Initially the story and plot squandered a few moments that would have made for great laughs, but the 3. Initially the story and plot squandered a few moments that would have made for great laughs, but the adventure continued with a rescue, a race and finally the dealing of the love forged in excitement and suspense. Writing wise, I thought it was a bit uneven at times. The editing could have been better, but the plot made it worth the read. Enjoyed it and expect to continue reading this author. Sep 16, Drianne rated it it was ok Shelves: historical , fiction.
Okay historical romance het. Our heroine is ridiculously not-period, being the best swordsperson in England and a spy and blah blah blah. Her perfection merely wearied after a certain point especially as she wasn't all that perfect and the anachronisms grated more and more as the book went on. Luckily for her, the hero was much less stupid than she and was still willing to marry her when she'd done foolish things like try to get him to have sex with her when they weren't even engaged.
Many e Okay historical romance het. Many editing errors peaked for piqued, desert for dessert , too. The beginning was good, but it went downhill. Nov 19, Marlene rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-romances-challenge. Originally published at Reading Reality Sophie Barnes specializes in creating Regency heroines who seem improbably larger-than-life, and then making their square-peg-in-the-round-hole characters seem, not just reasonable for their particular circumstances, but absolutely the right woman for whatever normally staid and conventional male starts out attempting to shave off the edges of their unique charms.
Take Lady Alexandra Summersby for example. Every male in her entire family seems to work for th Originally published at Reading Reality Sophie Barnes specializes in creating Regency heroines who seem improbably larger-than-life, and then making their square-peg-in-the-round-hole characters seem, not just reasonable for their particular circumstances, but absolutely the right woman for whatever normally staid and conventional male starts out attempting to shave off the edges of their unique charms. Every male in her entire family seems to work for the Foreign Office.
In other words, she's the one female in an entire family of spies. Her mother is deceased, and if it wasn't tragic, I'd say the poor woman died of fright. But Alex was raised in the trade, so to speak. With every single member of her family in the secrets business, it is somewhat logical that she be able to defend herself. If anyone's cover is blown, she's a target. The only problem is that Alex is much too good at it. She's a much better with the sword than either of her brothers. She's much better at most of the "trade" than her brothers. So when her oldest brother, William, is accused of colluding with Napoleon instead of being the spy for the English that he really is , Alex gets herself attached to the investigation, with her father's consent.
Her younger brother Ryan goes along as chaperone. The man leading the expedition, Michael Ashford, Earl of Trenton, thinks he is taking the two younger Summersby sons to France to investigate the case. Only when the party arrives in France does Alex reveal that she is Alexandra. Michael is angry, not only at the deception, but at the danger that a woman brings to the investigation. He does not see the possibilities. Alex does not see that there is danger. She can defend herself. Very ably, too. But she has never dealt with the possibility that men will attack her, and in numbers, simply because she is a woman with a sword.
Michael tries to force her back into a conventional role, one that Alex cannot occupy.
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She loves herself as she is. She will never be a demure miss. No matter how much she has discovered she wants to attract Michael's attention. Alex is afraid to love. And it turns out that Michael will settle for nothing less. In the middle, there remains the question of Alex's brother William. Exactly who is he working for in Napoleon's court? Escape Rating B: Spies never occupy a conventional role in society. So the idea that Alex might be as unconventional as she is in this story, while surprising, isn't all that hard to swallow.
It just made her more interesting to watch. Her naivete that her sword would protect her from all the problems of being a woman travelling as a man did seem just that, a bit naive. In so many recent Regencies, in order to make the heroine a person that modern readers can identify with, the authors have resorted to using bluestockings as heroines. While I enjoy the bluestocking heroine as much as the next reader, being one myself, it is refreshing to see a story where the heroine is a woman of action.
It's a tad unconventional, but it works. There are always non-conformists. And spycraft is one of the oldest professions, one in which women have always taken part. The emotional center is the relationship between Alex and her family, and then between Alex and Michael. Alex is afraid to love because her father sincerely loved her mother. He slid into a deep depression when she died, and left Alex to her own devices. Something that contributed to her tomboy tendencies. Alex is afraid to love anyone that much. Michael needs a wife, but he also needs a partner.
