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Having sacrificed her youthful opportunities to family obligations, mousy Miss Rosalind Lacey is finally ready to make the most of her long-postponed London Season -- starting with Max Devanant, rake extraordinaire.......

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ISBN : 9780451201614
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Miss Lacey's Last Fling Reviews

  • Linda
    2019-03-19 16:03

    *I first read Candice Hern's Desperate Measures. It was being offered free on Kindle and I wanted to try this author before reading her other books. I was pleasantly surprised with this short story.*MISS LACEY'S LAST FLING concerned a young woman who thought she was dying. Both the oldest sister and a surrogate mother, Rosalind 'Rosie' Lacey took care of her father's household and siblings after her mother passed away years ago. Now, at 26 years of age, she looked and acted "like a country mouse". Believing she is at death's door, she convinces her father to let her visit her Aunt Fanny for a few months to enjoy some much-entitled happiness.Within several days of her arrival, her aunt helps to transform Rosie into a tantalizing and attractive woman. New to the ton and with Fanny's instruction, she manages to attract and shock the nobility. And that is her intention. After all, she believes she only has a short time to live.And during her visit she does the unthinkable. She captivates Max Devenant, a rake of the first order. Entranced, he doesn't know what to think of Rosalind. Is she an innocent or is he just gullible? Yes, it had some suspension-of-disbelief. But except for a few minor bits of miscommunication this was a nice Regency romance. I liked Rosalind and wanted her to have some fun. I also enjoyed Max earning his comeuppance. At 36, he was bored with his well-ordered life until Rosalind took him out of his comfort zone. They deserved each other and a happy ending.

  • Laurel
    2019-02-22 10:48

    To be considered over the hill at age twenty six seems outrageous today, but in Regency times, young ladies married in their mid-teens or became spinsters who cared for their parents and siblings children. Tragically our heroine Rosie, eldest daughter of Sir Edmund Lacey of Wycombe Hall, Devonshire, did not have a choice to marry young and now resides “on the shelf” where Society places ladies who are not deemed marriageable.Since her mother’s early demise ten years ago, she has quietly raised her five siblings without complaint. Now that they are all settled, and she can think of herself beyond being a substitute nanny/housekeeper/mother, she discovers that she too is afflicted with the same malady that took her mother’s life. With only six months to live she wants to “burst out of her tight laces before it is too late” and experience everything she has been deprived of: a life in London away from her dry as a twig father and overbearing younger sister to discover the delights of Society, the opera, theatre, museums and a bit of scandalous romance too. Who better to introduce her to the life she craves than her notorious Aunt Fanny? Against her families wishes she sets off for Miss Lacey’s Last Fling.Widow Frances, Lady Parkhurst is not keen to chaperone her priggish, docile, country mouse niece who lands on her Berkeley Square doorstep. Her young friend, the notorious rake Maxwell Davenant, does not think much of her obligation to help her niece and immediately declines any assistance in the endeavor. After eighteen seasons and half of his life spent in pursuit of women, drink and gambling, he is bored to distraction. This dowdy Miss does not interest him in the least. Whatever could Fanny be thinking? The absurdity of Lady Parkhurst being a chaperone to any respectable young lady was however, delightfully intriguing.Rosie arrives all wide eyed and frumpy as expected, but immediately surprises her aunt with the admission that she is not there to entrap a husband—but to see the sights and have a good time. She confides that she has always admired her aunt because she did exactly what she wanted to do, and now she wants to do the same, starting with a complete makeover. She wants to look “sophisticated, worldly and rightly flirt with a rake.” Her surprising honesty wins Lady Parkhurst over and they set their plan in motion: off to the dressmaker for a completely new wardrobe of brightly colored frocks and to the hairdresser to shear off her long locks into a fashionably cropped style.Her first official social outing is a rout filled with “fresh faced young fops to seasoned rakes to aging roués,” and one jaded Max Davenant who does not recognize the ravishing young lady standing next to Lady Parkhurst receiving all the attention in the room. Rosalind’s nose is still too long and her mouth too wide to be considered a reputed beauty, but she cuts a dashing figure in her new frock and sheared hair style. He is intrigued. Could a man tainted by years of debauchery and seduction be interested in a twenty six year old anti-debutant who has no interest in marriage and just wants to have fun? Heck YES!After a private conversation with the notorious Max on the terrace, Rosie can now mark flirting with a rake off her list of what she wants to experience. Here’s what’s next:Visit the Tower of LondonDrive a sporting vehicleRide in a sedan chairBe thoroughly kissedMax and Aunt Fanny aid in her headlong fling through London Society scandalizing matrons at Almack’s, sipping gin with the Dandies and Corinthians at the Daffy Club and to gaming hell on Jermyn Street. There is nothing she won’t try when consequences do not signify. Max and Rosie appear to be complete opposites, but are they?A fun frolic from beginning to end, I have not been so thoroughly entertained in years. I laughed; I cried; and could not put it down. You too will be delighted by Miss Lacey and her unabashedly adventurous spirit. Who could not love a woman who during a time when social decorum and appearances were everything, she throws propriety out the window and turns society on its ear? Hern’s historical research is as impeccable as always, but it is her characterizations that really shine. From the hysterically over-the-top Aunt Fanny (the Aunty Mame of the Regency Ton) and the depraved lost soul of Max Davenant, you will be charmed and enchanted with every scene. Following Rosie, or the transformed Rosalind, on her journey will send you into peals of laughter with her high spirits and outrageous antics. Rosie might have started off as a milk and water miss, but Rosalind is a diamond of the first water!Laurel Ann, Austenprose

