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The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance
The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance
Author: Trisha Telep (Editor)
23 WICKEDLY WITTY, RACILY ROMANTIC, AND SUBLIMELY SENSUAL SHORT STORIES — A rake by any other name is still a rake, no matter how handsome...or sexy. A Duke, on the other hand, an Earl, or a Marquis -- now there's a suitable man to capture a girl's affections. A man and a marriage, that's on the cards, but what to do about all those d...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780762439928
ISBN-10: 0762439920
Publication Date: 9/4/2010
Pages: 598
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Running Press
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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jennigrubb avatar reviewed The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A delightful collection of delicious treats!

Some people like anthologies... others do not. Me? I happen to love them because I always find a new author or two to add to my reading list! I know... a blessing and a curse when looking at shelf space. But what makes this book even better is that all the stories are brand new, and original - no reprints here!

Below is a brief synopsis of each story - in published order - and to simplify rating 23 individual stories, I have rated them as follows... LOVED IT, ENJOYED IT, JUST OK, or DIDN'T LIKE IT.

DESPERATE MEASURES by Candice Hern (17 pages)- It's all planned... Philip will pose as Lydia's attentive love interest at the Erskine ball in a scheme to get the man she loves to notice her. But when Philip doesn't show and Geoffrey steps in to help Lydia instead, can she hide the fact that Geoffrey was the man she was trying to make jealous to begin with? ENJOYED IT. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story with, of course, a sweet happy ending.

UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR by Anna Campbell (31 pages)- Sebastian Sinclair, Earl of Kinvarra comes to the aid of a coach that tumbled off a frosty road. When the woman who emerges from the broken coach turns out to be his own wife travelling with another man, he's stunned but helps her get to safety. But when the storm strands them at a roadside inn for the night, will they be able to tolerate each other in the morning? ENJOYED IT. Rather predictable but a good read! I wish it had been longer.

THE DASHING MISS LANGLEY by Amanda Grange (27 pages)- Annabelle Langley whisks her besotted niece, Caroline, away to the country hoping to cure her infatuation with the gardener's grandson. But when they happen upon Daniel, the man Annabelle lost her heart to a year ago, will sparks have time to rekindle before Daniel walks away from her again? JUST OK. Most of the story seemed devoured by Caroline's subplot so just when things were starting to actually move and get romancey, it came to an abrupt end. And Annabelle (with her Amazonian figure) was a bit too eccentric and over the top for me at first, but her personality faded into something more likeable as the story progressed. I also think Annabelle and Caroline's names would have better suited the characters if they had been swapped.

CYNDERS AND ASHE by Elizabeth Boyle (33 pages)- Five years after meeting at a Masquerade, Ella Cynders reappears at the ball in which Lord Ashe must choose a bride. LOVED IT. The story would have been a tad more enjoyable without the play on names, but it was still a sweet twist on the classic Cinderella tale. I also love when a public display of affection seals the deal.

HIS WICKED REVENGE by Vanessa Kelly (31 pages)- Captain Anthony Barnett is hell-bent on revenge when he blackmails his former lover, Marissa, into becoming his mistress. But when they reconcile their past, could he maybe be the one asking for forgiveness? LOVED IT. A lot of ground was covered in this story, but it didn't feel crammed full of fluff... it was just a great story, and one I wish was a full length novel.

LADY INVISIBLE by Patricia Rice (23 pages)- Major Lucas Sumner returns from war and reclaims his daughter from his family. But now he needs a sturdy wife to tame his wild child. ENJOYED IT. Lucas had no knowledge of how to woo a woman, but when the perfect one shows up, she shows him that her wild side might just be the perfect match for him and his daughter.

THE PIANO TUTOR by Anthea Lawson (18 pages)- Viscountess Merrowstone has just packed away her last black dress when a handsome referral appears in place of the regular piano tutor. LOVED IT. A bit lacking in the 'getting to know you' part but a delightful and satisfying quickie read! I'm new to Ms. Lawson's writing but will be adding her immediately to my shopping list.

