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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Much Ado About Jack by Christy English

Much Ado About Jack (Shakespeare in Love, #3)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402270518
Pages: 312 pages 
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:  Shakespeare in Love-1,2
Challenges- TK 
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


How to Become London's Most Notorious Widow:
1. Vow to NEVER remarry
2. Own a ship and become fabulously wealthy
3. Wear the latest risqué fashions in your signature color
4. Do NOT have a liaison at the Prince Regent's palace with a naval captain whose broad shoulders and green eyes make you forget Rule #1

Angelique Beauchamp, the widowed Countess of Devonshire, has been twice burned by love, and she is certain that no man will ever touch her heart again. But that doesn't mean she can't indulge a little—and it would be hard to find a more perfect dalliance than one with the dashing Captain James Montgomery.

After a brief torrid affair, James tries to forget Angelique and his undeniable thirst for more. The luscious lady was quite clear that their liaison was temporary. But for the first time, the lure of the sea isn't powerful enough to keep him away...


My Review:

Intro Babble: I always feel awkward reading a book when I’ve missed a previous book in the series. This is one of those cases. The heroine in this one was the mistress in the first book of the series. I found this out before I started the book—because I am weird and I like spoilers—and I kind of regret it because I walked into this book with a negative impression of Angelique. It was a completely wrong impression because she was amazing and I loved her.


Heroine-Angelique-As I said, I walked into this book with a bad impression of Angelique. One that turned out to be completely wrong. And kind of judgy. I feel terrible about that. It took about a chapter for my opinion of Angelique to do a complete 180. She is one of the best heroines I have ever come across. She is mature, intelligent and possesses an inner strength rarely met in a heroine. She has her issues but she is rarely weakened by them and I absolutely loved her for that. I identified with her in a way that completely shocked me. 

Hero: Jack-I was quite surprised by how much I liked Jack. Not in the same way that I was surprised by how much I liked Angelique but more in the “I didn’t like you at first” way. He seemed sort of boring at first. I couldn’t make a connection to him and he seemed a bit stale. But I eventually started to like him. He had a nice depth to his character but it took me a bit to get there.

 Chemistry-I’m not sure how I thought this was going to work out but I thought this one would be angsty and one of those painful reads—not that I don’t love books like that. But I loved Jack and Angelique together. They just worked well together. I was actually a bit surprised at how well because I was expecting more conflict. They were the perfect mix of angst and sweet. 

Chemistry Rating:
Ending Babble: As I said in my review of Love on a Midsummer Night, I am not the biggest Shakespeare fans on the planet. I know. I know. It makes me a bad person. A bad reader. A bit of a dolt. But I have come to accept it. But I loved this book even with the Shakespeare connection. Just on the basis of Angelique alone. I have never made a connection to a heroine in a romance novel in that way before. Add to that the fact that the hero was also great, the story was well written and engaging---and there we have it, the first reading highlight of the year. 

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