Georgette Heyer: Regency Buck

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Rejudice 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 ncomfortable theme was The Missing Heir used in the book but it wasn t there just to spice the storyp Certain actions cau 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 Heart Of Stone (Morgans Mercenaries, 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 sa The one where our heroine and her silly brother discoverpon their father s death that their new guardian is the sardonic Lord Worth And then everyone gets into social scrapesAlmost 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 Deanna Raybourn Lady Julia Grey Volume 2: Dark Road to Darjeeling\The Dark Enquiry\Silent Night bonus story (A Lady Julia Grey Mystery) 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 thingActually 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 bensure who the hero actually is but the whole thing almost but Not Our Kind ultimately just doesn t workSometimes so close is also so very very far With any other hero I might consider this the best of Heyer As it was I was torn between hating Lord Worth and being sweptp in the storyJudith 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 Montana Reunion (Big Sky Centennial, uite 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 involvedJudith 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 shenderstands 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 AHEADThe 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 The Deepest Roots 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 isite 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 of pure insensitivity As part of his plan to expose Peregrine s would be assassin Worth drugs. The office of guardian any than they want him and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the countryBut 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 myste.

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 o 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 Roped Into Romance (www.gIRL-gEAR 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 a 35 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 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 extensively about it because reasonsRegency 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 subseuent 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 suinting away somencomfortable 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 Quebrando Regras (Os Westmorelands until theniversally beloved Grand Sophy came my way in factSo 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 Reclaim Me (McCoy Raven Brothers 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 hatredSo here s my take on the character point by point1 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 Maruis 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 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 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 herself3 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 themnwittingly 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 extreme reactions to him and Perry s excesses by intervening personally but discreetly when he must view spoilerby rescuing Perry from being murdered by sending Brummel Judith s way to make her fashionable etc hide spoiler 45 twinkling sparkling starsIn 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 ality While Regency Bucks has it s flaws my memory of Lady of ality is view spoilerthat it was a reworking of Black Sheep only with a really obnoxious hero hide spoiler 45I 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 and humorous version of Pride and After their father's death the brothers Judith and Peregrine Taverner travel to 1811 London to meet their guardian the Earl of Worth expecting an elderly gentleman to their surprise and Moon Over Water (Deliverance Company, utter disgust their guardian is not much older than they are Lord Julian St John Audley they both agree is an insufferably arrogant dandy Butnfortunately for the orphans he is also the Fifth Earl of Worth a friend of the Regent and ite by chance their legal guardian Lord Worth doesn't want.

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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 p and convinces Judith that he knows where Peregrine is being kept Judith goes along for awhile but Her Brooding Italian Surgeon uickly 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 ofgly 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 pper class Regency life and very badly as a romance 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 rban fantasies with kickass heroines but at least I m ending on a high note hereJudith 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 Two Steps Forward unknown guardian their father appointed in his will since they re bothnderage But they assure themselves that they can The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, undoubtedly handle what will certainly a retired gentleman in his dotage So armed only with their guardian s name Lord Worth and theirndoubtedly very handy funds off they go to LondonOn the way they stop in a town to see a mill boxing match and have a few The Ranchers Surprise Marriage 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 WorthThe rest of the book deals with the battles between Judith and Lord Worth for thepper hand in their lovehate relationship she tends to react to every reuest 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 wealthJudith 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 The Ancient Central Andes 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 sufferernder 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 enjoyable Georgette Heyer books I ve read It s a comedy of manners with an Lover Extraordinaire (Extraordinaire, understated romance and lots of dry humor Maybe it was thisnderstated 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 Christmas With A Hero uite impulsive and obstinate in her determination to not knucklender to Lord Worth s instructions but even when she clearly would have been better off doing what Worth reuested you have to admire her determination in that day and age to order her own lifeUnderstated 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. Rious guardian the powerful Earl of WorthOnce Judith had looked pon the Earl as a protector and then as something far But now she was gown p 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 suito.

The Black MothIn 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier a mining engineer Rougier later became a barrister and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932 Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each yearHeyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She wrote one novel using the pseudonym Stella MartinHer Georgian and Regencies romances were inspired by