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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 tAfter 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......

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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-10-01 00:44

    So I feel the great Georgette Heyer Splurge winding down here ― a woman can only take so much of the constraints of Polite Society before she hares off and immerses herself in gory urban fantasies with kickass heroines ― but at least I'm ending on a high note here.Judith Tavener, age 20, and her brother Peregrine, aka Perry, age 19, decide to leave the Yorkshire countryside after their father dies, to enjoy the London season with their newly inherited wealth. The only thing standing between Judith and Perry and a good time (other than their country manners, but lots of money does tend to overcome the snootiness of the ton) are the limitations imposed by the unknown guardian their father appointed in his will, since they're both underage. But they assure themselves that they can undoubtedly handle what will certainly a retired gentleman in his dotage. So, armed only with their guardian's name, Lord Worth, and their undoubtedly very handy funds, off they go to London.On the way they stop in a town to see a "mill" (boxing match) and have a few unfortunate encounters with a condescending gentleman, who mocks them, jokingly calls Judith "Clorinda" when she won't tell him her name, steals a kiss from her, and deftly avoids being challenged by Perry. Much to their dismay, once in London they find that this insolent gentleman is their guardian, Lord Worth.The rest of the book deals with the battles between Judith and Lord Worth for the upper hand in their love/hate relationship ― she tends to react to every request or instruction from him by doing exactly the opposite ― and the series of near-deadly "mishaps" that begin to befall Perry. Judith is wooed by several fortune hunters as well as her cousin Bernard Taverner, but it's not clear for a long time whether Lord Worth, her cousin Bernard, or someone else is trying to get Perry out of the way so that Judith will conveniently inherit the family wealth.Judith is an independent sort, driving herself around in a high-perch phaeton (which most women of the time couldn't or wouldn't handle):Lord Worth has a sardonic wit and a tendency to make provocative statements:'My name is not Clorinda!' snapped Miss Taverner. 'I wonder that you should care to call up the recollections it must evoke! If they are not odious to you ―''How could they be?' said Worth. 'You must have forgotten one at least of them if you think that.'She was obliged to turn away to hide her confusion. 'How can you?' she demanded, in a suffocating voice.'Don't be alarmed,' said Worth. 'I am not going to do it again yet, Clorinda. I told you, you remember, that you were not the only sufferer under your father's Will.'Beau Brummel also makes a few cameo appearances to good effect:'Excellent, Miss Taverner!' murmured Mr Brummel. 'You are so apt a pupil that if I were only ten years younger I believe I should propose for your hand.'She laughed. 'I cannot suppose it possible. Did you ever propose to any lady, sir?''Yes, once,' replied Mr Brummel in a voice of gentle melancholy. 'But it came to nothing. I discovered that she actually ate cabbage, so what could I do but cut the connection?' Regency Buck is one of the more enjoyable Georgette Heyer books I've read. It's a comedy of manners, with an understated* romance and lots of dry humor. Maybe it was this understated, witty humor that reminded me so much of Pride and Prejudice, but I figure that any book that makes me feel like I am reading something Jane Austen might have written, clearly goes into the "win" column. Minus one star for Lord Worth's highhandedness and Judith's stubbornness, which leads her to make some pretty idiotic decisions. Judith gets quite impulsive and obstinate in her determination to not knuckle under to Lord Worth's instructions, but even when she clearly would have been better off doing what Worth requested, you have to admire her determination, in that day and age, to order her own life.*"Understated" is pretty much my go-to definition for Heyer romances. You get a smidgen sexier with Venetia or Devil's Cub, but most of the joy in reading Heyer is found in her witty dialogue.

  • Carol Clouds ꧁꧂
    2018-10-16 18:42

    4.5 twinkling, sparkling stars!In my early days on the internet I was excited to find a Georgette Heyer message board. I didn't last long there as most of the posters hated Regency Buck & loved Lady of Quality! While Regency Bucks has it's flaws, my memory of Lady of Quality is (view spoiler)[that it was a reworking of Black Sheep only with a really obnoxious hero.(hide spoiler)]The message board didn't last long either.I might as well get the issues I had with the book out of the way first. I first read this book when I was very young (probably only 12/13) so I wasn't too familiar with some of romance writing's conventions. So at the start of the book I was quite confused as I preferred Bernard to Worth at first & then later, on I preferred Charles Audley! (view spoiler)[The other problem for me is Worth threatening to beat Judith. Ok, he was in a towering rage the first time but he said it again! Given that my memory of Judith from An Infamous Army is that she was dull & matronly, my overactive imagination has Worth carrying out his threat!(hide spoiler)]From memory, GH also has the Brighton Pavillion in its present form earlier than was actually the case. In Regency Buck, Beau Brummell talking about his age makes it clear that events in this book are happening 1812. (& there are also some dated letters) Brummell's debts drove him into exile 1816. However, the Brighton Pavillion alterations were done 1815-1823. Doesn't bother me but it did bother a perfectionist such as GH.No matter,GH's other research uses events of the time & the writing is very good. The detail of Regency customs, dress & historic events means this should be the first Regency anyone reads. & GH shows, not tells, very cleverly.The romance is very well done. A wonderful flirtation (& the feelings are obviously stronger on Worth's side in the beginning), until it is derailed both by Judith being his ward & The Big Misunderstanding, so important to all romances.& there is a wonderful, vivid cast of supporting character, Lady Albinia being my favourite.& I loved this book so much, that when I first visited England in the 70's of course I visited Brighton Pavillion. Here are a pack of playing cards I bought there.Edit; Nearly forgot but as usual the Arrow edition is full of typos! & is that meant to be Worth holding that fan? Seriously? Edit; Notes from reread 6 Jan 2018First thing that struck me was the long time frame - unusual in GH's Regencies & mysteries. This book took place over a year.Some of the language Austenesque. GH still finding her voice.Lot of background detail. Maybe GH wasn't expecting to become the Regency romance writer. A plus is that we have all that info now. GH never went that far overboard again. The clothing description was quite definitely overkill.I skimmed the prizefight, (I hate boxing) but gritted my teeth & read the cock fight. I wanted to understand how (view spoiler)[Farnaby forced the duel on Perry. (hide spoiler)]Loved GH's affectionate portrayal of Brummell. Loved the humour, especially Worth (view spoiler)[ outmanoeuvring Judith over the Brighton rentals & Perry's reaction to both being kidnapped & Worth's proposal to his sister. (hide spoiler)]What I didn't like other than the boxing & the cockfight - same as last time - (view spoiler)[Worth threatening to beat Judith.(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Wealhtheow
    2018-10-03 23:07

