- Title: Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half
- Author: Samantha Grace
- Series: N/A
- Genre(s): Historical (Regency)
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 2012
- Source: Digital ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley ($4.99 ebook)
- Length: 416 pages
- Trope(s): Beta Hero, Widow, In Love with BFF’s Spouse, Big Misunderstandings
- Quick blurb: Widow reunites with her first love. With a bunch of Big Misunderstandings.
- Quick review: When I found myself liking the “wanton” BFF and her doofus lover better than the heroine and hero, I figured it was time to stop.
- Grade: DNF
“Is this for me? Delicate fingers walked down his skin and circled his shaft.
Officially DNF’d at 62%. We had yet to reach whatever the big Big BIG Misunderstanding was going to be, and I didn’t feel like plodding through the remaining third of the Mess – each “conflict” was telegraphed loud and clear a chapter (or even a few paragraphs) before it happened.
07/18 – 20%
Not much going on yet besides the usual.
07/18 – 20%
I had to page back a full chapter to remember what was going on. This is not a good sign.
07/18 – 29%
Anachronism Fail: “…but they weren’t playing tiddlywinks under there.”
07/18 – 29% (part 2)
Question, re: “…screeching like a Morrigan.” Would a Regency aristocrat have knowledge of Celtic mythology?
07/19 – 33%
Anachronism Fail AND Bullshit Alert: A character described as a befuddled buffoon is somehow a skilled practitioner of acupressure (yes ACUPRESSURE, or possibly reflexology)), curing widow’s migraine using pressure points on her feet. Of course, he must remove her stocking to accomplish this, so it’s really just a ploy to get up her skirts.
07/20 – 60%
Bullshit Alert: Two hours after proposing to heroine, hero informs his father. Dear old dad pulls out a Very Special Ring that he JUST HAPPENED TO HAVE IN HIS POCKET. A ring that belonged to the father’s Mysterious First Wife.