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Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer

Regency Buck (1935)

by Georgette Heyer

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Series: Alastair-Audley (3)

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    arctangent: The main characters return, along with descendants of characters from Devil's Cub and These Old Shades, also by G. Heyer.

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When Judith Taverner and her brother, Peregrine, decide to go to London, despite the written wishes of their unseen guardian, Lord Worth, they're only goal is to spend the season in London and finally experience the finer things in life. However, meeting their guardian is not at all what they expect and although Judith and her eighty thousand pounds make a decided splash in Society, not all attention devoted to an heiress and her brother are all that they would desire.

This is the first Georgette Heyer novel where up to the penultimate chapter I wasn't quite sure which way it was going to go, which leaves me curious to attempt one of her mystery novels as she mastered suspense and continuous second-guessing on my instincts as a reader with great aplomb. While this particular title won't rank among my favourites of her Regency romances (detailed descriptions of a boxing match and a cock fight were not what I was looking for), she still crafts delightful characters as ever and her historic details are exquisite. Not where I'd recommend starting if you've never tried Heyer, but an entry that fans of hers should try at least once. ( )
  MickyFine | Jan 30, 2019 |
This is my second read, and I am loving all the detail, but not the characters so much. I do appreciate the mystery in the story, and taken together with the rich descriptions, I am enjoying this book more the second time through.

Finished, and still not my favorite Heyer, but an enjoyable read. I loved the details, dear Charles and Miss Scattergood, if not Worth, Judith and Peregrine. ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
A typically feel-good story typical of Heyer: a beautiful orphaned heiress and her brother find themselves placed under the guardianship of the most insufferable nobleman in London. As always, the outcome is pretty predictable, but it's good fun along the way and Judith is a pleasantly feisty heroine. Good old-fashioned comfort reading. ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Dec 8, 2017 |
Enjoyable Regency romance classic, [spoiler], heiress and brother meet guardian and clash on all points. Dénouement not exceptionally surprising. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 23, 2017 |
A Heyer regency novel, filled with the genteel upper classes, high society and balls, and spirited young women and men finding their place in the world and falling in love. In this particular romance, we have the story of Judith and Peregrine, two rich siblings who are recently orphaned and thus being consigned to the care of their new guardian, Julian St. John Audly, fifth Earl of Worth. Judith expects to find a doddering old man who can't be bothered with monitoring her social life, but she and her brother are surprised to discover that the Earl of Worth has recently inherited his title, and is quite a young and handsome man. In fact, he is the same young buck they met as they traveled from the country to their new home in London, who stole a kiss from Judith and enraged Perry to the point of trying to challenge him to a duel.

Julian, for his part, is just as unhappy at being saddled with the role of guardian as they are at having him as one. However, this does not prompt him to leave them to their own devices. On the contrary, he is most insistent on reining them in, turning down Judith's many marriage proposals, and curbing Perry's dissolute tendencies in gambling and fighting. The siblings chafe under his control, having expected a lenient older relative to be their escort while in town, rather than a young lord who completely understands all the trouble they can stir up. While Judith and Perry think their biggest problem is their overbearing guardian, it soon becomes apparent that things can be worse. Perry is involved in increasingly dangerous situations, and eventually narrowly escapes being poisoned. Someone is trying to kill Perry. Judith's cousin Bernard, who is charming and blatantly courting Judith, tries to convince them that their guardian Julian is the culprit. But as all four main players meet in the novel's climax, the truth will out.

This is a standard Heyer read, which is a compliment from someone who enjoys Heyer's regency romance expertise. The chemistry between Judith and Julian is enticing but not as sizzling as some other Heyer couples, while the dynamic between the wards and their surprise guardian is delightful. The dialogue is snappy and arch, and the other main plot of the evil relative trying to off Perry is also exciting. For a getaway from reality that is a quick read and involves fluffy romance and period settings, this is a good pick. ( )
  nmhale | May 19, 2017 |
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After publishing eighteen books, ten of them historical, Georgette Heyer finally turned to the period that she would make her own: the Regency, in a book titled, appropriately enough, Regency Buck.

And oh, it’s awful.

Well, maybe not awful. Let us just say not very good. ...

The failed romance and the borrowings from Pride and Prejudice are, alas, not the only problems with this novel, which suffers from two other problems: one, it is frequently dull, partly because two, it contains far, far, far, far far too much dropping of historical facts.
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After their father's death, the brothers Judith and Peregrine Taverner travel to 1811 London to meet their guardian, the Earl of Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman, to their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are. Lord Julian St. John Audley, they both agree, is an insufferably arrogant dandy. But unfortunately for the orphans, he is also the Fifth Earl of Worth, a friend of the Regent, and, quite by chance, their legal guardian. Lord Worth doesn't want the office of guardian any more than they want him, and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the country.

But when Judith and Peregrine begin to move in the highest social circles, Lord Worth cannot help but entangle himself with his adventuresome wards. Beautiful Judith Taverner had captivated all London society. A bevy of elegant bachelors swarmed about her, vying for her favors. But then her brother suddenly vanished, she was forced to seek the aid of her mysterious guardian, the powerful Earl of Worth.

Once Judith had looked upon the Earl as a protector -- and then as something far more. But now she was gown up, worldly-wise... and prey to a chilling suspicion. For Judith was not only a bewitching young lady, but also heiress to a great fortune -- a bewildered creature trying to discover the difference between a man's love and a man's greed. Heiress Judith Taverner fights her loathing, and her desire, for the iron-willed but handsome man who is her suitor.
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"After their father's death, Miss Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine travel to London to meet their guardian, Lord Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman. To their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are, doesn't want the office of guardian any more than they want him, and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the country. But when Miss Taverner and Peregrine begin to move in the highest social circles, Lord Worth cannot help but entangle himself with his adventuresome wards..."--Publisher's website.… (more)

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