Vexed by a Viscount, from Erin Knightley (All’s Fair in Love #4)

Hello! Today I’m going to review my last book read in August, Vexed by a Viscount, from Erin Knightley. I received this book through NetGalley and it was a delicious reading: light, funny, romantic and short. All I needed after several too complex books, haha! ❤

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The story

Prudence is a girl that always has blindly obeyed her parents, not used to break the rules and social conventions of 19th century England. However, when she finds herself betrothed to an old squire, Prudence decides that being a little rebel won’t harm anyone and will ensure her some good memories for the rest of her marriage time. That’s how Prudence’s list was created, full of things to do on a two weeks’ time, before she marries.

The first item on the list is to swim naked on a lake in bright sunlight and all was well during this particular task – the lake was located on her neighbors’ propriety, but as they were travelling, she was safe to swim without being caught by someone expected. Viscount Ashby, her neighbor’s son and acquaintance, definitely wasn’t someone expected.

William, Viscount Ashby, can’t believe his eyes when he finds shy and proper Miss Prudence Landon swimming naked on his parents’ lake and soon finds out about her secret list. For some reason, Will wants to help Prudence, as he couldn’t imagine her marrying the squire. He couldn’t even imagine himself married to his own betrothed – an arrangement made by his and the girl’s parents at birth.

Between escapades and lots of fun, both Prudence and William need to make a very important decision: will they have the best two weeks of their lives and get over it or will they find the courage to fight for their freedom to be truly happy?

The analysis

Just wanted to remind that those are my impressions and opinion while reading the book 🙂
I loved this romance! It’s amusing and simple, proving that a book doesn’t need to be complex, big or even pornographic to be wonderful. I admit that I am partial to historical romances, specially England/London set ones, and that they have to exceed themselves for me to not like them, but I regret nothing, haha! This book was a 5 stars for me, even without any brilliances or anything unusual. It’s the kind of book that I love reading and served me right 🙂

The book is short, you can read it on one sitting (and that was basically what I did, haha!). The narrative is simple and fast, but without compromising the characters consciousness’, their thoughts and insecurities. The book is narrated in third person and, for the most part, we follow Prudence around, but William also has his own moments. This is nice because it leaves no holes on the plot, something that really bothers me. A+ for Knightley here!

I really enjoyed all characters, even without being able to connect with Prudence – I always was a very decided and independent person. It was easier to see me grounded because I rebelled than because I was disrespectful or something worse, haha! I never understood people that just follow orders that can change their lives without even hesitating, without thinking about it. I’m not criticizing anyone, as I do believe that each person has their way and their own reasons to do what they do, but that’s not my style, nor now, nor ever 🙂 Of course that we also have to think of the historical aspect of Prudence’s personality and that’s why I think Prudence is more than an heroin: she’s a symbol. She was always good and dutiful without not a single sign of recognition from her parents. Never allowed her true self to surface her mask of tranquility. This is the story of thousands of occidental girls in the 19th century, not only from England. They went from their parents’ hands to their husbands’ without ever being asked what they really wanted and spent the rest of their lives living lies, suffering in silence. Prudence made me reflect a lot about occidental society’s evolution and how much it’s still missing to be okay. For example, one of the items in Prudence’s list is to eat a very large piece of cake because her mother never allowed her to do so. It’s such a modern situation: how many girls don’t feel guilty for eating every day? It’s something to think about. The ghost of the “good” shape already haunts occidental women since the end of the Dark Age. Isn’t this enough already? Aren’t people tired of trying to fit all women in a same size/shape/look? I’m not here to indoctrinate people into seeing how each woman is beautiful as she is, but it’s something that I truly believe in 🙂

Sorry for the mega reflection, haha! Thanks, Erin Knightley, for making me reflect about this. Let’s go back to the characters, haha! I already talked ~ a lot ~ about Prudence, so let’s go to William: one more bookish boyfriend for me! (I do really need to start an official list just for fun, haha!) He was a sweeting and a little goofy – so realistic, haha! By the way, reality and verisimilitude were a very strong point on Knightley’s book, especially on characters. Nobody was forced or too out of the world, haha! Even the squire was very believable.

The plot was simple and well-constructed, without holes. We know what happened to all characters in the end and the reader doesn’t get lost in any moment. As I said, it wasn’t anything brilliant, but I loved it. For me, this book is one of those novel of manners, that show the routine of the time pictured.