    With any other hero, I might consider this the best of Heyer. As it was, I was torn between hating Lord Worth and being swept up in the story.Judith Taverner and her younger, sillier brother Peregrine have been recently orphaned, and with spirited curiosity they decide to seek out their new guardian, the high-handed Lord Worth. They are quite surprised to learn he is a young, handsome man who is friends with the Crown Prince and the cream of society. With his help, the Taverners are rapidly enfolded into the bosom of high society. But even as they enjoy great social success, worryingly lethal "accidents" keep happening around Perigrine...and Lord Worth seems to be involved.Judith and Beau Brummel are great characters, and their friendship was the highlight of this novel. I was enthralled by their attempts to both curry favor with, and rebel against, the society to which they are born. Judith has an especially refreshing take on high society manners: she understands which rules she has to follow to me a social success, but refuses to take them seriously. Unfortunately, this is not the focus of Regency Buck; Judith's contentious relationship with her infuriating guardian is. Speaking of which...SPOILERS AHEAD.The Taverners meet Lord Worth when he, speeding along the narrow road at a tremendous pace, almost smashes into their little curricle. He refuses to apologize or get down to see if they're ok. When he runs into Peregrine later, he insults him again. Then Lord Worth sees Judith by the side of the road (she was taking a stone from her shoe) and picks her up, puts her into his carriage, and forcibly kisses her. The whole time she protests loudly and without ambiguity. And of course, he just laughs at her. Not realizing his identity, she warns him that her guardian, Lord Worth, will protect her, and he laughs at her again. From then on, whenever they meet, he needles her about the kiss. When they meet again, he reveals his true identity, installs the Taverners into a house of HIS choosing, and refuses to let them have their own aunt stay as chaperone--his relative will be chaperone, instead. Incidents like this continue throughout the book. Judith is a smart, fashionable woman with good instincts, and Lord Worth spends the entire novel manipulating events and people to make her do what he wants. Two terrible instances spring to mind. The Crown Prince is quite taken with Judith, and at one point in the novel, forces her to be in an isolated and closed room with him. Her chaperone (who Worth chose for her, against her objections) is off playing cards. When the prince tries to take advantage of her (in a scene novel to Heyer in its disturbing realism), Judith is so overcome that she faints for the first time in her life. She is awakened by Worth, who BERATES HER for embarrassing the prince. Then he lambasts her for being so foolish as to be in a room alone with him. When she tries to explain that she couldn't get away, he brushes off her objections. The second instance is less of a rape-apologia and more of pure insensitivity. As part of his plan to expose Peregrine's would-be-assassin, Worth drugs Peregrine and stuffs him on a yacht to keep him out of the way. After he's been missing for a few days, Judith begins to fear for his life. She goes to Worth repeatedly, literally begging him to look for Peregrine, and he dismisses her fears as overreactions. (Despite the fact that someone really is trying to kill Peregrine, and Judith herself has prevented at least one of the attempts.) Then, the real villain of the story shows up, and convinces Judith that he knows where Peregrine is being kept. Judith goes along for awhile, but quickly realizes that it's a trap, designed to make it look like she has eloped with the villain. Just as the scene reaches a fever pitch of ugly rape-y connotations, Lord Worth steps out of the shadows and punches the villain. Then he and the villain take turns explaining the villain's dastardly plans. There is no conceivable reason that Worth couldn't have clued Judith in to his suspicions, or told her that Peregrine was safe. Due to his high-handed douchebaggery, the "love of his life" spent days thinking that her beloved younger brother was dead, then thought she was going to be raped. WOW how ROMANTIC. Given how intelligent and level-headed Judith is throughout the book, I assumed Worth would eventually have a change of heart or realization that he has misjudged her and treated her badly. But no, he never suffers even a moment of doubt. To me, this book works very well as a close look at upper-class Regency life, and very badly as a romance.

  • Lightreads
    2018-10-10 00:44

    The one where our heroine and her silly brother discover, upon their father’s death, that their new guardian is the sardonic Lord Worth. And then everyone gets into social scrapes.Almost, but decidedly no. The heroine here is almost my favorite kind of Heyer girl – witty, perceptive, cleverer than the men who are supposed to be her betters – except for how she’s ultimately an idiot so that the hero can explain the entire plot to her. And the hero. Almost my favorite sort of Heyer man – dry, sarcastic, smart – except for the part where he’s also a raging asshole. And their dynamic is almost my favorite sort of Heyer romance, where the couple spends the entire book being hilariously cutting at each other, except for how he sexually assaults her on first meeting, threatens to beat her later, and she seems to like that sort of thing.Actually, you know, one of my favorite things about Heyer in general is that she really played around with romance structures and – I almost said conventions, but of course it wasn’t that, since she invented so many of them. This book is no different. It’s a vague sort of mystery where you’re supposed to be unsure who the hero actually is, but the whole thing almost, but ultimately just doesn’t work.Sometimes, so close is also so very, very far.

