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~Read Ebook ♃ Notorious (Rebels of the Ton, #1) ☫ Critically acclaimed author Minerva Spencer brings a rebellious spirit to historical romance with a vibrant debut series about a new generation of Regency renegades who subvert the social expectations of the day and carve out their own paths in lifeSpencer employs humor, intelligence, and wit to weave the tale of an unapologetically opinionated lady and an effortlessly charming rogue who find themselves thrown together in a notsoconvenient marriage of necessityCan a willful wallflower and a headstrong hedonist find common ground in their distaste for convention and forge a lasting—and loving—union?The cure for a willful wife Drusilla Clare is full of opinions about why a woman shouldn't marry But that doesn't stop the rush of desire she feels each time her best friend's brother, notorious rake Gabriel Marlington, crosses her path So imagine her dismay when she finds herself in the clutches of a scoundrel, only to be rescued by Gabriel himself And when Gabriel's heartless—and heartpounding—proposal comes, it's enough to make Dru's formidable resolve crumble a smitten husband She's sharptongued, exasperating—and due to one careless moment—about to become his wife Still, something about Drusilla has Gabriel intrigued First there's the delicious flush of her skin every time she delivers a barb—and then the surprisingly sensual feel of her in his arms Gabriel even finds himself challenged by her unusual philosophies And when he discovers a clandestine rival for Dru's affection, his temperature flares even hotter But the real threat to their happiness is one neither of the newlyweds sees coming If they're to save their future—and their very lives—they'll need to trust in each other and their growing love
This is a 2,5 review rounded.I didn't know the author and based on the synopsis and the first couple of chapters I confess I expected something different,of a regency romp, instead this went deeper That was not necessarily bad, but it was a bit misleading.I really liked the heroine; she is an heiress, of commonbirth, and a marquess daughter's best friend (I was expecting this to feel misplaced, but it is explained well enough) Somewhat of a wallflower, Drusilla had a massive crush on her friend's step brother Gabriel and, thinking he would never care for her (he was courting someone else as the book begins) whenever they are together, she uses discussion and sarcasm as a shield; it all felt like nice witty banter to me, (even though the hero seems to think she hates him) When another man tries to abuse her, Gabriel goes to defend her, and instead they're tied in a compromising position, forced to be wed, and Gabriel forced into a duel with the duke who abused Drusilla Drusilla devotes much of her time and money to charitable work Most of the time, when heroines of regency do this, it tends to feel cheap or unexplicable, but hers was well made It was a shame only that, after marriage, this part of her was not showcased (but then again, there was a LOT going on)Okay, that is done Now I have to deal with it and talk about Gabriel I guess Oh my God, he must have been the hero with the most stuff going on that I've ever seen Gabriel (or Jibril) was the son and heir of the former sultan from Oran and a duke's daughter (who was abducted and forced into the marriage, after the sultan's passing, she later married a marquess and her story can be found in another book) In exile in England for the past five years, Gabriel let's go of his culture, his name and his language to adopt to his new life He is very young (younger than most regency heroes at least), at 24 He is supposedly a bit of a rake, his name connected with much gossip as he is seen as somewhat exotic He has two lovers in London, and his relationship/friendship with them is well shown Normally, mistresses are mentioned, and not taken as a person, and I would have liked the gesture if there weren't SO much going on already okay, focus As a foreigner, as a bastard (in the eyes of the ton), as the grandson of a duke and the stepson of a marquess, as someone connected to a child, Gabriel was so heavy He understood and was driven by duty, acted like a jerk sometimesbut he was doing his best, I think As for their relationship it was really sweet actually The steamy scenes worked really well for me They are both trying to make the best of their situation Drusilla forced to be with someone she loves, but who does not love her and seems to keep visiting his mistresses even after married And Gabriel, married to someone he thought hated him Drusilla takes some things too personally (though she was mostly on the right side) and Gabriel's pride is not the best thing ever but mostly it felt good The only problem was, in order for the book to happen, that is, the problem that keeps