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It is in regrettable circumstances that beautiful Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine first encounter Julian St John Audley The man they both agree is an insufferably arrogant dandy But unfortunately for them he is also the Fifth Earl of Worth a friend of the Regent and uite by chance their legal guardian Delightfully witty and romantic Regency Buck shows all the skills which made Georgette Heyer the most widely read and loved author of historical romanc With any other hero I might consider this the best of Heyer As it was I was torn between hating Lord Worth and being swept up in the storyJudith Taverner and her younger sillier brother Peregrine have been recently orphaned and with spirited curiosity they decide to seek out their new guardian the high handed Lord Worth They are uite surprised to learn he is a young handsome man who is friends with the Crown Prince and the cream of society With his help the Taverners are rapidly enfolded into the bosom of high society But even as they enjoy great social success worryingly lethal accidents keep happening around Perigrineand Lord Worth seems to be involvedJudith and Beau Brummel are great characters and their friendship was the highlight of this novel I was enthralled by their attempts to both curry favor with and rebel against the society to which they are born Judith has an especially refreshing take on high society manners she understands which rules she has to follow to me a social success but refuses to take them seriously Unfortunately this is not the focus of Regency Buck Judith s contentious relationship with her infuriating guardian is Speaking of whichSPOILERS AHEADThe Taverners meet Lord Worth when he speeding along the narrow road at a tremendous pace almost smashes into their little curricle He refuses to apologize or get down to see if they re ok When he runs into Peregrine later he insults him again Then Lord Worth sees Judith by the side of the road she was taking a stone from her shoe and picks her up puts her into his carriage and forcibly kisses her The whole time she protests loudly and without ambiguity And of course he just laughs at her Not realizing his identity she warns him that her guardian Lord Worth will protect her and he laughs at her again From then on whenever they meet he needles her about the kiss When they meet again he reveals his true identity installs the Taverners into a house of HIS choosing and refuses to let them have their own aunt stay as chaperone his relative will be chaperone instead Incidents like this continue throughout the book Judith is a smart fashionable woman with good instincts and Lord Worth spends the entire novel manipulating events and people to make her do what he wants Two terrible instances spring to mind The Crown Prince is uite taken with Judith and at one point in the novel forces her to be in an isolated and closed room with him Her chaperone who Worth chose for her against her objections is off playing cards When the prince tries to take advantage of her in a scene novel to Heyer in its disturbing realism Judith is so overcome that she faints for the first time in her life She is awakened by Worth who BERATES HER for embarrassing the prince Then he lambasts her for being so foolish as to be in a room alone with him When she tries to explain that she couldn t get away he brushes off her objections The second instance is less of a rape apologia and of pure insensitivity As part of his plan to expose Peregrine s would be assassin Worth drugs Peregrine and stuffs him on a yacht to keep him out of the way After he s been missing for a few days Judith begins to fear for his life She goes to Worth repeatedly literally begging him to look for Peregrine and he dismisses her fears as overreactions Despite the fact that someone really is trying to kill Peregrine and Judith herself has prevented at least one of the attempts Then the real villain of the story shows up and convinces Judith that he knows where Peregrine is being kept Judith goes along for awhile but uickly realizes that it s a trap designed to make it look like she has eloped with the villain Just as the scene reaches a fever pitch of ugly rape y connotations Lord Worth steps out of the shadows and punches the villain Then he and the villain take turns explaining the villain s dastardly plans There is no conceivable reason that Worth couldn t have clued Judith in to his suspicions or told her that Peregrine was safe Due to his high handed douchebaggery the love of his life spent days thinking that her beloved younger brother was dead then thought she was going to be raped WOW how ROMANTIC Given how intelligent and level headed Judith is throughout the book I assumed Worth would eventually have a change of heart or realization that he has misjudged her and treated her badly But no he never suffers even a moment of doubt To me this book works very well as a close look at upper class Regency life and very badly as a romance