  • Emilia Barnes
    2018-09-21 01:03

    In defence of Regency BuckI have, recently, in a Georgette Heyer forum here on GR briefly addressed the perplexing nature of the hatred Lord Worth gets in comparison with other Heyer heroes (and Judith too in comparison with other Heyer heroines), but would like to take the time here to speak more extensively about it, because reasons.Regency Buck was actually the first full Heyer I ever read (the actual first was an abridged audiobook version of Sylvester, but let’s face it, Richard Armitage’s voice is impossible to resist). At the time, when I first read Regency Buck, it never once occurred to me to hate either the hero or the heroine, I thought the story was fun, and my subsequent reading of every other Heyer I could get my hands on should attest to that. And I mention this here because many Heyer fans will have developed the skill of squinting away some uncomfortable parts of Heyer’s novels, like her anti-semitism for example, and try to enjoy them as the product of their time. I didn’t have that skill at the time of reading Regency Buck, I never knew I would need it until the universally beloved Grand Sophy came my way, in fact.So it came as something of a surprise to me, when it transpired that most people felt that Lord Worth is “a raging arsehole”, and an “odious […] toad”, “cold fish” and “detestable” according to some of the top rated GR reviews here. I understand if someone disliked him or the novel (tastes differ, after all) but some of this vitriol seemed like a major, major overreaction, and I didn’t know what it was the hero was to have done, apparently, to justify that hatred.So here’s my take on the character, point by point:1. He is rude, stand-offish and arrogant. That’s true. It’s also true of almost every other Heyer hero, except for her “Type II”, and certainly true of many much beloved ones, like the Duke of Avon and his son, Mr Beaumaris in Arabella, the Marquis of Alverstoke in Frederica etc. I see no difference in how arrogant and stand-offish he is and they are. 2. He forces an intimacy on Judith. True again. No worse, however, than what Damarel does to Venetia or what Vidal, in the Devil’s Cub, almost does to Mary. In all of those cases the hero takes the heroine for a simple village girl. This makes it no more ok than if they didn’t think them that, but apparently that made a difference in Heyer’s Regency World. If you find that detestable in his case, you must therefore find it detestable in all these other cases too. I should add that Heyer also seemed to imply that the heroes assumed that to some extent their overtures were invited and their actions changed drastically when they learn that they were not (Worth teaches Judith how to defend herself once she slaps him in self-defence; Damarel reads more than he should into Venetia’s not running away when given the chance; and to keep this spoiler free I will only say that Mary knows how to take care of herself).3. He dictates to Judith and Perry but refuses to tell them what he plans and suspects. So Lord Worth's charges, Perry and Judith, come to London, all good-looking and loaded with money, all full of youthful confidence, and without apparent ability to discern the bad from the good. Worth, after having insulted both of them unwittingly, finds himself in the position of having to defend their fortune, their lives and virtues, knowing the danger they were in and having the experience of town they lack, while at the same time knowing very well that whatever he says the pair of siblings will take against because they don’t like him (with reason). Judith in particular starts her relationship with Worth (once she learns who he really is) by negating near everything he says. So I think that on balance he actually acts very cleverly. He managed Judith’s more extreme reactions to him and Perry’s excesses by intervening personally, but discreetly, when he must ((view spoiler)[by rescuing Perry from being murdered, by sending Brummel Judith’s way to make her fashionable etc. (hide spoiler)]) or ordering them in the right direction when he could. If you ask me that’s what a guardian is supposed to do. He was not just some random guy, after all. He had this pair of siblings foisted onto him by mistake, he didn’t ask for it, and then he managed them effectively. What I like about him is that he makes mistakes. Unlike some Heyer heroes who are infallible, he does err as he goes along (view spoiler)[by letting Perry marry, for example, or by how far he allows that villainous cousin to go with his scheme, or by letting his eyes off Judith, which leads to the Princely almost-rape (hide spoiler)], but all the time he tries to do his very best. 4. He threatens to beat Judith. True, but then he doesn’t actually beat anybody but the villain. Several Heyer heroes have, jokingly or no, threatened violence towards the heroine, usually in reaction to her wilful behaviour. Vidal, who is a much beloved Heyer hero, is the only one I can think of that actually does do it (view spoiler)[he chokes Mary so hard she has to cough painfully, and is forced to go meekly onto his ship (hide spoiler)]. I think Worth was provoked enough to have said what he said in some just anger. I think he meant to impress upon Judith the difference between opposing him verbally in some nonsense about where she would live and opposing his strict order about something he knows more about, and something that concerns her life and reputation. She did act badly and he, out of worry and fury, reacted. It made sense to me and seemed proportional to the offence. And again, it’s definitely no worse than what Vidal does, or what, say, Charles says to Sophy in the “The Grand Sophy ”(view spoiler)[and he makes his ‘playful’ threat of violence together with his proposal of marriage no less (hide spoiler)].5. He is cold to Judith. Erh… is he? When I read the book he seemed actually quite the opposite. Other than kissing her and telling her he thought her beautiful several times, once he finds out that he is her guardian and that she is therefore off-limits, he hints to her about his feelings on several occasions. What is funny and I think very endearing, is that he knows she doesn’t like him, he knows that instead of being allowed to charm her as he probably ordinarily would, he is stuck with playing her father figure. I think it was amusing to see this super-confident guy struggle with his infatuation with a young woman he had managed to offend before they even officially met, and have to hide his feelings while at the same time waiting impatiently until he could tell her and try to win her. Their conversations I found funny. He provokes her and then appeases her in turn, and Judith, who is rather imperious with everyone else, finds herself unable to get the better of him. The Earl’s gaze returned to Miss Taverner. He said softly:“You should ask me to sit down, you know.”Her lips quivered: she could not but appreciate his lordship’s methods. “Pray, be seated, sir!”“Thank you, Miss Taverner, but I do not stay.”It is because of being unable to get the better of him that she tries to do the stupid thing of going to Brighton in a manner he expressly forbade, only she didn’t quite calculate how much she would provoke him with that – again his reaction there is hardly that of an uncaring, cold person. 6. He blames her for her almost-rape. Does he? Again, the scene reads very differently to me than to some other people, apparently. (view spoiler)[By the time that scene happens, Judith and Worth are in love with one another, but also each thinks that the other hates them (he because of all the million times Judith said it or acted like it and she because of the incident that forced him to threaten her with violence). So when he finds her fainting into the Regent’s arms, he doesn’t know what to make of it. Their interactions are tense with unspoken feelings. He asks her what she was doing going away with the Regent as she did. She tells him she couldn’t refuse. When he sees her distress, however, and sees that she really is in genuine anguish, he realises that she didn’t do this to once again go against his orders to provoke him, that something bad had happened to her and he both takes the Regent to task over it as far as he is able, and comforts Judith. (hide spoiler)] I don’t see anything reprehensible about what he did. I didn’t read at any point any blaming of her for the molestation she suffers. He asks her what she was doing going away with the Regent – a perfectly reasonable question, after all, she might have done it willingly and consciously, how was Worth to know otherwise? And then she assures him that she didn’t, which he believes. Exactly how is this bad?7. He doesn’t fill her in on his plans of subverting her cousin’s schemes. (view spoiler)[So Worth knows that her cousin has some pretty shocking plans to kill Perry and have Judith inherit Perry’s wealth, and then to marry Judith and her enormous fortune. He also knows that he can’t do anything about that cousin or stop him from succeeding with Judith, especially since Judith thinks that Worth is after her money himself, and that it is he who is actually scheming to the same purpose. She has the roles of the two men exactly reversed in her head. Worth knows therefore that were he to say anything against her cousin, she would think that he was doing so with an evil agenda in mind. So he has to use her ignorance to make that cousin show her himself what he is in actuality – by foiling the cousin’s plans and at the same time allowing him to think that he was succeeding he brings matters to a boiling point, allowing the man to expose himself in front of Judith, and also committing convictable crimes in the process (hide spoiler)]. Again, that seems to make perfect sense to me, I see nothing reprehensible in his actions. In fact, he was very clever in doing what he did.8. He is an arrogant Darcy-like guy who never gets fed a Darcy-like humble pie. Actually, he does. It is a mistake, I think, to compare this to Pride and Prejudice, but if the comparison is made then let us be fair - Lord Worth does one *actually* bad thing. He kisses a girl he fancies on sight, because he thinks himself so great and he proceeds to pay the price for this for the 350 pages that follow, because he falls in love with the girl and the girl won't easily forgive him. Everything that follows and how unmanageable the siblings are is a result of his having been insufferably arrogant to people he thought beneath himself to begin with. In summary, this was Georgette Heyer’s first shot at the Regency period, and she would go on to make it her own in many enjoyable ways. I recommend all her regencies, all are great in their own way and to my mind Regency Buck is right up there among the greats. As to the hero and the heroine, I think Lord Worth is actually one of her more attractive, interesting heroes. I liked him from the start, and the scene in the end is very sweet and very romantic. I don’t want to write at length about Judith’s character, she is feisty and such heroines usually do tend to annoy some people. I think that it is good that Georgette Heyer didn’t just give her feistiness as a characteristic that attracts the hero, but also as a flaw that has consequences. That’s called good, believable characterisation. It’s a great novel, barrels of fun, highly recommend.

  • Tweety
    2018-09-24 21:55

    Well... This was a bit of a dud. I don't know how to put this, but frankly this was irritating. I hate to say that when so many of my Goodreads buddies liked it, but boy I have a problem with the characters! I'm not saying it wasn't funny, I have yet to read a Heyer that wasn't. However, Judith will never know how many times I wanted to smack her. She was so inconsiderate, ungrateful and childish. Do I like ingrates? Is it funny when a character is childish enough to do the exact opposite of what they are told for their own benifit? Is it kind to just do what you want and not think about how what you do effects others? No, no and No! That said, in the beginning and end I liked Judith, but in the middle I just wanted her to grow up and not irritate me in the process. Worth, has anyone mentioned that for the whole book he appears to be the villein? It's hard for me to wrap my mind around Judith loving Worth because he was rather odious, likable, but still a toad. (In his place I'd probably have been the same) I understood him loving her, but not her, him. Maybe I was expecting too much. My book had a blurb on the inside which got my hopes up, (view spoiler)[ it said that Perigrine, Judith's brother goes missing and she has to turn to her guardian Worth, for help. So, naturally I was excepting some excitement. By page 213 nothing had hapended. I was beginning to think nothing would, but about fifty pages more brought me to that excitement, and by then I couldn't wait to be done with this book. It was a bit of an anticlimax because at no point was I in fear of Peregrine's life or Judith's. I just knew nothing would happen to them. So, yes I'm a bit disappointed.(hide spoiler)]I couldn't decide what to rate this, four felt too high and two felt too low. So three it is. I'm not planning a reread of this anytime soon, and I don't recommend it as a first Heyer but, it was a fully fleshed novel with a complete ending. Just not for me.G rating one or two swears, snuff taking and a stolen kiss. :) Did I mention I liked it? I do...Sort of.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2018-10-03 00:43

