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2019 ReviewStill a fabulously fun read, but this time I think I enjoyed Incognito better I recommend reading both (Not as much a fan of The Celebrated Pedestrian )2018 ReviewSo first you read Jane Austen And Jane's great! Iconic, even! But sometimes, deep down, you have to admitshe isn't where you go for a comfortable romance Then you discover Georgette Heyer And she's amazing! Readable, fun, romanticeverything you've hoped for Until eventually, you run out of her books to read Now what? You try getting other Regency books from the library They leave you blushing hard but simultaneously banging your head against the wall because the historical detail is so off But you're an addict now You need your Regency fix and you can only reread Pride and Prejudice or The Grand Sophy so many times Then a book like Mr Malcolm's List comes along From a technical standpoint, it isn't a perfect book by a long shot It plays a little loose with historical detail (all that firstname calling!) and comfortably relies on some scandalous behavior, but it is so fun! And best of all, it fills that Regency craving without causing you to blush That's right, clean but swoonworthy.There isn't much drama in this plot Not too many characters get introduced, the important ones all end up at a tiny house party Despite a possible secondary love interest, this is no love triangle The main couple falls instantly in love But it isn't an awkward instalove They don't give into their lusts Instead, it adds to the storyline The two main characters are rather perfectbut never annoyingly so Malcolm is droolworthy Where can I find one?Although at the times the story gets borderline preachy, it never crosses a line into irritating And it is so unexpectedly funny! And sweet! I found myself flipping back to reread scenes I'd just read because they caught me as so deliciously funny or romantic I particularly liked scenes that I think will go one way, but instead go another (view spoiler)[ For example, when Selina overheard two people gossiping and thinks maybe Malcolm's trifling with her Instead of dragging that drama out, the author turns it on its head and creates the most romantic little scene I reread it at least 3 times before moving on! (hide spoiler)] Update 6/29/15 I'm knocking this down a star because, despite the fact that I read it 3 weeks ago, I can't remember a single thing! It's that forgettable *****This book could have used a bitfleshing out At only two hundred pages, there was plentyopportunity to delveinto the characters and spendtime examining their motivations Particularly the second half of the book, it felt like things were magically resolved a bit too much. I'm torn!2 or 4 stars? I'm conflicted!If you want a romantic comedy spoof, then maybe 4 stars If you're looking for thegenuine romance article, then 2.That's my burning question I was suitably underwhelmed by The List as a serious regency work How a supposedly intelligent woman was beguiled by her one time uneasy schoolfriend to punish a potential swain for not continuing to court her friend is beyond me And when said perceptive young woman continually falls in with her friend's plans mostly because she thinking of something or someone else and just murmurs appropriate noises of approval, well then, of course she's going to find herself in deep water Couple that with the fact that said friend is fiendishly sure of herself (read spoiled, arrogant and used to getting her own way) with a true 'mean girls' streak, and the story becomes farcical (I must say though I kept flashing to scenes from 1940's black and white inane romantic comedy movies How can that be? I'm thinking of maybe Cary Grant and Irene Dunne or Katherine Hepburn If this is a regency romantic comedy spoof, then it's possibly a 4 star performance If it's not, I support my 2 star designation.)Highly eligible, wealthy and apparently dishy, the Honourable Mr Jeremy Malcolm, second son of the Earl of Kilbourne, has a list of attributes he's looking for in a wife Julia Thistlewaite falls short and so after a couple of outings with her he moves on Thwarted and enraged Julia remembers that an acquaintance from school, Selina Dalton, a vicar's daughter, has written to her Julia invites Selina to London, planning to use her to exact some sweet revenge against the top lofty Jeremy So your veritable comic Cheltenham tragedy is about to be enacted.Of course things go awry, and there are indeed many wryly funny moments, but in the end the story seemed to tail off, the farcical loosing it's impetus I finished, but it was a close run thing.There's a good meld of supporting characters One of the best was Jeremy's mother, Lady