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Regency Buck 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 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 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, sarc 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 It Is In Regrettable Circumstances That Beautiful Judith Taverner And Her Brother Peregrine First Encounter Julian St John Audley The Man, They Both Agree, Is An Insufferably Arrogant Dandy But Unfortunately For Them, He Is Also The Fifth Earl Of Worth, A Friend Of The Regent And, Quite By Chance, Their Legal Guardian Delightfully Witty And Romantic, Regency Buck Shows All The Skills Which Made Georgette Heyer The Most Widely Read And Loved Author Of Historical Romances In The World, And Which Have Made Another Generation Fall In Love With Her All Over AgainBut When Judith And Peregrine Begin To Move In The Highest Social Circles, Lord Worth Cannot Help But Entangle Himself With His Adventuresome Wards Beautiful Judith Taverner Had Captivated All London Society A Bevy Of Elegant Bachelors Swarmed About Her, Vying For Her Favors But Then Her Brother Suddenly Vanished, She Was Forced To Seek The Aid Of Her Mysterious Guardian, The Powerful Earl Of WorthOnce Judith Had Looked Upon The Earl As A Protector And Then As Something Far But Now She Was Gown Up, Worldly Wise And Prey To A Chilling Suspicion For Judith Was Not Only A Bewitching Young Lady, But Also Heiress To A Great Fortune A Bewildered Creature Trying To Discover The Difference Between A Man S Love And A Man S Greed Heiress Judith Taverner Fights Her Loathing, And Her Desire, For The Iron Willed But Handsome Man Who Is Her Suitor 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 speakextensively 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 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 speakextensively 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 nook 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 readsthan 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 sextreme 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 knowsabout, 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 herattractive, 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 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 wha 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 pagesbrought 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 doSort of 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 acritical and analytical eye And now I see that the probable reason I 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 acritical 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 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 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 manyBeau Brummell, the arbiter of men s fashion in Regency times, has a significant part to play, and I found myself wantingof him In addition, there is a mystery aspect to this book Someone appears to be trying to kill Sir Peregrine, and there isthan 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 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,colourful andhumorous 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 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,colourful andhumorous 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 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 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 SeriouslyEdit 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 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 enfo 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 Perigrineand 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 whichSPOILERS 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 andof 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

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