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A Suitable Replacement (Deceived Book 5) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Megan Derr

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After three years abroad on an arduous expedition, Maximilian is happy to be home, where he can pursue his private studies in peace and enjoy not living in a dusty tent. He is also glad he has arrived in time to attend his twin sister's wedding in a few months, and to finally meet her fiancé, Kelcey.

Instead he arrives home to be accosted by his sister's furious fiancé, who wants to know where she has run off to and why. When they confirm the wedding is most definitely canceled, Max has no choice but to fulfill the runaway clause in the marriage contract: he must find Kelcey a new spouse.

And if that was not enough to manage, there is also the matter of the people his sister angered when she vanished...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2668 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 218 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Less Than Three Press, LLC (4. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00MG3JEF6
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Book Review by Josie Goodreads 7. August 2014
Von PrismBookAlliance - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
5.00 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

A Suitable Replacement is a wonderful AU ‘regency style’ romp. A fantasy, but historical in its elegance and setting, I found the story compelling and fascinating. When I picked up the book I did think it was a historical, the cover led me to believe that, but I soon realized it was so much with a universe that included references to magic, witches and goblins.

Maximilian Honeysett is a scientist and scholar, rich but without the responsibilities that comes with a title, that duty falls to his elder sister Mavin, Duchess of Armount. Max returns home from a three year expedition to find his sister missing and her devastatingly handsome fiancée, Kelcey, demanding to know where she is. It soon becomes apparent that Mavin has run off with a foreign noble Lord Ridley, leaving Max to pick up the pieces.

At first all Max wants to do is find Kelcey a new bride, as per the runaway clause in the marriage contract, but Max, equally exasperated and captivated by Kelcey, soon realizes that he would actually like to be that replacement himself. Unfortunately Mavin’s runaway Lord Ridley was engaged to a foreign princess, and the crown, desperate to avoid a scandal, has decided that Max should take his place. Max has no wish to marry a woman he’s never seen, so Kelcey suggests they elope together, if they can stay undetected long enough Max would be ineligible to marry the princess. But as the two men evade the crown it soon becomes clear that Kelcey also has enemies to avoid as well.

I loved this book, it was nothing like I expected but it was absolutely perfect. Max is an honorable and sincere man who’s used to living in his sister’s shadow, after all no one ever looked at him when she was around. They are twins but Mavin is the more sociable one, she’s also the more outrageous. Max was more than happy to fade into the background and lock himself away with just his experiments and his studies. Kelcey is a revelation to Max, coming straight out of the penny novels he secretly enjoys, Max refers to Kelcey as a ‘dashing highwayman’ from the moment they meet and it’s not long before his exasperation turns to longing.

Kelcey is from a disgraced family, his parents killed and his uncle and aunt executed for attempting to assassinate the royal family when he was a child. Kelcey was used to being shunned by society but Mavin befriended Kelcey, taking him under her wing and their engagement stemmed from that friendship. When she elopes his concern is not out of love for her more that he’s just concerned for her safety. Kelcey is quite shy underneath his brash exterior and he keenly realizes he’s no catch, it’s only when Max is ordered by the crown to marry the jilted princess that Kelcey reveals his budding feelings for Max.

I found the story witty and absorbing with multiple plot twists that kept me firmly entertained, and I was fascinated by the universe Megan Derr has created. A Suitable Replacement is book five in the Deceived series, and it can be read as a standalone. I’d only read a short story in the series before so I don’t know if the other books explain more about the universe they are set in but references to the Goblin Wars and magic intrigued me, and I loved how same sex marriage is perfectly acceptable, that’s one hassle the two men don’t have. Their society is just like a regency one with balls and calling cards so the mesh of the two halves is enticing and appealing. I particularly loved Mavin and her relationship with Max, the love between them is plain to see, and the conversations they have are priceless.

