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One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic gThis is so difficult to rate I read it a long time ago pre GRs and loved it and Georgie s Schrodinger s Reread Theory has struck It s just not asood as I remember I ve rec ed this left right and centre in The Real World and now I rather regret itThat said I think my latent memories from reading it first time round when I was astounded by Rosenthal s style which seemed so new and different she comes into her own in The Edge of Impropriety and The Slightest Provocation if you haven t read those The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City get on it have meant thisets a higher star rating from me than it probably should This is all a longwinded way of saying 35 stars rounded upHeroines dressing up as boys is everyone s least favourite trope but I really liked it here Pheobe s into Phizz the androgynous dandy has taken place over some years "into Phizz the androgynous dandy has place over some Years I Buy Into It 1819 Was Still A Place I buy into it 1819 was still a place a culture of what we would think of as effeminate men and so the masuerade and perhaps importantly people Spare yourself the tedium of this novel if you are interested in intelligent different romance Back when female writers hid behind male pseudonyms and dreamed of rooms of their own they could not know that they were spared having husbands and sons influence their novels This had already destroyed Elizabeth George and while Lydia Joyce only sacrificed sexuality for it Pam Rosenthal never even did without I m The Holy Grail giving her the benefit of doubt when I say she might have intended to write an intelligent different type of romance and just failed completely The plot of the heroine dressed as a man and the hero fancying that seemed outrageous to some readers except it s pathetically non shown in the book Georgette Heyer had such masuerades played out over longer periods of time with lovely and interesting interaction that the hero saying he say beyond the heroine s disguise did not diminish Shakespeare had people of bothenders fall in love with masueraded women Rosenthal doesn t actually show how enchanting or popular Phizz is and worsens the love at first sight to lust at first British Jihadism glimpse and then has all of the heroine s few confidants freely spill all of her secrets to the hero who tells his friend and a roughneck and Soender being of no conseuence and safely confirming that only villains are Virgin Widow gay brutal fat ugly men with even the rentboys all innocent straight kids what about sex Well the heroine is allowed one rent boy whom she soon protects than procures okay the hero had dozens and dozens but he also tired of them only after the firstlimpse of the hero she stops sex with the boy because this tiny Wife in Exchange glimpse awakened true sexuality in her like only a writer reared on bodice ripper cliches can imagine She now dreames of real sex while the hero wants to marry her tada the conflict Rosenthal tried for because her writing teacher told her that s the basis of a book The other basis are three non fiction works she actually lists and one should probably read instead of this short but thick volume because Rosenthal certainly does not show how a no name effete young man can turn himself into a Beau Brummel overnight but then she learned from the worst and so doesn t even show a stupid kiss but has them think about it for whole chapters later Never before was denial so boringKensington publishes a lot ofay romance novels Maybe they tried to draw readers of both The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, genres with the nice cover and the hint of mm desire or cross dressing The only readers that might like this novel have to be fans of conventional modern het romances though unless you don t belong in that category don t believe what the bad reviews promise don t read this annoying bloodless tripeThe biggest schizophrenic problem is that the hero is a real man and in no way a nancy boy and does not even know what two men would do together yet he wants to fuck Phoebe in the ass Not just once he introduces her to ass play He also considers her rightly as not experienced but pushes her down on her knees and then mouthfucks her at their first intercourse when usually only prostitutes wereiving blowjobs But mainly please consider that it wasn t just sodomy for mm but also for fm to use the back passage The author flinched from having any pretend mm and yet wants to show hot sex with the main practices of mm intercourseThe biggest Night And Day general shite was her second conflict being the most trite the most overused and least plausible of all ie that she has to leave him because she loves him I never wanted them to marry because this book even so than Chase s last could not offer any reason why her life would be better back in confinement rather than the free life she made for herself Once Rosenthal destroys Phizz and makes Phoebe love the country the baking and all of a sudden hugging littleirls who want to kiss her because she s so pretty who started that revolting tradition then the reason she has to leave suddenly becomes her infertility as if the huge diffe. A Daring Masuerade For three years London's haute ton has been captivated by the cool elegance of Philip Phizz Marston Tall refined an expert Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow gambler with a cold unerring eye for style what keeps the ruthless social climbers attuned to this dandy's every move is something unsettlingarace and beauty that leaves women and men ali.

