Wednesday, 21 March 2018

My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran

My Lady's Choosing
by Kitty Curran

Summary: The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after

You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate?

Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was desperate to read it. I used to love choose your own adventure stories when I was a kid, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. So the fact that this book was combining an old love with a newer one I've developed for regency romance, how could I not read it? It sounded fantastic.

Well...I liked it, but I didn't love it.

One of my issues with the book--the thing that stopped me loving it--really boils down to the reason I love regency romance books. They are addictive, they sweep you up into their (usually) predicable little worlds and distract you for a few hours from anything that's going on in yours.

But this didn't really have many of the qualities that makes me love regency romance. The choices and the flipping back and forth throughout the book was actually distracting and pulled me out of the story. It wasn't the kind of book I could relax and lose myself in.

The other issue I had was the writing. It wasn't my style at all. Partly because it was trying really hard to be witty and that's just not the kind of writing I like in a regency romance, but the main issue was mostly that it was written in second person.

I know that it's a choose YOUR own adventure story, but I didn't like that element. I would've rather it felt like the book version of the sims...where I'm making choices for another character and seeing how it plays out for them, but the you thing didn't allow any distance and I didn't like that (again, it kind of took me out of the story a bit -- which was odd considering the point was to place me into the story).

As for the stories themselves, the one I read was fun. Others less so (I appreciated that it included the option of a F/F romance) -- I found the Mac scenes totally grating, I couldn't finish that plot line because it irritated me (I'm Scottish, his dialogue should have felt natural for me to read but it just felt cliche and clumsy -- and it got to the point where I probably would've screamed if he said "lass" one more time).

Basically, the story did hook me in the end and there was definitely a lot to love about it, it really just was a case of the book not being my kind of thing even though in theory it should have been.

Overall, I'd rate it 3.5 stars out of 5 and I'd recommend it if you're just looking for something fun and a new way of reading regency romance.


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