I wasn't sure about this one at first but it turned out to be amazing. A fast-paced regency with a bit of the Highlands thrown in. Our poor put-upon hero. Between all the scrapes and situations he gets dragged through during the novel and all the people he is forced to deal with it's a wonder that he actually remains sane, let alone in love with the heroine. But what a heroine. She is worth every struggle even if she is not conscious of her own worth at the beginning. Lizzie had me worried there for awhile and I am still not comfortable with how her story ended but at least the three witches' stories were set right and I don't think our Hero even had to throw that ball.
A very well written, excellent regency. Very highly recommended for all Regency Romance lovers. So we know what we will get, and it's a great read, with a cuppa alongside. With her usual comfortable ending, we can smile too. Guaranteed enjoyment. Hoydenish Scottish lass rattles staid debutant marriage mart in London until fortune intervenes in the form of a yellow-eyed Brit.
Such fun! The beginning of this book was terrific.
I liked the hero and heroine and how they connected. The problem for me was that the book kept going on and on and on with sub-plots that I found tedious and uninteresting. I typically love Chesney books, but this was not one of her better offerings. This book is a fun piece. It gas the intrigue of a gambling woman who gambles for a known bachelor. So much fun. Beaton historical novel. Fun and witty M. Regency romance with humorous situations. Great read. Fun plot, great couple, crazy characters, mean villains.
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This novel was something more than Regency romance. If you look at it as a romance you would be probably disappointed. There was a love story, I liked it, but without the other aspects, it would have been nothing special. I have the feeling that Mrs. Chesney wanted to shake us readers of Regency romances a little. As if she wanted to tell us, that that period wasn't so only romantic as we want to believe. So, the characters were full of flaws, the world was unjust and poor people died etc. It was 4 stars reading to me, but I want to add one star for all those background stories levels.
Sep 18, Mary rated it did not like it. It feels as if I didn't read the same book as the other reviewers as this book has such high prior ratings. Sadly, I don't think I've read a book this shit in a long, long while Fiona's most characteristic personality traits are her pathological addiction to gambling and her penchant for lying.
Sounds like an endearing heroine doesn't it? Gambling runs in the Grant bloodlines and her unlucky but addicted father is always getting his hands into trouble. Her family leave Scotla It feels as if I didn't read the same book as the other reviewers as this book has such high prior ratings. Her family leave Scotland for England so she can have a season and marry a rich man to be her father's get-out-of-debtors-jail card. She herself makes a monstrously large bet to some new friends that she can get the rich and elusive bachelor, the Marquis of Cleveden to propose to her.
Meanwhile her father has gambled away house and land accruing massive debts thus forcing her to accept when said Marquis does end up proposing. He has already found out about the bet but he is 'amused' with her we're told. They marry and with very little interactions, Charles goes from amused to deeply in love in the space of a few pages of nothingness. Fiona doesn't love him but seems to like the kissy kissy. Anyway, feeling homesick, she then leaves for Scotland for 3 months and somewhere in that time and nearing her departure back to England gets struck with the lightning bolt of luurve and decides she's madly in love with her husband.
She gets back and they jump into each other's pants. All the time. This is a traditional recency though, so it's not explicit. Meanwhile she's spinelessly still debating about confessing the bet to hubby who's patiently waiting for it. Oh conscience, how easy you are overridden. Other stuff happens like pissweak blackmail and conniving cousins but the story is written so hackneyed that you just don't care. These people are cardboard cutouts and some characters don't even have a point for being there.
The writing jumps all over the place where from one paragraph they may be talking to one person and the next is three days later, talking to someone else about something completely different without any lead on. It did my head in. This is a short book and expensive as an ebook for its length and sure as hell for the waste of money that is this drivel.
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C Beaton but I find it hard to find the urge to cough up dollars to give her another try. Rating: One pointless, stolen handkerchief. Rereadability: it's getting deleted. View all 5 comments. Marion Chesney [MC Beaton] has been a favourite of mine for escapist reading. I have lately gone off, even though all the kindle books did their job for bedtime reading. And the majority of her books have been on audio from the library, which again, I enjoyed when going through the first fifteen years of audiobook listening. Aug 02, Ellen rated it really liked it.
Loved this one. Plucky Heroine Hoydenish Scottish lass rattles staid debutant marriage mart in London until fortune intervenes in the form of a yellow-eyed Brit. Such fun! Miss Fiona Grant is the daughter of a Scottish nobleman with a passion for gambling. She has lived her entire life in the Highlands of Scotland until her 19th birthday.