  • kris
    2019-03-18 11:36

    Miss Rosalind Lacey is dying, thank you very much. So when she arrives in London at the ripe old age of 26, she's looking to have some fun. Fun includes curricle racing, getting her drink on, and macking on cute boys, including the scrumptious rake Max Devanant. Max, meanwhile, is, like, really bored? With life? Until Rosie shows up and turns his life upside down...with FEELINGS. DUN DUN DUN. 1. THIS WAS DELIGHTFUL....UNTIL IT WASN'T. 2. DELIGHTFUL because Rosie comes to town and has herself a grand old time. Hern lets her heroine flirt with all the boys and kiss different boys and feel no remorse because she's living her life. Sure, she's ultimately disappointed by the boys that aren't Max, but there's no shame or guilt to be had: only an examination of what Rosie does want from her kisses. Which is toe curling. Which Max gives her in spades. 3. ALSO DELIGHTFUL is Max falling for Rosie in spite of himself. How he has to fight for her attention and how he's reinvigorated by her zest for life and adventures and how he doesn't even mind going on some of those adventures with her and how much he likes kissing her. 4. It was a pretty good kissing book, even though all the good bits are ~fade to black or whatever. 5. HOWEVER, there are a few not-so delightful things happening in this book. 6. NOT-SO DELIGHTFUL is the fact that once Rosie realizes she's actually not waltzing off this mortal coil, she retreats to Devonshire to nurse her embarrassment and so begins the most ridiculous back and forth of people and emotions I've witnessed since some of Theresa Medieros's novels. After her departure, Max refuses to go after Rosie or speak her name. She is dead to him. Then he discovers that she thought she was in fact soon-to-be-dead to him and his love doth overfloweth. He flies to Devonshire to reclaim her. Except Rosie will not have him because she's convinced her 'persona' in London was an entirely separate being and she can never reconcile the two. Whatever, girl. So she rejects him again and Max flies back to London, refusing to speak her name because she is dead to him—again. Until she is summoned to London and suddenly he's in love and going to convince her to marry him and everything is drunk daisies. WHO IS DRIVING THIS THING. Basically, Max can only love her when he's got eyes on the prize? Or something? 7. ALSO NOT-SO DELIGHTFUL: the whole premise hinges on this idea that at the age of 8, Rosie took on all the responsibilities of her household after her mother's death, suppressing the vibrant mischievous child that she used to be. Then, once she gets her diagnosis, she goes to London and lets down her hair, allowing her to 'be herself' again. Until she finds out she's not dying and goes back to being the 'old Rosie' because of fear or some other reason as speculated by a bunch of dudes. I have quite a few problems with this premise. 1) We never see Rosie 'before' her mother's death. Instead, it's treated as exposition and very late-in-the-game exposition at that. 2) While Rosie does take to her 'fast' London life very easily, there is introspection of her life as a London lady. It's all focused on the fast-paced, do-it-all, see-it-all, death-is-looming specter. Which makes "knowing" the true character of Rosie impossible. 3) Her reason for returning to Devonshire and subsequently refusing Max is really suspect: she thinks he won't love the "true" Rosie aka the country dowd that lives in Devonshire. But because Rosie never sits down with the reader to examine her true desires and wants and needs after her diagnosis is reversed, I wasn't able to buy into it. Very little introspection on your heroine's part does not create a solid foundation for emotional angsting.I feel like the true Rosie was probably some chimera of the two, but who truly knows? Rosie certainly doesn't!8. ALSO, I didn't like that Max shows up at the end and is basically like "oh you're dressed like a frump: obviously this is not the ~real you", especially when paired with his original dismissal of her as a country mouse: it was just a little too... "I only like you when you perform societal expectations of beauty". Like, I would have preferred him to realize that even as the "country frump", he was still dtf and wildly in love with her. BUT DIDN'T GET THAT EITHER. 9. Overall, entertaining but problematic. 3 begrudging stars.