    4.5I didn't expect a book with this title (you have to admit it doesn't sound very promising) to be this lovely and wonderful. If I were hard-pressed to describe Regency Buck in only a couple of words, then Heyer's livelier, more colourful and more humorous version of Pride and Prejudice would have to do. There are so many things I loved here. A bond between siblings (both Judith and Peregrine and Lord Worth and his brother) was always something a reader could rely on. Peregrine's immaturity was depicted in a lightest way. Judith's numerous prejudices were a bit annoying at times because even if you had no idea what was going on in Lord Worth's head, you knew enough to trust him. An uncomfortable theme was used in the book, but it wasn't there just to spice the story up. Certain actions caused despicable behaviour. (view spoiler)[The Prince Regent trying to seduce Judith was disgusting (hide spoiler)].

  • Jan130
    2018-10-09 16:41

    3.5 stars. Reread for the January group read for the Georgette Heyer Fans group on GR. We are attempting to read all of Ms Heyer's Regencies in the order in which they were written. This is #1 - first published in 1935 - eep! And yes, it is a little dated.This was never one of my top favourite Heyers, and this reread confirmed that. I first devoured all of her books as an uncritical teen, but these days I read them with a more critical and analytical eye. And now I see that the probable reason I never liked this one as much is because there's actually very little romance in it. Yes the rocky relationship between Worth and Judith runs right through the book, with a bold (but brief) kiss very near the beginning. But basically, it's a mystery story front and centre. Of course, this being a reread, I know whodunnit and how, but the fact remains that I'm not a big mystery fan, and I've never even read Ms Heyer's mystery genre books. So. I give 3.5 stars because the quality of the writing is always there. But for me there was too much detailed historical description in this one, and not enough of a focus on the relationship. I can now see this is an early book, and I think Ms Heyer restrained herself a bit in later books in terms of the overly detailed descriptions. I didn't really want to know all of the ins and out of a cock fight. Or a boxing match. Or the trip to London, and how many toll-gates were passed. Etc. I have the greatest admiration for Ms Heyer's historical knowledge and the amount of research she must have done. But in this one it doesn't really translate into a terrifically readable book.I also didn't really love the MCs that much in this one, either. Worth truly was pretty arrogant, even though he really did fall in love with Judith. But he didn't have much time for people he didn't seem to feel were his intellectual equals, for example, Peregrine, Judith's younger brother. He tolerated Perry, but barely. And Judith wasn't really a very warm or likeable h. As readers, we saw very little of her inner life. The writing style did not allow for that - we received subtle hints of her changing feelings towards Worth, but it wasn't till near the end that it was clear she was in love too. There was no emotional hook for the reader. Yes she obviously loved her brother, but for most of the book she seemed to hate and mistrust Worth. And she liked her cousin Bernard too much, when the readers were clearly meant to dislike him. Confusing and not rewarding for readers.So, overall it still sits as 'not my fav Heyer'. I admire the clever plot and the fluent writing, but Worth and Judith leave me a little cold compared with some of her other MCs.

  • Badlydone
    2018-10-16 18:41

    This is Georgette Heyer's first Regency romance, and has seen its fair share of criticism - particularly of its hero, the fifth Earl of Worth, Julian Audley. The beautiful heiress, Judith Taverner, and her brother Sir Peregrine, are on their way to London in search of their guardian, when they chance upon a aristocrat who gets entirely too familiar with the feisty Judith. They soon discover that this man is none other than the guardian they had come to meet. In spite of all the criticism I have read about this novel, this is my favorite Heyer read so far for several reasons. The descriptions of the life and times in Regency England are very detailed and are a pleasure to read. The story features so many characters who were actually a part of history, such as Beau Brummell, the Duke of Clarence, Lord Alvanley and so many more! Beau Brummell, the arbiter of men's fashion in Regency times, has a significant part to play, and I found myself wanting more of him. In addition, there is a mystery aspect to this book. Someone appears to be trying to kill Sir Peregrine, and there is more than one suspect. Also, the romantic tension between the hero and heroine is the best I have seen in a Heyer work. All said, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and while I can understand all the criticism directed against Lord Worth, he will remain my favorite Heyer hero!

  • Sherwood Smith
    2018-09-17 23:49

    One of Heyer's earliest novels, and it appears that she attempted to write in Austen's style, with an awkward result that is almost painful at times. After this, she began developing her own distinctive style, mixing Regency-era slang with twenties Bright Young Thing cadences.The hero in this one is one of her Brutal Guys. I loathed him in this book, though I like him much better in An Infamous Army. But this one had a lot of details about Regency life that were enjoyable, at least when I first read it as a teen. I have to admit I haven't reread it for decades as I don't like the hero, and I don't like the heroine being humiliated by the hero as he asserts his dominance.

  • Abigail Bok
    2018-09-30 20:39

    I believe this is Heyer’s earliest Regency novel, and it shows. Lists of all the gentlemen’s clubs in London; lists of varieties of snuff; virtually every bon mot Beau Brummell ever uttered; name-dropping Sense and Sensibility to establish the time frame. (Though considering how Mr. Taverner is clearly ripped from Mr. Elliott, perhaps it should have been Persuasion!)But it also shows that Heyer had finally found her proper milieu. The novel sparkles with wit and lighthearted dialogue; all the elements that Heyer lovers love are here. We have the clothes and the matchmaking mamas and the sporting gentlemen and all the settings of London society. Personally, I don’t love the heroine—the Heyer women who are perpetually angry tire me out, with the possible exception of Deb Grantham from Faro’s Daughter. The hero is also a bit too superior for my taste, and not enough of his attachment is shown IMHO. But it’s a fun, rollicking read, and I envy those who might read it for the first time because Heyer leads you wayyy down the primrose path of deception as to who’s the good guy and who’s the baddie.P.S. Why is it called “Alastair #3”? For the life of me I can see no connection to These Old Shades or Devil’s Cub.

  • Laure
    2018-10-11 22:58

    I have read by now quite a few Georgette Heyer's book, but this was my least favourite.There was too much about the plot and not enough about character development. I did not take to the heroin's object of affection either - hardly any redeeming features this time.

  • Teresa
    2018-09-27 16:46

    I enjoyed this book very much. The mystery was interesting and held the attention all the way through. I guessed fairly early who the culprit was but this didn't take from the enjoyment of it.I'm surprised I liked it so much because I certainly didn't like the principle characters of Worth and Judith. They would be my least favorite of any Heyer characters. Towards the end I warmed a little towards Worth but Judith just acted like a spoiled child and was very silly throughout I thought. Peregrine was a likeable chap. He was very young and acted that way but there was no malice in him. He saw the world through rose colored glasses. If he was thwarted in anything he wanted to do, he'd fly off the handle and sulk but not for long as it wasn't in his nature to be that way and young as he was he usually saw the rightness of what was being denied him. Overall enjoyable but wouldn't be up there with my favorite Heyers.

