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Regency Buck

Author: Georgette Heyer
Originally Published: 1935
Edition Courtney Read Published: 2008
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: Purchased

The Story

From the back of the book:

An altogether unsatisfactory arrangement
After their father’s death, Miss Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine travel to London to meet their guardian, Lord Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman. To their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are, doesn’t want the office of guardian any more than they want him, and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the country.

With altogether too many complications
But when Miss Taverner and Peregrine begin to move in the highest social circles, Lord Worth cannot help but entangle himself with his adventuresome wards…

The Response

While not my favourite Heyer, this was definitely quite the cute book! I mean, things didn’t fully stand out in my mind – when it came to the end and mentioned something that happened previously, I will fully admit that I didn’t remember it at all. Uh-oh. But it was still enjoyable to read, even if it wasn’t all that memorable.

The main thing that did really stick out to me was Lord Worth, however. I couldn’t decide whether Lord Worth was wonderfully horrible or horribly wonderful, or both. He was utterly delicious. Almost Darcy-ish, except with much more snark. MUCH MORE snark. Oh, swoon!

One of the things that I most enjoy about Heyer’s books is the amazing secondary characters that she always has. They, sadly, weren’t present in this one. Peregrine was silly, their cousin was transparent, well…. no one was really super awesome, you know? Boo to that!

The plot in this one was although rather flat and a little predictable… while I normally find her books predictable (I mean, you always know that the girl is going to end up with the guy, right?) this one didn’t seem remotely realistic in the slightest… and I think the unprobability of it is what ultimately led me to not liking this as much as I normally would enjoy her books.

The Bottom Line

Cute, but not utterly delicious. That said, still cannot wait to read more Heyer – love her!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:06 am March 14, 2012.
Category: Historical Fiction
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  • Ruth

    I don’t think I’ve read this Heyer yet…

  • A Bookshelf Monstrosity

    I’ve yet to read a Heyer book, but from the reviews I’ve read I think I’d like to try one of her mysteries first…I’ve got Death in the Stocks on my shelf, waiting patiently :)

  • Kailana

    I really need to read a Heyer…

    (How are things going with you, anyway?)

  • Aarti

    I actually strongly dislike this Heyer book. I think Judith is really annoying and I am not sure why she became so popular at all. She just seemed to do things to be contrary. And Worth, I just didn’t like him from the first scene. I have an uncomfortable feeling that if Judith hadn’t told him that she was a “lady,” he would have taken things much further, which doesn’t speak highly of his gentlemanly impulses.