Sunday, December 11, 2016

Quick Thoughts: My Lady, My Lord

My Lady, My Lord

by Katharine Ashe
Book 1 of Twist

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Rating:  2.5 Stars

The Bluestocking
Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance.

The Rake
Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray.

Neighbors for years, they've been at each other's throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

I don't know how to rate this book, because it started off a little difficult to get into, but then the story picked up.  The characters were interesting, but I honestly didn't like our main couple.  I expected witty banter, but instead, I got childish insult slinging in the form of "You're a stupid head!" and "You're a snobby bitch!"  But the relationship between Ian and Corinna had it's ups and downs, and was sweet some moments, and completely and utterly frustrating other moments.

The writing was serviceable, and the premise was surprisingly intriguing, but the overall story could have been a little shorter.  If people learned how to communicate with each other in this book, so many, many misunderstandings could have been avoided.  But people don't talk to each other and instead just go ahead and jump to their own conclusions.  But I suppose without these misunderstandings, we wouldn't have had 300+ pages of story to tell.

On a side note, I like the relationship between Corinna and Ian's family; I liked the relationship between Ian and his younger brother Gregory.  I'm a little conflicted on how quickly Ian went from scoundrel rogue to heroic and respected elder brother, as more secrets about Ian's back story is revealed.  It feels a bit deliberate in trying to make the reader sympathize with him, when he really IS just an arrogant jerk whose sole form of showing affection for the woman he loves is pulling on her pigtails and trying to ruin her reputation.

Of course, Corinna isn't much better, since her way of showing her love for Ian was constantly lobbing verbal insults at him and hoping he knew how to read between the lines.  Because obviously always telling him how stupid he is means she loves him.

Another side note:  I did not expect, but DID thoroughly find the "twist" that serves as the conflict utilized by the author to be quite promising, and actually depicted quite well.  I will not reveal what it is, as the summary doesn't mention it at all, so I have a feeling it's supposed to be a surprise.  Because, to be honest, while I wasn't entirely surprised, I was pleasantly intrigued, found myself flipping (or swiping on Kindle) pages to find out how everything turns out.

It was really the romance that didn't do it for me, as well as the events taking place after the "twist" conflict is resolved.


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  1. I have a love hate relationship with "Misunderstandings" in the romance world. I see their need but oh boy they can be ridiculous. Ashe is a favorite author of mine but I still haven't gotten to this one yet, I've seen mixed reviews on it.

    1. I've seen that a lot of people loved it, and it was in fact a positive review I stumbled across that got me interested in the first place, way before I even started wanting to read Historical anything. I, too, have a love-hate relationship with the "Misunderstandings", because when done right, it's actually a pretty good device to employ. It just frustrates me when the misunderstanding is so long-running, and in the end a simple, "Yes, I've always loved you" clears up all the life-long conflict... it feels like a cop-out to me, honestly.

      'My Lady, My Lord' had a great premise, and if it had also had some great banter, I might have tolerated the romantic conflict a little bit more. I've seen a lot of positive critique for Katharine Ashe, so I'm interested in trying another from her.