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    2019-03-09 08:42

    I quite enjoyed "Miss Lacey's Last Fling", one of Candice Hern's older regencies. It was a quick read with interesting characters and just the right amount of humor for the plot.Rosie is dying. She figures she's got about six months before the same disease that killed her mother takes her too. Since she put off her time in London and a season to take care of all her siblings, she decides to go out with a bang (pun thoroughly intended). So she sets off for London and a visit with her scandalous Aunt Lucy. There she becomes Rosalind, a vivacious and flirtatious woman who wants to experience all the joys and excitement London has to offer; she even has a list!Max is a jaded rake. His best friend committed suicide at the end of the last season and said in his note to Max, "Life is a bore." Max finds himself feeling the same way until his friend Lucy's niece comes to town. Arriving looking like a dowd, Max doesn't recognize the new Rosalind when he next sees her. Spending time with her and her lust for life energizes and entertains Max and before long he's falling under her spell.Yes, the plot is familiar. But Hern gives it her own special spin and I kept reading for the fun. After all, like Rosalind, getting there is just as rewarding as the destination, right?

  • Ilze
    2019-03-24 09:59

    Candice Hern's "Miss Lacey's Last Fling"  Nice "Traditional Regency" story about a woman who thinks she's doomed to die in about 6 months and decides to do all the fun things that have been denied to her in her role as her family's main caregiver, before she succumbs to her illness. I didn't really get pulled into the story until the very end, though - too many stock "Regency" characters and situations. The heroine's instant transformation from country mouse into the belle of all the London balls she attends and most popular female in society, for the couple of months that she was there, wasn't really convincing either.   

  • Lady Wesley
    2019-03-16 09:46

    Rosie goes to London to visit her scandalous Aunt Fanny and does all the things I'd like to do (if only time travel were real). First she gets a makeover. Then a whole new wardrobe. She meets and flirts with London's number one rake, Max Davenant. She goes to balls, drives a curricle, visits all the attractions, gets thrown out of Almack's for dancing the waltz without permission, and attends a masque dressed as a page boy. She shocks all the proper little misses and their mamas and becomes the toast of the ton. And finally, she capture's Max's heart. Complications ensue, of course. This is a delightful read with an enjoyable cast of characters.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-02-25 10:37

    Candice Hern is quietly becoming my favorite historical romance author. Uh, check that. Still in second place behind Lauren Willig.Having read just about all of Ms. Hern's period romances, this one is the best yet for me.Most admirable and deserving heroine Rosie Lacey has been busily and faithfully tending to her father and siblings on their country estate since the untimely death of her mother to a mysterious malady.At six and twenty, she is heading towards inevitable spinsterhood. Not feeling quite physically right she seeks the advice of the family physician and is told she has inherited the same fatal disease that killed her mother and that she will soon die.Country mouse Rosie begs for a season in London, having never had one, her father gives his blessing and she sets off for London to be chaperoned by her notoriously high-living and somewhat scandalous Aunt Fanny. Initially wary, the two become very dear to each other and she has amassed a bucket list of things she wants to see, do, and experience before she succumbs to the fatal illness.Aunt Fanny totally transforms the shy country mouse into a stylish, lively, and charming society lady. Her flaunting of proper behavior outrages the snooty ton as she embraces everything and anything with an enthusiasm and gusto that sets London society on its ear.One of her greatest desires is to be thoroughly kissed and seduced by a handsome and develish rake. Enter Max Davenant, the beloved son of Aunt Fanny's late and dear lover. Simple Rosie becomes "Rosalind" and the toast of London with all of the young bucks fawning over her. Max can't get over her either.What becomes of our dear Rosie and what on earth comes over our rogue Max? I pulled so hard for Rosie and her last fling because I so loved her reckless urge to live life to the overflowing, something denied to her for a lifetime. What an unforgettable read full of great humor, suspense, sorrow and the quest for true love.