  • kris
    2018-09-26 20:47

    Judith and Perry ride to London to rock out, and on the way they have a misadventure that ends with Judith getting her face kissed off by a grabby stranger. Once in London, they realize that the grabby stranger is actually their guardian! SCANDALOUS HORRORS. And what follows is an over-detailed collection of cock fights, a gaudy Brighton palace, and lots and lots of tense standoffs between ward and ward-ee! COMPELLING STUFF.1. I was pretty disappointed by this. Worth is a class A Asshole. His inability to unbend and share even the smallest iota of his thought-processes or suspicions results in a lot of unnecessary drama, and it really doesn't let me trust him as the "hero" of the piece. If he can't trust Judith now, she's going to have a shitty future with him, that's for sure.2. WHAT HUGE DESCRIPTIONS YOU HAVE!! THE BETTER TO LULL YOU TO SLEEP, MY PRETTY!!3. I never got a good read on Judith and the ~reveal of her ~feelings for Worth was so poorly handled that I was half-afraid she'd been poisoned as well. 4. I just really, really don't do well with heroes (or heroines, although Heyer prefers her menfolk) who are SO CONTAINED, SO INTELLIGENT that they just puppet-master everyone else in the story. They don't communicate. They don't allow themselves to interact with anyone freely or honestly; it's all manipulations and secrets. That type of hero always looks down on those around him, and any happy ever after ending projected onto that hero screams "DOOMED TO FAILURE GET OUT OF THE WAY."

  • Hana
    2018-09-28 21:41

    This is not my favorite Georgette Heyer romance, but as light historical fiction it is a delight.Regency Buck tells the tale of two wealthy though provincial young people as they embark on their first London Season. The dialog is witty, the story peopled with a rich cast of well-drawn characters, details of Regency life are sprinkled everywhere; it is all meticulously researched yet the history is woven into the story in a way that never feels forced or overwhelming. The story begins on September 27, 1811 on the Great North Road from Yorkshire to London. Judith Taverner and her younger brother, Sir Peregrine, are planning to spend the night at The Grantham Inn when a fateful and highly embarrassing carriage accident complicates their plans—and their lives.The Taverners’ visit to Grantham proves livelier than expected in part because a prizefight—a “mill”—has drawn some 15,000 spectators to the area, all eager to bet on Cribb and Molineaux and the fight of the century. Once in London, Judith and Peregrine are reluctantly but effectively sponsored by their insufferably arrogant guardian, the Earl of Worth, who finds them a house, a suitable companion for Judith, and invitations to all the right social venues. The must-have voucher for Almacks is, naturally, included: Judith is outfitted in the style that befits an heiress with £80,000 by her companion, the delightfully odd Mrs. Scattergood. Miss Taverner is "a fine young woman, rather above the average height, and had been used for the past four years to hearing herself proclaimed a remarkably handsome girl….At first glance one might write her down as a mere Dresden china miss, but a second glance would inevitably discover the intelligence in her eyes, and the decided air of resolution in the curve of her mouth."Judith is one of Heyer’s less lovable heroines: she's young and used to having her own way; she's impulsive; she has a bad temper and it gets herself into situations that are questionable. But what Miss Taverner does have is undeniable style, a certain effrontery and the ability to bounce back when society gossips turn against her.Lord Worth’s word, Peregrine’s title and estates, and Judith’ fortune and beauty gain the siblings entry into the first ranks of London society. Neither Judith nor her brother Peregrine are quite ready for socially exacting world of the ton and their naiveté will catch them out more than once over the course of their first London Season.Disparagingly dubbed “The Milkmaid” by a sneering dandy, Judith is befriended by George ‘Beau’ Brummel, who has more than a walk-on part and charmingly coaches Judith in cultivated oddities such as taking snuff or driving herself in Hyde Park with great élan in her handsome perch phaeton. There she attracts rather too much attention from Prince William, the nautical Duke of Clarence, who provides some of the books most amusing moments.Meanwhile, Peregrine can’t resist the chance to explore London’s seamier side—from boxing, to gambling hells, to cock fights where the upper crust mingles dangerously with rougher elements.Then it’s off to Belvoir Castle for the hunting and Lord Worth’s own country estates for Christmas.And on to Brighton for summer evening music sessions with the Prince Regent at his Pavillion, which glitters in impossible Gothic-Chinese-Moghul glory. I enjoyed the romance (sort of) and I liked the final pairing, which seemed to me to be both believable and likely to endure and be the making of both. But history buffs like me mostly appreciate Regency Buck for the pleasures of the London Season and the chance to rub elbows with the rich, royal and (in)famous. Read with fellow Georgette Heyer Fans, who always add so much to my enjoyment of these wonderful books: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...Content rating G: A clean read, though animal lovers may cringe at the cock-fighting scene and boxing haters will detest the Cribb-Molineaux fight.

  • Anne
    2018-10-07 22:59

    Although it lacked all the excitement, drama, glamour and awesomeness of These Old Shades and Devil's Cub, Regency Buck was still highly enjoyable and well worth reading. I instantly fell for the hero, Lord Worth, who was as handsome as he was irritating, and as dashing as he was manipulative. Yes, I wanted to shake him up a great many times and command him to stop driving poor Judith up the wall, but he was such an interesting and fun character to read about, that I could not but like him a lot. His way of calling Judith Clorinda was a-do-ra-ble!Judith was also pretty awesome; I loved her kickass side and her rebelliousness against certain rules and fashions of her time, as well as her stormy relationship with her guardian. I also liked the fact that she wasn't portrayed as being perfect (pretty, rich girls that are faultless become annoying within no more than 50 pages or so). She had a very naïve side and was extremely easily provoked (especially by Lord Worth). Her loving tenderness towards her younger brother Peregrine was very touching; you could tell how much she loved him and how he meant to her. Being her only immediate relative, it was understandable that she was thus devoted to him, even though he wasn't a particularly engaging character.What I enjoyed the most about this novel - beside the love story - was all the description of clothing, events, and fashions/manners of time. I loved how Heyer had references to Lord Byron and his poems, and to Jane Austen and Sense and Sensibility. And the fact that Beau Brummel was a character, and a close friend of Judith's was pretty cool too. Heyer even had the Prince Regent and some of the royal Dukes appear as characters in the novel. I personally love the Regency period, so I was happy with all the descriptions and historical figures. Wasn't too crazy about the numerous descriptions of the Pavilion and some such places however, as my vocabulary isn't enlarged enough to permit me to understand all the architectural terms, but I had been able to picture it better, I think I would have enjoyed these parts more, rather than finding them boring. The book is a little long for what it is, certain parts were dragging on and became a bit boring. I'm not an athletic person, nor am I in the least interested in sports, so there was a little too much boxing/racing for me.Regency Buck is a bit unusual compared to the other Heyers I've read, mainly because she decided to focus more on the manners and rules of the upper class nobility, instead of having her main characters get involved in abduction, gambling, drinking, sword fighting, cross-dressing, etc... Yes, much of that stuff does happen, but not all within 2 chapters, like in some of her other novels (for example, The Corinthian), were about a million things happen within 20 pages. All the events in Regency Buck was a lot more spaced out, which gave the novel a more sober feel.I also loved all the snuff box issues. I had always been intrigued with the whole taking snuff affair (I seriously had no clue what it meant to "take snuff" the first time I read about that...I eventually thought they were doing drugs!) and found it really cool that the Earl had a room where he made his own, and even offered to get some for Judith (I didn't know that women could take snuff too, I thought it was just a guy thing).Honestly I love Georgette Heyer so much, she saved me many times from painful hours of agonizing thoughts and worries... Her books are my favourite comfort read.Now, where is An Infamous Army?!?!?!!!!?!? My library doesn't have it!!! I'll have to order it on Amazon as soon as possible! I still can't figure out why I didn't order it at the same time as I did the three books that preceded it??? When I knew that it was a serie?? Why am I doing this to myself!!I can't wait to meet up again with my dear Alastair people <3!!!

