Ill Beau Brummel also makes a few cameo appearances to good effect Excellent Miss Taverner murmured Mr Brummel You are so apt a pupil that if I were only ten ears Three Barnyard Tales younger I believe I should propose forour hand She laughed I cannot suppose it possible Did A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000 you ever propose to any lady sir Yes once replied Mr Brummel in a voice of gentle melancholy But it came to nothing I discovered that she actually ate cabbage so what could I do but cut the connection Regency Buck is one of the enjoyable Georgette Heyer books I ve read It s a comedy of manners with an understated romance and lots of dry humor Maybe it was this understated witty humor that reminded me so much of Pride and Prejudice but I figure that any book that makes me feel like I am reading something Jane Austen might have written clearly goes into the win column Minus one star for Lord Worth s highhandedness and Judith s stubbornness which leads her to make some pretty idiotic decisions Judith gets uite impulsive and obstinate in her determination to not knuckle under to Lord Worth s instructions but even when she clearly would have been better off doing what Worth reuestedou have to admire her determination in that day and age to order her own lifeUnderstated is pretty much my go to definition for Heyer romances You get a smidgen sexier with Venetia or Devil s Cub but most of the joy in reading Heyer is found in her witty dialogue In defence of Regency BuckI have recently in a Georgette Heyer forum here on GR briefly addressed the perplexing nature of the hatred Lord Worth gets in comparison with other Heyer heroes and Judith too in comparison with other Heyer heroines but would like to take the time here to speak extensively about it because reasonsRegency Buck was actually the first full Heyer I ever read the actual first was an abridged audiobook version of Sylvester but let s face it Richard Armitage s voice is impossible to resist At the time when I first read Regency Buck it never once occurred to me to hate either the hero or the heroine I thought the story was fun and my subseuent reading of every other Heyer I could get my hands on should attest to that And I mention this here because many Heyer fans will have developed the skill of suinting away some uncomfortable parts of Heyer s novels like her anti semitism for example and try to enjoy them as the product of their time I didn t have that skill at the time of reading Regency Buck I never knew I would need it until the universally beloved Grand Sophy came my way in factSo it came as something of a surprise to me when it transpired that most people felt that Lord Worth is a raging arsehole and an odious toad cold fish and detestable according to some of the top rated GR reviews here I understand if someone disliked him or the novel tastes differ after all but some of this vitriol seemed like a major major overreaction and I didn t know what it was the hero was to have done apparently to justify that hatredSo here s my take on the character point by point1 He is rude stand offish and arrogant That s true It s also true of almost every other Heyer hero except for her Type II and certainly true of many much beloved ones like the Duke of Avon and his son Mr Beaumaris in Arabella the Maruis of Alverstoke in Frederica etc I see no difference in how arrogant and stand offish he is and they are 2 He forces an intimacy on Judith True again No worse however than what Damarel does to Venetia or what Vidal in the Devil s Cub almost does to Mary In all of those cases the hero takes the heroine for a simple village girl This makes it no ok than if they didn t think them that but apparently that made a difference in Heyer s Regency World If If an Elephant Went to School you find that detestable in his caseou must therefore find it detestable in all these other cases too I should add that Heyer also seemed to imply that the heroes assumed that to some extent their overtures were invited and their actions changed drastically when they learn that they were not Worth teaches Judith how to defend herself once she slaps him in self defence Damarel reads than he should into Venetia s not running away when given the chance and to keep this spoiler free I will only say that Mary knows how to take care of herself3 He dictates to Judith and Perry but refuses to tell them what he plans and suspects So Lord Worth s charges Perry and Judith come to London all good looking and loaded with money all full of outhful confidence and without apparent ability to discern the bad from the good Worth after having insulted both of them unwittingly finds himself in the position of having to defend their fortune their lives and virtues knowing the danger they were in and having the experience of town they lack while at The Same Time Knowing same time knowing well that whatever he says the pair of siblings will take against because they don t like him with reason Judith in particular starts her relationship with Worth once she learns who he really is by negating near everything he says So I think that on balance he actually acts very cleverly He managed Judith s extreme reactions to him and Perry s excesses by intervening personally but discreetly when he must view spoilerby rescuing Perry from being murdered by sending Brummel Judith s way to make her fashionable etc hide spoiler 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 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 palace and lots and lots of tense standoffs between ward and ward ee COMPELLING STUFF1 I was pretty disappointed by this Worth is a class A Asshole His inability to unbend and share even the smallest iota of his thought processes or suspicions results in a lot of unnecessary drama and it really doesn t let me trust him as the hero of the piece If he can t trust Judith now she s going to have a shitty future with him that s for Sure2 WHAT HUGE DESCRIPTIONS YOU HAVE THE WHAT HUGE DESCRIPTIONS YOU HAVE THE TO LULL YOU TO SLEEP MY PRETTY3 I never got a good read on Judith and the reveal of her feelings for Worth was so poorly handled that I was half afraid she Rious guardian the 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 oung 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 suito.
