Captain Xavier Grey's body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn't deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed....
Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?
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"Another great Ridley book"
Another great Ridley book. Always too short, though. Great narration.
I love Jane. I always love a Bluestocking. I hope the rest of the books in this series are released on audio soon.
"Series keeps getting better"
This series keeps getting better and better. I was actually sorry to see this novel end.
Jane is a bluestocking and a wallflower. At twenty-four, she sees herself as a spinster whose only friends are her books, because nobody notices her. Xavier is a captain, recently returned from the army, who doesn't feel like he belongs in society anymore. When Jane pursues a dalliance with him, acting on a crush on him that began before he left for battle and thinking it might be her only chance ever for romance, both of them find more than they were looking for.
In retrospect, having just finished the book, it would have been nice to see more of the other characters who have been mentioned in the previous two. In the context of the plot, though, I think it worked well to focus on just the two main characters; it didn't feel out of place as I was reading. Jane was lovable and relatable, and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading about her.
I received a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
"War Leaves a Man with Demons"
Stevie Zimmerman has a wonderful way of bringing the story to life, Her voice is easy to listen to without getting in the way of a story
This fits well with the entire Dukes of War Series. In this case it would be comparable to the many Historical Romances dealing with the effects of war on the men returning from battling Napoleon
When Jane's cat destroyed all of Oliver's clothing and then he finds them all mended with whimsical embroidered designs
I cried a lot through this book. Oliver came back from the war catatonic and once he finally came out of it he still felt the need to separate from society. When he needed people the most he withdrew. His situation brought on lots of tears but Jane and her cat added some joy to the story
This entire series makes you feel for the men who go off to war. Even though they have returned they still battle their memories and are changed from the young boys who went off to war.
"Delightful, light and fun regency"
Another delightful Regency romp. The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress takes a side step away from the social niceties of Almacks, the opera and the beau monde, and instead the courtship is played out in a secluded cottage during a snow storm. Jane is intent on getting her man and she has set her sights on Captain Xavier Grey who has just recently returned from war. Although he suffering mentally and emotionally due to his experiences of war, no amount of protestation on Xavier's part is going to deter Jane who is determined to become his mistress if nothing else.
The banter between the couple and the frustration Jane suffers adds to the comedic element of the novel.
I voluntarily received a review copy
"A nice listen with a few quibbles!"
I've been very pleased with Erica Ridley's books, most of which I've picked up for free or nearly nothing, making them amazing deals. This book was another pleasant surprise for me.
I want to talk about the audio, which I have very mixed feelings about. To start, I think that Stevie Zimmerman has a great narrating voice and style, and does a surprisingly competent male voice, despite her very high register. What I had a HUGE issue with was the recording quality. To be frank, it sounds like Stevie Zimmerman recorded this in her bathroom. The quality was pretty bad at parts, sounding either tinny or scratchy and unclear, and coming from listening to a professional recording to this was jarring.
The story was fun and easy. It isn't as complex as some other historical romances that I've read and loved, but it was entertaining without feeling frivolous or silly. It kept Erica Ridley on my list of author to watch, and I'll keep buying her books in the future.
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