them apart is ann utter LACK of communication, and it grew tiring I kept reading, the same way you would keep watching a trainwreck; There was so much happenning there was a duel, a lover, the mistresses, a kid, kidnapping, a villain, two villains, a spy, a mob of bandits, a clash of cultures, fight for power, ransom, betrayal, the prejudice (both for Gabriel's origin's and bastardy and for Drusilla's origin as a cit), the expectations that come from being forced into marriage I said this before but there was SO MUCH going on, that the couple falling apart due to not sitting down and talking like human beings felt misplaced The last thing I want to talk about is a bitsensitive As probably expected from the fact that the hero was arab, from Oran in the middle of regency England, we need to talk about culture Gabriel is often refered to as someone who is good because of his mother's (white) blood From that can we infer that if not for that, his culture is bad? As a man said to have abused his mother and other women, I am not indulging Gabriel's father as someone who should have been acclaimed Throughout the book, Drusilla defends Jibril when someone mention his 'barbaric' heritage, and Gabriel is written as someone proud of where he came from and sad to have to let it go I don't think (or at least I hope not) that the author meant for it to be hurtful per se, but I believe the book could have thrived if other characters from Oran, from Gabriel's past, could have been shown, or at least mentioned, as examples of good people I kept thinking about the '9 to 5 movie from 1980 It's a feminist masterpiece and I adore it, but, in the end, the bad guy, the abuser, the villain, his punishment is to receive a promotion and work from Brazil (which he finds terrifying) I don't think anyone else noticed or cared I don't think the writer thought twice about this, and wanted to make me feel bad But, as a Brazillian, this hurt me somewhere south of my pride I am not familiar with Oran culture, with their history, but it is important to remember someone is Gabriel's representativeness is refreshing for the genre, but he is not much of a representative if whitewashed and only seen as good as his mother's blood These are waters to tread with care. I found this book to be different from books that I have read from Minerva Spencer The characters I found quite entertaining They brought great dialogue to the book The plot was good I was lookingfor the Victorian history romance aspects from the book.I would like to read details from the wedding It’s was hard to push through reading Gabriel making out with his mistress the day before his wedding I would like to have seenromance scenes from Gabriel and Drusila The book started out good with the banter between Drusila and Gabriel, but after Gabriel went to talk to his parents the book hit a slump I voluntary reviewed this ARC after receiving a free gifted copy. Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review3.5 stars.Solidly written and with two complex, intense leads, “Notorious”, by Minerva Spencer (Kensington Books), is an engaging historical novel addressing themes of feminism and the role of women in 19th century Britain, as well as social, religious and cultural differences, biases and prejudice.Drusilla and Gabriel are interesting and multifaceted characters, with substance Both are outsiders in some way – Drusilla as an intelligent, active woman in a society condemning women to passivity and subservience; Gabriel as the very handsome, charismatic, enigmatic and exotic product of two different, opposite societies and cultures.I liked the slow revealing and awakening of emotions and feelings, the domesticity of having a married couple discover a universe of passion, desire, sexuality and sensuality The writing style and the fluidity of the prose kept me engaged in the reading The cover is beautiful.There was a lot going on with the protagonists and the side characters – no boringness or blandness here, where even the villain is riveting and that somehow affected the intensity level within the romantic couple. So I kinda hated Drusilla at first, who is so sharp tongued and almost bitter every time she comes into contact with Gabriel Gabriel annoyed me a lot in the beginning too, and I felt like way too much time was spent on his past sexual exploits This is a recurring theme throughout most of the book BUT! As the story went along and these two found their way to living with the situation they found themselves in, I grew to enjoy it , even with a few super awkward/frustrating interactions I liked the glimpses into Oran too. *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *3.75 stars Notorious, a piece of period romance, revolves around Drusilla a sharptongued and strongminded, but really somewhat insecure woman and Gabriel, a witty and assured man who however struggles somewhat