  • Susan in NC
    2018-10-05 21:37

    1/2017: Rereading with Georgette Heyer GR group; determined to finish this time, but somehow the Walter Isaacson bio of Leonardo, which I was like 8 or 9 in line for at my public library, became available, and I’ve put this annoying Heyer aside for now. But thanks to the insights of my fellow Heyer readers, I would bring my rating up to a 2-2.5 stars for the research alone; H and h are still humorless and the mystery is pretty obvious to anyone who reads a lot of mysteries, but in all fairness this was her first Regency! Just not holding my interest, same as my last attempt.Finally finished! Still two stars as a Heyer for me, humorless and definitely not a favorite. As a mystery, same; mysteries are my favorite genre and this one was pretty obvious as to who the villain was - I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the oldest red herrings in the book! I would say Heyer definitely got better at Regency romances and mysteries, this one had very little of her sparkling wit and humor, but a lot of her usual careful research- in other words, still better than a lot of writers today, so I’d give it three stars! I didn’t mind the excessive exposition and found a lot of it interesting, but some parts dragged on as some of our members pointed out. If I got bored I just skimmed.6/2008: First time ever I couldn't finish a Heyer - I'm glad I got it from the library! I just found it humorless; Judith was one of Heyer's beautiful, haughty, strong-willed heroines, which is fine when balanced with warmth and humor, but I just didn't see it. In fact, I didn't see much of Heyer's trademark humor at all; the hero (his name escapes me, since I stopped reading it last week and started another!) was the typical handsome, dashing, "top-of-the-trees" Corinthian, leader of the ton, etc., but he was also a cold fish w/o a spark of humor or warmth. He was also very mysterious with his explanations to Judith and her brother, even though they were his wards; I understand from other Amazon reviews and the dustjacket that some sort of mystery develops later about someone trying to poison Judith's brother, and you are made to think it might be the guardian, but you know that can't be because he and Judith are destined to end up together (you know the signs!)Anyway, I got about half-way through and realized summer vacation is coming to an end, which will curtail my reading time, so I didn't bother to finish.

  • Seema Khan
    2018-10-04 20:06

    ***The review below is that of a very involved reader, please make allowance for any difference of opinions!***4.75* for this Georgette Heyer book.Regency Buck was a book I had been wanting to read for a long time and after having read it, well the least I can say is it was what a Georgette Heyer book is, prolific writing and a good story, considerable amount of intrigue and mystery with touches of romance. (Romance in RB was much higher than in The Reluctant Widow I must say!)The story is about orphaned and filthy rich siblings Judith and Peregrine Taverner who are foisted upon a friend of their deceased father, who was careless enough in taking the effort to enquire whether that friend was even alive, and who in error allots the guardianship to this friend's son! And so begins a story of a forced and irksome guardianship and a reluctant and annoyed forbearance of the wards. The flow of the story is swift and there are many nuances which a skimming reader may miss, so when you are reading this book, read it closely. There is a good deal of mystery involved and at some places the reader is unable to decide what may actually happen and who may be the culprit. As the story is about the Regency era there is much weightage to high fashions and appearances. Coming to the characters. First, foremost and very happily I would like to describe the Buck on whom whole of the story is based, Lord Julian St John Audley, Fifth Earl of Worth. He is handsome, elegant and very clever. But those are not his only endowments! He is a dandy and yet not a dandy! He is very resourceful, steady, good natured, kind and patient but at the same time unimaginably rude and authoritative with an uncompromising finality of disposition. His wish is or rather has to be command! Especially when it comes to Judith and Peregrine. However much his behaviour may seem odious, but his forethought and promptness positively prove him correct, hands down. At some places he has been so portrayed as to be culpable of crime, but perusing his words, one comes to understand that there is more than one meaning to what he says, and GH has very cleverly sculpted these lines to force much suspicion in the reader's mind. His integrity and patience are things which display the strength of his character, though the way he initially behaves with Judith may very readily be assumed to be that of a rake, but the knowledge of his being Judith's guardian possesses him of much appreciable propriety and manners. The best thing I liked about him was he did not prohibit Judith from taking snuff, on the contrary he made it for her! Now that was something! Plus he let her drive his greys! He is very similar to Alverstoke (Frederica) but has a good memory, and I could also find traces on Wyndham (The Corinthian) and Lord Damerel (Venetia) in him, but he was still distinct and in many ways endearing. He was The Regency Buck I set out to look for!Initially I found Judith Taverner's anger and indignation justified, but after sometime I felt that she was at some places unnecessarily very angry. Too angry heroines aren't what I much like. Her character is very similar to Sophy (The Grand Sophy) and Venetia (Venetia) in being frank and bold in many aspects but she also has a sensibility which the other two did not much display. She also admits her mistake when she actually feels she has done wrong but that is very reluctantly. Initially she is very naïve, but she really grooms herself into one eye catching and smart trend setter (what with the snuff and the phaeton!) For my part I was glad that a heroine was depicted so bold as to presume a chiefly male habit and do it with elegance too! Her errors of judgement do wring on her conscience, and I would have loved to see her planting a facer on Bernard Taverner (she thinks of it, but sadly doesn't pursue it). One fault she possessed was readily believing people where she ought to be cautious and also forming prejudices against people she clearly disliked. There is something ironical in her nature, she despises showy people especially men, and yet judges people based only on their apparent characters!Peregrine, though much as he loved his sister was but very careless and I was annoyed at his reluctance to appreciate Lord Worth and his determined defiance of him was many times ingratiating. Even after he understands the part Lord Worth has played in safeguarding him, he is seen to be much negligent in his appreciation, though Judith tries in vain to make him acknowledge the facts and apologize for both their behaviours. He is not bad, but he cannot bring constancy of temperament in himself. And I believe GH did a splendid job in bringing out such a true to life character in words.Mr Bernard Taverner is one villain who stands in the same part to Lord Worth and Judith as Wickham did to Darcy and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice, perhaps he is the more evil of the two because of the extent to which he goes to gain his ends. He left no opportunity to malign Lord Worth's image in the eyes of Judith with a dubious subtlety. For me, I began suspecting him right from the time he made his appearance with his father at Brook Street, and I was right! I wish GH described his hampering at the hands of Lord Worth, Such satisfaction it would have brought me!!Mrs Scattergood was nice, a chatty yet dignified and propriety personified individual. Straight forward and yet loving and caring in her manners.There were certain things which set this book apart. This is a book where from The Prince Regent to the merest tiger, everyone got involved in the story! Two characters which have been alluded to in many of Georgette Heyer's books (which I have read till now) - Lord Brummel and Jackson, for the gratification of the reader actually bore roles in RB; Jackson made a couple of appearances while Lord Brummel marked a further awe inspiring impression upon the ardent Georgette Heyer reader with his charming presence in his part as Lord Worth's good friend.One thing I didn't like much was there were too many secondary (and some tertiary as well) characters which made me endeavour to remember all of them very tasking.I really liked that Lord Worth and Judith have a justification of everything, of all events and feelings towards the end which undoubtedly gives a completeness to the book and doesn't leave the reader conjecturing.A very well thought out book, good read and some extraordinary characters which will be carried in mind whenever any of Georgette Heyer's books are to be discussed.A must read for any Georgette Heyer fan!