STOLEN by Emma Wildes (27 pages)- Lady Sabrina Pearson enlists her life-long best friend, Stephen, to help her steal , err, take back something that rightfully belongs to her. But on the trip home, Stephen has a plot to steal something as well... her heart. LOVED IT. A sweet, steamy story about the bond of childhood friendship that has grown and matured into love.

HER GENTLEMAN THEIF by Robyn DeHart (20 pages)- On the eve of her wedding, Annalise's coach is stopped by a highwayman. But when she pleads with him to save her from an arranged marriage, could it be that the thief learns a thing or two about love? LOVED IT. Very heavy on the introspective side but I really wished this story had been longer.

THE WEATHERLY'S BALL by Christie Kelley (23 pages)- Five years ago, Lady Tessa Townson was ruined by the man she loved when he left to go to war. Believing he was dead, she can't believe her eyes when she sees him again. A lot has changed over the past five years... but then again, maybe one thing hasn't. ENJOYED IT... but I got mad at the hero because I thought his plan with Georgiana was just beyond cruel. Really, I did enjoy this story... I just wanted to kick him in the tookus.

THE PANCHAMAABHUTA by Leah Ball (29 pages)- Francis' rare and valuable ring becomes a prize to be sought by a thief. But could he be after another prize as well? DIDN'T LIKE IT. When I can't pronounce a title, I get frustrated enough. But this story made me roll my eyes... I'm sorry but trying to steal back your own possession from a thief (no matter how handsome or tanned he may be) does not justify sleeping with him. I struggled through this one.

ANGELIQUE by Margo Maguire (22 pages)- Miss Angelique Drummond inherits after her father dies, but for some reason he left her funds under the control of her former fiancé. ENJOYED IT but... real close to being JUST OK. The story was fine, but nothing special. My big gripe was the ending... it felt like a magical dusting of pixie dust suddenly fell over the whole misunderstanding and everything became peaches and roses and teddy bears and the promised happy ending.

LIKE NONE OTHER by Caroline Linden (24 pages)- Widowed Emma Bowen and a retired sea captain share pleasant conversations over their shared garden wall. But Captain Phineas Quentin is enchanted by Emma and wants more than just friendship between neighbors. Could it be she does too? LOVED IT. Loved it, loved it, loved it! My favorite in this anthology so far and oh, how I didn't want it to end! A sweet, romantic story by an author I am ashamed to admit I have yet to read. I'm off to pluck one of her books from my TBR shelf.

THE CATCH OF THE SEASON by Shirley Kennedy (28 pages)- Miss Julia Winslow receives a proposal from Lord Melton, the catch of the season, but Julia isn't impressed when his kiss feels like "kissing a piece of paper." Going home to the country to think things over, she meets his ne'er-do-well brother and wonders if his kiss could be any different. ENJOYED IT. Good story! Julia's mother was almost too much for me but her grandmother was a hoot. And Robert was charming, giving the story a sweet happy ending.

FRENCH INTUITION by Delilah Marvelle (22 pages)- Lady Gwendolyn Redford reconnects with her estranged husband by playing a bedroom game to rekindle their romance. DIDN'T LIKE IT. This story didn't do anything for me but I think it needed a lot more than 22 pages to tell it well. This was simply the wife using seduction to convince her husband that she wasn't having an affair with another man. Unfortunately, I didn't really see any romance in it, and I highly doubt that one bedroom game would be the defining moment in fixing an estranged marriage headed for divorce.

