In a nutshell, Earl of St. Seville was fine. The basic premise includes a misfit, activist heroine and a brawny, goodhearted hero who is trying to save his estate. The story follows the earl as he gets involved in some of the seedier establishments in London and include quite a bit of prizefighting. It also shows Patience, the heroine, in her crusade to end the dangerous practice of prizefighting.
On the whole, the writing was inoffensive. It was not captivating nor did it ever make me feel the urge to actually finish the book. At times, I felt reading it was more of a chore than anything else. For reference, it took me about three weeks to finish this book. This past week alone I’ve started and finished four books.
The romance itself was rather lackluster and the attraction between the main characters did not seem remotely believable until about three quarters of the way through the book. The first interaction between the two reads as a clinical description of bodily appearance rather than a lust filled first encounter.
Initially I wondered if my apathy towards the title might be because I’m not generally drawn towards stories with the prizefighter bent, and yet I picked up a different Regency in that sub genre and found it far more enjoyable.
This book is one in a larger series and I think that was to its detriment. There were characters who showed up with larger backstories that were never expanded on and there were frequent references to events and history that didn’t make much sense.
Perhaps I would be more favorable towards this novel had I not read it as a standalone. That being said, they author’s writing style is not nearly captivating enough for me to find the energy to read the rest of the books.
All in all, give it a try but don’t be surprised if you don’t ever finish it.
I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher through NetGalley. This was done in exchange for an unbiased review posted to Amazon and my personal blog.
One of the things that I’ve learned through this process of writing a book is how important it is to read.
Reading gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the style of what you’re trying to create. A healthy diet of books written by different authors in your genre is like doing language immersion. You pick up the cadence and unspoken rules of the road.
I sometimes have to remind myself that reading isn’t just for fun, it’s a form a self care AND research.
So read away and let your muse be inspired.
Another excerpt for my lovely readers! If you want to catch up on other parts of The Duke’s Dilemma please check out my other excerpts. This one is a bit saucy, so I’ve placed it below the break. Nothing too scandalous, that’ll come later, but a little something to whet the palate.
Continue reading The Duke’s Dilemma (Sneak Peek #4)
Apparently when there’s a murder only a few minutes walk from your house and the suspect isn’t caught, it’s a bit hard to write romance. For whatever reason, locking all your doors and windows and keeping a giant kitchen knife on your bedside table doesn’t exactly conjure to mind seduction and bodice ripping.
When I sat down to write last night, safely ensconced in my locked bedroom, my characters developed a disturbing proclivity for adventure. All of a sudden, Grace wanted to climb the outsides of castles and Alex mounted up to fight Napoleon. Pausing, I realized this was not the turn I wanted to take while acquiring a first pony for Eliza so I put my work down and just went to bed. It was a weird feeling to just not write. I know I talked about slacking off last week, but that felt okay because I knew I had Friday to make it up.This week, however, I have family coming to visit and Columbus Pride so I know every bit of writing I can do ahead of time can help me stay on track.
I’m hoping to pass 20,000 words today (and am about 600 away so it’ll definitely happen before bed) which marks the 25% point of my writing. This is kind of crazy to think about since I still have two months left until my self imposed deadline. Hopefully this means I’ll be able to do a first round of edits before my mind becomes consumed by college again.
If you’d be interested in reading The Duke’s Dilemma as it’s written, please let me know! I’d love to share it with you. And if you have any advice on how to stop your characters from tearing off on ill fated adventures, please be in touch. I’ll take all the tips and tricks I can get!
As lovely as it had been to imagine the taste and feel of Miss Grace Claridon, Alexander knew it had to stop. He knew that she was a respectable woman who deserved to be thought of honorably.
He moved towards her, his long steps eating up the distance that had existed between them. Taking her hands in his, he looked her in the eyes and said “I have overstepped the bounds of our agreement and I apologize for my transgression. Could you find it in your heart to forgive me, Miss Claridon?”
Shocked, Grace stammered before granting him forgiveness. “I suppose I can forgive you, Your Grace. As long as you ensure that this will not happen again.” With the duke in close proximity to her, Grace was treated to the woodsy scent, tinged with undertones of sandalwood, that enveloped him. She also spied the smattering of dark hair visible where his shirt was unbuttoned. His hands were large and callused in hers. His nails were neat and clean but his palms told a story of work done for love of land and not for profit. “Yes,” Grace said once more, “I forgive you.”
“Thank you, Miss Claridon.” He slowly raised her hands, giving her every opportunity to pull away, before brushing lips over first one hand and then the other.
Her breath caught as she watched his mouth pass over her hands and in the silence that followed, she could hear her heart pounding in her ears. Regaining her senses, she pulled her hands out of his and raced back to the house without another word.
Alex was left standing alone in the stables, stunned.
I figured there was no better was to start off my “Felicity Facts” page than with facts about your’s truly.
Fact #1: I live in Ohio right now! I started an East Coast girl but the Midwest has captured my heart (at least for now).
Fact #2: I love to read! I blame my mother for introducing me to historical fiction. The rest, they say, is history.
Fact #3: I actually wrote a novel back in high school but it was complete trash, so we don’t talk about that any more.
Fact #4: I love to cook! Stay tuned, because I may be posting some of my favorite recipes on this blog.
Fact #5: I don’t own any dogs, but would love to one day. For now, I get my canine fix by walking dogs at the local shelter. See this handsome fellow above for proof of how wonderful dogs are.