Really Really Short Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale


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Really Really Short Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya RodaleChasing Lady Amelia (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #2) by Maya Rodale
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #2
Published by Avon on June 28th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss

In the second novel of Maya Rodale’s enchanting Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, an American heiress finds her reputation—and heart—in danger when she travels to London and meets a wickedly tempting rake
Terribly ImproperLady Amelia is fed up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London, so one night she escapes . . . and finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay-Jones. He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls. How lucky, then, that one of them stumbles right into his arms!
Totally ScandalousAlistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London, from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens. Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love. If anyone finds out, she will be ruined, but he will win everything he’s ever wanted.
Very RomanticWhen Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her, he must woo her and win back the angry American girl. But with the threat of scandals, plural, looming . . . will he ever catch up to the woman he loves?

So I had an inkling me and Lady Amelia might not get along after Lady Bridget’s Diary and unfortunately that was still the case in Chasing Lady Amelia. I struggled reading this, it took me say longer than a typical romance would. And it mostly had to do with the fact that I didn’t connect with Amelia at all.

The story is cute enough, with a Roman Holiday, 24-hour whirlwind romance/adventure between Amelia and Alistair. But I really found Amelia to be very self-centered, bratty and whiney whiney most of the time; it’s all a little too much for me. Alistair isn’t a bad hero but also doesn’t leave a huge impression on me.

The writing itself is good though! I enjoyed the cute moments that Amelia and Alistair had.

“I imagine it would be difficult to jump across rooftops in a skirt.”

“I love that that is the part you find outlandish.”

“It is the part that I have the least experience with,” Alistair said, “as I am not in the habit of wearing dresses or traveling by rooftop.”

And I do love the chaotic Cavendish family and their great love for each other.

“What should I do, James?”

And then he said something that surprised her. “I have no idea, Amelia. Then he pulled her into his arms for a hug and said something that was muffled by her hair but that sounded a lot like, “But it should be something that makes you happy.”

Overall, I think this was a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. It wasn’t necessarily a bad read but the lack of empathy for the main character made it hard to embrace the book. That being said, I’ll definitely still continue with the stories because I do enjoy Rodale’s writing.

{*Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


Author: Cyn

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5 Replies to “Really Really Short Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale”

  1. Oh no…I have zero tolerance for this type of heroine. If she learns a lesson and is redeemed sure…but nope I wouldn’t have warmed up to her. So sorry this one didn’t work for you.

    1. Yay, that was too bad, because I do love the idea of the story!

  2. I need empathy for a main character at least for me to really enjoy it. I have been on the lookout for a good historical romance, but just haven’t found the one yet. 🙂 Brilly review.

    1. Agree, empathy is definitely needed!
      If you need some recommendations for HR, let me know! Thanks (:

  3. Oh I had a hard time with this one, the heroine drove me up the wall!!!!! I just couldn’t stand her and the hero didn’t make an impression either.

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