Overall, I did miss some description on some parts, like in Prudence’s house and on the lake, but it wasn’t anything that could compromise the book. I also had a great time imagining Prudence’s closet, haha! Besides, I’m curious about the apparent sex “habits” of the squire… We get something here and there on the book and thank god that Prudence didn’t find out, but I got curious to see how bad it was, haha! I really enjoyed this book, I was missing a good historical romance on my life ❤

Bonus point: this cover ❤ I loved it so much! So beautiful, so true! I love this green dress *–*

That’s it! Thanks for reading my review and thanks to Night Shift Publishing for approving me on NetGalley! And, of course, thank you Erin Knightley and congratulations on the awesome book!

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August Wrap Up: readings, haul and news :)

Hi, there! August has ended, so it’s time to balance everything that has been happening with me and my books!

Wrap Up

 I’ve read 8 books, 5 mangas and 1 comic book this month. I hope I can do better than this in September!

From my Instagram account :)
From my Instagram account 🙂
  • História da Vida Privada no Brasil (Brazil’s Private Life History) – Fernando A. Novais
  • Chasing Rainbows – Linda Oaks (review here)

From my Instagram account :)

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  • Hey, Class President! – Monchi Kaori (5 volumes, review here!)
  • Garfield 2.582 strips reunited – Jim Davis

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Book Haul

 I’ve bought 3 mangas and 4 ebooks. That’s right, I didn’t buy a single paperback or hardcover this month and I’m depressed.

  • A Miracle’s Path – Aaron Millar
  • Glagnodian’s Vengeance (Book 1) – Aaron Millar
  • Wanting – Piper Vaughn
  • The Vampire King’s Husband – Amber Kell

 

Received books

 I’ve received 18 books in August in exchange for a honest review 🙂 Here’s the complete list, including my NetGalley books:

Four very busy weeks indeed, haha! And I also would like to say that my Review Policy is finally up!! It took me a while, but it’s beautiful ❤ I hope I can get more reading done this month 🙂

That’s it, guys! That’s my August report, haha! Thanks for reading! What have you been up to this last month?

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Liebster Award: double nomination! =O

Hello, everyone! Some days ago, I was nominated for the Liebster Award twice! I’d like to thank so so sooo much to my lovely friend Ellen, from Eveningreads, and to sweet Shannon, from For The Love of Words, for the nomination! You are amazing!!

lbaAnd here’s the rules for the award:

liebster-award-rules-iThanks again, girls! Let’s go to the answers:

Eveningreads’ questions:

  1. Do you have a favorite Harry Potter book? If yes, which and why?

Yes! I love The Goblet of Fire. All of it. The year, the quests, Voldemort’s trial to kill Harry… Really, this is my favorite book of the series all time, haha!

  1. What is your current read and how is it?

I’m currently reading a book called Shattered Blue, from Laura Bird Horowitz, that I received through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I just start reading chapter 1, I think it’s not fair to say anything good or bad yet, haha!

  1. Your top 5 TBR?
  • Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure, by Mark C. King
  • Vexed by a Viscount, by Erin Knightley
  • What Lies Within, by James Morris
  • Secrets and High Spirits, by Lou Harper
  • Cemetery Tours, by Jacqueline E. Smith
  1. Top 5 favorite characters of all time?
  • Damon Salvatore, from The Vampire Diaries
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Addie Hayes, from Chasing Rainbows
  • Mr. Darcy, from Pride & Prejudice
  • Snape, from Harry Potter
  1. Can you read and listen to music or are you the silent reader?

I really like to read while listening to music, but I read well in silence too – I prefer to have some kind of background noise, especially during afternoons, because I usually get sleepy, no matter what I’m reading, haha!

6.Which standalone/series do you wish had just one more book?

Omg, there’s so many! But I will go with The Tutor, from Bonnie Dee (review here!). It’s a standalone book and I really wished to see how the characters went with their lives after so many things, haha!

  1. What is your go-to book?

Right now, it’s Chasing Rainbows (review here!), by Linda Oaks. It was a life-changing book and I will re-read it many times, I’m sure!

  1. Who is your most owned author?

Just physical copies, I would say Emily Rodda (18 books). However, counting ebooks + paperbacks, I’d say Ava March, with 22 books.

  1. What is your favorite read of 2015 so far?

I CAN’T CHOOSE! This year, I’ve read some exceptional books, like the complete series of Percy Jackson and the Asylum series books, besides Austenland from Shannon Hale (review here!), Viscount’s Wager by Ava March (review here!), The Tutor from Bonnie Dee and Chasing Rainbows by Linda Oaks. I can’t choose one, sorry, haha!

  1. If you could visit one fictional place, where would it be and why?

The Middle Earth, from Lord of The Rings. I spent so many hours of my childhood pretending I was there that it would feel wrong to choose any other amazing place, haha!