  • MRB
    2019-02-24 07:58

    For some reason, I'd remembered not liking Candice Hern. As so often happens, it turns out my sieve-like memory was way off base :) This was an utterly charming delight: sweet yet not saccharine, funny yet not irritatingly silly, lighthearted yet not wholly devoid of substance. Lately I find myself moving further and further away from self-serious, angst-drenched grimness and gravitating more and more towards frothy yet high quality fluff. (I had a terrific chat with someone here about how 'quality fluff' is not an oxymoron. In fact, writing a book that's consistently delightful, witty and high energy entertainment may in many ways present more of a challenge than just dumping endless truckloads of angst on the reader!) There's an underlying pathos to the book's premise (it IS based on the main character thinking that her death is imminent, after all!) and it runs the gamut of emotions, but there's a lively, hopeful spirit that permeates throughout. My one minor quibble is that as genuinely likable and engaging as I found both the H and h as individuals, I'm not quite sure I bought that they had a genuinely deep, soulmate-y connection with each other. Maybe the one potential drawback of less lengthy and serious novels like the gems penned by Candice Hern and Barbara Metzger is that the H and h's romantic journey is, by definition, less lengthy and serious as well, so sometimes the love between their couples feels more amusingly but rather superficially sweet than wholly convincing. Still, those very long, hyper-intense and conflict-laden romantic journeys can be exhausting, and this was in many ways a more pleasant trip :)As you've no doubt picked up on, I highly recommend this book! A very special thank you to the friend who recommended that I give CH a try. It's always a happy surprise when I end up falling in love with authors who I'd once erroneously dismissed as "not for me." It turns out that CH IS for me, and hopefully for you as well!

  • Sue
    2019-02-27 14:38

    I enjoyed this premise. If you lived in a different time what would be on your bucket list? Poor Rosalind feels she has such a short time left to live and really turns London on its ear. She attracts the biggest rake of em all. No one wants a commitment or does that change? That aunt fanny is quite a character. As they say "she might be old but not dead yet". There is an intimate evening described..not in detail but it's there.

  • Jolene
    2019-03-01 12:54

    Naturally, if you are a spinster during the Regency period (which, through knowledge garnered by extensive reading of such things, seems to apply to any and all unmarried females over the age of 12, give or take ten years depending on your face and figure; okay, to be fair, the heroine is well into her twenties- oh, the horror), and you suddenly find out you have only a short time to live, you are going to shed your prim and proper attire and go live it up in London, with the assistance of your unconventional, and heretofore estranged aunt, right ladies? Our heroine, upon receiving this disheartening prognosis, vows that she will not waste another moment and, effectively sheds her inhibitions, figuring she will be too dead to care about consequences and she wants to really live in the time she has left. If you have not driven a curricle through a crowded London park at warp speed or danced a waltz without permission at Almacks, perhaps you, too, need to take a serious look at where your life has taken you and how, indeed, you mean to go on with things. This book will provide you with some rather provocative, if currently impractical, ideas, as well as some good laughs.

  • _inbetween_
    2019-02-25 11:52

    She thinks she's going to die and he doesn't want to live anymore - the beginning was promising *g* I never read or watched Love Story or Walk to Remember but appreciated the heroine's reason for behaving "loosely" very much - in the outset. Her constant wheeee-ness and him calling her minx five times on each page grated quickly, and it became the usual boring Hern (andmanyothers) story with no actual development but endless repetitions of how they didn't suit but fancied each other. There is actual premarital sex (see: good initial reason) but between the acts (see: Signet Regency Romance). It is followed by a funny page about how she cannot possibly not die after all that she's done, but the other 200 pages are filled with the usual boring blablabla. Chase's handling of a similar situation in a novella outshines this by a few suns - Hern should have written novellas in general, I guess, since even the later books are repetitive and drawn out around some nice intimacy; traces of Marion Chesney in setting and character relations.

  • Kate
    2019-03-11 15:56

    This book was not for me. I made it halfway before deciding that it wasn't worth it for me to continue. I thought that pet names were distractingly overused (minx and my dear seemed to appear in every paragraph). I found the characters completely flat in large part because the writing was so stilted. I enjoy a reformed rake story, but good lord had Max slept with every woman in London? I found him smarmy and sleazy and not at all interesting. Rosalind also did nothing for me (and, strangely, I found the name Rosie to be very distracting as it did not make sense for a 26 year old young woman). There were also some historical details that didn't ring true for me. For example, if Max is 36 and has had 18 seasons, that means he began when he was 18. But that does not fit with the time, especially not if he went to Oxford or any other university.Overall, I had zero reaction to the characters in this book and so had zero connection to them and no desire to finish reading.