Kilbourne Although Julie's cousin Cassie (Lord Cassidy) adds a certain Bertie Wooster piquancy.I did love the cover design A mixture of millennium pink and red with silhouetted figures harken back to times past, with a dash of the modern.I am still left with the sneaking suspicion this is a romantic comedy spoof So I'm back to my original quandary Was this a 4 star or 2 star performance?I've decided to come down on this being a romantic comedy but due to the slow finish I'm settling for 3 stars.A Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars there is something that is very bingeable about this book, so I had a pleasant enough time in the middle of it It kind of reminded me of fanfiction in its structure and tone, which isn't necessarily a bad thing However, there's a lot lacking in character development, plot pacing, and consistency in voice I personally don't care that much about historical accuracy (for those who do, this is not going to be a book for you :)), but I do want the author to sell me on their version of the setting that they've constructed In this case, it didn't convince me of its vision of historical setting it pickedAll in all, not my favorite or very memorable, but a fine enough way to pass some time The Honorable Mr Malcolm has a secret This elusive matrimonial prize, long the target of desperate debutantes and their matchmaking mothers, is well known for his fastidiousness What is not well known is that he has a list of qualifications for his future bride Can any woman hope to win the heart of such a hardened critic? Selina Dalton can only try her best And when she begins to succeed, Jeremy Malcolm is not sure whether he has discovered the perfect woman Or the perfect hoax [EPUB] ✵ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – 9facts.co.uk long the target of desperate debutantes and their matchmaking mothers ❮Download❯ ➵ Jazz Age Stories Author F. Scott Fitzgerald – 9facts.co.uk is well known for his fastidiousness What is not well known is that he has a list of qualifications for his future bride Can any woman hope to win the heart of such a hardened critic? Selina Dalton can only try her best And when she begins to succeed [Read] ➮ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – 9facts.co.uk Jeremy Malcolm is not sure whether he has discovered the perfect woman Or the perfect hoax Read to 40%, then skipped to the last 3 chapters I was quite excited at the premise of this one as the synopsis sounded promising Sadly, there wasn’t anything for me All of the characters sort of sound the same I honestly think that if you took away the names, the men and women could be interchangeable Except Julia, but only because she’s a megabrat.I did try to keep reading, but eventually realized that I didn’t really care about these characters or if any of them got an HEA **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge** Mr Malcolm's ListSuzanne Allainhttps://www.facebook.com/suzannejallain/ Release date 07/28/2020Publisher Piatkus for BerkleyBlurb :It is a truth universally acknowledged that an arrogant bachelor insistent on a wife who meets the strictest of requirements deserves his comeuppance .The Honourable Mr Jeremy Malcolm is searching for a wife, but not just any wife As the target of matchmaking mothers and desperate debutantes, he's determined to avoid the fortune hunters and find a nearperfect woman, one who will meet the qualifications on his wellcrafted list But after years of searching, he's beginning to despair of ever finding this paragon Until Selina Dalton arrives in town.Selina, a vicar's daughter of limited means and a stranger to high society, is thrilled when her friend Julia Thistlewaite invites her to London, until she learns it's all part of a plot to exact revenge on Mr Malcolm Selina is reluctant to participate in Julia's scheme, especially after meeting the irresistible Mr Malcolm, who appears to be very different from the arrogant scoundrel of Julia's description.But when Mr Malcolm begins judging Selina against his unattainable standards, Selina decides that she has some qualifications of her own And if he is to meet them he must reveal the real man behind Mr Malcolm's List.My review :Will pride cost one’s love Mr Malcom’s List at first reminded me of Virginia Heath’s The Discerning Gentleman Guide, and while Mrs Heath’s hero used a guide as reference to select his future bride, Malcom here made the requirement through his list.It was not an unattainable goal but it might limit his prospect Yet it is what he is looking for.But in his course for the perfect bride, he damages one woman’s pride, and a woman angered is a disaster in the making.While Selena is the main character, it is many