REVIEW Splendid

CHARACTERS ¹ Splendid ☆ There are two things everyone knows about Alexander Ridgely One he's the Duke of Ashbourne And two he has no plans to marry anytime soonThat is until a redheaded American throws herself in front of a carriage to save his young nephew's life She's everything Alex never thought a woman could be—smart and funny principled and brave ButT she's a servant completely unsuitable for a highborn duke unless perhaps she's not uite what she seemsAmerican heiress Emma Dunster might be surrounded by Englishmen but that doesn't mean she intends to marry one even if she has agreed to participate in one London Season When she slipped out of her cousins' home dressed as a kitc. This was Julia uinn's first regency novel and it's really telling from the style It's full of cliches annoying characters absurd plot turns douchey male characters douchey male characters who want to have sex with the female protagonist in a way that almost borders on harassment anachronisms dialogue inconsistent with the time period a female American character that may be self insertion etc I found it really hard to finish this book but I stuck with it Luckily uinn's style has improved immensely and I rather enjoyed her later books especially The Bridgerton series even with the modern sounding dialogue which becomes sort of endearing This book could have been so much better and it's even hard to excuse the fact that it's her first novel Still everyone has to start somewhere and I am so glad uinn moved on from this mostly Some of her books fall into the same traps but at least not having all of the problemsFor anyone wanting to read this I would only suggest doing so after you've read her later works and still want to read something

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Hen maid all she wanted was one last taste of anonymity before her debut She never dreamed she'd find herself in the arms of a dangerously handsome duke or that he'd be uite so upset when he discovered her true identity But true love tends to blossom just when one least expects it and passion can melt even the most stubborn of hear. I've given this a C for narration seriously it's BAD and a C for content at AudioGals Such a disappointment when a long awaited audio ends up getting assigned to a narrator who shouldn't have been let near it Splendid the first book in Julia uinn’s Blydon trilogy the others being Dancing at Midnight and Minx was issued in 1995 and is Ms uinn’s first published work I’ve read many of her most recent books but not her earliest ones so I was interested to listen to this to find out how it would compare Naturally it’s not as polished as her later work although the writing is confident and there are flashes of the humour for which she has become renowned On the downside though the storyline is rather predictable and goes off the rails a bit towards the end and the characters – outspoken American heiress stuffy but hot duke bluestocking cousin etc – are rather stock in trade and never really transcend that There’s nothing wrong with predictability in a romance – we know where it’s going to end up and who is going to end up with whom after all – but there has to be something else that makes up for it whether it’s characterisation sub plots or dialogue but here unfortunately that’s not the case and large portions of the book tend to drag while the hero and heroine – who are clearly crazy for each other – try to make up their minds about how they feelBut by far the biggest impediment to the enjoyment of this story in audio is the narration I don’t know what on earth Harper Audio was thinking when they engaged Lucy Rayner to narrate all three audiobooks in this series – were Rosalyn Landor and Mary Jane Wells unavailable – but they’ve done themselves and one of their best selling authors a serious disservice I listened to Ms Rayner a few months back in Kat Martin’s Bold Angel and gave her narration a C grade saying sometimes her tone is overly harsh and lacking in subtlety or expression There were times I found myself wincing at obvious and painful overacting and that her male voices were below parSadly those things are still true here and the narration as a whole proved so difficult to listen to that it often distracted me from the story and I found myself having to rewind to listen to large chunks where I’d just zoned outYou can read the rest of this review at AudioGals

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SplendidThere are two things everyone knows about Alexander Ridgely One he's the Duke of Ashbourne And two he has no plans to marry anytime soonThat is until a redheaded American throws herself in front of a carriage to save his young nephew's life She's everything Alex never thought a woman could be smart and funny principled and brave Bu. Julia uinn's first published novel Splendid was uite Splendid actually I enjoyed this book as it was funny easy to read and fast paced Our HeroineEmma an American goes to London to visit her cousins for a season She looks forward to just enjoying her time with Belle and Ned and NOT looking for a husband She has plans to take over her fathers shipping company in America one day and will not be tied down to some titled gentleman in London Her aunt plans an elaborate ball to introduce her to the ton and the last thing Emma wants to do is be involved in all the details that go into that process So in order to avoid her aunt Emma and her cousin Belle dress in servants clothing and hide out in the kitchen When Cook realizes they are out of eggs Emma immediately volunteers to go to the market to get the eggs Of course she would Emma is known for her not so bright ideas While out and about in town unchaperoned and wearing servants clothing who do you think she meetsOur HeroAlexander Ridgely the Duke of Ashbourne was immediately drawn to the small red haired woman he was holding in his carriage She had acted so bravely by running out in front of a carriage to push his nephew out of harms way She was unlike any other woman he had ever met and he was definitely intrigued by her Most women he knew cared about nobody but themselves and the fortunes they were after especially HIS fortune and HIS title Yes this one had captured his attention but who was she this red head dressed in maids clothing He intended to find outThe Ball in Emma's honorAlex was looking for that girl He had been looking for an hour so sure he would have found her there at the ball As he was talking to his best friend Dunford he saw her And she was not a maid she was Miss Emma Dunster the American visiting the one the ball was being given in honor of and she was beautifulI loved what Alex said to Dunford about Emma Don't touch her don't even think about her Already he had become possessive of her he didn't want any other man looking at her or trying to gain her attentions He was so funny because he kept saying he was going to have to have a word with those menThere was obviously an immediate attraction between Alex and Emma but because neither one wanted to marry at this time they resigned themselves to becoming friends For the next couple of months they would see each other every day and at the balls they would attend Alex would always dance with her They enjoyed each others company very much and Alex thought Emma was wonderful The he got to know her the he was convinced that she was indeed different from all the other women he had met He was even starting to wonder if he could be married to her and Emma was having the same thoughts about him It was obvious to everyone else that these two were meant to be together and so several members of his family and hers set about trying to force the two of them together even hoping they might be caught in a compromising situation and have to be forced to marryThere was sizzling sexual tension between them and eventually they could no longer deny it and they let their passions consume them knowing they were stepping over the invisible boundaries as friends and into an uncertain futureI liked that we spent time with Alex and Emma after they were married Some books lead up until marriage and then end but we able to enjoy them for a bit as a married coupleI also thought that the conflict toward the end of the story was wonderful It was exciting and made my heart race and I was on the edge of my seat until it was resolved I loved that it was not a conflict between Alex and Emma but a kidnapping situation involving Emma and her cousin I get tired of plots that have the hh at conflict with each other this was refreshingThere were many parts of this book that I loved One being when Alex followed Emma up to her bedchamber without her knowing it She had gone there during the ball because she had a headache and he went into her room and surprised her She had only seen him the one other time in his carriage It was very funnyProbably my favorite uote from the book has to be this Alex planted his hands on his hips I have thoroughly compromised your niece he declared Will you please insist that she marry me Caroline didn't bat an eyelash This she announced is most peculiarSo I read many different reviews of this book some good some bad But I loved it I know it was Julia uinn's first novel but I didn't even think about that I just read the book and enjoyed it for what it was and didn't try to pick apart anything I recommend it because it made me laugh out loud many times and was uite steamy as well