A SUITABLE GENTLEMAN by Sara Bennett (19 pages)- Clarinda Howitt meets James Quentin on the street one blustery day and there is a spark of mutual attraction. However, Clarinda has resigned herself to be a martyr, caring for her hypochondriac aunt, and seeking a good match for her younger sister. But could it be that there is more to James than meets the eye? And could that eye be on Clarinda? JUST OK. This is a good example of a short-story casualty. Adding ten more pages could have made this story great, but instead it felt half baked, then microwaved. I also got frustrated hearing Clarinda say she wasn't a martyr even though you are constantly reminded that she is. Really, she had no hope for herself and that just made me want to give her a satin-slippered kick in the drawers.

GRETNA GREEN by Sharon Page (29 pages)- Reformed childhood gang members reunite when a Bow Street Runner interviews his former lover who is now a dressmaker that secretly helps young ladies escape forced marriages. ENJOYED IT. A nice original story by an author I have never read before. Ms. Page has me intrigued.

LITTLE MISS INDEPENDENT by Julia Templeton (24 pages)- Adelaide Bruce has grown up over the past five years and battle-scarred Naval Captain Lord Drayton takes notice. But with all of society judging his appearance, could it be that Adelaide, his best friend's sister, sees the man for who he truly is? LOVED IT. This was a charming Beauty and the Beast kind of story PLUS you had the whole "forbidden fruit" thing going on. My first story by Julia Templeton, who typically pens erotic romance. I'd love to see a full-length novel in the historical romance genre.

THE DEVIL'S BARGAIN by Deborah Raleigh (26 pages)- Lord Spaulding crashes a party hosted by the woman who married then abandonded him exactly one year ago. Amelia is still bitter with resentment but could it be her husband valued more than just her dowry after all? JUST OK... Nothing special and the story ended as predicted. This is the third story in this anthology involving a misunderstanding that led to a married couple leading separate lives. I really hope there are no more.

KINDRED SOULS by Barbara Metzger (18 pages)- Paving way for a marriage to Millie Cole's dowry, Earl Stourbridge arranges with her father to send away the only man Millie ever loved. But seven years later, Ted returns and learns that Millie had stood the earl up at the altar and has been living an impovershed life, banished to the country ever since. Now that Ted's back to take on the role as Viscount, is there a chance that Millie still has feelings for him? JUST OK. I really wanted to see this story work but honestly, it felt like this was a bunch of excerpts plucked from a larger book and put together to form a short story. It was hard to follow at times and the writing seemed a bit scattered. Even writing this mini-review, I had to go back and re-read a lot just to refresh my memory of the flow and events. Part One needed to be a stronger foundation for the rest of the story, but instead it teased the reader about too many things we didn't know yet which ended up making this story confusing and hard to get into.

REMEMBER by Michele Ann Young (24 pages)- Madame Beauchere has claws firmly clasped around the young Lord Graves because marriage to his fortune would enable her to free her father from debtor's prison. But when Graves' family asks Gerard, the Duke of Hawksworth, to intervene before things go further, could it be that some old flames never quite die? ENJOYED IT. This, like the story before it, was a case of "meddling fathers" resulting in yet another misunderstanding. Not my favorite type of plot, but this one was still a good read!

MOONLIGHT by Carolyn Jewel (26 pages)- Alec, the Earl of Dane, hosts a ball with the help of his lifelong friend Philippa, but afterwards the two reminisce and talk openly and honestly about her upcoming marriage to Captain Bancroft. Could it be the moonlight has other things in mind for Alec and Philippa? LOVED IT. Loved it, loved it, loved it! Beautifully written, wonderfully passionate, and incredibly sensual. Curl up in a cozy chair, suspend belief for an hour and watch these two people fall in love in one moonlit night. I would have loved this to be a full-length novel.

AN INVITATION TO SCANDAL by Lorraine Heath ( pages)- Nicholas, the Earl of Harteley, receives an invitation for a private dinner hosted by a young Miss Arianna Vernon. Expecting much more from this clandestine meeting, she stuns him when she offers to pay off his inherited debts in exchange for marriage. LOVED IT. Strong story complete with Ms. Heath's trademark darker undertones. A fine story to end this great anthology.

