Much Ado About Jack

Much Ado About Jack

by Christy English
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julieford More than 1 year ago
Christy English has written wonderfully inspiring book. This is the story of Angelique, a widowed Countess, who lives her life on her own terms after being let down by love twice and Captain James Montgomery who is instantly taken and will stop at nothing to have her. While Angelique is rescuing her deceased husband's natural daughter and protecting her bestfriend from an evil Duke, James is pursuing her. What they think is a brief affair turns into a love for the ages.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Christy English continues her Shakespeare in Love series, with her latest book, Much Ado About Jack. A historical romance series with a nod to one of the greats is reason enough to read this book, but English also gives readers an adventurous love story between a Widow who has no wish to wed and a sea captain who wants to find something or someone that has a greater pull than the sea. Fans of the series know that English, once a Shakespearean actress, uses her experience with the work of the bard to temper her stories. She has a knack for taking Shakespeare and making it her own! What I liked:  Angelique was a heroine with some spunk. She was a confident woman, who knew what she wanted out of life and what she didn't want and in this case that was another husband. Being a widow in the ton provided her with the independence she craved, the wealth to do as she pleased and the opportunity to engage in romance without entanglements. Giving that up was not in the plan. I loved her. She was snarky and sassy and knew how to put a man in his place. She understood the rules of the ton and how to play the game well. She didn't mind being the one they all talked about, she reveled in it. My kind of girl. James was a wonderful hero as well. A sea captain by trade, is not often known to stay long on the shore. The lure of the sea was often to great to keep them bound to the land and you could see that in his character. He had a sense of restlessness about him and an air of command that was undeniable. When he met Angelique he had certainly met his match. It would take a strong man to love a woman like that, and James fit the bill.  I loved the banter between these two characters and the struggle for control which ensued. She was use to being in command and so was he. I think she treated him with disdain and aloofness partly because she knew he could be her downfall. I loved the way that English allows the reader to be spectator in this battle of wills. The ending was perfect for the two of them and I thought English was able to make everything flow naturally, no one had to give up anything they didn't want to and it felt like a win-win all the way around for characters and readers alike.  This one has spicy moments to be sure and I think it was important that those times be organic and not forced. English knows how to bring the heat without overwhelming the reader. She proves that good love scenes don't have to be raunchy to grab the reader and not let go. I appreciated her use of language and description throughout the book, but it really was showcased in the interactions between Angelique and James whether in the bedroom or out. What I didn't like: Angelique was really mean to James in the beginning. I understood the reasons for that, but still thought perhaps the author could have lightened up a bit on him. James was a great character and took it all in stride. it probably even made him want her more. Bottom Line: This is an excellent series and great nod to one of literature's most celebrated authors. English does justice to Shakespeare and provides readers with a captivating love story between two very strong personalities. I look forward to English's next offering.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
This was a great read and thoroughly enjoyable! First time reading Christy English, but not the last! Angelique Beauchamp was a fantastic heroine! She was her own woman! She was ahead of her time and she protected both her independence and her power very carefully. It was exciting to see a heroine who was in charge of herself and who had such confidence. Captain James Montgomery presents the best challenge to Angelique. He sees her as a challenge and won’t be swayed or deterred. James was a fun character and it was interesting to see a woman in power and a man try to gain control instead of having it. Angeligue and James had excellent chemistry and they were a perfect match for each other. Only a strong and deserving man would be able to conquer Angelique’s heart. Reading about a woman and her handling of a ship was also very impressive and it tied in perfectly with Angeliques personality. I plan to read more of Ms English’s novels and will go back and read the previous books in the “Shakespeare in Love” series. Great fun and adventure with James and Angelique!
MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
Great story!! OMG! I have to get the others in this series! I started wrong as far as the order but I really enjoyed Angelique and James! I love her spirit and his humor. The banter between these two will keep you smiling and talk about passion....these two have it in spades! There are quite a few secondary characters who steal my heart and one who I want to bash in the head, repeatedly. Christy has won me over again with her writing!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance, Much Ado About Jack was a lovely read. An independent heroine, a persistent hero, and a few secrets to make things  more interesting. What's not to like? Angelique was a good heroine. She was strong and determined. And, even though she tried to hide it, she had a truly kind heart. But, she came off as shrewish at times. Particularly in the way she acted toward James, who was nothing but kind to her. I didn't understand why she took such offense to him for seemingly no reason. I understood why she was wary of men, but she didn't act that mean to any other man and James didn't do anything to deserve it. That bothered me and detracted from the book. But, overall, I was okay with her. James, on the other hand, I totally adored. He was absolutely sweet and completely determined to win over the woman he loved, even if he had to keep chasing after her. He was perfect and I adored him. The romance was good. Angelique and James were very sweet together, particularly with how James was so determined to win her over. And, of course, there was some spice laced in there as well. The chemistry between these two was intense from the moment they met. I thought they were lovely together. The plot was okay. I wasn't completely hooked, but I was kept interested. There were a few surprises in store, particularly for Angelique. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was very sweet. Much Ado About Jack was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth the read. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK by Christy English is an exciting Regency Historical Romance 1818 England. #3 in the "Shakespeare in Love" series, but can be read as a stand alone. From the author's note: *"Much Ado About Jack" begins one month prior to "Love on a Midsummer Night"* Than the excitement begins......similar to Shakespeare's play: "Much Ado About Nothing", but with added fun, more danger, and passion. Follow Angelique Beauchamp, widowed Countess of Devonshire, and Captain James Montgomery on a journey of re-kindled passion, unexpected love, a bit of danger, and the lure of the sea. Can a temporary liaison turn into true love? One loves the sea the other was burned by love and determined no man will NEVER touch her heart again, nor will she be betrayed by a man again. But things change after Angelique has a dalliance with Captain James, who Prinny calls Captain Jack. A fun read with lots of passion and danger thrown into the mix. If you enjoy historical romance, sea adventures,lots of passion and a bit of mystery, than you will enjoy "Much Ado About Jack". Oh, did I mention a dysfunctional family, a mean-spirited brother, and a wounded lover? The characters are engaging as well as realistic. The storyline was intriguing as well as interesting. An enjoyable read. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and Mor
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The third book in Christy English's playfully sexy Shakespeare in Love series; this is my second favorite after How to Tame a Willful Wife. This story features an admirable heroine with backbone, as ruthless as any man. Angelique Beauchamp, the Countess of Devonshire and a French sea captain’s daughter, is a notorious woman, independent of any man’s power, with very profitable business interests. Married young but left heartbroken by both her promiscuous late husband and then Anthony, the Duke of Ravensbrook, her long-term protector, she has vowed to never fall in love or marry again. Until an arrogant Scottish sea captain captures her heart desiring nothing more than to take care of her and love her, Angelique has pushed love away. But not pleasure; as a widow, she discreetly takes lovers. “Angelique rarely thought kindly of marriage, for any institution that stripped a woman of all her worldly possessions and left her at the mercy of a virtual stranger bore more of a resemblance to highway robbery than a sacrament.” (p221) Angelique loves the country; it’s where she sheds her tough veneer and relaxes, and this comes through in the beautifully descriptive passages of her beloved house, Aeronwynn’s Gate, in Shropshire and later, the quaint cottage in Devonshire. I love how she rebuffs James’ presumptuous overtures at every turn, leaving him wanting. He admires her ability to stand up to him, as fearless as any man, despite her diminutive size. She knows James wants her and she wants him, too, but on her terms; merely as a lover, nothing more. But, of course, his unfailing tenderness and kindness melt her defenses. He discovers that her austerity covers great pain and he becomes both her lover and her friend. Captain James Montgomery is a dashing Scottish sea captain, considering making a life on land, when he meets and falls hard for Angelique. When I read these lines, I fell in love with him: “‘Some women are complicated. Angelique is one of them.’ ‘Maybe I like complicated,’ James said.” (p12) Bravo to all men who enjoy a complicated woman who keeps him on his toes! James is a mere mister, with no title. He has no patience or tolerance for ton society but holds his own in the face of their snobbery. “Neither looked at him, and James remembered what his brief moments among the ton had always felt like when he was in Town after Trafalgar: a cold winter that never saw sunlight.” (p75) I liked James Montgomery so much I was a little sad to see him disappear for a bit toward the end of the book when he leaves on an assignment for his father; but he returns for Angelique. The descriptions of him are delicious: “He wore no scent, but smelled only of the salt of the sea and of the cedar his clothes had been pressed in.” (p69) This book is closely linked with the events from book two, Love on a Midsummer Night, and I highly recommend reading this series in order. Angelique is Arabella’s best friend and will do anything to protect her, even if it means turning nasty gossip toward herself to save her sweet friend’s reputation. Angelique is unfailingly kind to everyone, even her ex-lover, Anthony, his young wife, Caroline, and their son. She even takes in Sara, the twelve-year-old bastard daughter of her late husband to raise her as her own. And all her servants were rescued from lives of hardship. Her exterior shell is hard as nails but she has a soft heart, like an alpha male hero. Angelique’s ward, Sara, becomes a loving friend and a comfort to Angelique. Indeed, Sara needs Angelique as much as Angelique needs Sara. The little details are lovely: how Angelique likes to untie James’ queue when she kisses him and interesting period details like letters from his sisters: “But they wrote him letters perfumed with scent, written on expensive parchment so that the ink would not run if the pages got wet.” (p95) The first book in the series, How to Tame a Willful Wife, is Anthony’s story with Caroline. Angelique’s appearance in that book is rather unflattering but she is a woman scorned. After ten years as Anthony’s mistress, any woman would be cranky at being tossed over. There are some wonderfully humorous moments as well: “The silk was wrinkled but repairable. Lisette would be annoyed, but would understand that when lustful Scots came to tea, these things happened.” (p104) “James waited for an army of footmen to descend on him and drag him down to the cellar, or wherever these posh Englishmen stashed violent Scots.” (p109) “He knew that he was being ridiculous, or at the very least, ridiculously romantic, but after their long, almost one-sided conversation over how their relationship was going to develop, and for what short duration, he found that he had to assert himself as a man or leave his ballocks in a jar at her bedside.” (p144) A fun and fitting conclusion to a sexy series.