Fiona's Papa decides to repair the family fortunes by coming to London and studying for the English bar and if that doesn't work, marry Fiona off to the wealthiest gentleman she takes a fancy to. Fiona learns that the Marquess of Clevenden is the most eligible bachelor of the ton, even if he is a trifle old at 37, and he is deter Miss Fiona Grant is the daughter of a Scottish nobleman with a passion for gambling. Fiona learns that the Marquess of Clevenden is the most eligible bachelor of the ton, even if he is a trifle old at 37, and he is determined not to marry.
Gambling fever runs through Fiona's veins and rears its' ugly head when she learns of the Marquess and Fiona bets three young ladies 3, pounds each that she can make the Marquess propose to her! The Marquess seems to fall for the bait but Fiona's illegitimate cousin Lizzie is determined to ruin the game. The Marquess goes along with the game and finds himself enchanted by Fiona and falling in love. However, he has to make Fiona love him, something he never dreamed he'd have to do! The Marquess teaches Fiona about growing up and falling in love, but the three silly friends and one determined cousin may ruin everything.
The plot was silly and not all that interesting. There were some fairly steamy love scenes that seemed out of place and didn't add to the story. This was not one of Chesney's best novels. View 1 comment. Not the best I like these short novels but this was not the best. The characters were not the most likable and I didn't enjoy the ending. Miss Fiona was raised in Scotland in a highland home filled with peat fires, Gaelic speaking servants, and poor relatives.
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When they head to London for her father to read British Law to shore up the family coffers; he instead haunts Gentleman's clubs and gambles away their funds. Miss Fiona is being launched into society by a family friend with the companionship of her uncles illegitimate daughter, Lizzy. In Sc Miss Fiona was raised in Scotland in a highland home filled with peat fires, Gaelic speaking servants, and poor relatives.
In Scotland, byblows were often turned into servants by the family according to this book and Lizzy is full of resentment and anger. When Fiona wagers she can become engaged to an older 37 Marquess of Cleveden by the end of the season. Her plan seems to be working when her father gambles away the family lands and she has to go through with the wedding. But the girls she wagered with begin to blackmail her to help them and she's afraid to tell her husband about the wager. I had a hard time with that plot point, what could he do I think the other reviews of this book harsh.
I find it refreshing to have a heroine who's not perfect. Yes, the characters are a tad under underdeveloped but they're not horribly underdeveloped. I think people forget that this is a romance novel. It's not supposed to be a classical work of literature. It's supposed to be something fun to read and amusing and this book hits both of those aspects. This book doesn't get 5 stars because there was sex in the book.
And I rather enjoyed the other books I think the other reviews of this book harsh. And I rather enjoyed the other books the author had done without sex. I think that sex in a romance novel begins to border it on erotica and takes away from the true romance. I think sex in a romance novel takes away from the development of the story, and the author uses it as a weak crutch to show "love".
I very much enjoyed "Miss Fiona's Fancy"! Others were quite despicable but served to fill out the story as intended. The theme appears to be the ruin brought about by gambling. Fiona's father is ruined by gambling losses, and now Fiona must marry a wealthy man to save them. She foolishly makes a large wager with three friends that she can get Cleveden to propose before the end of the I very much enjoyed "Miss Fiona's Fancy"!
She foolishly makes a large wager with three friends that she can get Cleveden to propose before the end of the season. Her friends are confident of winning as Cleveden is a confirmed bachelor who has never had his head turned. The story is a delightful tale of a marriage of convenience becoming a union of love and passion.
That is, if Fiona can keep Cleveden from learning about that wager. Sep 25, Vivianne rated it really liked it. Beautiful story. Much more beautiful than some stories that are written today. The characters are really well defined. I really like the male protagonist. Adult, determined, stubborn, does not yield a step to end all grants. The female protagonist, is pleasant and very different from some of those that are hatched in the novels of this period. I really liked.
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I don't know which of these books The Royal Ambition Series I like best but this one kept a smile on my face. A wager made in haste without enough money to cover it, a rollicking miss named Fiona, a bad tempered Marquee , a jealous illegitimate cousin and a lot of gambling make for a funny romance. I'd certainly recommend this book. I know, I know, lame and sweet, but what can I say?
I have a sweet spot for these silly romances and especially enjoy that I can listen to the audio versions without fear of hear TMI about the bedroom scenes, just enough and not too much to make it gag-worthy! Sep 08, Cindy rated it liked it Recommends it for: Regency fans.
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Shelves: romance , 19th-century. Enjoyable Regency featuring a Scottish debutante on her way to London to snag a rich husband.
I like Marion Chesney, but this book was nothing really extraordinary. A fun read, it took me about an hour. Aug 23, Chef Clove rated it it was amazing Shelves: marion-chesney. Fun in a madcap way, very likable Regency. Entertaining Full of follies and fun.
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