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Almost A Gentleman

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through the to the woman beneath The two embark on a romance that is both filled with tons of romantic tension but "to the woman beneath The two embark on a romance that is both filled with tons of romantic tension but also oddly convoluted David is enthralled and loves Phoebe and wants to marry her Phoebe has Issues though Her first marriage was horrible and even though she is in love with David she doesn t feel she can marry him To the writer s credit there is no rand misunderstanding Phoebe willfully withholds information from David just as he blindly forges ahead making assumptions without consulting herAdded to that there is a suspense subplot that only worked up to a point Someone knows that Phizz is really Phoebe and is taunting her with the knowledge through threatening notes That entire subplot ends with what I feel is a decided whimper The Motives And Actions Of The Tormentors Not To Mention Their and actions of the tormentors not to mention their ability to be everywhere make no sense And the final resolution of that piece of the plot was so poorly executed that it was anti climaticThat is not to say that this was all bad I had long been intrigued by this writer as I had occasion to read a sample of another of her books I picked this one up because it became available to me and I wanted to et a better feel for her writing The writing itself did not disappoint I enjoyed her prose and the easy way she had of creating creating a tone and characterizations I think if I wasn t constant uestioning the why and how of Phizz or if the author had managed to really sell me on Phizz i would have enjoyed this a lot than I did I like this author s voice and plan to read her other books I just didn t love this story I was a bit worried about this one after reading the many 2 and 3 star reviews Upon completion I must agree with seton s comments about it being a cerebral read It was a wonderful change of pace from the EC books that I had been reading for the past two weeks Enjoyed the writing and the story It was a bit of a role reversal with the characters PhizzPhoebe was the dominant character throughout the book even Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys going so far as to rescue herself at the end while the hero David remained completely in the dark as to the villain s identity Four stars for me Very enjoyable But you ll need to suspend disbelief about a woman disguising herself as a manSTORY BRIEFPhoebe was married to Henry an abusive man One day in anger Henry drove recklessly with Phoebe and their son Bryan The carriage overturned causing the deaths of Henry and Bryan Due to herrief and psychological wounds from abuse Phoebe faked her own death and has pretended to be a man Mr Marston for the past three years She freuents mens clubs and is a successful ambler David is an earl His wife died 5 years ago He s usually busy with farming issues on his estates but he periodically visits London When David is first introduced to Mr Marston they both feel a magnetic attraction David is confused over his reaction to another man David later overhears someone hiring Stokes to follow Mr Marston David decides to follow Stokes Other events include someone sending threatening notes to Mr Marston There are some side stories about Kate Phoebe s best friend and Bill You have to suspend some disbelief for this one and I think some aspects are historically anachronistic For example the titled hero secretly having married the lower class mother of his child without either of them iving up their way of life and living separately while raising their child and continuing their sexual relationship together But okay The book does make it clear than David is very unusual and ethical for a man of his or any station at the time And I did appreciate how even this bizarrely egalitarian man acts a tad domineeringchauvinistic a time or too And then he realizes it admits he was in the wrong and apologizes That s much better than if he was just the Perfect Feminist Regency Duke And then there s the heroine living as a man long term not just masuerading a la a fluffy farce but really passing The thing about that is people have done this do this now And Rosenthal Life Changing Smiles gives us detail on all thatoes into this what s strapped down what s padded up and all the attention to body languageNot as polished as The Edge of Impropriety but worth it if you re interested in a Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, gendery feministy Regency Prettyood overall Certainly an interesting and very different take on the Only a Whisper girl pretending to be a boy theme Unfortunately the execution was only average and the romance didn t wow me But I d be curious to read from her definitely The premise of this book is completely ridiculous but its execution was a real pleasure to readIn Regency uh I think England a young woman is spurred by a horrible tragedy to live as a man She s completely successful at it too and becomes a trendsetter That s the ridiculous partEverything else was terrific enough to allow me to successfully suspend my disbelief The characterization was complex. Bindings of Mr Marston's masuerade hides an exuisite body that is every bit a woman's And Every Hidden Desire Revealed Armed with desire and entrusted with her boldame Lord David won't Copper Lake Secrets give up till the ladyives in revealing herself to him completely surrendering her deepest secrets with every persuasive pleasure he can offer. ,