  • Mikka Azores
    2019-03-05 10:00

    This is the only book that made me laugh out loud and smile so hard. Ever. The plot was awesome and the dialogues were funny and interesting. It did not bore me once. Plus, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Max Davenant, the lead male in the story, would be a new fictional character to me. I would recommend anyone with this book. I was disappointed when I finished the book. I wanted their story to continue.

  • Mireille
    2019-03-24 07:46

    This was delightful! It was basically The Blue Castle - which is terrific - but the regency setting was fun. It was a bit predictable of course but Rosalind was such a fun character that I didn't mind.

  • Kerensa
    2019-03-02 07:36

    Pretty well written overall, and a good plot/concept. A lot of telling, though. If you like that style, I'd give it a 4.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-21 07:34

    This is essentially "YOLO, the Regency novel." Rosalind Lacey is convinced she's dying of the illness that killed her mother, and so decides to throw caution to the winds and to "live, live, live!" (To quote Auntie Mame; I rewatched the film last night and I found it fitting to compare it to this little novel.) She goes to her infamous Aunt Fanny, who destroyed her reputation multiple times in her own youth, who transforms her "mouse" of a niece into a flirt that would nearly put Scarlet O'Hara to shame. What follows is a whole slew of "most unorthodox" actions that horrifies Society, amuses and pleases Aunt Fanny, and intrigues the devilishly handsome Max Devenant, a notorious rake, or womanizer, who was bored of his pleasurable life until the vibrant Rosalind swept into his world. I was pleasantly surprised with this little book. It's nothing special, but again, as I said in my review of Victoria and the Rogue, if you're picking up this book and expecting some Jane Austen level of genius, you're looking at the wrong place. This is a simple, lighthearted little romance about a young woman, who'd wasted the better half of her life taking care of her younger siblings, finally seeing a chance to let loose. And on the way, met a handsome stranger to boot who's really good at, ah, making her toes curl. *wink, wink* Rosalind was wonderfully relatable, both in her joyous rapture in everything new and in her shyer conventional nature that reemerged in the last quarter of the novel when her motives were changed drastically. She's just a woman who wanted to enjoy life to its fullest, but is also still a woman trapped in her time, so when the death sentence was lifted.... it makes a rather compromising position. I felt for her, I really did. If I had any genuine complaints of this book, it'd be of Max and Rosalind's moping about in the last few chapters (a rather common trope in most media, and one that gets under my skin most times), but thankfully it was short-lived and was not accompanied with a sad pop song. I'm glad that I actually rather enjoyed this book, and shall look forward to the next two or three romantic, fictional endeavors to wrap up the month of February.

  • Corduroy
    2019-03-20 07:54

    DNF halfway in. I wanted to like this more than I was able to like it, and I liked the beginning more than I liked the rest. Heroine is a downtrodden spinster stuck raising her siblings and running the household after her mother's early death. When she herself seems to be developing the same mystery illness that took her mother, she decides to have a last fling in London to fulfill all of her bucket list desires. Hero is - some guy. (I have already forgotten. Wait, it's coming back to me. He's bored and vaguely dissolute in that way where you think "Oooh, a rake?" but then really he is very polite and scrupulous about his behavior.) The writing is pretty good and it feels period-appropriate, but the characters felt muddled. The book doesn't seem totally clear on their motivations and it just didn't grab me.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-10 15:02

    The writing style was excellent. Anyone that enjoys period dramas will enjoy this book. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did because the main character's motivation of "live like their's no tomorrow" is one I personally don't like. But the author made such a motivation very believable without making the main character seem shallow. If I had to change one thing it'd be the final resolution. It was a bit fast and required the main character to throw out certain beliefs she'd been holding onto for the entire book without much of a struggle.

  • bibliolatry
    2019-02-22 12:03

    Truly a wonderful story. I loved it!Candice Hern is a gifted story teller. This book was funny, and the character were oh-so-likable. Rosalind was a fun-loving, and fun heroine and the hero, though a rake, was a charming, caring man. It was a refreshing change to have the heroine flaunt the propriety of the day and enjoy life, guilt-free. Very well written. I'm sad it had to end.