Overall I was very pleased with this anthology. I was introduced to a handful of new authors who I have now added to my reading list, and as you can see, most stories rated very positive with me. Here's how my ratings tallied:

LOVED IT: 9 stories ENJOYED IT: 8 stories JUST OK: 4 stories DIDN'T LIKE: 2 stories

Not bad at all, in my opinion! My personal favorites, you ask? LIKE NONE OTHER by Caroline Linden, MOONLIGHT by Carolyn Jewel, LITTLE MISS INDEPENDENT by Julia Templeton and THE PIANO TUTOR by Anthea Lawson.

This book stays on my keeper shelf. :)
jeweledturtle avatar reviewed The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book, the stories were all very sweet and the editor kept a good pace for each one. They flowed and were concise. As advertised on the back of the book, they were supposedly more racy than your typical Regency. But only a few of the stories were sexually explicit. I noticed more that they tended to feature slightly older heroines and sometimes there were children; this is rare in most Regency books I read. And while I acutely dislike Romances with kids in them, all of these were handled smoothly and didn't take away from the plots. There was a Twilight Zone moment about half way through where I had been reading a Fourth story (in a row!) with a blond heroine and a green eyed hero, being slightly output, it was luckily rectified after those four simultaneous stories. I wrote a synopsis of each story as I read, I've edited them to read as an enticing snippet. Fun!

Desperate Measures - Candice Hern
Lydia schemes to make her brother's friend, Geoffrey, jealous and notice her. But when her scheduled accomplice doesn't show up at the ball... and Geoffrey arrives, she spontaneously tells him she pines for the Rake Lord Tennison!

Upon a Midnight CLear - Anna Campbell
Lord Kinvarra helps a couple from a carriage wreck only to discover his estranged wife! When her companion runs off she is stuck in the snow at the mercy of her husband, is there any compassion there?

The Dashing Miss Langley - Amanda Grange
Annabelle Langley picks up her niece for a trip to the Country, they are stranded by rain at an Inn where she finds her ex-fiance. Warily separating again they soon discover they share a destination.

Cynders and Ashe - Elizabeth Boyle
Ella Cynders creates a fairy gown for a Matron's daughter, who then refuses it. So she uses an invitation and attends the Masquerade wearing the gown, the same Masquerade she went to five years ago. Under the guise of her mistress, who was eloping. She also meets her the same man she fell in love with at first sight again.

His Wicked Revenge - Vanessa Kelly
Lady Marissa Paget meets up with her first love thirteen years after her father had cast him out onto the street and forced her to marry another.

Lady Invisible - Patricia Rice
Major Lucas Sumner comes home to find a wife and mother for his daughter. He discovers the Hoyden daughter of the town Squire has a lot to teach them both.

The Piano Teacher - Anthea Lawson
Widow Diana Wavely's piano tutor, for her step-daughter Samantha, is replaced by the handsome Nicholas Jameson. She is encouraged by her friend Lucy to "take him on..."

Stolen - Emma Wildes
Lady Sabrina Pearson has to steal her Father's notes back, with the help of childhood friend Stephen Hammond. He has plans for the merry adventure she leads him on, but will feelings be set aside when the original thief plots against them?

Her Gentleman Thief - Robyn DeHart
Annalise Petty rides to her wedding, but her carriage is stopped by a highwayman. Protecting her sister and escaping marriage to a boring man, who acquired her at a ball she chaperoned, she goes with the highwayman instead.

The Weatherly's Ball - Christie Kelley
Tessa and Garret shared a night together at a ball, ruining her. After he never offered for her and was presumed dead, she married an old Lord. Years later she sees Garret at the same ball.

The Panchamaabhuta - Leah Ball
A war widow, Francis, is stranded at an Inn transporting a ruby ring named The Panchamaabhuta. An interesting man, Jared White, steals the ring from her along with a kiss - she decides to steal it back.

