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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stories (Regency, Medieval and back to Regency)
1) Against the Odds - Lisa Kleypas
Takes Jake Linley from "Someone to watch over me" as the hero. The heroine is Miss Lydia Craven a brilliant mathematician who chose a husband with her head rather than her heart as she has worked out the odds of love at 1:400,000 and is thus engaged to Lord Wray.
Sara, Lydia's mother however wants a love match (like her own...
Published on 12 Aug 2004 by april-showers

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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read if you want something light
Somehow, it's harder to write short stories rather than a full novel. The plots are usually less complicated, and the characters less complexed. Still, it could make reading easier, and faster...coz there's less attention to details.
I like the first story (by Lisa Kleypas)...as always, her style is refreshing, and utterly charming. In a nutshell, the first story...
Published on 11 May 2004 by R. Wong


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stories (Regency, Medieval and back to Regency), 12 Aug 2004
1) Against the Odds - Lisa Kleypas
Takes Jake Linley from "Someone to watch over me" as the hero. The heroine is Miss Lydia Craven a brilliant mathematician who chose a husband with her head rather than her heart as she has worked out the odds of love at 1:400,000 and is thus engaged to Lord Wray.
Sara, Lydia's mother however wants a love match (like her own marriage) for her and maybe will help things along.
I particularly liked the characters of Lydia's parents who have some wonderful love scenes.
2) Midsummer's Knight - Kinley MacGregor
Takes Simon of Ravenswood from "Master of Desire" as the hero.
The heroine is Kenna a plumpish brown haired Scottish heiress, who has been writing to a knight named Stryder of Blackmoor, but Stryder knows nothing of the letters as Simon has written them all just using 'S' as the signature. Simon could never marry Kenna as he is of too low a birth, but worse is to come when the king finds out and insists that she marry Stryder.
A different kind of tale to the other 2 but Simon comes across as a soulful noble chap (he has muscles as well) and you want him to get the girl.
3) A tale of two sisters - Julia Quinn
The hero is Ned Blydon (Lord Burwick) from "Splendid" now he is engaged to Lydia Thornton and due to marry in 3 days. He has never met a woman who inspired him with passion in the last 8 seasons so has decided if he cannot marry for love he will marry for land.
With everyone gathering for the wedding he meets a woman who does inspire him with passion. But she is Charlotte, Lydia's sister and he is an honourable man and must go through with the wedding.
This is a nice story; I love the interplay of the characters and the humour of Ned trying to escape his sister Belle and heavily pregnant cousin Emma. Plus the poetry is a hoot.
3 very good stories(I have tried not to give away the plots too much) that I know I will reread many times, even though I have only ever read the Julia Quinn story 'Splendid' and have no knowledge of the other two heroes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for every Julia Quinn-fan, 7 Nov 2003
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This book features three short novellas, each built up around a hero who has previously been a secondary character in one of the authors' earlier novels. For Julia Quinn's part the hero is Ned, Emma's cousin and Belle's brother from Splendid and Dancing at Midnight. He was never a favorite of mine, but since he appeared in JQ's first two books and her writing has gone from great to outstanding over the years, I can recommend this book to anyone who appreciates her light-hearted regency style of romance.
The other two stories aren't bad either. Unfortunatly, I've not read the novels in which these two heroes first appeared. But I liked Kinley MacGregor's contribution here better than other books by her that I've read.
Lisa Kleypas's story has nice characters, but it sort of gives you that feeling "Why don't these people just talk to each other for five minutes, and solve all their problems". And, one critisism on Lisa Kleypas's research that I have to add: A Chateau d'Yquem Sauterne is not "ruby red", and it's certainly not "a sort of port".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused, 2 Mar 2011
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For those who have read other Lisa Kleypas books, you might wonder whether Ms Kleypas has thought about the chronology of her characters. Dr Linley appears in the Bow Street runners series as a doctor in his late twenties, in which Derek craven's club is mentioned. The club burned down before Lydia was even born, so by my reckoning, he should be nearly 50!

However, ignoring that, the story is lovely albeit too short.

I bought the book for Jake Linley's story, but the other two stories were also enjoyable. I own several Julia Quinn books, but I have always found the style to be far too modern in tone, however, the characters and interaction are fun.

Despite what other reviewers have said, the Kinley McGregor story is very sweet and truly romantic, and also enjoyable.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read if you want something light, 11 May 2004
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Somehow, it's harder to write short stories rather than a full novel. The plots are usually less complicated, and the characters less complexed. Still, it could make reading easier, and faster...coz there's less attention to details.
I like the first story (by Lisa Kleypas)...as always, her style is refreshing, and utterly charming. In a nutshell, the first story paints the picture of a tortured doctor who loves the heroine, and she too is attracted to him, but decides to marry someone else because she cannot imagine falling in love with anyone else . She thinks the doctor beyond her reach because she overheard him talking of his disinterest.... And then fate gives them a push, and on the night before the heroine is to be married, the poor doctor and her have a confrontation, and of coz... end up professing their love for each other. Short and sweet.
I absolutely HATE the second tale. The author (I don't even remember her name) has an atrocious style, and her love scenes are boring and utterly ...yucky! I don't even know how to go on describing the story. I think it's just as well her novella was sandwiched between two witty authors - else, her books surely won't see the light of print.
Julia Quinn has always been one of my favourite authors. But I cannot say this novella is one of her better stories. It reflects one of her earlier styles.... too light hearted, no tension, no twists.... and well, I much rather prefer the Brigerton plots. No fight there. Still, the hero 'Ned', appears to be an easy going fellow... not much depth to his character, I must say. The heroine Charlotte...well, she appears to be intelligent, and ...pleasant. Erm, I can't say either of their characters are very exciting. But it's still a pleasant read.
I confess I bought this book and then returned it to the bookshop because it's not a book I'd like to keep. Pleasant while it lasts, but ...hmm, utterly forgettable.
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