  • Paige
    2019-03-15 11:37

    I love these books for a quick escape from reading professional development or books with my students in mind. I can read them in just a few hours. So don't judge they are very sweet if you like Jane Austen and regency books with out having to read "Rake and The Harlot".

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-02-25 12:58

    Miss Rosalind Lacey has been the family rock since her mother's death over ten years ago. Now at six-and-twenty, she fears she has contracted the mysterious illness which killed her mother. Rosalind decides she wants to really live her life for a change and heads off to London to stay with her notorious Aunt Fanny. Max Devanant is a wicked rake. He's been there, done that and is well and truly bored with his life. A friend of his recently committed suicide out of sheer ennui. Max thinks this might be a solution to his boredom, but first he'll see what the Season has to offer. The Season does NOT have a beauty in Miss Lacey. She's a brown country mouse, or so Max thinks. The first thing Rosie does after settling in is get a makeover and then London rakes can't get enough of her. Max wants nothing to do with Miss Lacey yet he can't help but worry because Rosie is headed for trouble if she doesn't know what she's doing. He can't decide if she's a minx or an innocent. What does it matter for he isn't interested anyway, or is he? As Rosie cuts a dash through the ton, her headaches return and she fears the worst. She's determined to cross off all the items on her list but the one thing she wants she can't have. Rosalind is a complex character. I kind of liked her and felt sympathetic yet she seemed very stupid at times. She has had many burdens to bear in her life and it's her Papa's fault for not taking care of his family. She's mature but yet she's not. She doesn't want to listen to anyone except herself, especially regarding her health. I have mixed feelings about her behavior. While I can certainly see myself wanting to act like that, I don't think I would even if I thought I was dying. Rosie acts really crazy and goes too far at times. Even if she doesn't have to face the consequences, there's still her family to consider. When she's faced with shocking news, she runs away rather than faces the consequences. She acts stupid in the end and can't face her insecurities. I didn't like that about her. She falls in love for no real reason. Max isn't a well developed character. He's a rake because he has nothing else to do. He can't live up to his family expectations so he stopped trying. He's charmed by Rosie's behavior and enjoys helping her misbehave. I can see why he would enjoy being with someone like that but falling in love, I'm not sure. He comes across as a disgusting pig for the first half of the novel. I usually like a good rake story but Max was too much for me and I didn't really care for him.Right from the beginning of the novel I guessed what was going to happen. I wasn't surprised by anything. I expected more from this book. There was very little real emotional connection between the hero and heroine. There is a love scene (if I were Rosie, I would have done that same thing), yet I thought there would be more showing of the emotional coming together of the two characters. I wanted to see not just be told that they loved each other. I had also hoped that by that time (view spoiler)[Rosie would have confided in Max (hide spoiler)] which would have made the scene more tender and sweet. The ending drags on too long after the misunderstanding. The epilogue is pointless. I would have liked an epilogue showing (view spoiler)[Rosie at the end of her life with Max surviving and showing that unlike her Papa, he will go on and care for his children. (hide spoiler)] if there had to be an epilogue at all.This isn't my least favorite Regency but it just didn't strike my fancy.

  • Pauline Ross
    2019-03-10 12:38

    A wonderful read, which starts with a most unusual premise: a girl who has been the downtrodden and unregarded homebody running her widowed father’s country house discovers that she has inherited her mother’s fatal illness and only has months to live. Determined to experience everything she can before she dies, she takes herself to London to stay with her disreputable aunt, where she conducts herself outrageously and becomes notorious.Given this premise, the remaining twists of the plot are so blindingly obvious that there are truly no surprises. But it doesn’t matter. Rosalind’s vitality and the delightful way she hurls herself into every new experience are glorious. Her hero, Max, a notorious rake and son of her aunt’s great love, is determined to resist her charms but is slowly drawn to her despite himself. The growing love between these two is beautifully brought out.Now, this is not to say that the book is perfect, because no book ever is. Rosalind’s machinations to keep her illness secret defy credibility, and the ending sagged pretty badly. There was so much stupidity and misunderstanding and angsting and back-and-forth between our hero and heroine that I wanted to box their ears. Both of them. One thing I do dislike is an artificial obstacle before the HEA. Once they both come to realise that this is True Love, then I expect them to behave like sensible, rational human beings and get things sorted out pronto.But in the end, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment too much. I loved both these characters and their realistic and slow-growing love, and (unlike many Regencies) I can actually imagine them being contented for the rest of their lives. Five stars.

