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The Masterful Mr Montague, by Stephanie Laurens

8 Jul

The Masterful Mr MontagueA few years ago–don’t ask me how long, but it’s probably around a decade or so–I discovered Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster novels, thanks to the good offices of my friendly neighborhood used book seller. Being the obsessive little reader that I am, I read all of the Cynster books (including that horrible bit of revisionist history that is The Promise in a Kiss¹) up to The Taste of Innocence (number 14 in the series). At that point, for reasons explained below, I broke up with Ms Laurens.

Years went by, and then, a few weeks ago I happened to see this title at the grocery store, and even though I certainly do not need any more books in the house,² I gave in to my known weakness and read the back cover blurb.

Oh hey, it’s not yet another Cynster book!³ And lo and behold, the protagonists are not from the aristocracy! Snap, will you look at that, our male protagonist has been mentioned in a minor capacity throughout several of the first dozen books, starting with the very first, Devil’s Bride.

Of course I’m intrigued, and in the basket it goes. And, as luck would have it, not too much later, it was read. Here’s the reult.

(Reader beware: this is more rant than review, and as such, it’s spoilery.)

Without further ado, the afore mentioned blurb (from the author’s site):
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Captain Jack’s Woman, by Stephanie Laurens

13 Sep

Captain Jack’s Woman, by Stephanie Laurens

 

Originally published in 1997 as a single (stand alone) title, the reissues of Captain Jack’s Woman list it as a prequel to the Bastion Club novels, also by Ms Laurens. Set in Britain during the early 1800s, the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Captain Jack’s Woman gives us a “glimpse of the covert machinations that must have taken place behind the scenes in the days of the Peninsula military campaigns” according to the author’s website.

While I most definitely refuse to vouch for the accuracy, or lack thereof, of any of the historical facts alluded to in, or inferred from, this novel, it remains a delightfully entertaining read, full of elements reminiscent of the best comedies of errors.

The back cover blurb, as usual, would seem to try to reinforce some of the worst stereotypes of this type of historical romance novel: Continue reading