  1. What’s the book you had to put down before you could go on with it?

The Host, by Stephanie Meyer. I really hated it, haha!

Now, For the Love of Words’ questions:

  1. Are you a morning person, or a night person?
    I’m definitely a night person, I do everything after dusk, haha!
  2. What’s your favorite color of food?
    Yellow or red/brown, because I love massa and meat, haha!
  3. Most read and reviewed genre?
    Romance, of all kinds: YA, Historical, Contemporary, Supernatural… Romance ❤
  4. Favorite pastime (besides reading)?
    Eating, what is very sad, haha! Third thing on my list is sleeping. I’m basically a cat that learned to read.
  5. What’s your dream city?
    A place in Brazil called Curitiba. I would give anything to live there 🙂
  6. Favorite Olympic sport to watch?
    I like masculine water sports and volley. I love Brazil’s volley team, both masculine and feminine, and love to see all those worked up guys on bath suits, haha! *blushes*
  7. Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
    I’m very extrovert, I talk to pretty much anyone and everything, like the walls.
  8. What’s your favorite television show?
    Hard one! I watch too many things and never finish one. I would say Vampire Diaries and Suits, as everything seems to be getting cancelled nowadays…
  9. What’s your dream job?
    Being paid to review books, because that’s pretty much what I do best 🙂
  10. Who’s your favorite artist? (can be either musical or fine arts)
    I love miss Britney Spears and a band named Epica. If I had to spend the rest of my days listening to only two musical figures, they would be my choice ❤
  11. How long have you had your blog, and what keeps you writing?
    My blog is a baby! I started it on Blogger in April and moved to WordPress on June, so this blog has only three months! I’m very selfish with my blog: what keeps me writing is my desire to do so. I always read a lot and I love talking about the books I read, but my offline friends couldn’t keep up with my passion, so I unleash it all here and on my bookstagram 🙂

Now, I’ll tell 22 random facts about me because I was nominated twice, it’s only fair 🙂

  1. My favorite flowers are gardenias and hydrangeas – the bluish purple ones especially
  2. I love sweets, especially my mom’s chocolate cake
  3. I mentally date at least one boy from every book I read ;D
  4. My Hogwarts house is Slytherin, according to Pottermore
  5. I love notebooks and I have to control myself to not buy every cute one that crosses my way, haha!
  6. I used to play with my books as a child, pretending they were dolls (and I had so many Barbies…)
  7. My favorite heroine is Wonder Woman ❤
  8. I like to collect movies and tv show seasons in DVD even with Netflix times
  9. I’m really small, Hobbit sized (1,54m = 5’05”)
  10. I have an issue with shoes. I own about 60 pairs and regret nothing, haha!
  11. I wanted to be an Italian opera singer when I was a child
  12. My favorite color is black ❤
  13. I’m too expressive; every time I feel something, you can see it in my face
  14. I’m often mistaken by a high school girl (and I’m 21 lol)
  15. I love to try new kinds of food, specially if it is junk food
  16. I own about 700 books and 800 mangas xD
  17. I can’t eat salad to save my life :/
  18. I graduate in Journalism school within 5 months and I’m freaking out, haha!
  19. My favorite male actors are Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer and Misha Collins ❤
  20. I love porcelain dolls and my favorite one plays The Swan Lake song (my friends always scream in terror when I touch it and the song plays for a bit, ugh *rolls eyes*)
  21. I have a big magnet collection of places around the world
  22. I love Disney and fairy tales ❤

Now my nominations! Sorry I didn’t got to 11, but I’m super new here 😦

The Ultimate Fangirl

The Amazing Life of a Bookworm

And, of course, the girls who nominated me! Shannon and Ellen, thanks! If you girls don’t want to do this again, as you already were nominated, you can pass, haha!

Here’s my questions for the nominated ones!

  1. How did you start to like reading?
  2. Do you prefer reading paperbacks/hardcovers or ebooks?
  3. If you were send to a desert island and could only bring a small non-Hermione bag, what would you put in it?
  4. Do you rate the books you read? If you do, what’s your criterion?
  5. What’s your most loved gender for books? And most hated?
  6. What’s you zodiac sign?
  7. Do you like to eat while reading? If you do, what’s your favorite food to go with a book?
  8. Do you like to read comics/mangas?
  9. If you could move to another country, which would you choose?
  10. Do you have any pets?
  11. In which Hogwarts house are you?

That’s it! Thanks again for the award, girls! Thank you for reading this long post and I hope you guys could get to know me better 😀

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