HANDS DOWN THE FUNNIEST HEYER I VE READ YETDeborah Grantham is a well enough born miss who due to her father s impoverished circumstances ended up being raised by her aunt Lady Bellingham who runs an exclusive aming house in London In any case a little lord with a bad case of puppy love A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion gets into his head that he wants to marry her and even though she never had any intention of accepting his older scowly cousin Mr Ravenscar decides to save little Adrian from the alleged fortune huntergaming wench I repeat Deb at no point even considered accepting Adrien s proposal But Deb and Mr Ravenscar are two of the BIGGEST DRAMA UEENS to ever exist and that s why this novel is so amazinghilarious She is so offended that he thought she was a hussy and he is so thoroughly annoyed by notetting his way for once that they both come up with increasingly absurd ways to piss each other off leaving everyone else around them to reach for their smelling saltsThis is like Pride Prejudice on crack indeed you may pick up on certain turns of phrase that are straight from that bookI have to say I haven t laughed out loud this many times reading a book in ages in fact I read the last 15% or so while on a treadmill at my The Magic Question gym just now and people thought I wasoing mental no one is supposed to look that happy on a treadmill5 of the easiest stars I ve ever iven 2019 ReviewMax Ravenscar s kidnapping is truly one of my favorite scenes in all of Heyer s works I ReviewMax Ravenscar s kidnapping is truly one of my favorite scenes in all of Heyer s works I the banter between him an Deb the dismissal of her brother the moment he walks back into the house when everyone thinks he is tied up in the basement It is all old pure old 2018 ReviewSo much witty banter Deb certainly represents an older Heyer heroine but sh Update I just reread this April 13 14th 2015 and it is every bit at ood as the first time Far fetched and comical it was just the sort of book I needed It had me laughing several times Georgette Heyer has written silly spoilt and ridiculous heroines she has made witty wize and winsome heroines Deborah Grantham is the best minx of all She is onalmost on the shelf and has little chance of making a match Her aunt has a aming house with a EO table and faro which adds up against her She also has an abominable temper thankfully not like the heroin in Bath Tangle but one singularly her own Max Ravenscar the Hero is appalled when he learns that his young nephew plans to marry a aming house wench and he lets her know in no uncertain words what he thinks of such a unionOhh What fights they had Max normally had An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism good control of himself but Deborah was out toet him To think that it all started because Max thought she was oing to marry his nephew Adding to the amusement is the fact that she had no intention of doing so This has become one of my favorites by Georgette HeyerThere is not as much language as one would exspect from a book where much time is spent in a ambling house I was also surprised by how little drinking was mentioned The is talk of a man who wants Deborah to be his mistress but he never acts on it And Max calls Deborah many many rude names I personally found it funny as she did sort of bring it on herself I will reread it just for the priceless moment in the cellarThis book began by reminding me of Vanity Fair because of Deborah being in tight straits It ended reminding me of Pride and Prejudice This was a classic hero and heroine story were they start of with a Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character great dislike of each other they each viewed the other vulgar and came to see that as much as they threatened to do away with the other they could not live one without the other I feel that of all the stories by Heyer that I have read this was the most thought out of them all Those of you wondering it doesn t end abruptly 45 starsCharming I smiled the entire time it took me to read this novel the battle of the sexes of the first order set in Regency England Max is a rich powerful and arrogant aristocrat When he learns that his younger cousin twenty year old Adrian is in love with airl from a Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences gaming house a painted harpy in his opinion and contemplates matrimony Max is aghast He would stop at noth. Skilled in the art of card playing Deborah Grantham aambler's daughter uses that skill as her sole means of support as mistress of her aunt's elegant and exclusive aming club in 18th century London The beautiful young must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers One is from an older very rich and rather corpulent lord whose reputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young puppyish scion of a noble family whose relatives. Some of the minor characters Deb s aunt Lady Bellingham is one of my favourites scatty yet kind GH ives her some the book s best lines I think Kit is the most horrible of all the unsatisfactory brothers in GH s stories It made me wonder if either of GH s own brothers had done anything to upset her at the time of writing Shallow disloyal self absorbed view spoiler he betrays Deb when she most needs help uses force against her to Between Silences get his own way hide spoiler Flushed with success from my recent reread of Venetia I cast caution to the wind and decided to take on another Georgette Heyer Regency novel I should have known I wasn t mentally up for another contrived plot yet Even Heyer s witty writing didn t save this one for meDeborah Grantham is a 25 year old with decent parentage butambling runs in the family and between one thing and another she s ended up as a faro dealer at a London Betrayals gambling house run by her aunt She s beautiful enough that she s attracted some attention fromentlemen who freuent the ambling house Mostly it s the wrong sort of attention But There S Lord Adrian there s Lord Adrian 20 year old heir to the Mablethorpe title who has fallen head over heels for her and wants to marry her His mother and #uncle want to suash this inappropriate romance and they have two months to do it before he turns 21 and ets #want to suash this inappropriate romance and they have two months to do it before he turns 21 and Bat Ode gets of his fortune So Adrian s uncle Max Ravenscar tracks Deborah down and decides the best way to handle her is to offer to pay her money a lot of money to send Adrian packing Deb and her aunt are in desperate need of money but Deb finds Max s offer so vastly insulting WHY that she not only turns down the money she declares that she ll wed Adrian just to spite Max even though she actually has absolutely no intention of marrying young Adrian And so begins a battle royale between this obstinate couple and of course we all know where it soing from there but the fun is in the journey Except it just wasn t that much fun for meLook I Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work get that Regencies aren t exactly the po Read a long long loooong time ago review also long overdue because people tend to ask when I scoffGeorgette Heyer wrote a pretentious anachronistic pseudo scientific retcon version of the regency era concentrated her allegedly so