ARC Review: The Houseparty by Anne Stuart

Posted November 9, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: The Houseparty by Anne Stuart
The Houseparty
by Anne Stuart

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 28th 2015
Published by Bell Bridge Books
Format: eARC
 

The Houseparty was easy going and a lot of fun to read, even if  nothing really surprising happens.”
~ Under the Covers

The last thing Elizabeth wants to do is go to a three day house party with her insufferably stuffy brother and her unbearable distant relations; however, it seems she has no choice. But things prove far more interesting and far more dangerous than she expected with the presence of the handsome yet equally rude and boorish Captain Michael Fraser. Could his reputation as a french spy be correct? Or is it all a ruse to find the real traitor? Elizabeth is determined to find the truth, placing not only her heart, but her life into jeopardy.

This book is a rerelease of one of Anne Stuart’s earlier books, published in 1985, which has now been spruced up with a far more pleasing cover. The 80s were a dangerous time for historical romance with bodice rippers and “forced seduction” running rife, luckily The Houseparty avoided that, although I can’t imagine it would have been released again if it contained a scene with forced seduction. So instead of The Houseparty falling in to that old 80s trap, what I found instead was a romantic spy romp where our intrepid heroine sticks her nose in and does some amateur sleuthing, much to her own and every one else’s peril.

The Houseparty was easy going and a lot of fun to read, even if  nothing really surprising happens. Elizabeth was a likable heroine even though she did insist on gleefully running headlong into danger with alarming frequency; however, what is one to expect from such a feisty headstrong heroine? Certainly not any common sense or sense of personal danger. I did like the romance, it wasn’t anything grand of heartfelt, much like the rest of the book it was light-hearted and skin deep.

This certainly isn’t as good as Anne Stuart’s current releases, especially her House of Rohan series, which I adore, but if you want a fun spy caper with a nice central couple than this wouldn’t be a bad book to pick up.
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About Anne Stuart

Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, romantic adventure, series romance, suspense, historical romance, paranormal and mainstream contemporary romance for publishers such as Doubleday, Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Zebra, St. Martins Press, Berkley, Dell, Pocket Books and Fawcett.

She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women’s Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines.

When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty-six years, an empty nest, three cats, four sewing machines, and one Springer Spaniel, and when she’s not working she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese) and spending far too much time quilting.

Anne Stuart also writes as Kristina Douglas.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review.

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This sounds good…

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Thanks for the review Suzanne