In a novella, Viscount Winfield Elliott narrates his search for a bride He proposes three times Felicia Whitingdon has youth, beauty, style, grace and a handsome fortune Lady Lucille Eustice is a widow of impeccable social standing Caroline Hibbit is sweet and charming in every way Any one of these intoxicating treasures could make a man happy


10 thoughts on “Lord Stillwell's Excellent Engagements

  1. MRB MRB says:

    I am usually on the same proverbial page as my beloved fellow romance addicts Even when I don t personally click with a certain popular author, I can almost always understand her objective appeal to others Of course, there are a couple of exceptions For example, Jill Shalvis stuff reads like a 12 year old s fanfic to me I ve proven sadly incapable of understanding her wild popularity And, on the other end of the spectrum, I seem to love Victoria Alexander farthanwell,tha I am usually on the same proverbial page as my beloved fellow romance addicts Even when I don t personally click with a certain popular author, I can almost always understand her objective appeal to others Of course, there are a couple of exceptions For example, Jill Shalvis stuff reads like a 12 year old s fanfic to me I ve proven sadly incapable of understanding her wild popularity And, on the other end of the spectrum, I seem to love Victoria Alexander farthanwell,than almost any of my otherwise similar, you guys totally get me cyber friends This short novella, which is really just an amusing account of the titular Lord Stillwell s various ill fated engagements, isn t anywhere near her best work It does, however, epitomize a lot of the author s strengths and oh yeah maybe THAT S why some don t like her weaknesses If you re looking for heart wrenching angst and tight, innovative plotting, this is totally not the author for you If you tire quickly of witty banter and dialogue and craveactual well,actual STORY, then be wary She does also include her share of tiresome misunderstandings and ugh, why don t they just TALK to each other like normal adults miscommunications So why doesn t this particularly bother me Because, honestly, for me plots are so rarely a strength in romance novels and tiresome misunderstandings such an insanely common weakness that I m sort of immune by now A great plot and aoriginal, organic and less frustrating conflict is certainly an appreciated bonus, but it s not what factors most heavily into my opinion of a romance author s work What I DO care about most deeply are writing style and characterizations, and Victoria Alexander s manage to charm me to no end Her prose and especially dialogue are just so phenomenally sharp, smart and witty, and there s enough genuine insight into life and love to give her books a sneaky amount of substance I think she s the funniest romance author this side of Tessa Dare and shameful whisper her humor generally works even better for me than Julia Quinn s Her heroes are root worthy and amusingly flawed without ever, in my experience, crossing that line into irredeemable bastard territory Her characters have interests and talents and care deeply about friends and family in other words, they re not solely defined by the central romance Alexander writes those friendships and familial relationships in ways that feel very authentic to me Even when I don t THINK I m especially emotionally invested, I somehow always find myself sighing and awww ing at her very well written, sweet yet not saccharine endings And I m not someone who does a lot of sighing and awwww ing Okay, so in this novella the hero s real HEA comes in the next installment, so there wasn t quite as much sighing and awwww ing here, but you get the gist That s the subjective aspect to all reading experiences that s nearly impossible to describe and quantify I just feel awfully happy while I read these books I hope those with tastes that are similar to mine will give her a chance, though I recommend you start with one of the books from the Effington series rather than this one


  2. Julie Julie says:

    Lord Stillwell first appeared in What happens at Christmas as a secondary character The author wasn t ready to let this character go, so he s back in this short story novella This book is the prequel to The Importance of Being Wicked.Lord Stillwell takes his responsibility of marrying and producing an heir very seriously Love is not a requirement, but he hopes it will come in time We watch Lord Stillwell go through a series of engagements, none of which quite make it to the alter for Lord Stillwell first appeared in What happens at Christmas as a secondary character The author wasn t ready to let this character go, so he s back in this short story novella This book is the prequel to The Importance of Being Wicked.Lord Stillwell takes his responsibility of marrying and producing an heir very seriously Love is not a requirement, but he hopes it will come in time We watch Lord Stillwell go through a series of engagements, none of which quite make it to the alter for one reason or another Will Lord Stillwell ever exchange vows Will he find true love Stay tuned.Victoria Alexander is a seasoned romance author The writing here as good as ever The story is handled with light humor instead of bereft heartbreak I would have given it a higher rating but I thought we deserved a bitof a setup or teaser if you will, into the next full length novel There is a very short sneek peek of The Importance of Being Wicked at the very end Be sure to read the insightful comments by the author, after which you will find a preview.I am looking forward to reading the full length novel and to Lord Stillwell s HEA This was a Netgalley e book giveaway in exchange for a review


