Title: Chasing Lady Amelia
Written by Maya Rodale
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #2
Published by Avon
Publication Date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Source: Edelweiss, the Publisher
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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
Lady 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!
Alistair 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.
When 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?
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After the AMAZINGNESS that was Lady Bridget’s Diary, I was impatiently waiting for Chasing Lady Amelia to come out. When I finally got my egalley, I was ECSTATIC!
I know the intro sounds so positive but to be honest, I didn’t love this book at all. I mean, after Lady Bridget’s that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, I was expecting the same. BUT NO! I totally, TOTALLY hated Lady Amelia. She came off as too shallow with Alistair becoming a beta hero (so not a fan of those).
But let’s back up!
Chasing Lady Amelia is a retelling of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and SPOILER ALERT, the movie didn’t really end in an HEA for both the princess and the newspaper reporter. Also, would you believe that I haven’t seen Roman Holiday until I watched it a couple of months back? I know. THE HORROR! Anyway, I enjoyed the movie because Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann and Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley were adorable together! But I digress.
Chasing Lady Amelia, however, was a dud for me. Amelia didn’t really have the Audrey Hepburn charm translate as well on the page for me and she did come off as whiny and pretty much annoyed me all throughout the book that I actually DNF’d it at about 80-ish percent. I just felt that I couldn’t finish it any longer because of Amelia. Yeah, I was THAT annoyed.
The story occurs in just a day with Alistair singing and a drunken Amelia getting captivated by him. They then spend the next day exploring London and doing “scandalous” things with Alistair guiding Amelia along the way. Oh, did I say that Amelia is American? And that Alistair is supposed to marry her? Amelia doesn’t know this, by the way, but Alistair KNOWS and decided to humor her and take her to do those scandalous things.
As much fun as their shenanigans went, I was just distracted by Amelia. Also, I’m not a fan of one-day romance/falling in love in one day, so there is that.
I honestly didn’t connect with Amelia at all, but I’m sure some will. If you are a fan of those one-day romances, shenanigans, being improper, betrayal, and cutesy romantic adventures, then this book is for you. If not, I advise you to skip it.
Nine Rules to Break While Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean, The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston, and All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan.
Do you like to read books that have one-day romances?
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