  • Moonlight Reader
    2018-10-09 22:02

    This was my second (at least) read of Regency Buck. There were parts of it that I liked better this time around, and parts that I actually liked less.The hero, Lord Worth, is no more likeable in this read than he was the first time I read it. I just cannot conceive of his appeal for Judith, who is headstrong and occasionally obtuse, but who is generally of a friendly, informal disposition. Worth, on the other hand, is cold, withdrawn and often downright unpleasant. He also more or less physically assaults Judith on their first meeting by kissing her without her consent, an incident that is not made more appealing with threats of repetition. She made light of the circumstance of the stranger’s kissing her: he would bestow just such a careless embrace on a pretty chambermaid, she dared say. It was certain that he mistook her station in life.I don't find this even remotely appealing, not the least on behalf of the pretty chambermaids of the Regency, who deserved better than to suffer random groping by asshole peers taking unwanted liberties upon their persons. Ugh. There is one occasion where he actually threatens to beat her. Do not look daggers at me: I am wholly impervious to displays of that kind. Your tantrums may do very well at home, but they arouse in me nothing more than a desire to beat you soundly. And that, Miss Taverner, if ever I do marry you, is precisely what I shall do.’ On top of that, there is no real sense that he has improved by the end of the book. He treats her indulgently, referring to her repeatedly as "adorable," in a way that is actually fairly insulting. It seems to me that Heyer is trying hard to create a Darcy/Lizzie vibe, with the sparks that fly between them and the irreverent teasing that Lizzie uses to soften up the withdrawn, shy Darcy. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for me at all, because I just don't see Worth having Darcy's good points.So, as far as the romance goes, this one didn't convince me. I wanted to push Worth overboard, and have Judith marry one of the other male characters. Mr. Brummel, for example, was quite charming, as was Lord Worth's younger brother, Charles.Now, though, the really good aspect of this book - Heyer did a great job with the mystery in this romance. Someone is trying to get Judith's brother, Peregrine, out of the way, and the way that she plotted that particular part of the book was genius. There were several bits of redirection that were extremely effective, and even the second time around, she confounded me a couple of times.TL/DR: Keep the mystery, jettison the romance. A hero who threatens to beat the heroine is not a hero worth having.

  • Kathryn
    2018-10-15 16:45

    I'm not a huge fan of Regency Buck, mostly because I like Judith when she is away from Worth, but hate her whenever she's in his presence or even thinking about him. Judith is a clever, sensible, level-headed woman with a wry sense of humor...right up until Worth says something to or even just looks at her, at which point she degenerates into a contrary, irrational, immature little girl. It's so frustrating. I just want to slap her.But Judith conspiring with the Beau to make herself notable in Society, laughing at the foolish Mr. Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, and treating her younger brother with a loving tenderness is so endearing that I can't help but forgive her. And as for Worth, he's a typical Heyer hero, which means that he makes a few snarky remarks and I fall at his feet. I just wish they were a little better together.This book feels like a first in many ways. Looking at its Wikipedia article, I see that it was her first Regency novel, which isn't surprising; much of the Regency setting feels almost like a tour guide, as we get lavish descriptions of, for example, the Regent's palace at Bath, and Beau Brummel appears as an actual character rather than being mentioned in passing. In Heyer's later Regency novels, the setting that is described so lavishly here is merely a backdrop, and the Beau, like Golden Ball (whom we spot in Arabella), is generally mentioned only in passing. The reference to Sense and Sensibility also feels a tiny bit contrived, almost like a cameo, whereas the references to Byron's poetry in other books feel a bit more natural. It's hard to quantify.Despite all that, I do still like Regency Buck - just not as much as some of Heyer's others. It's a pleasant read for a Heyer fan.(Regency Buck is also notable for being Heyer's only Regency mystery. For me, the mystery plays a very secondary role; I like the Gothic mystery in Cousin Kate better. YMMV.)

  • Rachel
    2018-10-07 21:45

    I read my first regency romance in college; introduced to them by a roommate who shall remain nameless for I would hate for all the world to know that she was at fault for the many, many hours I've wasted reading them. They are a guilty pleasure that I try not to indulge in too often because, while many are harmless, I have come across those with love scenes that make me blush and hope that no one saw me with such heavy stuff. But I was recently introduced to Georgette Heyer who appears to have invented the entire genre and have read two of her books in the last 36 hours. They are everything that a regency romance should be (since she set the standard) and clean as a whistle. Narey a heaving bosom to be seen. The plots are predictable and unbelievable, and utterly captivating. It is abundantly obvious that every other author in the genre is a pale copy of Heyer. They must include the raunch to try to hide that fact. I recommend her to anyone looking for a delightful, clean romance.

  • Rebekah
    2018-10-12 18:06

    A new favorite Heyer! While my previous favorite was These Old Shades (such a great one!), I think that Regency Buck is even better. There were several things that I particularly liked about this novel. 1) There was a lot more interaction between the hero and the heroine than in most of the other Heyers that I have read. I really liked this because it was nice to see how their feelings were slowly growing/changing throughout. I think that this made the ending much more believable than in some other stories where they go from seemingly not liking each other the whole book and then, boom, getting engaged in the last chapter. 2) In my opinion, Heyer couldn't have given us a better hero than Lord Worth. I have read other reviews saying that he is terrible and talking about how unkindly he treats Judith at times, but I think it all depends on how you read the novel and the motives that you assign him. Certainly, he did not always act/speack kindly, but then neither did Judith. However, I think that most of the times that he was upset with Judith were simply because he cared so much for her and didn't want her to get hurt. Also, on a side note, how refreshing that there was no mention of any mistresses. 3) Judith was a great heroine. Some of Heyer's heroines have had the tendency to annoy me but Judith was perfect. She had her faults but they made her more likable, easy to identify with, and really just a more well-rounded character.4) I enjoyed the intrigue in this story. While not maybe as fast moving as some of Heyer's, it is so well written and keeps you guessing (up to a point anyway.) I found it to be very enjoyable. 5) Last but not least, my romantic little heart was made very happy by the romantic moments in this book. :) I will be reading this one again sometime for sure!

  • Jamie Collins
    2018-10-06 22:04

    It's possible I'm overrating this because I'm so pleased with it in comparison to the last two Heyer books I've read: These Old Shades and Devil's Cub. All three of these novels are prequels to An Infamous Army, which I look forward to reading next, but I've been disappointed up until this one.I was charmed by this book, which is a pretty standard Regency romance enlivened by Heyer's amusing characterizations and sparkling dialog. Our lovers are a very likable couple, not too far apart in age, consequence or wit. The heroine is impetuous but not silly. The hero is arrogant but not vicious. Their banter is sharp and funny, and the book is nicely suspenseful even though there's never the slightest doubt of a happy ending.The secondary characters are well done, particularly the heroine's younger brother. We also have some famous figures in this book: Beau Brummell is a minor character, and the Prince Regent and some of his brothers make unflattering appearances. Much of the action takes place in Brighton and Heyer attempts to describe the outrageousness of the Royal Pavilion in its heyday.