in London society due to his ethnically mixed background Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, they end up having to marry each other in other to save their reputations, and not be ostracised from the ton This was very easy to read I almost couldn't put it down! I quite enjoyed the banter between Gabriel and Dru, and the writing style was very engaging However, there were several points throughout the book where I really wished that Gabriel and Dru would just talk to each other about what they're thinking instead of retreating into their respective and flawed reasoning! And honestly I kind of felt that, while Dru was preaching all about female empowerment, in a lot of points she really didn't behave in a way that supported those ideas! I still really enjoyed this though! AAR review to come.Disappointing. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book!1.5 StarsI haven't read many historical romance books, but lately I've found a few that were super fun and very interesting to read, and when I saw this I thought I'd found another one: a female protagonist that refuses to follow society's conventions, an enemiestolovers relationship and witty banter? Sign me in!Unfortunately, rather than engaging banter what we have for the first half of the book is open animosity between the protagonist couple, and then the relationship runs hot and cold and hot and cold again and I honestly lost interest It didn't help that I wasn't particularly invested in any of the main characters either (but I did love Eva, and her ending was great!! I'm actually looking forward to reading her book) I did enjoy the writing, and although the story had too much drama for my liking, I believe this book will make fans of historical romance very happy. Drusilla has been helplessly in love with her best friend Eva’s halfbrother Gabriel for five years But since he is a notorious rake and unbelievably handsome while she isordinary, she hides her feelings She hides them so well that Gabriel thinks she dislikes him.But when Gabriel’s enemy Lord Visel places Drusilla in a compromising position the only way to silence the gossip is for Gabriel and Drusilla to marry, despite Gabriel courting the beautiful Miss Kittredge and Drusilla following the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft who opposed marriage.The young couple face numerous obstacles, including Gabe’s mistresses, Lord Visel, Eva, one of Drusilla’s admirers and their own feelings.This was a fastpaced, sexy historical romance My only criticism would be that some situations were set up and then nothing happened, I can tell from the teaser for the next book in the series that there is a reason for at least one of these but it was a bit disconcerting.There is a lot of backstory, which I now see is because Gabriel’s mother had her own book Dangerous, however it was easy to read this as a standalone and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. If ever there was a year I truly needed an escape, 2020 is it Luckily, Minerva Spencer has come to the rescue with this swoonworthy new release If the rest of this Rebels of the Ton series is as sexy, funny, and angsty as Notorious, I may survive the craziness of the world today Drusilla Clare had been a quivering lump of fool for her best friend’s brother since the first time she’d laid eyes on him, but she’d kept her attraction secret knowing no man as beautiful and perfect as Gabriel Marlington would be interested in someone like her In an effort to mask her attraction, she tended to do all in her power to annoy him Gabe was perplexed with his sister’s brutally direct and opinionated friend Never had anyone spoken so slightingly to him When these two are thrown together in a not so convenient marriage, I knew I was in for some sizzling chemistry and lots of bumps on their road to an HEA I just didn’t know how absolutely fun that journey would be The interactions between Gabe and Dru were taut with misunderstandings and stumbling blocks but the witty banter, scorching chemistry and seriously hot sex made the journey to their HEA a delectable delight I love romances with a generous dose of passion, humor, and sexual chemistry And when it involves a marriage of convenience, that just adds extra sprinkles to the conflict and drama Those slight intimacies that evolve as two people get to know each other and see each other in a new light They’re off balanced, unsure, and hesitant to trust each other There’s nothing better than those slow discoveries of each other and their feelings And Minerva Spencer makes it all thewonderful with her fast paced, easy to read, and humorous writing style And man, can she write a love scene! If you’re looking for a book with realistic characters, fascinating plot, intrigue, deception, and off the charts sexual chemistry, Notorious may well be your most divine escape of the year.