Overall I adored A Suitable Replacement and can’t wait to devour the rest of the Deceived series, and explore what other gems Megan Derr has hidden away. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Like Georgette Heyer but with man on man action! 6. August 2014
Von Rosa, really - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If there’s anything Megan Derr does well – well, okay, stop. Megan Derr does a lot well, but what she does especially well is the Mr. Grumpy-Pants hero. You know, the character who’s extremely intelligent, a little rigid with a sharp tongue he’s only too happy to use. He looks like Mr. Confident to others, and it’s not that he’s lacking in self-confidence, but he feels a little overlooked. He may not be willing to admit it to anyone else, but he's lonely and vulnerable. HE'S WAITING FOR MY LOVE. Okay, fine, not my love, but the love of a good man. There are few things I enjoy more than watching Mr. Grumpy-Pants fall ever-so reluctantly in love.

So imagine my joy upon discovering that there are two such characters in A Suitable Replacement. Lord Maximillian Honeysett has returned home from three years abroad. He's a scientist who's not greatly respected by his colleagues. Max is immediately accosted by Kelcey Moore, who's looking for Lady Mavin, his fiancee and Max's capricious twin sister. Kelcey, of course, has a dark past and looks exactly like the highwaymen Max loves to read about.

Their first meeting doesn't go well -- within 2 minutes a book is thrown and a pistol makes an appearance. Of course this means they're guaranteed to fall madly in love. After a lot of sex and chaos, that is.

The best thing about Megan Derr's "historical" novels is that she adds a bit of fantasy to the mix. There are no labels -- no one is gay, straight or even bisexual, they just like who they like. No one has to "come out" or fear ridicule for their sexual preferences. Men and women are on equal footing -- for instance Max's sister Mavin was born a few minutes before him so she's the one who inherits their father's dukedom. It's a relaxing way to read a historical without having to worry about any nasty realities.

I had one major problem with this book. The sister, Lady Mavin. She's supposed to be oh so likeable, outspoken and full of life, the character who's supposed to come up smelling like roses no matter what she does. But she just pissed me off. It's her poor decisions that lead Max to making personal sacrifices to clean up her mess. Yes, he's the one who decides to make those sacrifices but I still wanted to see her suffer in some way. Nothing huge, not a brick to the head or anything (though I considered it), just some sort of small punishment. A few days in a stinking jail cell maybe? But no, she gets to be happy, happy, happy while Max makes decisions that threaten his relationship with Kelcey. And, of course, she cries a little and Max forgives her. Barf.

However, my love of two grumpy dudes getting it on outweighed my need to brain the sister and I enjoyed this book. Though this is the 5th book in the Deceived series it's not necessary to read them in any order so feel free to jump in whenever. Also, if you'd like to read a short story from the series, but do not wish plunk down any of your hard earned cash, you can get Seconds for free on Amazon, on the Less Than Three Press website, or read it on Goodreads.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Almost a 4 star 19. August 2014
Von Moon Cat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This is an interesting story set in a fictional aristocratic, magical world. It hinges on a clause in the betrothal contract between Max's twin sister and Kelsey. A replacement clause. When his sister elopes with another Lord, Max feels required to find a substitute spouse for Kelsey. Despite this interesting set up, it doesn't quite gel. There are some dangers but the action is hinted at and mentioned in passing. There is witty dialogue between Max and his twin sister, but the banter somehow misses. Both twins are continually referred to as 'brats' and that seems to be an allowance for any behavior. In fact that is the true problem, neither twin is truly behaving in a mature manner, although Max pulls things together at the end to resolve the issues. This 'brat' factor detracts from his position as the leading character of this tale. Despite these criticisms, Megan Derr has written a enjoyable story, that could easily become a great story with some additions and a few character tweaks with more information on the growth of the 'brats'. This story includes a m/m relationship. I have been reading many of Megan Derr's stories and will continue to watch the development of a fine young writer.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen characters all have happy endings but their journey is perplexing 7. Oktober 2014
Von Books on Silver Wings - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog.

