Teresa Thomas Bohannon holds an M.A.in history, with a special concentration in women's studies. She formerly served as a gemstone show host for an independent shopping channel and was known as the Queen of the Gemstone Dungeon. For the past fourteen years, she has been employed as the HR Director for a large non-profit agency. She has two grown sons.
Very Merry Chaseby Teresa Thomas Bohannon
Set in early 19th century Regency England, and harking back in style to the heyday of Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland, A Very Merry Chase is a comedy of manners and errors that boasts empire fashions, dashing characters, verbal sparring matches and witty repartee mingled with just a hint of
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A Very Merry Chase - An Old-Fashioned Regency Romance
Set in early 19th century Regency England, and harking back in style to the heyday of Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland, A Very Merry Chase is a comedy of manners and errors that boasts empire fashions, dashing characters, verbal sparring matches and witty repartee mingled with just a hint of mystery, danger and intrigue.
The highwayman was tall, so much so that he had to stoop to see his worthy opponent...even through the coach's open door. He wore a dark cloak topped off with a wide brimmed hat and a black mask, off-setting large gray eyes, which glittered like steel in the moonlight. A sardonic smile played over his generous, well formed lips and highlighted the strength of his jaw.
"Would I be correct in assuming you to be the famous—or shall we say, infamous—Lady Sabrina St. Clair? She, who dazzles the male population of the ton with her beauty only to break their hearts, and who causes the ladies to bristle with envy as dark and as green as her own lovely eyes?"
Her look of disgust elicited a deep laugh that only made her more beautifully angry. The devil took hold of him. He could not resist further goading her. "Before you so rudely interrupted me, My Lady, I do believe we were discussing recompense."
Sabrina grabbed up her reticule which she flung once more into his smirking face. "Take this and be done with it! Aye, and the jewels as well," she said, kicking the heavy case nearer to the door. "Take them all and be done with it. ‘tis a small enough price to pay to be rid of you."
"You offer your jewels most freely, my pet. Could it be that you do not cherish them overmuch—or could it be that you have other jewels upon which you set a higher value?"
“I am most certainly not your pet! And I am indeed most assuredly apologetic, sir, if you are disappointed in my meager supply of jewels." Her carefully articulated words slowly dripped with near deadly venom. "When next we meet, I will contrive to bring a better selection for your procurement."
"Ah, but you mistake my simple words, my p... my lovely Firebrand. Cold hard stones cannot hold a candle to the living, breathing prize I see before me. No...my love, I think I would prefer that which mere coin cannot purchase…a closer look at the emerald of your eyes, the warm luster of your pearly skin, and the touch of your ruby lips—that...that my dear lady would be prize plunder indeed."
He expected genteel fireworks; but received instead a heartfelt shock. His reward was neither ladylike blushes nor even a delicate swoon. Sabrina retaliated with a stinging slap and a veritable tirade of angry rants and furious imprecations.
When her angry diatribe finally wound to a breathless close, he laughed out loud before slowly, exaggeratedly applauding her most unladylike display of temper. "Well done. Well done, indeed, little Firebrand."
Insulted and outraged, she started to speak, but he stopped her with a finger to his well-formed lips and a shake of his head. "Seriously, my dear. Tsk. Tsk. And here I believed myself in the company of a fine lady—showing you all the courtesy due to one of your supposedly elevated station."
"Bloody hell, you did." she replied, attempting to land another stinging slap.
At this point, Lady Bethany, shocked absolutely to the core of her gentle soul, could take no more and swooned dead away.
He pointed this out with no little enjoyment. "Now, my fine lady, look what you've done. You should be ashamed?"
Sabrina, not in the least contrite, began to call down curses on not only the man himself; but on all of his ancestors past and his descendants yet to be born.
"My dear, that really is quite enough. If you persist in acting like a strumpet, then, I fear, as a strumpet you shall be treated."
She gasped aloud and jerked away; but he was lighting fast and inside the coach with one foot even before he finished speaking. He laughed as he swept her firmly into his arms and out into the moonlit night.
And thus begins the chase....
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Last month I won an e-version of A Very Merry Chase, a fun regency romance written by Teresa Thomas Bohannon. I have to admit I admire Ms. Bohannon--in the intro of the book she tells that this was 30+ years in the making. Personally, I am not sure I would ever have that much patience with the process; however, I think the end result was worth the effort because A Very Merry Chase has memorable characters and fast moving plot. I particularly liked Sabrina St. Clair, the lead character in the novel. She is a spunky woman who more than meets her match in Lord Branderly. A fun read I highly recommend!
This was a very fun, quick read. There are some very witty and humorous parts that I really enjoyed. I expected the outcome, but things didn't come about the way I thought they would in the end and it's always nice to have some twists in the plot. It was also very clean except for some brief mild language. 4.5 stars.
A Very Merry Chase is a classic Regency Romance. If you love Georgette Heyer you'll love this book. It was nearly bed time when I started reading. I told myself I'd just read the first chapter. Ha! By four in the morning I had to force myself to stop and go to bed. After about two hours sleep I got up to see my husband off to work and then after waving him away with bloodshot eyes, I finished the book. There's a large group of minor characters in the background and several times I had to stop and remember who was who, but I loved all the main characters including the bad guy (who isn't very lovable, but there's something about him that makes me hope he has a happy end somewhere). For some reason I assumed the ending would be very similar to the first chapter (but different) and it wasn't so I was slightly disappointed, but with hindsight the real ending works very well. The characters are strong and stable and Bohannon has a gift for timing. She builds tension and releases it at the perfect moment. I look forward to buying her future stories (whatever the genre). Cari Hislop
Ah storytelling with wit, my favorite! I do not hold to the notion that imperfect grammer or slight inaccuracies diminish a truly good story. This story was so charming and interesting, I only noted the author's name so I might look into her other books. 5* was just. Also, the writing didn't take 35 years, it was the publishing. Sorry it took her so long to get the confidence, for a first novel WOW!
Good clean read.
I read that it took this author 30 years to complete the book. I wish she had spent some of that time checking for historical accuracy and editing, for the excessive, and misplaced commas, that permeate, this book. It reads as if an enthusiastic but ill-informed Georgette Heyer fan had decided to mash together her favorite parts of Heyer's books without understanding any of the concepts or historical details. Silly characters, atypical period dialogue, incorrect use of historical references ("mort" is a woman, not a man; daughters of earls and dukes were referred to by first, not last, name; and on it goes) and blatantly unrealistic situations are just a few of the reasons why I would rate this effort well below Black Moth, the first and most juvenile of Heyer's books which nonetheless charms with its sincerity and innocence. Spare yourself the waste of money this book is and buy another Heyer instead. You will not regret it.