More Heyer

Yep! More Heyers! I actually have 5 unread Heyer's on my shelf that I'm going to ration slowly over the next year. For those interested in picking up a Heyer or two Sourcebooks has reprinted a couple of them recently - The Infamous Army and Cotillion. I've heard people refer to both of them as favourites so pick them up while you have a chance (even if the covers aren't quite as nice the ones that Arrow books did in their rereleases of some Heyer titles...). I actually happened upon them in my local brick and mortar and they never have Heyers! But on to the Heyer's I actually read. Although I read them back in October so my brain is a bit fuzzy (I've resolved to be CAUGHT UP (finally) by December 31...).

The Corinthian

I can honestly say this wasn't my favourite Heyer. That doesn't mean it was bad...it just wasn't as good.

Sir Richard Wyndham is a dandy but he prefers the term "Corinthian". And he's bored. So when a woman in need of rescuing, Penelope Creed, falls into his arms he's off and ready for adventure.

I think perhaps I didn't like this one as much because it's a mix of romance and mystery and I'm not the biggest fan of mysteries. It just tried to be a little too twisty turny for my liking. Still fun but not as fun.

These Old Shades

I was uncertain about this one at first. It was the first Heyer I read that was completely set in France. The Duke of Avon was strolling back home late one night when he is plowed down by a child on the street. He ends up buying the child from is brother. But the Duke of Avon never does anything without a plan and certainly isn't the type to help people (his nickname is "Satanas") so what could he be up to? And what does he know that no one else does?

I actually ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. And it also had a bit of a mystery attached to it. And it was good. And fun. And yes, there is romance as well.

I think one of the things that makes Heyer so interesting and fun is that she really does let us into the man's world in ways that we often don't get to experience in historical romances - especially from the regency period. We usually only see the men through women's eyes but Heyer invites us into the private world of men.