  • Jadi Cedonia
    2019-03-24 07:43

    Meet Rosie Lacey: Oldest of six children Raised the other five and has been running the house. Twenty-six years old. She suspected she developed the same disease as her mother, and the doctor confirms it. So, with whatever time she has left, she is going to London to cram a lifetime into a few short months. She makes a list of all the things she wants to do and enlists the help of her scandal-laden aunt Fanny, who then gets the help of her late lover's son:Max Davenant: Rake extraordinaire. Handsome. You know the type. Thirty-six. His best friend had committed suicide, and he's considering following in his footsteps. With Fanny's niece in town, the Season doesn't look like it's going to be so boring after all. The story: Our dear dependable Rosie becomes the the fair Rosalind. All the men are vying for her affections. The stiff-necked matrons hate her. Rosalind raced some curricles, waltzed without permission at Almack's, makes tabloid covers, flirted dangerously with a rake (well, more than one), attended a masquerade, and even goes inside a gaming hell and learns to play hazard.Read no farther if you're interested in reading this because I'm about to ruin the book.Rosie finds out she's not dying. Rosie tries to kill Rosalind though. She heads back to the country, leaving a very broken-hearted Max in her wake.So, Fanny feigns illness and Rosie comes rushing back to London. The worst part of the whole book was when Max's friend's suicide note drops out of his pocket and Rosie picks it up. She doesn't know what it is and later reads it.Thinking Max wrote it, she rushes to his house to find him holding a razor to his neck..."Don't do it, Max!"When Max realizes what she thinks, he goes along with it. This is one of those situations, had he told the truth, she would've slapped him for worrying her and the reader would've thought, "You should've just went with it, man."So Max goes with it and convinces her to marry him. The book does imply though that he does tell her the truth. Later. Much later. And then, after the couple plans this big fancy wedding with all the stops and all the guests have arrived, they elope.

  • Ana T.
    2019-03-06 14:53

    After a few twists and turns this month I managed to read the book for the Regency Romance Challenge. The first book I read for this challenge wasn't exactly a success but this one was a delightful short story that I loved to read.The blurb says it all. Miss Rosalind Lacey finds out that she is dying and is determined to do all those things she never had time and/or inclination to do before. Since she won't have a future she wants to try every exciting thing, every new experience. She wants to dance the waltz at Almacks even if she doesn't have the patronesses' permission. Or attend a masquerade dressed as boy... She becomes a lively and daring young lady and easily attracts the eye of the gentlemen of the ton. One of them is Max Davenant. Bored beyond belief with the entertainments of the Season, Max finds in Rosalind a fresh and exciting woman whose zest for life and witty dialog makes him wonder whether she really is the innocent Miss her aunt tells him. Rosaling is equally smitten with Max and falling in love seems like the most daring thing she can do. But when she finds out she has been misdiagnosed she runs back home and refuses to see him.I loved Rosalind! She is a funny and determined heroine, willing to defy convention and enjoy life while she can. I really enjoyed her funny escapades while in London. I loved how she kept making lists of all she wanted to do. I was worried that when she returns to being the quiet mouse she is at the beginning but Candice Hern manages to turn that around beautifully and this was one very good read. I'm so glad I managed to read this!Grade: 4.5/5

  • Tam B.
    2019-02-27 10:43

    This book was absolutely delightful.I discovered this author and this title in particular due to SBTB advising of it being on sale (99c) and thought - why not? I started reading and then lost a great deal of my day as I was hooked.The story of Miss Rosalind Lacey throwing all caution to the wind and living every day as it were her last (or soon to be) was fun. Miss Lacey decides on this course of action because she truly believes the end it nigh. Aiding her in her zest for life is her Aunt Fanny who cut quite the swath in her day and age has not really slowed her down. Our hero is Mr Max Davenant who has become bored with life. He's been there, done that and disdained the t-shirt. He's seriously thinking that he'll follow a friends lead and take himself out due to sheer boredom. Miss Lacey is not boring.This story still respects the Regency times and rules. Rosalind certain dents many of them with her willing co-conspirators but still at heart is a well raised young lady on a mission. The sexier elements are handled with a delicate touch as they stem from an earnest desire to experience everything (and a heart well engaged) rather than a racier context.I was swept away and charmed by this story.I immediately downloaded the Regency Rakes box set so I could continue enjoying this author.