Someone who won't bore him. Someone who understands his service with the Foreign Office. Alex challenges him. Her family also serves the Foreign Office. They can work together, if she can get past her fears, and if he can get past his conventionality to figure out that her very unconventionalness is what he really needs. Apr 18, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook , sophie-barnes , historical-romance , edelweiss. Michael Ashford, Earl of Trenton, has no clue how fast his life is going to be turned upside down when he has to go retrieve a possible traitor, William.
As Michael has never met William before in his duties with the Foreign Office, he agrees that William's 'brothers' should accompany him to correctly identify William. Michael believes these two brothers will just be in his way and really pays them little mind. He does find it odd that Alex needs to constantly wear a scarf to cover a disfigureme Michael Ashford, Earl of Trenton, has no clue how fast his life is going to be turned upside down when he has to go retrieve a possible traitor, William. He does find it odd that Alex needs to constantly wear a scarf to cover a disfigurement but again, pays it little mind.
The shock of finding out that Alex is truly Lady Alexandra, renowned swordswoman, angers Michael. But after the anger of being betrayed recedes, a deep admiration for this spirited hoyden grows until he knows that Alex is the only woman for him. Convincing a marriage scared Alex is a whole other matter though After her mothers death when she was a young girl and watching her father fall to pieces without his partner anymore has turned Alexandra into the daring woman she is today, but not without cost.
She can best her brothers at swords easily and would rather wear breeches than a ball gown and once her father came out of his deep grief, he thankfully encouraged her and had her train with the best. She is determined to prove her brother Williams innocence and will not get hanged up on the man set out to see him accused. Besides, she has no intention of ever marrying and having her love die and leave her alone and saddened by grief. But as life throws Michael and Alexandra together through some delightful occurrences the duel, yes a real duel, between them is quite fun!
Alexandra must decide if true love is worth the risk after all. This was another delightful novel from Sophie Barnes! I really enjoyed how Alexandra was encouraged to follow her desires to wield a sword and fight by her father and her brothers. She was not forced to be a 'proper' lady but underneath all her hoyden ways, she is still a woman longing for love and scared to accept it when she finds it.
I also enjoyed her reasons for not wanting to marry--she had a wonderful example from her parents but the thought of enduring the sadness that her father suffered when her mother passed too soon, really shaped her views on love and marriage. Her relationship with her two brothers, William and Ryan, was great and leads to some fun interactions! Michael is a perfect balance to her and adds a sense of calm and is one of the only people that can actually best Alex at a few things!
He knows fairly quickly that Alex is the only woman for him but convincing Alex of that proves to be more of a challenge than he thought. I did feel that our couple fell for each other fairly quickly but it then took awhile for them to finally say their true feelings for each. And when they finally do, Alexandra's temper almost gets the best of her : Overall, this is a fun, light, sexy read that has just enough intrigue to add some weight to the story.
I started laughing fairly early on and I kept smiling throughout the whole book. I am really looking forward to William and Ryan's stories! Jun 10, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction. Sophie Barnes has done it again. She gave us another wonderful book to read. It was hard for me to put down for any length of time. This is the first book in the Summersby series. Lady Alexandra "Alex" Summersby is not your average upscale society young woman.
She would rather climb a tree, have sword fighting matches with her brothers than go to balls. And, for the most part, she has sworn off marriage. Her mother died when she was younger and her brothers were off to school leaving her to deal Sophie Barnes has done it again. Her mother died when she was younger and her brothers were off to school leaving her to deal with a grieving father. She was pretty much on her own to deal with her mother's loss and the thoughts of losing other loved ones.
Alexandra finds herself going on a secret mission with her brother, Ryan, and the Earl of Trenton, Michael Ashford. Knowing that the Earl would not want a woman on this mission she disguises herself as a young man until they get to their destination, then the Earl couldn't send her packing.
The mission they were on was to find her other brother, William, in Paris who the Earl thought was conspiring with Bonaparte by giving away the English' secrets.
On this adventure, it seems that the Earl becomes smitten with Alexandra and she with him. Only she was trying her best not to show that. They did succumb to their attractions however. The Earl always had a way with the women and had himself many mistresses and enjoyed his single life. Now he was getting marriage thoughts when it came to Alexandra. Oh my! Finding William and then attending a ball given by Bonaparte, Lady Alexandra uses her feminine wiles to get information out of Bonaparte's right hand man. She goes off to tell Ryan and Michael and then they are off to find an Englishman being held captive in the dungeons.
