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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?

©2015 Erica Ridley (P)2015 Erica Ridley

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  • Zena
  • 15-03-17

Clever and well thought out

This was a very clever, well thought out Historical Romance.
It had me in stitches of laughter most of the time. At other times I was routing for the heroine, hoping that what she so fervently wished for would happen so that all her conniving and devious actions would end in success and in fulfillment of her dreams.
I also listened to the audiobook version and it is great.
I'm very happy to recommend this book to you and wish you a good reading experience.

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  • girlwonder87
  • 17-02-17

Series keeps getting better

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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.

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  • Trish R.
  • 11-03-17

DNF @ 35%..

Good grief! We’re back to me being shallow! Sorry!

On the cover there’s a pretty girl in a peachy-orange gown that’s looking pretty thin to me, BUT she’s plump and Ms. Ridley doesn’t let you forget it. She feels the need to beat you over the head with it. How many times have I said I read to get out of the real world? I don’t want to read about heroines who are too big, too plain, too much red hair like a Brillo pad, especially when she looks like that and the hero is drop dead gorgeous. Here are examples: On page 14 “quite pretty for a plump girl.” Page 14 “did nothing to hide her plumpness.” Page 41 “is it because I’m plump?” Page 44 “I’m plump.” Page 44 “If she was plump.” Page 47 “any other explanation beyond her plump frame,” and on and on it went.

I really was looking forward to Xavier Grey’s book but I’ve reached 35% and I can’t finish. *Sigh* shallow, shallow, shallow. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, but I am the one who will expound on it….Again and again… Another author I will not be reading anymore. I can’t read books where the heroine is just like me, unattractive and fat. WTH kind of book is that anyway? I don’t want to be dragged into the real world when I read.

If the book cover had matched Grace's description I would never bought this book. I hate being tricked.

As to the narrator: Always a real pleasure to listen to Stevie Zimmerman lately. Great voices and terrific emotional reading.

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  • Diane D
  • 16-02-17

War Leaves a Man with Demons

What made the experience of listening to The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress the most enjoyable?

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

What other book might you compare The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress to and why?

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

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jane's cat destroyed all of Oliver's clothing and then he finds them all mended with whimsical embroidered designs

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 17-12-15

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.

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  • B. Rogers
  • 13-12-20

WOW!

Let me just start by saying that if ALL of the rest of the book had been a dud (which it wasn't) the ending at the theater would have earned it 4 or 5 stars all by itself. Now, that was romance!!!

I liked the characters.
Captain Xavier Grey is a tortured soul -- a war hero who can't get over what he did in the war and what he saw. His body is whole, but his heart and mind are not. He doesn't feel he deserves love or happiness, so he has totally cut himself off from all society. He's gone to live at his small cottage where he won't have to see or interact with anyone other than his small staff.

Jane Downing has resigned herself to being a friendless spinster, but she wants to be intimate with a man just once so she'll have the memories to last her through the rest of her life. So, she's chosen Captain Grey as the one she wants to be intimate with. She makes her plot and sets out to fulfill her wants. So -- you know he doesn't stand a chance -- right.

So, now for the ending. I'm not going to put a spoiler in here and tell you about it. Just let me tell you that it is one of the sweetest and most romantic things you'll read and it happens at the theater. You'll just have to read it.

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  • Pookie_Plans
  • 08-07-20

Enchanting

Delightful, funny, sweet story with a swoon-worthy hero and utterly charming heroine. And a memorable cat, lol!

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  • M. Sheron
  • 09-02-20

Enjoyed this story

Well written and narrated. The characters were familiar from previous books. Sexy and romantic. Worth a listen.

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  • happyjo
  • 24-09-19

The Captain's restocking mistress

Lovely romance between a gallant captain with a dark past and a lonely bookish young woman.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 08-08-19

They had time to find each other & their true self

She prefers a good book, than a social occasion. He had decided that society was better off without his presence.
She wanted to experience the sexual experience, even though she was sure that she would never marry. He was her ideal lover, in her eyes, she only had to make it happen.
Well what actually happened is best read (or listened to) in the writer's own words. I believe you will enjoy this very different, Regency Romance, as much as I did.