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-Publishers Weekly starred review on The Perfect Bride
"Joyce excels at creating twists and turns in her characters' personal lives."-Publishers Weekly
"Merging depth of history with romance is nothing new for the multitalented author, but here she also brings in an intensity of political history that is both fascinating and detailed."—RT Book Reviews on Seduction
"Truly a stirring story with wonderfully etched characters, Joyce's latest is Regency romance at its best"
-Booklist on The Perfect Bride
Posted August 17, 2012
What has happened to Brenda Joyce? Does she need money? This was probably her worst novel yet, even though the last few have been sub-par as well. This book was written like it was a first time mediocre attempt at a historical romance. I have been a huge Brenda Joyce fan in the past, but not so much anymore. Could she have used anymore exclamation marks? "She cried!". "He exclaimed!" over and over and over again. Don't waste your time on this one. Time is something you can't get back. And I say that with a big exclamation mark!
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Posted February 16, 2014
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This was book 2 in Joyce’s Spymaster’s Men series although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Seduction, book 1. It is a regency romance that involves many of the characters we met previously but they weren’t well developed at all and it seemed a much darker story. Amelia was not very likable but very headstrong and going against all the norms of that time period. Besides being willful and uncontrollable and taking on the world no matter who told her no – whether family or friends – she did it in the most annoying ways. She also acted like the mistress of the house when in reality she was Simon’s housekeeper, even thought they shared a past. Simon, although a dual spy, had no backbone when it came to Amelia and didn’t seem plausible during most of the story. He also doubted everything he did and even said at times.
There was laughter, tears, angst, family and friends, and sex more than romance but all had the war overpowering these emotions. There were a few happily ever afters that were unexpected and helped the storyline. I didn’t predict the outcome of the story and it was better than I expected and there was closure. If there is a book 3 and beyond I would hope the characters and storyline would be more like Seduction or Joyce’s Deadly series.
Favorite Quote:…”We are being very careful not to let the past affect the present. We are trying very hard to maintain the roles we have taken as housekeeper and employer.”
His gaze narrowed. “Does that mean you have discussed your past affair?” She did not want to lie. “Of course we have. I never said that this situation isn’t somewhat awkward. But his children come first – we agreed upon that.”…
Posted November 16, 2012
This book was terrible, I couldn't even finish it. As noted in other reviews, the author's use of exclamation points in this book was just strange. The heroine was clueless, and frankly kind of stupid. Despite part of the set up for the story being that the hero and heroine spent a passion filled summer together, the auther tries to rewind and make her "innocent." And by innocent, I mean clueless, and stupid. Did I already mention that? Sorry, it's worth repeating. The idea for this story was good, but the writing was sooo bad. Wish I had not wasted my money on this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2012
Amelia Greystone is in Cornwall when she finds out the Countess of St.Just, her closest neighbor has died giving birth, leaving behind three little ones. Amelia realizes, Simon, the Earl of St.Just, the same man who broke her heart 10 years ago when he left without a word, will be returning to Cornwall for the first time since then. Amelia being softhearted sees the grieving children and the changed and disturbed Earl, takes a job as his housekeeper. Simon is suffering from nightmares and paranoid that someone will hurt him and those he loves and finds the attraction they once shared is still strong, and even though he knows he's placing her in danger, can't help but want her near. What is Simon hiding and why won't he look at his new daughter? Persuasion is the second book in this series about men who are involved first hand in the British war effort in France during the period known as "The Terror". This book was enjoyable with a good story, however I couldn't bring myself to like Amelia or Simon that much. While I admire Amelia's take charge attitude in seeing that the children needed love and care in this trying time after losing their mother, and stepping in to do so, there were many times when it seemed she had a split personality. While Amelia could be strong, she could also come across as very weak. Amelia ignored her gut feeling that Simon was involved in the war effort after getting numerous confirmations that something was wrong. What I found extremely disturbing was her reaction to coming across that if leaked could harm England's was efforts both there and in France. She was asked by the spymaster Warlock, also her maternal uncle, to swear she would not disclose what she knew, and she refused. Her first response was to run to her brother, Lucas, and tell him everything, not realizing exactly how much danger she is in, until Warlock shows her by kidnapping her. "[She gasped. "How could you do such a thing?" But as she stared at her uncle, she realized he was right. She was in danger now, because she was Simon's lover and knew too much. French agents could abduct her, just like her uncle had.}" Ms. Joyce's characters seem to be formulaic. If it's not broke, why fix it right? However, the hero's tend to be domineering and overbearing, and the women vary from being strong in one moment, to very weak, and doing things that seem extremely foolish in the scheme of things. Seduction also had this flaw. I am hoping that the character development in the next book is stronger. However, this is the only flaw in the book. It was good to see Julianne and Dominic from Surrender. I liked them much more in this book, even though their involvement and presence was minimal. Brenda Joyce has been a published author for 24 years, this year. She's written mostly historical romance, along with a paranormal series and a romantic historical mystery series. The next and third book in "The Spymasters Series", Surrender is set to be released this November, which will be about smuggler Jack Greystone. I'm hoping that my guess regarding whom Lucas will be paired with in the scheduled final book of the series is correct. I am really looking forward to reading both Jack and Lucas's stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2012
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