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The Harlow Hoyden: A Regency Romance (Love Takes Root Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Messina
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Miss Emma Harlow hasn’t earned the reputation as a hoyden for nothing, so when the Duke of Trent discovers her in his conservatory stealing one of his orchids, he’s isn’t surprised—charmed, delighted and puzzled, yes, but not surprised. It is Emma who is amazed. She has naturally concluded that the man reading in the conservatory must be the country cousin (who else in London would actually read?) and is quite vexed to discover that he is the Duke of Trent himself—imagine, stealing the duke’s prize Rhyncholaelia digbyana under his very nose!

But her vexation doesn’t last long. For Emma is a practical young lady with a mission: to end her dear sister Lavinia’s engagement to the villainous (and dreadfully dull!) Sir Waldo Windbourne, and she thinks that the famous libertine is just the man for the job. If he would only seduce her sister away from Sir Waldo…. Well, not seduce exactly, but flirt mercilessly and engage her interest. Perhaps then Lavinia would jilt the baron. The Duke of Trent is resistant, of course. Despite his reputation, he does not toy with the affections of innocents. And besides, it’s not her sister he longs to seduce.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 550 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Potatoworks Press (4. Februar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00I9QLBS2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lesevergnügen 18. Juli 2014
Von reader
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Dieses Buch ist ein absolutes Lesevergnügen. Witzige Dialoge, Situationskomik und eine ungewöhnliche Geschichte lassen einen den Alltag vergessen.
Der Roman spielt zur Zeit des Regency aber mal nicht beim reichen Hochadel sondern zunächst beim verarmten Landadel, und dann geht es um das Schicksal einer Witwe mit Töchtern, normalerweise der direkte Weg ins Armenhaus. Das Buch beschreibt auf amüsante Weise, wie die Familie diesem entgeht. Natürlich werden alle Klischees bedient, aber durch die unkonventionelle Art der Heldin ist es unterhaltsam und originell.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Heroine like no Other, a Duke who isn't what he says 28. Februar 2014
Von Toni V. Sweeney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Miss Emma Harlow is a miss who does and says what she pleases and at the moment, it pleases her to try to extricate her twin sister Lavinia from what she considers a disastrous betrothal. To that end, she enlists the aid of a rake to divert Vinnie’s attention and succeed in breaking her sister’s engagement.

Alexander Keswick, seventh Duke of Trent, is as much a rake as most men of his era, which is to say, not as bad as some but better than others. He immediately sees Emma’s plan may lead not only to her sister’s ruin but her own also…so he plays the libertine to save both…and discovers when it comes to Emma he may not be playing a role at all.

Little do either of them know that what starts out as a small plan to break up a betrothal will soon turn into a race for life on the road to Dover and beyond…

MY OPINION: This is the first novel by Lynn Messina I have read and it is the most delightful example of the genre I’ve come across lately! Emma isn’t your usual Regency heroine. She’s opinionated, resourceful, devious, and still thoroughly innocent. The Duke is also different from his usual Regency counterparts in that he’s not a rake waiting to be reformed and tamed by an innocent miss but a man pretending to be a libertine to keep the woman he’s discovered he loves from harm.

There are so many twists and turns in this story, it’s difficult to give a short synopsis and each little deviation from the expected plot are thoroughly enjoyable. In fact, nothing in this story goes the way the reader thinks it should. Emma comes by the nickname “hoyden” because she never does what anyone expects. Trent is a man who expects everyone to do what he tells them. When the two meet, something is going to give but it isn’t what anyone expects. It’s a nice turn for a change to have the hero being the one determined to make a marriage, and the heroine the one who’s wedding-shy.

The writing is fresh and descriptive. There are neat turns of phrase and witty groupings of words that will bring out a chuckle or two if not an outright laugh in places.

All in all, this is a well-known theme delivered in an entertaining and very original way.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A spunky Regency heroine who doesn't descend into goofiness, aided and abetted by an upright Duke 11. Februar 2014
Von Ruth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
There's something that really appeals to me about the heroine in a historical romance who spurns convention. The problem is that finding a book which has a butt-kicking Regency heroine but which doesn't descend into ridiculous goofiness and involve multiple implausible character shifts is trickier than you would think.

Well, this one absolutely gets it right! The heroine is an unrepentant troublemaker, who doesn't understand the word "no", and is absolutely determined to live her life on her terms, and yet, the social pressures of the time period aren't forgotten, and it's written well enough that you can see, almost, how she might be able to stay, just about, on the right side of Society.

The adventures of the heroine drag the rest of the characters along in her wake. You know they'll never keep up, thank goodness, and (hooray!) you know she'll never change. The other characters are actually fairly predictable (the "stiff" hero, the gauche male cousin and the long-suffering relations), but what makes this one stand out is the absolutely wonderful dialogue, both between characters and inside their heads, and not just between the hero and heroine either. The interactions between all the characters just sparkle off the page and even had me chuckling out loud several times.

So, 4 stars. I really, really liked it.