  3. Melanie Melanie says:

    Like I said above, this little novella was very fun and helpful in getting me ready for Win s full story It was entertaining to watch our hero, Lord Stillwell, having a hard time holding onto a woman long enough to get her to the altar.I didn t know if I should laugh or cry for the poor man Three times he comes close, and no cigar Each woman is carefully chosen by him, and in the end each jilts him for another man.I admired the man for being able to accept the inevitable with understanding of Like I said above, this little novella was very fun and helpful in getting me ready for Win s full story It was entertaining to watch our hero, Lord Stillwell, having a hard time holding onto a woman long enough to get her to the altar.I didn t know if I should laugh or cry for the poor man Three times he comes close, and no cigar Each woman is carefully chosen by him, and in the end each jilts him for another man.I admired the man for being able to accept the inevitable with understanding of all the women that were almost his bride.You really don t have to read this novella before the full Win and Felicia story, but I think you should because it s well written, very entertaining and very enlightening about the hero Book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.Melanie for b2b


  4. Becca Becca says:

    Lord Stillwell has me intrigued He is a nice guy, gets along with his parents, and cares about his obligations He also has a funny and romantic side What s not to love I cannot wait to read his story now after learning the backstory of his three failed engagements He dealt with them all sensibly and I think that it is finally, finally his turn Warning to future readers this story does not have a HEA It instead introduces us to Lord Stillwell and gives us a peek into his past so we can f Lord Stillwell has me intrigued He is a nice guy, gets along with his parents, and cares about his obligations He also has a funny and romantic side What s not to love I cannot wait to read his story now after learning the backstory of his three failed engagements He dealt with them all sensibly and I think that it is finally, finally his turn Warning to future readers this story does not have a HEA It instead introduces us to Lord Stillwell and gives us a peek into his past so we can further enjoy his story in The Importance of Being Wicked


  5. ARomanceLover ARomanceLover says:

    Lord Stillwell gets engaged but doesn t make it to the alter a few times This was a very humorous interlude in the series and whet my appetite for the next book.


  6. Caz Caz says:

    3.5 stars, mostly because it s very short This was a very quick and rather sweet read I read What Happens At Christmas recently, and enjoyed it Lord Stillwell is one of the secondary characters, and it s mentioned a few times that he s been engaged a number of times, but never made it to the altar Well, in this story, we find out why Stillwell is handsome, rich, charming and clever of course and even in a supporting role makes his presence felt He s also a thoroughly nice person, which is 3.5 stars, mostly because it s very short This was a very quick and rather sweet read I read What Happens At Christmas recently, and enjoyed it Lord Stillwell is one of the secondary characters, and it s mentioned a few times that he s been engaged a number of times, but never made it to the altar Well, in this story, we find out why Stillwell is handsome, rich, charming and clever of course and even in a supporting role makes his presence felt He s also a thoroughly nice person, which isn t always the case with heroes in HR I m looking forward to reading his story in The Importance of Being Wicked If you read this don t forget to read the author s note at the end Not to be confused with the book of the same title by Miranda Neville which came out at the end of 2012


  7. Diane Peterson Diane Peterson says:

    While this novella is certainly not a complete story I still enjoyed it It fills in the background story that was hinted at in What Happens At Christmas and sets up the situation for the next book I am very much looking forward to the next book Alexander s voice is clever and fun While this novella is certainly not a complete story I still enjoyed it It fills in the background story that was hinted at in What Happens At Christmas and sets up the situation for the next book I am very much looking forward to the next book Alexander s voice is clever and fun


  8. Miriamgreen Miriamgreen says:

    excellent bonus to importance of being wickedwish there were further adventures of stillwell


  9. Lynne Tull Lynne Tull says:

    How lucky was I This novella came at the end of The Importance of Being Wicked Good to hear the rest of the story of Win s three prior engagements.


  10. Laura Laura says:

    This is a prequel novella for Win s book The Importance of Being Wicked We met Win in What Happens At Christmas This is a novella about what actually happened during Win s engagements and why each was called off In The Importance of Being Wicked, the fact that Win has had 3 failed engagements plays a big part of the plot That being said, it isn t necessary to read this to enjoy The Importance of Being Wicked You can read this either before or after, I don t think it matters, but it s neat to This is a prequel novella for Win s book The Importance of Being Wicked We met Win in What Happens At Christmas This is a novella about what actually happened during Win s engagements and why each was called off In The Importance of Being Wicked, the fact that Win has had 3 failed engagements plays a big part of the plot That being said, it isn t necessary to read this to enjoy The Importance of Being Wicked You can read this either before or after, I don t think it matters, but it s neat to see what s going on with Win and what it is he thinks he wants from life.If it s offered as a free ebook, or a.99 ebook, grab it It s worth the buck if you like the series But, on the other hand, I wouldn t recommend buying this unless you like the series as it s not all that satisfying a read as a stand alone.Note Even though I d already bought this one at full price, in my paperback version of The Importance of Being Wicked, this is at the end