Historical Romance Book Bingo #1

Duke

Tall, Duke, and Dangerous by Megan Frampton

Rating: 2 out of 5.

After finishing the first novel in the A Hazards of Dukes series, Never Kiss a Duke, I was looking forward to picking up the second. Sadly the second novel in the series didn’t hold the same appeal as the first.

While I did enjoy the characters and liked seeing them together, the trope used and reasoning behind the pair meeting felt so contrived and eye roll inducing. In addition to this, I often found myself cringing during the audiobook at some of the narration. The voice actress did what she could with the content but some of the intimate moments were so embarrassing to listen to – I often found myself pulling a face while listening.

Do not let my words deter you though, Megan Frampton is a great author who has an amazing back catalogue. So feel free to pick up any of her books, I would really recommend Never Kiss a Duke!

Fake Engagement

The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have been meaning to find and finish this book for years now and was so happy to see a new audiobook release of The Perfect Rake because I still have no located my physical copy 😓.

As before, when I made it half way through the book, I can say that what I enjoyed most were the characters. I adored Gideon and loved his character arch which saw him start as an aloof rake who gradually and without his realising it, fall completely and wholeheartedly in love. I adored the almost blind and unaware devotion he showed Prudence.

For me, the main draw of the book was the romance between Gideon and Prudence. As when I read it before, the plotting of the book lost me once they left London but the start is almost perfect in its sincerity and hilarity.

I have The Perfect Rake earmarked as an example of the Fake Engagement trope in my Clarification post and would whole heartedly recommended that if people can, they give Anne Gracie’s book a read!


If you’re interested in using taking part in the above challenge, you can find out more information by clicking the button on the left ❤


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2021 Reading Challenge – Historical Romance Book Bingo

I’m very excited to introduce you to my 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo Challenge!

I had so much fun last year with my 12 Tropes of 2020 challenge but wanted to expand out again and broaden the challenge by creating a ‘normal’ bingo card.

So without further adieu, check out my 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo.

Alright so the action plan for my 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo is to, you guessed it, read a bunch of historical romance novels and reach a bingo. Knowing myself through I’ll try and mark off each square. I tend to read a lot of regency romance but these prompts should span across a number of different subgenres.

As an added bonus, I’ve included the top line of circle prompts which feature some of the British Noble Ranks. These shouldn’t be too difficult to cross off as they feature predominantly in the genre!

If you’re interested in taking part in my bingo challenge all you need to do is:

  • Use my Challenge Card or make/ask for one of your own (I have happy to customise colours and/or include your own logos)
  • Add a link and pingback to this post
  • Use the hashtag #HistoricalRomanceBingo and
  • Have fun!

You may notice a lack of diversity prompts, I have chosen to not include these as I feel that I should be reading broadly anyway and do not need to include these specific prompts as they can be quite problematic. So you want to include characters or authors of backgrounds, sexualities, or voices different from your own – read away and fit them within the offered prompts!

If you’re interested in using the above challenge card, you can download the .png file in the button on the left.


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Thoughts on a 2021 Reading Challenge

Check out the 2021 Reading Challenge here!

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In preparation for next year, I’m starting to think about what I’m going to do for my next reading challenge. I have really enjoyed my 12 Tropes of 2020 challenge and am looking forward to doing something similar in 2021.

Looking back at the posts that I have done the 12 square template has been a lot less stressful than my previous Book Bingo attempts so I am thinking of sticking with that format. I am on the fence about the theme of the challenge though.

I very much enjoy reading romance novels and the majority, if not all of my 12 Trope posts have been from the romance genre. Also since I enjoy the genre so much, should it be focused solely on historical romance? So I am considering focusing down on the romance genre but I am unsure if I should continue to pick tropes or if I should try and mix it up a bit with prompts like, Blank in the title or *this type of character.

The below are some of my current ideas:

  • Wallflower.
  • Beauty and the Beast.
  • Non-titled romantic lead.
  • and the obligatory Duke, Marquess, Earl, titles.

Buuuut having said this, I really enjoy reading diverse books, so should I be looking at a diversity challenge to make sure that I am always striving to read broadly – especially in a genre which can be quite whitewashed.

Prompts like:

  • Bisexual representation.
  • Disability representation.
  • Indigenous character.
  • Biracial representation.
  • and a whole range of representation from characters and backgrounds.

But having said this, when I put all of these diverse things down, it makes it feel a bit trite because I should be reading these things anyway. I shouldn’t need a challenge like this to make sure that these representations are included in books or in my reading list.

So I’m putting it to you, do you have any suggestions? Honestly I’m tempted to either make two challenges or mix them all up and have a very interesting historical romance challenge.


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