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Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander Paperback – 13 Dec 2013
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Sparkling with Regency wit and panache, Herendeen s debut novel...is a brilliant exploration of love, sexuality, class, and gender, but above all, it is a wonderful love story. Highly recommended for those readers comfortable with alternative sexual and erotic literature.--Library Journal"
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I liked the main character, Phyllida, and found her sympathetic but couldn't say the same for the other characters who came across as rather stereotyped and shallow (simpering gay lords, manly blokes with a touch of arrogance who just happened to be bisexual) - maybe that's just me as I like to get 'into' the people and period and I felt it lacking here, description-wise. If you don't know the Regency period already and have little idea of the social norms of 'Jane Austen society' it could be hard to picture where some of the characters are coming from.
A jolly romp though I wouldn't call it a particularly erotic novel if you are into that genre.
There are many many historical inaccuracies too, which - if the theme and subject hadn't put me off - would have warranted as low a mark as I have given.
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I don't regret giving it a try, since I do think the author is talented; but before reading any of her other novels I'd want to know that more went into smoothing out the story and the people in it.
Andrew's perfect world splinters when a blackmailer tries to extort money from him. Worse someone molests his charming Phyllida, but forces her silence with the threat to expose her husband. Though she hides the truth, Andrew learns what happened to her. Feeling like a loser, Andrew wonders what he can do to protect his beloved wife and his cherished lover from harm.
This fabulous erotic Regency romance stars three likable fully developed individuals with diverse personalities who bring a different look at the usual locales and suspects that frequent sub-genre novels. The story line is fast-paced as the audience knows from the title that Andrew is atypical of the normal historical romantic novel hero. His relationships with Phyllida and Matthew are beautifully portrayed and his feelings of inadequacy are caused because he cherishes and loves both of them. Humorous and satirical as Ann Herendeen skewers the ethics of the Ton (and by implication modern day American hypocritical claims of morality) PHYLLIDA AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF PHILANDER is a superbly written bisexual regency romance.