  • Lema
    2018-10-01 21:56

    The first that comes to mind after finishing a first reread of an old favorite of mine is "Bloody hell, was it this problematic the first time around?"The second thing is that OMG STILL AS DREAMY AS THE FIRST TIMEYoung and stupid Me from half a decade ago was waxing poetic about this book, and I gotta admit I see where that comes from... The witty dialogue, the extremely slow-burn romance that keeps you on tenterhooks and makes you squeal when ever they quip at each other, this also contains one of my favorite romance tropes of hate-turned-into-love (you hear that Hating Game?!). “What is your name?""Again sir, that is no concern of yours.""A mystery," he said. "I shall have to call you Clorinda."....."Judith! What the devil? exclaimed Peregrine. "Has there been an accident?""Judith," repeated the gentleman of the curricle pensively. "I prefer Clorinda.”Georgette Heyer is also known for being inspired by Jane Austen, and you could see some nodding remarks here and there that were quite the easter eggs. She is boss when it comes to writing spunky heroines and sardonic borderline-sinister but hilarious heroes. What also made me fall in love with her books is her description of Regency England, and how vivid and immersive it is. Not to mention her wit is almost satirical in describing the lifestyle of our rich ancestors, how idle their day-to-day life was, how if you your purse was large enough, society would forgive you almost anything under "eccentricity" which is all scarily not that different from society today."My dear, nothing is so destructive of female charms as contact with fresh air.Of course, now that I am older and wiser (supposedly), the sexist and racist tones and the maybe-not-that-healthy-relationship smoke signals jumped more easily at me than before. Of course this was written in 1935 talking about the 1800s so I gotta give Georgette Heyer kudos for making it even advanced for both times. However for you nit-pickers out there I felt I should warn you. Bottom line, I still squealed like a fangirl and had all the feels.. it's quick and fluffy and has action, mystery, and deliciously simmering romance. Yeah sure I got annoyed by a couple of things but I didn't care much. Recommended for you Austen fans out there!

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2018-10-13 16:38

    My 15th Georgette Heyer If you haven't read Heyer before, don't start with this book. Yes, Heyer is known for her regency romance and regency is in the title of the book, but please try The Grand Sophy or The Corinthian instead. This is a book I can only recommend to fans of the author. Deciding to live in London, Judith and Perry Taverner are travelling when they stop to see a boxing match. Our heroine is unchaperoned and meets Julian who talks down to her and forces a kiss on her. Her brother comes to her aid, but when the two arrive in London and seek out their illusive guardian, they discover that the fifth Earl of Worth is Julian who previously assaulted Judith.This is not a promising start since Julian does not show any remorse for his actions and behaves with so much arrogance towards his wards. Also he now has legal authority over Judith's person and fortune.Judith is reckless, wealthy and lacks wit. She wants to be independent so she does a number of unladylike things such as racing her brother, but most are all pretty harmless and if harm came to her, she should be allowed to grow from the experience. But Worth manages to get in the way because he is always right. The Earl is bend on mockery and at times outright humiliates the heroine, I don't see how anyone can fall for him.Despite the great writing, near death experiences and mystery aspect of the book, I found it boring most of the time and upsetting the rest. I had to push myself through the last two chapters, it was almost nauseating to watch Judith discover that Julian was a misunderstood hero and that she loved him all along.

  • Siria
    2018-10-02 01:06

    My least favourite kind of Heyer novel—one with a fiery-yet-naive heroine and a hero so full of upper-class, alpha male testosterone that I'd be surprised if he boasts but the one pair of testicles. Judith irritated me, and Worth was the very image of an even more insufferable version of Darcy, who never got the set-down that he so thoroughly required. Heyer lost any interest I might have had in him the moment he started carrying around Judith, touching her against her will and physically intimidating her; by the time he told her she needed a good beating, I absolutely detested him. Thoroughly dislikable characters in this one, every single one of them.

  • Nick Imrie
    2018-10-14 18:02

    Geogette Heyer did some research for this regency romance, and boy does she want you to know about it.Perfect for me - I often enjoy the history more than the romance, so I got a little thrill of pleasure from the detailed description of the gowns, the meticulously plotted racing-routes (you can open up google maps now and follow their journeys - the towns are all still there and the roads are often still main roads), and the careful reference to current events (the news of the battle of Ciudad Rodrigo arriving a few months before Byron is catapulted to fame). Sometimes it was a little too much for me. A gentlemen couldn't recommend a tailor without an exhaustive list of every tailor living in 1811 and their relative merits. We get it, Heyer, you've researched the tailors.The plot and pacing were both masterfully crafted. Sadly, the reason I noticed this was because I disliked the main characters so much, the hero especially. Without any emotional investment in the story, I could really analytically appreciate the structure instead.Lord Worth was such an unpleasant man. The plot kept giving him good reasons to be unpleasant, and yet I couldn't forgive him for it. Instead I began to get a little annoyed at the plot for colluding with him! How convenient that he is unable to express his feelings, share his thoughts, or treat the heroine with even a modicum of respect because of these mystery-side-plot-related reasons. Guess he'll just have to continue being a gaslighting Machiavelli.Luckily, the side characters carried the show. Beau Brummell was there, making witty quips and telling anecdotes that I'm quite sure were sourced from 1st-hand accounts. The heroine's younger brother is a classic Heyer younger brother: careless but warm-hearted! And all kinds of historical characters made cameos in the story: Prinny, his family, his odious secretary; The Golden Ball; Letitia Lade, and more. It was great fun, like your own guided tour of 1811!

  • Jane
    2018-10-04 21:57

    Actual rating 3.5 stars.In other aspects, it is quite similar to other Heyer novels I've read - one of the main characters is a part of the respected ton and the other wishes to become a part of it. Neither of them actually fit in there 100% and differ from the rest of the crowd in some or other way. And the romance part ... well, it is like most of Heyer's novels I have read so far. The hero and heroine don't actually seem to really care for each other that much for most of the book, but by the time the final pages roll in, it appears they're in love with each other. And in a way, I really like it. The rest of my thoughts can be found HERE.

  • Danielle
    2018-10-12 23:06

    With every new book I read of Heyer’s I am convinced it is the best. She has such a wonderful way of developing characters and having dialogue that is funny and entertaining while also being believable. This story was a great mystery and I absolutely loved Judith “Clorinda” Taverner. Her relationship with her guardian was all too amusing and made the story. You will not regret reading this book. I would love to see her stories made into movies.

  • Charlotte Brothers
    2018-10-12 18:41

    I have read quite a number of Georgette Heyer romances and this may be my favorite story to date! I also really like Arabella, Frederica, The Grand Sophy and Venetia.If you're a Heyer reader, you may know that there are similar tropes in all of these. All of these stories have very active siblings, and witty older sisters that catch the attention of a rather jaded gentleman who springs to life in the company of his new "charges".It's hard to know why I particularly enjoyed this one, but I did. I'll go back and re-read Frederica and The Grand Sophy to see if I still think Regency Buck is a wee bit funnier and a wee bit more romantic than they are, or if it's a matter of liking the one I just finished best!Cheers!