voices tale, most of the side characters having their share in many drama surrounding Mr Malcom’s quest for a spouse.Selena is a miss who jumped at the opportunity to partake a bit in the London’s season She didn’t know she was convoked with the ulterior motive to extract revenge for a too prideful young woman And while she is against her friend’s scheme, she at first follows her lead, until she finds herself attracted to the infamous Mr Malcom.Jeremy thought he had everything mapped out, yet by infuriating involuntarily the wrong woman, he faces her ire and becomes unknowingly the recipient of her wrath with Selena as a weapon.And while I do not like the deceit used against him, he does not react always the most gentleman like way At a time, he was not very deserving of Selena’s affection.Then there are Julia, Henry, Cassie, Selena’s parents and Jeremy’s mother, all are part of the grand scheme and play little tricks.Mrs Allain wit Mr Malcom’s list narrates a witty and clever challenge of whom’s heart will fall for who with a reflection about a too straightforward path does not prepare for the dents and holes on the journey.A 5 stars double romance spicy like Emma, with many twists and turns like Much Ado About Nothing.I was granted an advance copy by the publisher, here is my true and unbiased opinion.https://www.facebook.com/429830134272 ** 3.5 Stars **Publication Date: 7/28/20Number of Pages: 256This was a fun and entertaining read from a newtome author She brings the whole range of emotions into it – I giggled, I teared up, I sighed – it was a really nice read I will mention that it is not in the least steamy, so if you like steam, you won’t get it here Since I just love a good romance – with or without steam – it was good for me The writing is good, the characters are pretty welldeveloped, and the plot was mostly tight and excellently paced.I believe this is a rerelease as the author mentions that she enjoyed being able to go watch the filming of the movie made from it You’ll like the characters – even the baddies aren’t really so bad Plus, you get two romances for the price of one, so you can’t go wrong there.Jeremy Malcolm is one buttonedup dude! He’s rich, handsome, and has his own estate If he were female, he’d be a diamondofthefirstwater He’s decided it is time to marry, but he is very, very, particular, and has a list of qualifications his bride must meet Can anyone live up to that perfection? When he fails to pursue one female in particular, she decides to have her revenge on him Imagine him embarrassing her by not at least calling the following day after escorting her to the opera.Selina Dalton is the daughter of a vicar She is very sweet, giving, caring, and very beautiful She’s been working as a lady’s companion to an older friend of her mothers until the lady died With her future unsure, she decides to write to a friend from school – and then hope for an invitation to visit London She could return home to her parents, but that isn’t what she wants to do – at least not right now When the invitation from her friend arrives, Selina has no clue it comes with some very tightly laced strings.Now, you must be wondering why this isn’t a 5star rating for me The character development – especially for Julia and Cassie – just wasn’t there For Julia, it was like there was a line down the middle of the book – on one side she was one person and on the other side, she was a different person For Cassie, well, I felt sorry for him as it seemed his only character trait was that of a buffoon Anyway, I enjoyed the story even with Jeremy annoying me regularly I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own. Cute story, cute characters, it's.cute Not super sexy, not super emotional It's cute. This light romantic comedy is filled with the usual cliched characters and plot devices I didn't like the relationship between Malcolm and Selina I felt it could have been better developed aside from mere physical attraction They are both intelligent and witty but most of their interactions are sparse on dialogue Malcolm mostly comes across as a snob who doesn't really know what he wants Selina is a bit too nice at first but she improves as her temper is tried Another character experiences a change of heart which seems too abrupt The dialogue is stilted and unrealistic and there's lots of telling as opposed to showing The list plot has been done much better elsewhere If you enjoy the light, fluffy books of Clare Darcy and other Georgette Heyer copycats you'll like this one If you can get a copy for free or download the inexpensive ebook version, then this book is worth the money It was not wellwritten enough for me to feel the paperback was worth the price.