What Gail Carriger Read While Recuperating ~ Romance (Miss Carriger Recommends)

I’ve had a not insignificant amount of free time recently to read, Gentle Reader. Unfortunately, given an odd cocktail of painkillers, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. Anyway, I wrote down some thoughts on some of the books, sorry if they are a mite scatty. Here are some romances. I find that this genre is more fun for me when I am in between head spaces, so I tend to read a lot of romance when I am under the weather.

What I Read While On Hiatus ~ The Romances

Author: Meredith Duran
Series: Rules for the Reckless (Novella, 4 in series so far)
Genre: Historical-ish Romance
How Gail got it: Purchased (Bookbub)
Recommended? Yes, with reservations

A sort of Fanny Price poor relation story, with an oddly piratical element (for a book entirely without pirates). I enjoyed it, and the sex scenes were hot (if troubling in their power dynamic). So I bought the first book in her follow up series.

Author: Meredith Duran
Series: Rules for the Reckless (Book 1, 4 in series so far)
Genre: Historical-ish Romance
How Gail got it: Purchased
Recommended? Not really

For some reason this one didn’t work as well for me. Perhaps I am just becoming a novella reader? Or perhaps I didn’t identify with the main characters as much as with the previous offering. Nevertheless, I have the next in this series waiting for me, partly on the strength of the reviews which claim that Fool Me Twice is the best. However, if classic romance isn’t your thing, then these books likely won’t be either.

“He sneers so regularly that I suspect he shaves his mustache only to spare his nose the whisker burn.”

~ That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran

Author: Sandy Raven
Series: The Caversham Chronicles (Book 0, Novella with 4 in series so far)
Genre: Historical-ish Romance
How Gail got it: Purchased (Bookbub)
Recommended? Absolutely

Another romance novella I really liked. This one reminded me heavily of those super romantic Regency romances I read back in the 90s. I liked the quirkiness of the relationship dynamics: the age difference, the wicked aunt, the house party setting. I gobbled it up quickly and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Author: Sandy Raven
Series: The Caversham Chronicles (Book 1, 4 in series so far)
Genre: Historical-ish Romance
How Gail got it: Purchased
Recommended? No

Another one where the first in the series companion to the novella just wasn’t as good for me. This one really didn’t hit the mark. I don’t like the harem trope, and was repulsed by how servile the heroine acts. The characterization waffled. The plot was beyond preposterous. I stopped about halfway through with no interest in reading further and a strong disinclination to read any more of the author’s work. Although, that said, I loved the novella so much I might give another one of her novellas a chance.

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is: Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss}


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On Reading In Rail Cars:

“The practice of reading in railway cars has often been objected to by medical authorities. The Philadelphia Medical and Surgical Reporter tells us why it is objectionable. The proper distance between the eyes and the paper cannot be maintained in cars. The concussions and oscillations of the train disturb the powers of vision, and any variation, however slight, is met by an effort at accommodation on the part of the eyes. The constant exercise of so delicate an organ of course produces fatigue, and if the practice of railroad reading is persisted in must result in permanent injury. Added to this difficulty is bad of shifting light. The safe and prudent mode is to read little if any. The deliberate finishing of volumes in railway cars is highly detrimental.”

~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine November 1872


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  1. elzebrook said:

    I just inhaled a large number of Courtney Milan's romance novels, the Brothers Sinister series and the Turner family series, and I highly recommend them. The historical settings feel like window-dressing at times, but the creepy power dynamics and the violent alpha male posturing found in most romance novels are entirely and intentionally absent. It was really nice to read romance novels without fear of dubious consent. I found the books at http://romancenovelsforfeminists.blogspot.com/ which I think might be my new favorite review blog.

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