realistic writing on less than 300 people and those few they interacted with within a world spanning empire obliterated in a fell stroke everything else happening during a time which was one of the most important of industrialisation and science not to speak of featuring the major political upheaval of an entire continent And she all but killed doing all the above any serious engagement of female writers with said era Not just that her books and how they reduce everything to a mere play of manners for or less sillyoals are cause and reason for the continued contempt people direct at female romantic writing about that era Or even just female writing I can t even scorn those who do so because they are absolutely completely rightWhere Jane Austen wrote acerbic brilliantly sarcastic and often even cynical accounts of what it meant to be female and constrained by the rules and laws of that era and how women were reduced to hunt and rovel for male support and left not the slightest doubt about how she despised this Georgette Heyer erects some fantasy Disney world in which she feasted The Empire sexism misogyny and classi ScrumptiousI can t type it here the Spoiler Stasi would waterboard me but ZOMG this entire ending is the outside of enough I pity the fool who doesn t indulge in the occasional Heyer A diet of them would be akin to steamed pudding for breakfast ueen of Puddings for lunch and a Pavlova for dinner but damme how they are like vintage champagne served with an exuisite entremet ScrumptiousI can t type it here the Spoiler Stasi would waterboard me but ZOMG this entire ending is the outside of enough I
"pity the fool "the fool doesn t indulge in the occasional Heyer A diet of them would be akin to steamed pudding for breakfast ueen of Puddings for lunch and a Pavlova for dinner but damme how they are like vintage champagne served with an exuisite entremet. Arkably handsome witty and he could scarcely believe it well bred Nevertheless he expected she'd be rateful far the price he offered to Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War give up her young suitor Arrogant Ravenscar alwaysets his way and comes to buy her off an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate reprisals escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion As they lock horns they become increasingly drawn to each other Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements has Ravenscar finally met his mat. .
Ing to cut the connection His first step is to buy off the "greedy female In Deb he meets his match She is not painted nor "female In Deb he meets his match She is not painted nor nor a harpy and she doesn t contemplate matrimony at least not to Adrian who is five years her junior She is as proud as Max but unfortunately her family hit the hard times and she has no choice but to help her aunt in her aming establishment When Max offers Deb 10000 pounds to break off her non existing engagement to Adrian she flies into indignation Of course such a sum would help her aunt pay off all her debts but how dares that insufferable man insult her so How dares he presume she is for sale
She Wouldn T Take A Farthing Of His Money Shewouldn t take a farthing of his money She teach him a lessonAnd so the battle commences tit for tat After Deb delivers a shocking blow to Max s inflated ego he retaliates forcing her to exercise her creativity to the utmost for her next move While they strive to best each other the readers smile and chuckle and enjoy every page of this funny and inventive tale DelightfulBookish musing The previous book I read was a modern paranormal romance a ood book by all accounts but the comparison was inevitable With the exception of magic the male protagonists in both stories could be described by exactly the same words wealthy powerful autocratic absolutely unaccustomed to any resistance The female protagonists are also similar spirited compassionate independent would o to bat for their families But unlike the hero in the modern story Max would never resort to cruelty towards Deb or any other woman no matter how much he dreams of wringing her neck He is an alpha male yes but his politeness and manners are too ingrained he is a British aristocrat after all to do anything so base as apply deliberate pain to a female He is ruthless biased sometimes even hateful but his solutions are smart not brutal and he wants to win by his wits not his fists either literal or metaphorical And of course no lust is involved in Heyer s story Everyone knows it s there in the background but it s resistible It doesn t influence neither Deb s nor Max s decisions or actions Both have too much class to submit to their bodily urges Perhaps the comparison is unfair after all Heyer is a classic Her novels have been popular since 1921 and are still in print I m just saying I definitely prefer Georgette Heyer s approach Maybe I m too old fashioned I love it One of the best Heyer books I couldn t stop reading Fortunately I could spare time for that So I have read it in one day all dayThere wasn t a scene that I don t like You have many situations and brilliant dialogues between characters Both heroes have a spirit strong personality No ninny And they play together or I should say against each other famously There isn t so typical for Heyer a hero who must rescue a defenceless heroineWhat was shocking to me the most that I was surprised two times how the story turned out Because I love Heyer romances but they are very predictable Not this book at least for meI want such stories I ve read this book like most Heyers countless times if I had been rating books then this one would have been around 35 But now I m a lot fond of assertive heroines while both leading characters are very prone to irrational actions I m looking at the original publication date 1941 If I was a reader in WW2 I certainly would have wanted frothy fast paced fun rather than rim reality But just to At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture get an idea of the fantastic sums of money being thrown around in this book check out this currency converter note it stopped being updated in 2005 Gulp the pace on this one never lets upDeb may be uick tempered but she is also loyal kind inventive when her aunt needs help with herambling house she doesn t hesitate to step in even though she must have realised that she was putting paid to any chance of an eligible marriage leaving herself open to far less savoury offers But she doesn t waste time in regrets While Max is never Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity given much in personality other than he is autocratic skilled inambling the romance is allowed to Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism gradually unfold This is skillfully done special mention to. Are convinced she is a fortune hunterLady Mablethorpe was aghast Her young son Adrian wanted toet married Miss Deborah Grantham a ambling club wench Thus she sent her trusted nephew the vastly wealthy clever and imperturbable Max Ravenscar speeding to the faro tables to buy the hussy off A renowned amester and the first to own that he is untroubled by a romantic disposition Ravenscar regards all eligible females with indifference preferring horses cockfighting or cardsTo Ravenscar's surprise Deb turned out to be besides rem.