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Regency Buck

Es in the world and which have made another generation fall in love with her all over againBut 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 th 35 stars Reread for the January group read for the Georgette Heyer Fans group on GR We are attempting to read all of Ms Heyer s Regencies in the order in which they were written This is 1 first published in 1935 eep And yes it is a little datedThis was never one of my top favourite Heyers and this reread confirmed that I first devoured all of her books as an uncritical teen but these days I read them with a critical and analytical eye And now I see that the probable reason I never liked this one as much is because there s actually very little romance in it Yes the rocky relationship between Worth and Judith runs right through the book with a bold but brief kiss very near the beginning But basically it s a mystery story front and centre Of course this being a reread I know whodunnit and how but the fact remains that I m not a big mystery fan and I ve never even read Ms Heyer s mystery genre books So I give 35 stars because the uality of the writing is always there But for me there was too much detailed historical description in this one and not enough of a focus on the relationship I can now see this is an early book and I think Ms Heyer restrained herself a bit in later books in terms of the overly detailed descriptions I didn t really want to know all of the ins and out of a cock fight Or a boxing match Or the trip to London and how many toll gates were passed Etc I have the greatest admiration for Ms Heyer s historical knowledge and the amount of research she must have done But in this one it doesn t really translate into a terrifically readable bookI also didn t really love the MCs that much in this one either Worth truly was pretty arrogant even though he really did fall in love with Judith But he didn t have much time for people he didn t seem to feel were his intellectual euals for example Peregrine Judith s younger brother He tolerated Perry but barely And Judith wasn t really a very warm or likeable h As readers we saw very little of her inner life The writing style did not allow for that we received subtle hints of her changing feelings towards Worth but it wasn t till near the end that it was clear she was in love too There was no emotional hook for the reader Yes she obviously loved her brother but for most of the book she seemed to hate and mistrust Worth And she liked her cousin Bernard too much when the readers were clearly meant to dislike him Confusing and not rewarding for readersSo overall it still sits as not my fav Heyer I admire the clever plot and the fluent writing but Worth and Judith leave me a little cold compared with some of her other MCs

Georgette Heyer Ç 3 summary

E powerful Earl of WorthOnce Judith had looked upon the Earl as a protector and then as something far 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 Well This was a bit of a dud I don t know how to put this but frankly this was irritating I hate to say that when so many of my Goodreads buddies liked it but boy I have a problem with the characters I m not saying it wasn t funny I have yet to read a Heyer that wasn t However Judith will never know how many times I wanted to smack her She was so inconsiderate ungrateful and childish Do I like ingrates Is it funny when a character is childish enough to do the exact opposite of what they are told for their own benifit Is it kind to just do what you want and not think about how what you do effects others No no and No That said in the beginning and end I liked Judith but in the middle I just wanted her to grow up and not irritate me in the process Worth has anyone mentioned that for the whole book he appears to be the villein It s hard for me to wrap my mind around Judith loving Worth because he was rather odious likable but still a toad In his place I d probably have been the same I understood him loving her but not her him Maybe I was expecting too much My book had a blurb on the inside which got my hopes up view spoiler it said that Perigrine Judith s brother goes missing and she has to turn to her guardian Worth for help So naturally I was excepting some excitement By page 213 nothing had hapended I was beginning to think nothing would but about fifty pages brought me to that excitement and by then I couldn t wait to be done with this book It was a bit of an anticlimax because at no point was I in fear of Peregrine s life or Judith s I just knew nothing would happen to them So yes I m a bit disappointed hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Regency Buck

  1. says:

    So I feel the great Georgette Heyer Splurge winding down here ― a woman can only take so much of the constraints of Polite Society before she hares off and immerses herself in gory urban fantasies with kickass heroines ― but at least I'm ending on a high note hereJudith Tavener age 20 and her brother Peregrine aka P

  2. says:

    45 twinkling sparkling starsIn my early days on the internet I was excited to find a Georgette Heyer message board I didn't last lon

  3. says:

    With any other hero I might consider this the best of Heyer As it was I was torn between hating Lord Worth and being swept up in the storyJudith Taverner and her younger sillier brother Peregrine have been recently orphaned and with spirited curiosity they decide to seek out their new guardian the high handed Lord Worth They are uite surprised to learn he is a young handsome man who is friends with the Crown

  4. says:

    In defence of Regency BuckI have recently in a Georgette Heyer forum here on GR briefly addressed the perplexing nature of

  5. says:

    The one where our heroine and her silly brother discover upon their father’s death that their new guardian is the sardonic

  6. says:

    35 stars Reread for the January group read for the Georgette Heyer Fans group on GR We are attempting to read all of Ms Heyer's Regencies in the order in which they were written This is #1 first published in 1935 eep And ye

  7. says:

    Well This was a bit of a dud I don't know how to put this but frankly this was irritating I hate to say that when so many of my Goodreads buddies liked it but boy I have a problem with the characters I'm not saying it wasn't funny I have yet to

  8. says:

    This is Georgette Heyer's first Regency romance and has seen its fair share of criticism particularly of its hero

  9. says:

    45I didn't expect a book with this title you have to admit it doesn't sound very promising to be this lovely and wonderful If I were hard pressed to describe Regency Buck in only a couple of words then Heyer's livelier colourful an

  10. says:

    Judith and Perry ride to London to rock out and on the way they have a misadventure that ends with Judith getting her face kissed off by a grabby stranger Once in London they realize that the grabby stranger is actually their guardian SCANDALOUS HORRORS And what follows is an over detailed collection of cock fights a gaudy Brighton