SUMMARY Regency Buck.
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 45I didn t expect a book with this title The Ideal Muslim Society 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 and humorous version of Pride and Prejudice would have to do There are so many things I loved here A bond between siblings both Judith and Pere 45 twinkling sparkling starsIn my early days on the internet I was excited to find a Georgette Heyer message board I didn t last long there as most of the posters hated Regency Buck loved Lady of uality While Regency Bucks has it s flaws my memory of Lady of uality is view spoilerthat it was a reworking of Black Sheep only with a really obnoxious hero hide spoiler The one where our heroine and her silly brother discover upon their father s death that their new guardian is the sardonic Lord Worth And then everyone gets into social scrapesAlmost but decidedly no The heroine here is almost my favorite kind of Heyer girl witty perceptive cleverer than the men who are supposed to be her betters except for how she s ultimately an idiot so that the hero can explain the entire plot to her And the hero Almost my favorite sort of Heyer man dry sarcastic smart except for the part where he s also a raging asshole And their dynamic is almost my favorite sort of Heyer romance where the couple spends the entire book being hilariously cutting at each other except for how he sexually assaults her on first meeting threatens to beat her later and she seems to like that sort of thingActuallyou know one of my favorite things about Heyer in general is that she really played around with romance structures and I almost said conventions but of course it wasn t that since she invented so many of them This book is no different It s a vague sort of mystery where ou re supposed to be unsure who the hero actually is but the whole thing almost but ultimately just doesn t workSometimes so close is also so very very far This is Georgette Heyer s first Regency romance and has seen its fair share of criticism particularly of its hero the fifth Earl of Worth Julian Audley The beautiful heiress Judith Taverner and her brother Sir Peregrine are on their way to London in search of their guardian when they chance upon a aristocrat who gets entirely too familiar with the feisty Judith They soon discover that this man is none other than the guardian they had come to meet In spite of all the criticism I have read about this novel this is my favorite Heyer read so far for several reasons The descriptions of the life and times in Regency England are very detailed and are a pleasure to read The story features so many characters who were actually a part of history such as Beau Brummell the Duke of Clarence Lord Alvanley and so many Beau Brummell the arbiter of men s fashion in Regency times has a significant part to play and I found myself wanting of him In addition there is a mystery aspect to this book Someone appears to be trying to kill Sir Peregrine and there is than one suspect Also the romantic tension between the hero and heroine is the best I have seen in a Heyer work All said I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and while I can understand all the criticism directed against Lord Worth he will remain my favorite Heyer hero So I feel The Great Georgette Heyer Splurge great Georgette Heyer Splurge 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 Perry age 19 decide to leave the Yorkshire countryside after their father dies to enjoy the London season with their newly inherited wealth The only thing standing between Judith and Perry and a good time other than their country manners but lots of money does tend to overcome the snootiness of the ton are the limitations imposed by the unknown guardian their father appointed in his will since they re both underage But they assure themselves that they can undoubtedly handle what will certainly a retired gentleman in his dotage So armed only with their guardian s name Lord Worth and their undoubtedly very handy funds off they go to LondonOn the way they stop in a town to see a mill boxing match and have a few unfortunate encounters with a condescending gentleman who mocks them jokingly calls Judith Clorinda when she won t tell him her name steals a kiss from her and deftly avoids being challenged by Perry Much to their dismay once in London they find that this insolent gentleman is their guardian Lord WorthThe rest of the book deals with the battles between Judith and Lord Worth for the upper hand in their lovehate relationship she tends to react to every reuest or instruction from him by doing exactly the opposite and the series of near deadly mishaps that begin to befall Perry Judith is wooed by several fortune hunters as well as her cousin Bernard Taverner but it s not clear for a long time whether Lord Worth her cousin Bernard or someone else is trying to get Perry out of the way so that Judith will conveniently inherit the family wealthJudith is an independent sort driving herself around in a high perch phaeton which most women of the time couldn t or wouldn t handle Lord Worth has a sardonic wit and a tendency to make provocative statements My name is not Clorinda snapped Miss Taverner I wonder that ou should care to call up the recollections it must evoke If they are not odious to Marcus Garvey you How could they be said Worth You must have forgotten one at least of them ifou think that She was obliged to turn away to hide her confusion How can ou she demanded in a suffocating voice Don t was obliged to turn away to hide her confusion How can ou she demanded in a suffocating voice Don t alarmed said Worth I am not going to do it again Amok yet Clorinda I toldou And a Bottle of Rum you remember thatou were not the only sufferer under Crochet your father s The office of guardian any than they want him and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the countryBut 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 myste. 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 herounger 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 Playhouse 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 aacht 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 but uickly realizes that it 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 connotations Lord Worth steps out of the shadows and punches the villain Then he and the villain take turns explaining the villain the villain take turns explaining the villain 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 ounger 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 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 es 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 "this one either Worth 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 ounger 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. 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 uite by chance their legal guardian Lord Worth doesn't want.