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
I love a nice historical romance so I was eager to read Much Ado About Jack. I found this one started off with a bag, but started to fizzle a bit for me halfway through. Countess Angelique Beauchamp is a wealthy widow who enjoys her freedom. She's been burned by love in the past and she promises herself that will never happen again. Enter Captain James Montgomery, a retired Naval captain. As soon as he sees Angelique he knows he has to have her. When some trouble arises concerning Angelique's best friend and a villain from their past returns, Angelique heads off to save her friend. In the process, she also adopts her late ex-husbands daughter. I liked Captain Montgomery straight away and Angelique as well. She is no damsel in distress, she's feisty and has a mind of her own. The ton of course all talk about Angelique and her lovers since it's all scandalous. Montgomery is the perfect hero, he's a bit cocky, brave, handsome as the devil and vows to get his lady. Plus he's a friggin' Scottish naval captain with beautiful hair and a six-pack, what more could you want from a hero in a fluffy historical romance? Through a twist of fate, Angelique becomes guardian to her late husbands now orphaned daughter. She decides to take the young girl in and give her a good life. Also in the plot is her quest to save her best friend Arabella's reputation and save her own fortune from the Duke of Hawthorne. Angelique and James have great chemistry and I had a smile on my face during some of their interactions. They've got the whole, "I want you, but we can't be together, it will never work, yes I will have you" thing down pact. I liked the power struggle between the two. I also liked that these two have flawed pasts and don't care what people think of them. This is the third installment in the Shakespeare in Love Series by Christy English. ("Much Ado About Jack", "Much Ado About Nothing") Although this can be read as a stand alone novel, I wish I had read the other two installments first. I think this is why the book fizzled for me. Characters from the previous installments are in this one, and I would have liked to have known more about them by reading the other books. Also, Count Hawthorne, the villain, was just too villainous for me. As the plot thickens, and more twists and turns arise, I found myself not really caring about the supporting cast of characters too much. This is not my first time reading Christy English's work. I read The Queen's Pawn and very much  enjoyed it. I like her style of writing, and Much Ado About Jack had some great lines: ...The sea Captain's lips were soft, sheathing his strength in silken pleasure. They moved over hers in lazy contemplation, not as if he would devour her, but as if he had all the  time in the world to savor the taste of her, to feel her body warm beneath his hands... p.30, Much Ado About Jack by Christy English I also enjoyed how the author weaves in Shakespeare throughout the storyline. Lastly, the cover. I like it. disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received a free review copy of this nook via Sourcebooks.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Angelique Beauchamp, the widowed Countess of Devereaux, is determined that she will never again give her heart away or give up her freedom. Her deceased husband and former lover broke her heart and she is determined never to put herself in that position again.  Captain James Montgomery is looking for a ship to purchase and is directed to the one owned by Angelique. Unfortunately for James, Angelique is not selling her ship. Since he couldn't get her ship, he turns his attention to getting her! Angelique is determined that any affair they engage in, will be very brief. James has other plans for their relationship. As he spends more time with Angelique, he is more or more determined to keep her in his life. Will Angelique open her heart to what could be the best thing to happen to her? I really enjoyed this novel. After reading book one in the series (How to Tame a Willful Wife), I was not sure I wanted to read a story about the "other" woman. But in book 2 (Love on a Midsummer Night), we see more of Angelique and learn that she acted the way she did because she was heartbroken. By the time I got to her story, I was ready for her to get the HEA that she deserved.  I fell in love with James almost instantly. I link when a hero sees what it is he wants and goes after it. There were times when he was a bit cocky, but I think you need a little bit of that to be the go getter type. I also loved the way that Angelique stood up for herself and didn't always allow James to get what he wanted. The banter between the two of them had me laughing out loud. They were the perfect match for each other. Thanks go out to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.