  • Genean
    2019-03-16 08:55

    Just enough wow factor to keep the laughs coming! Rosie is the house drudge who sacrificed all to ensure her younger siblings gained a proper foothold in their schooling or with their social entree. She is the cornerstone over which the household operates until....Nobody can refuse she has a right to a season in London and although perplexed by her intention she packs herself off to stay with one of her most wayward and perhaps disreputable Aunts where her ugly duckling looks become more of the swan.She becomes incomparable and singular attractive to many a man. One sole in particular is the son of her aunts ex lover. Max has been requested to keep a weather eye open. It became more wide eyed then weather as Rosie gets up to all sorts of high jinx (enough to make her disreputable auntie proud). It was her bucket list she was pouring through (if only others knew of it somehow). Yet when truth told another story and her symptoms were proven to be of another source the storyline came crashing into an identity crisis covered with embarrassment.How does Max handle this? What does Rosie do? Can respect and esteem be anchored enough to allow the relationship survive. I think I liked this book because of its capacity to ride roughshod over scandle.

  • Jaylia3
    2019-02-23 07:42

    On the surface, Rosie and Max make an odd pairing. She’s a frumpy, over the hill spinster (26!) who’s lived her entire life in the country, but believing she’s about to die she heads to London to enjoy what little time she has left. He’s one of the most notorious rakes of London’s Regency society who’s seen and done it all so many times he’s bored enough that he’s considering suicide. Once in the city, Rosie asks her scandal prone aunt for help with a makeover and then armed with a list of delights to experience before she dies she jumps wholeheartedly into London’s social scene, determined to see the sights and have all the fun she can while not worrying one bit about her reputation. Max has never seen anything like it and while he’s not the sort to get serious about any woman and just sticks around to keep Rosie safe as a favor to her aunt, still there is something about Rosie and, well . . . you can guess the direction of the storyline, but even knowing where it is going there are still delightful, sometimes laugh out loud surprises. This is a lighthearted and entertaining book--a wonderfully fun romp from start to finish.

  • Annie
    2019-03-10 11:02

    Anyone who likes Georgette Heyer's work will like Candace Hern. One of my biggest gripes about recent Regency "wannabe's" is that that they make their characters say and do things that reek of this century and not the regency era. This particular story does that a little; Miss Lacey does something no well-bred, self-respecting young lady of the time would have considered. But in general, Candice Hern manages to make her books deliciously like Georgette Heyer's. Not quite as funny maybe, but still good rollicking fun and satisfying romance stories that are sexy without being trashy. This is the latest of about half dozen Candice Hern novels that I've read. And frankly my least favorite. I thought she strayed a little too far from a Regency mores. Still I highly recommend her books to anyone who likes Jane Austen and friends. My favorites are the three reformed rake stories. One of things that delighted me most about these was that the characters of the three books knew each other and showed up as minor characters in each other's books.

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-09 08:37

    This book is very much light without being frothy, and fun without being silly -- it's also a sweet romance, so don't expect any heat here.This is first and foremost the story of a young woman who, in a very restrictive time, decided to take the reins on her life and get the most out of every day, as she believes that each may be her last. Her behaviour might have been considered scandalous at the time (it really wouldn't be now) but there is so much life and enjoyment in this book that it never crosses any dark lines.The romance is sweet but secondary, quite honestly, to Lacey's growth as a person and as a delightful look at the wealthy parts of London without the usual "everything is so boring" ennui that can pervade other books set in the same era. It's a look through fresh eyes at the scene.This was originally published in 2001 and it's wonderful to see it available as an e-book now. I think this is one of the first Historical Romances I ever read, and it was a great re-read recently.

  • Miranda Davis
    2019-02-25 10:04

    This is my favorite of CH's Regencies on kindle but all share the same sprightly spirit and deft storytelling. There's just something that sparkles in this story.Why I loved it: I found myself rooting for Miss Lacey and enjoying her bold choices. Don't we all have those "take this ____ and shove it, I'm doing what I want!" moments in life? Well, having a Season, no holds barred, was at the top of Miss Lacey's bucket list. She wanted to wear a daring gown, dance, say and do as she wanted, because she believed she was terminally ill. She enlisted her scandalous relation to help her and it's this relation's friend who was smitten by Miss Lacey. Who wouldn't fall in love with a woman living life so fully? The hero loved her for her boldness. My test of 5-starness is whether it was as good or better in the second reading. This passed in the 3rd reading too. Not long but choice. A confection.