I received this book in return for an honest review.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not just *another* hoyden 27. Februar 2014
Von katie kofemug - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"Oh, what good is a libertine if he won't toy with your sister's affections and then ruthlessly drop her!" ... "I'm a bachelor, not a libertine." And so begins the Regency romp of the Harlow Hoyden, Miss Emma Harlow, and her Most Trusted Ally, Alexander, the Duke of Trent. Yes, it's another tale of twins but our author boldly proclaims her usage of the current cliché with a dollop of comfort that made me laugh out loud. "Don't look so horrified, my dear. Lavinia and I are twins. What good is an adventure about twins without a case of mistaken identity?"

Amidst a subplot of Napoleonic intrigue, our hoyden is determined to end the betrothal of her twin sister to the utterly unsuitable fiancé, Sir Windbag, uh, Windbourne. Despite a dance card that is generally empty and few willing to acknowledge her beyond the cautiously distant nod any hoyden deserves, Emma plots a course with two minor complications. Number one, she doesn't actually know any libertines, personally. Number two, convincing one to turn her sister from the Windbag, without breaking her heart or ruining her reputation. For while Emma is quite content to live on the fringe of her family's good name, she knows her sister would not find this at all comfortable.

Oh, and one other tiny detail hadn't occurred to her. Resolved never to marry - what heroine worth the title in our modern tropes of fiction isn't - Emma also never expected to find her own affections engaged. Fortunately, she's full of schemes to handle that difficulty as well.

Alexander, at first persuaded by her pursuit of a list of libertines, then by her sister's enjoyable friendship, eventually agrees with Emma. Lavinia deserves so much better than Windbag. He sets about showing Lavinia her worth and knocks holes in Emma's schemes to remain indifferent by also engaging her admiration for his plotting. When Lavinia figures out what's going on, she doesn't fly off the handle or sink in to despair, she begins her own machinations. With the duke's assistance, she gently stirs the cauldron to disguise her design to unite Emma and Alexander.

Everyone is doing all this for each other's own good, so that makes it all right, or it does in the end, refreshingly without protracted angst.

I confess, like Emma, I wanted Alexander and Lavinia to end up together. They had common interest and an easy going friendship that gave me hope. Unfortunately, they had no spark. So completely was this demonstrated, that I gave up my foolish hopes, just as Emma did. But I think it broke my heart a bit.

Obviously, the secondary characters have substance and our sympathy from the very beginning. Aside from the abrupt injury to the brother and his miraculous recovery, I felt the novel was not only well paced but also well written. The dialog was witty, both internal and external, and there was no chance for dust to land on anything. There are a few phrases that plucked at my ear but nothing that destroyed the energy of the story. Though the novel has a breathless feel, the romance was not rushed.

Most of all, I admired Ms. Messina's not ignoring the facts of propriety, though I do think she stretched them a bit, even for a romp. Emma was tolerated, not embraced by society, and though her family was personally indulgent, they were at times, very embarrassed and acknowledged this. She never became a Mary Sue, winning everyone over, reigning as queen of the drawing room as well as the curricle race. I doubt even the duke of Trent will be able to make some of her exploits acceptable. I'm so very, oh so very glad of that.

A life spent facing the consequences of Emma's actions is just what Alexander deserves. I mean, come on, the man wooed by mothers, courted by fathers and nearly smothered by debutants, still has time for dancers and mistresses and charming widows. He also had time to develop his prowess in the manly sports, not to mention his benevolent attention to his tenants, the poor and his nephew - the hayseed from the country. Yet he was led by his fascination for Emma from one scrape after another and loved every minute, finally realized it was her, not the novelty of it all, that he loved. Quite how they'll ever settle down I can't imagine. For Emma, that's precisely what she wanted as well, freedom to live fully with a good friend. Learning that friend could also be a lover and a husband is what prevented her from being just another hoyden with a twin and it is what makes this book a keeper.

Reviewed for Romance Reviews Magazine - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Definitely improbable but completely enjoyable 9. März 2014
Von Catherine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a historically accurate regent romance this book is not for you. If you are going to complain every five seconds about how this would never happen during the period...wah wah wah...go somewhere else. However if you want story that would pick you up and not let you go, this is the book. The characters were engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It made my weekend alittle brighter.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Regency Romance ? 7. März 2014
Von Berenice Aguilera - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I began this novel with the kind of expectation that I always seem to have with regency romances. That there would be some kind of adventure, romance would blossom and in the end the hero would marry the heroine.

In my view the charm of regency romances is their innocence and the understated feeling between the protagonists. I suppose I always measure all books in this genre against Georgette Heyer. Most fall short by a mile. An exception I read recently was a book called 'A Feather to Fly With' which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Harlow Hoyden began with innocence and it didn't take too long before lust was introduced. There was not too much so I read on but then stopped reading when it became a full on detailed description of a bedroom scene.

I don't want to sound a prude, it is just this is not what I want to read in this kind of book. I want to read about romance, not lust.

I stopped reading around three quarters through and will be deleting it from my kindle account. It is not a book I would want my daughters reading.
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