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Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure (Summersby Tale Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Excellent book. Great series starter. Can't wait for the next one!

This was a very enjoyable action filled romance. Having read Sophie Barnes' last book, I was very much looking forward to this book, which not only met, but exceeded all my expectations. The story line was great (as with her last book) and packed with action and romance...
This was a very enjoyable action filled romance. Having read Sophie Barnes' last book, I was very much looking forward to this book, which not only met, but exceeded all my expectations. The story line was great (as with her last book) and packed with action and romance in equally satisfying amounts. This is the first book in the Summersby series, which looks like it will be a fantastic saga. It was a page turner for me. I highly recommend it.

posted by Chris_Gabriel on May 30, 2012

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I really ought to give up trying to find other Regency Romances

I really ought to give up trying to find other Regency Romances that will measure up to Georgette Heyer's, which I tend to hold as the standard for the genre. These days, I know not to expect that they will be the clean reads that Heyer's books were, but I always hold o...
I really ought to give up trying to find other Regency Romances that will measure up to Georgette Heyer's, which I tend to hold as the standard for the genre. These days, I know not to expect that they will be the clean reads that Heyer's books were, but I always hold out hope that they will have the detail, plot, and wit that make Heyer's stories stand out. Sadly for me, Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure falls short both as a work of Historical Fiction and a Romance.

The storyline and the events around it (and frequently, the people's reactions to said events) are so absolutely ridiculous and implausible that I found myself rolling my eyes almost constantly. Barnes tries to capture some of the language of the time but includes little else that makes you feel as if this is supposed to be set in the Regency period. Honestly, it's a modern story that is trying to masquerade as a Regency Romance. On occasion, there is some witty banter between the characters, but I didn't find that it made up for the rest of the book. Once I hit the halfway point, I skimmed most of the rest of the story to see how it played out.

Personally, I think anyone who regularly reads romance (or even someone who doesn't) would not be particularly impressed with that part of the story, either. I didn't find Alexandra's and Michael's relationship to be particularly touching or romantic. Not only that, but after just one day of knowing each other, it is implied that all of these "deep" feelings and emotions are supposed to have surfaced within each of them, causing them to question their own personal opinions of marriage, blah, blah, blah. Seriously? More like deep feelings of lust. At least try to drag out the tension and the budding relationship for a little longer and try to make me feel like Alexandra and Michael are developing true, honest feelings of love for each other.

Perhaps if either the storyline or the romance itself had been executed better, I could have bumped up my rating of this book. But as it stands now, I wouldn't recommend Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure to anyone looking for Historical Romance/Fiction or any kind of Romance.

posted by Melissas_Bookshelf on June 25, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Good Read!

    I thought Michael was too eager where Alex was concerned! I got why she was the was the way she was, after how she was raised! I did enjoy the ending though, now on to Ryan's story. Ljb

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Response to Melissa's Bookshelf

    I could not disagree with you more. While I am an avid reader in a wide variety of genres, I checked out your recommended author. Like in the style of Austin, Heyer's weaves an intricate plot. However, that said, Ms. Barnes books are not to be so easily dismissed. She had wonderful stories that use terrific voice. Her characters are approachable rather than stuffy. This is by no means erotica or "smut" as you call it. I have read all of the Summersby books and enjoyed them. Not every book read needs to be for English lit class, but Barnes captures the essence of what it was like to be a/woman during the Regency period, and it was often not pleasant nor were choices available. The women that did stand out did so at their peril.

    These books are written for today's women. They are historical fiction books that are accessible. Well done Ms. Barnes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Dragon Team base.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great book

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Funny and sexy at the same time!

    Fun dialogue between all the characters. I always enjoy the "girl with a boys name" plots especially when they make the hero question his sanity/sexuality. Great story, hopefully we will get to hear the brothers' tales next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Great book

    Loved this story.

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