Angelique - Margo Maguire
Her Father died leaving a pittance for her and her Aunt - and to top it off she has to go to the Duke of Heyworth, her former philandering fiancee, to get it! He waits for her, to explain, and watch the show of his beloved hellcat.

Like None Other - Caroline Linden
No. 12 George Street us where Emmaline Bowen lives, next door at No. 14 resides her fascinating neighbor: Captain Quentin Lives. After finally making up his mind to finally call on his neighbor, he is instead connived by her Mother into throwing a dinner party.

Catch of the Season - Shirley Kennedy
The very correct Lord Melton proposes to Julia; her family is shocked when she doesn't accept right away. Julia thinks he is like kissing paper. Once she meets his rakish, vibrant younger brother on the estate will she keep the Catch of the Season?

French Intuition - Delilah Marvelle
Gwendolyn comes to the ball in hopes to see her estranged husband, but finds out that Lord Westbrook has stolen a stocking and told her husband of her infidelity. Asking his Uncle for help, he delivers her husband bound and blindfolded. Is her ready to listen to her side of the story?

A Suitable Gentleman - Sara Bennett
Clarina Howitt rescues James Quentin's hat after it is blown away by the wind. He makes her laugh when she is resigned to a staid life with her hypochondriac Aunt. After meeting her again he feels an urge to slip her from under her Aunt's thumb, but the other reason he is Bath may ruin it.

Gretna Green - Sharon Page
Trevelyan Foxton walks into modiste Madame Desjardin's shop to question her as a Bow Street Runner about a girl she assisted to Gretna Green, and who has now disappeared. He also wants to ask the childhood friend from the slums about her secrets, like why she ran away from him and about her daughter.

Little Miss Independent - Julie Templeton
Adelaide Bruce see Lord Drayton after five years; she is now grown up, but he is a scarred war veteran. While he is believing he should burn in Hell for the thought he has about his friend's little sister, she hopes to get close to the man she always admired.

Devil's Bargain - Deborah Raleigh
Having been ruined by Lord Spaulding and consequently wed, Amelia has taken charge of her life and hosts an elegant party. But her husband crashes the party looking to rectify their marriage in name only on their one year anniversary.

Kindred Souls - Barbara Metzger
Mildred Cole stews in a tiny cottage with her Aunt Marisol after the Incident. Her 25th birthday comes and word from their solicitor that her father passed away six months ago. They pack up and arrive to the family estate and a harsh welcome. Discovering she has a fortune, Mildred also discovers the man she thought dead, Viscount Driscoll.
(This was the only dud in the whole book, jumbled and barfy.)

Remember - Michele Ann Young
Charlotte, the widow Madame Beauchere, hopes to set her father free from prison by snaring a husband, but the boy's family who she hopes to marry instead hires Gerard Arnfield to stop her. Have they met their equal?

Moonlight - Carolyn Jewel
Phillipa helped the Earl of Dane, a family friend, and six years her junior, throw a party. The more he sees of her he becomes more entranced, even though she is to marry the priggish Captain Bancroft. But how she feels when he kisses her!

An Invitation to Scandal - Lorraine Heath
Nicholas Wynter, the impoverished Earl of Harteley accepts an unusual invitation from an unknown woman. Arianna Vernon happens to be the well-off daughter of a courtesan, she is looking for a champion.
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chamber-maid avatar reviewed The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance on
I thought there was no chance that I would give this book high marks because it contained SO MANY stories. I figured that there could not be enough time to develop interest and empathy for so many different characters and plots.

Well, I was wrong. I truly enjoyed this book and would enjoy reading it again sometime. The truth is that the authors DID have to get to the point right away--from dilemma to solution--but they did it with plenty of interesting stories.

Some of the stories were more explicit than others--and that variety was good. I would not have enjoyed the book if each story had felt similar to the 5 or 10 that preceeded it.

Ultimately I gave the book a solid 4 stars because I "Really Liked It." and I hope you do, too.


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