

 

My Rating: 5/5 stars