Rence in how he and she had viewed their ideal future had never existed and only the lack of new fresh babies were the conflict which is then wiped out by magic No I haven t finished it but even if convention weren t abundantly clear about all barren women in MODERN romance novels suddenly conceive there is also forshadowing and lots of plowing and seedingThere s also a mystery with the villain s motive being too stupid to mention villainy in Brooklyn's Song general presented as unevenhanded as the whole plot the writer cannot make one feel pain and horror so she tells of ever incredibly injustice Perhaps hoping we ll forget there s not even aood reason for the masuerade itselfAnd this is a crime that Rosenthal and all the others should have to justify themselves for To pretend to tackle Rosenthal and all the others should have to justify themselves for To pretend to tackle problems and then wipe them away with always the same miracle Just as the not in proportion promiscuity is just an excuse "Rather Than A Liberation Or Euality So Is This Sickening "than a liberation or euality so is this sickening for the babies on top worse than not mentioning problems like infertility To have them not Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide get together because he needed fresh babies to have her die in childbirth because her body really shouldn t have tried to actually fantasy IN A ROMANCE NOVEL that their ROMANTIC love could do without children none of that will ever happen It seemed like this story held a lot of promise and the writing is skilful but I decided fairly uickly into the book that the plot is completely implausible I never really understood why Phoebe decided to re enter society as a man after her tragic experience with the deaths of her children this didn t help with suspending my disbelief either There is very little development of the hero and heroine s feelings for each other they appear to be deeply in love after just a few very brief encounters in fact the hero decides that Phoebe is the woman he wants as soon as he realizes that she s a woman So there is very little to involve the reader on an emotional level if you don t believe the plot and don t understand or feel the characters motivations all that s left is the descriptive aspect of the story which admittedly is uiteood but not enough for a romanceAnachronisms in several places poinsettias didn t come into use as Christmas decorations until the 20th century Birth certificates only started to be issued in England in 1837 the story takes place in the 1820s before that births were recorded in parish registers so it is unlikely that a woman of Phoebe s age 30 would have had a birth certificate I just finished Almost a Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal and I did thoroughly enjoy that book The premise of a woman who dresses as a man and is not discovered is not a new one but it is very well done in this particular book The heroine had a valid reason to do so even I have To Admit A Bit Too admit a bit too but a reason nevertheless The hero refreshingly NOT a stunning stud in his prime but a bit older than in the average novels seasoned and experienced is well drawn out and very likable it is a romance novel after all The story line Plain Jane The Hotshot goes fluently and the writing style is a welcomed beautiful one The love scenes and there are a few are well done seemed mature as both of the lovers are as well For some readers they might be too expletive but I have to admit I enjoyed them There is a underlying mystery blackmailing in the plot which does not overpower the romance but runs parallel to it I enjoyed this book and I already downloaded another novel of Pam Rosenthal yep I loved if that much Excellent writing however premise and execution are flawedA woman masuerading as a boyman is admittedly not one of my favorite themes in anyenre However I have read an uite enjoyed a few Ashes in the Wind These Old Shades are just two off the top of my head The thing about those two books though is that both Alaina s and Leonie s masuerades were out of necessity They were in danger and what better way to hide a young woman than to turn into a young boy In this book however Phoebe was unable to experience woman s Family of Her Dreams greatest joy therefore she eschews all parts of being a woman and becomes Phizz a young bored dandy As Phizz she spends her daysambling fencing wearing exuisite clothes and Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed generally being an arbiter of taste and fashion One word from Phizz and one could become the butt of jokes or be refused membership in exclusive men s clubs how Phizz manages to become such a lion of society is never satisfactorily explained imoI think I could buy the premise if Phoebe s masuerade as a man was done as a lark a little subversive wink to society that she wasetting a kick out of what she was doing while pulling the wool over their eyes But that is not the case In fact she seemed to be as trapped and unhappy as Phizz as she d felt as Phoebe Added to that I couldn t help but think as I was reading just how did she expect to continue on How long was she planning to draw this outOf course it doesn t continue becaus. Ke in a state of unthinkable yearning Will Be Deliciously Undressed Lord David Hervey must be losing his mind How else explain the disturbing desires he feels whenever his eyes meet the penetrating Girls Night Out gaze of Mr Marston When he overhears a threat on theentleman's life he intervenes and alone discovers the lorious truthbeneath the. .

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