Alexandra uses her wiles to distract the guard and she and Michael help the man to escape only to find out later he was a double-agent working both sides. Now they had to get away. Being chased by Bonaparte's men they finally got rid of them and made to tell Wellington of Bonaparte's plans. Thank goodness!! They saved the day. Back home again, Alexandra finds herself forlorn. She is so in love with Michael and doesn't quite know what to do.
Her father gives her some good advice and once again she has gotten an idea of how to finally become Mrs. Michael Ashford. It is fun to see how she does this and how their lives are fulfilled finally. Everyone will enjoy reading this book as I did. It is a fun read. Jul 29, Pamela rated it it was amazing. Neither Alex, nor her family, think that the information received is true and are willing to do whatever it takes to prove his innocence. Their mission is to locate William and that is how Alex finds herself disguised as a man and accompanying her brother, Ryan, and another member of the Rated 5 Blue Ribbons and RR for Recommended Read Review courtesy of Romance Junkies: It is believed that Alex's brother, William, has been trading information to both sides, labeling him a traitor to his country.
Their mission is to locate William and that is how Alex finds herself disguised as a man and accompanying her brother, Ryan, and another member of the Foreign Office named Michael Ashford, on their journey. It all seemed so easy in her mind, but soon Alex learns that things do not always go according to plan. Michael knows that there is something off about Alex, but cannot quite put his finger on it.
He is shocked and angry when he realizes that Alex is actually a woman who has hidden herself away in a man's clothing. Not only does it make things distracting, but the fact that she is such a beauty could potentially cause them problems on their mission. What Michael does not know is that Alex can pretty much hold her own since she is trained in most masculine sports, such as sword fighting and guns. At first, Alex is set in keeping her distance from Michael. He incites feelings in her that she has never before felt and that makes her extremely nervous. Unfortunately, the more time they spend around one another, the more Alex really begins to care for Michael.
When they are caught in a compromising position, both of their hands are forced. Their whole lives are about to be turned completely upside down and Michael and Alex may never be the same. I am not stretching the truth when I say that I have just read the best book this year. It easily clears a spot on my keeper shelf and is rated in my top five favorite historical romances ever read. I loved everything about it, the characters, the adventure and the humor. Barnes writes with a keen eye for detail that really draws you into the story and makes you feel that you are right there with the characters.
Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure is the first book in the Summersby series, and I highly recommend reading it. I will be waiting patiently for the next book. Jun 05, Rebecca Graf rated it really liked it. And stubborn heroines and their men. I love these kind of stories on a rainy day.
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The Luck of the Bride. Janna MacGregor. The Duke Who Lied.
A Dream of Redemption. Bronwen Evans. The Duke Buys a Bride. Sophie Jordan. When a Duke Loves a Woman. My Daring Duchess. Julie Johnstone. The Devilish Duke. Maddison Michaels. Wallflower Most Wanted. Manda Collins. The Duke of Hearts. Duke of Storm. Gaelen Foley. How to Woo a Wallflower. Christy Carlyle. Kimberly Bell. No Earls Allowed. A Duke in the Night. Kelly Bowen. A Scottish Lord for Christmas.
Lauren Smith. A Devil of a Duke. Madeline Hunter. The Silent Duke. The Last Duke. Anything but a Gentleman. Elisa Braden. The Duke Knows Best. Jane Ashford. The Earl of Pembroke. Wagering For Miss Blake. Callie Hutton. For the Duke's Eyes Only. The Duke of Danger. The Duke Who Ravished Me. Diana Quincy. When the Scoundrel Sins.
The Bride Who Got Lucky. The Rogue's Seduction. The Duke of Desire. The Earl's Bride. Joanne Wadsworth. Anna Campbell. An Earl Like You. A Duke in Shining Armor. Loretta Chase. Earl of Grayson. Amanda Mariel. I Dared the Duke. A Duke Like No Other.
Valerie Bowman. Denying the Duke. Drawn to the Marquess. Rogues Rush In. The Lady Is Daring. Earl of Sussex. Tammy Andresen. His Wicked Secret. The Right Kind of Rogue. Last Night with the Duke. The Duke of Kisses. A Rogue of Her Own.
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Grace Burrowes. A Devil in Scotland. Suzanne Enoch. His Wicked Embrace. The Broken Duke.
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