Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother. Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother's intended. But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of "accidents," it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other growsdespite their efforts to remain just friendsso does the danger. . ....
|Title||:||Suitors and Sabotage|
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Suitors and Sabotage Reviews
Cindy Anstey has done it again! Another adorable, swoon worthy story set in the Regency era had me hooked from the first chapter. Don't even get me started on how amazing and charming Benjamin Steeple is....I think he is by far my new favorite leading man from Anstey! Imogen is pretty amazing as well; I loved her quiet determination to do what she loved no matter how others perceived her.
Thanks to MacMillan for the ARC!
I really enjoyed this one. Imogene was a very loveable character. She was sweet, strong willed and intelligent. I loved how she respected Emily and Ernest so much to the point that she was smothering her feelings towards Ben. And seeing Ben doing the same thing was very amendable. He loved Imogene but he also loved his brother. And he was willing to give her up if it meant that his brother would be happy. (view spoiler)[Emily and Ernest were also very caring and thoughtful. During the end, no ma ...more
In which a young lady finds her attention is drawn to her charming but rather serious suitor’s hotter younger brother.’
Apologies to Cindy Anstey for my rather poor attempt to emulate her humorous chapter headings that playfully evoke the era of Jane Austen. Some of my favourites include:
‘In which hands and fluff are subjects of a deep discussion.’
‘In which the words “dreadful” and “secret” are bandied about.’
‘In which a question about the question is questioned.’
Imogene (with curious ‘e’ on the ...more
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"Might I have the return of my hands, Ben?"
Ben looked down to see that Imogen's hands were encased in his. He rather liked the way they fit together; then he realized that he had been holding them overlong.
"Oh, yes, indeed. Are these yours?" He let go with a laugh that sounded a little forced even to his ears.
What a situation we have here! We have serious Ernest who has an intense crush on quiet Imogen, want ...more
This book has such a nice cover and, as a fan of both Jane Austen and mysteries, I was hype to read Suitors and Sabotage. Reading the other reviews here has got me a little disquieted, because most of them are full of praise, and the one word I came away with to describe this book was "trash."
I thought it would be both a mystery, and a Regency social drama type romance. The mystery aspect is barely there at all -- mildly odd things happen occasionally, and no one even acknowledges that there's a ...more
I mean when do I ever say no to historical fiction?
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Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
"Love was a gift, a compliment. It might not be reciprocated..."Imogene Chively's suitor Ernest Steeple arrived at the Gracebridge Manor a little too early with his brother Ben Steeple. She was expected to say yes whenever Ernest asked her hand in marriage, especially her father. However, it turned out that Ben has caught Imogene’s eyes even more than it should be because Mr. Chively had always E ...more
I've come to realize that I really enjoy historical fiction whether it has magic or not.
Question that I don't have an answer to: was this story inspired by the play, The Importance of Being Ernest ????
We follow a story of a group of four - essentially a very messy love square while also realizing one of them may be in serious danger of getting hurt in a purposeful accident.
I LOVED all of the characters in this story. Cindy Anstey did an amazing job creating characters that made it hard to know ...more