Max's sister is missing a few months before her wedding with Kelcey. As soon as Max returned from his studies abroad, Kelcey shows up demanding his fiancée. As they try to find Max's sister, their friendship deepens until Max wishes to be his sister's replacement and marry Kelcey.

Kelcey is actually a destitute in society, without money and status after his family gained a reputation of being traitors. Max's sister approaches this outcast of society and proposes marriage. Out of the all the characters in the book, she is the most daring and charismatic. I like her character the most. Max is jealous of his sister for that and insecure of his own talents and charm.

After the introduction, the romance between Max and Kelcey becomes predictable. Max likes to image Kelcey as a dangerous highway man in cheap romance novels and himself as the heroine. He is too quick to fall in love and wants to marry Kelcey. In the beginning, it seemed like Kelcey was only looking for friendship from Max but then Kelcey suddenly want to marry Max.

The story gets more complex as Max is put under royal orders to be a marriage replacement and marry a princess since Max's sister ran away with a foreign lord who was engaged to a princess. Everything gets more complicated with political stuff added in. I don't really understand the reasons behind the orders from the royal family and it isn't well explained.

I like how the story flows and doesn't lags even though Max and Kelcey's romance is slow going. The story takes a turn that I was unprepared for and tries to make the original plot more exciting, but it doesn't add to character or plot development. It starts out fun and sweet with a little mystery of the missing bride and turns into something completely different that tries to tug the story in multiple directions. In the end, doesn't go anywhere. The characters all have their happy endings which is a plus but the journey is perplexing. Overall, this is an okay romance story in a history-fantasy world.

*review copy received in exchange for an honest review*
3.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable 1. April 2015
Von The Romance Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Lynn
for TheRomanceReviews.com

A SUITABLE REPLACEMENT is a funny, fantastical, romantic adventure.

Lord Maximillian Honeysett has returned home after three years of traveling and studying. He is looking forward to setting up his private laboratory and doing more studying and some experimenting. Before he has unpacked his trunks, he is accosted in his home by an unknown man. It turns out the man is Max’s sister’s fiancé and he wants to know where his bride-to-be has gone. Max’s sister Mavin has always been a boisterous free spirit but even Max is perplexed about why she would run off on her fiancé, Kelcey, so close to their wedding date. Max feels obligated to honor Mavin’s marriage contract which states that Max is responsible for finding Kelcey a replacement spouse in his sister’s absence. Max also has to figure out where Mavin has gone and how to deal with his own attraction to Kelcey.

There were parts of this story I loved and parts that held no interest for me at all; hence the three star rating. I enjoyed the fact that even thought this book is part of a series, I did not feel like I was missing any information by not reading the earlier books. First, the fantasy elements of the book allowed for some freedom in the storytelling but also distracted me somewhat from the plot. This book is a historical fiction where the firstborn, whether male or female, gets the family title, where sexuality is a nonissue, and apparently where goblins exist and fight wars. While I enjoyed the fact that Max and Kelcey could explore their feelings for one another without worry of discovery, I enjoy that forbidden love element that gives most historical fiction its angst. The author did do a good job, however, of creating other conflicts in the story. While sexuality wasn’t an issue, there was still the issue of society and social class, and Kelcey’s past creates some drama in the story.

I absolutely adored Max and Kelsey and the development of their relationship. The character that I did not find at all enjoyable was Lady Mavin, Max’s sister. I think the efforts to present the character as spontaneous and fun-loving failed. She ran off on Kelcey with no explanation when Kelcey himself said he would have let her go if she had only talked to him about things. Kelcey was more worried about the well-being of Mavin than the fact that his wedding was going to be cancelled. Even after the explanation of her disappearance surfaces, I did not sense any remorse or depth of emotion; she fell short for me as a character.

Overall, I enjoyed the romantic story development and the two main characters.
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