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The Honorable Mr Malcolm has a secret This elusive matrimonial prize long the target of desperate debutantes and their matchmaking mothers is well known for his fastidiousness What is not well known is that he has a list of ualifications for his future bride Can any woman hope to win the heart of such a hardened critic? Selina Dalton can only try her best And when she begins to succeed Jeremy Malcolm is not sure whether he has discovered the perfect woman Or the perfect hoax


10 thoughts on “Mr Malcolm's List

  1. says:

    This is a fantastic study on how not to write a regency romanceLet me just start by saying that Selina is than a tolerable main character I liked her a lot I don't think I would have been able to finish this book if I had to deal with an annoying mc on top of everything elseLet's just run through itSetting AwfulIt's like Allain read one regency romance and then decided to write her own with no knowledge of history or Britain The language is so very modern They might as well have said YOLO SWAG It's like she made a little checklist for the settingCostume ball checkCall on someone in town checkDid I send a card? Am I wearing a morning dress? Did I take a hackney?Carriage ride in the park checkVisit family in the country checkThis book just made me so much appreciative of Georgette Heyer's books Characters MehJulia is an awful friend She is completely different in the second half of the book So different that she may as well have been a different person Her motivations don't make any sense Julia's brother is dashing what ho Spiffing darling Shall we have a go at whist then go see the horses In other words he's super British and essentially a joke I did like Selina's relationship with her parents I really liked HenryRelationships BlechDon't get me started on Mr Malcolm He was awful Horrible One of the worst male leads I have ever read in a romance There is no chemistry No logical reason for her to like him I really wish Selina an Henry would have gotten together And at the end he was treating her horribly He was telling everyone they were engaged so she couldn't weasel out of it Dubcon much? And what the heck was up with them constantly ending up in compromising positions People didn't fall into puddlesfountains and have mudfights so much back thenStructure of the story This is the worst This is possibly the best example of how not to structure your novel ever The climax is like 100 pages away from the conclusion The denouement goes on FOREVER This book is way too long It should have only been a novella And the way it is it's like it's in two parts I already said Julia is a totally different character Well it's like a totally different book WHY DO SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN BEFORE THEY CAN RESOLVE THIS? Like seriously Just wrap it upAnyway if you're looking for a regency romance try Georgette Heyer or Eloisa James Not this


  2. says:

    2019 ReviewStill a fabulously fun read but this time I think I enjoyed Incognito better I recommend reading both Not as much a fan of The Celebrated Pedestrian 2018 ReviewSo first you read Jane Austen And Jane's great Iconic even But sometimes deep down you have to admitshe isn't where you go for a comfortable romance Then you discover Georgette Heyer And she's amazing Readable fun romanticeverything you've hoped for Until eventually you run out of her books to read Now what? You try getting other Regency books from the library They leave you blushing hard but simultaneously banging your head against the wall because the historical detail is so off But you're an addict now You need your Regency fix and you can only re read Pride and Prejudice or The Grand Sophy so many times Then a book like Mr Malcolm's List comes along From a technical standpoint it isn't a perfect book by a long shot It plays a little loose with historical detail all that first name calling and comfortably relies on some scandalous behavior but it is so fun And best of all it fills that Regency craving without causing you to blush That's right clean but swoon worthyThere isn't much drama in this plot Not too many characters get introduced the important ones all end up at a tiny house party Despite a possible secondary love interest this is no love triangle The main couple falls instantly in love But it isn't an awkward insta love They don't give into their lusts Instead it adds to the storyline The two main characters are rather perfectbut never annoyingly so Malcolm is drool worthy Where can I find one?Although at the times the story gets borderline preachy it never crosses a line into irritating And it is so unexpectedly funny And sweet I found myself flipping back to re read scenes I'd just read because they caught me as so deliciously funny or romantic I particularly liked scenes that I think will go one way but instead go another view spoiler For example when Selina overheard two people gossiping and thinks maybe Malcolm's trifling with her Instead of dragging that drama out the author turns it on its head and creates the most romantic little scene I re read it at least 3 times before moving on hide spoiler


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    I'm torn2 or 4 stars? I'm conflictedIf you want a romantic comedy spoof then maybe 4 stars If you're looking for the genuine romance article then 2That's my burning uestion I was suitably underwhelmed by The List as a serious regency work How a supposedly intelligent woman was beguiled by her one time uneasy schoolfriend to punish a potential swain for not continuing to court her friend is beyond me And when said perceptive young woman continually falls in with her friend's plans mostly because she thinking of something or someone else and just murmurs appropriate noises of approval well then of course she's going to find herself in deep water Couple that with the fact that said friend is fiendishly sure of herself read spoiled arrogant and used to getting her own way with a true 'mean girls' streak and the story becomes farcical I must say though I kept flashing to scenes from 1940's black and white inane romantic comedy movies How can that be? I'm thinking of maybe Cary Grant and Irene Dunne or Katherine Hepburn If this is a regency romantic comedy spoof then it's possibly a 4 star performance If it's not I support my 2 star designationHighly eligible wealthy and apparently dishy the Honourable Mr Jeremy Malcolm second son of the Earl of Kilbourne has a list of attributes he's looking for in a wife Julia Thistlewaite falls short and so after a couple of outings with her he moves on Thwarted and enraged Julia remembers that an acuaintance from school Selina Dalton a vicar's daughter has written to her Julia invites Selina to London planning to use her to exact some sweet revenge against the top lofty Jeremy So your veritable comic Cheltenham tragedy is about to be enactedOf course things go awry and there are indeed many wryly funny moments but in the end the story seemed to tail off the farcical loosing it's impetus I finished but it was a close run thingThere's a good meld of supporting characters One of the best was Jeremy's mother Lady Kilbourne Although Julie's cousin Cassie Lord Cassidy adds a certain Bertie Wooster piuancyI did love the cover design A mixture of millennium pink and red with silhouetted figures harken back to times past with a dash of the modernI am still left with the sneaking suspicion this is a romantic comedy spoof So I'm back to my original uandary Was this a 4 star or 2 star performance?I've decided to come down on this being a romantic comedy but due to the slow finish I'm settling for 3 starsA Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley


  4. says:

    Somewhere between 25 and 3 stars there is something that is very bingeable about this book so I had a pleasant enough time in the middle of it It kind of reminded me of fanfiction in its structure and tone which isn't necessarily a bad thing However there's a lot lacking in character development plot pacing and consistency in voice I personally don't care that much about historical accuracy for those who do this is not going to be a book for you but I do want the author to sell me on their version of the setting that they've constructed In this case it didn't convince me of its vision of historical setting it pickedAll in all not my favorite or very memorable but a fine enough way to pass some time


  5. says:

    Update 62915 I'm knocking this down a star because despite the fact that I read it 3 weeks ago I can't remember a single thing It's that forgettable This book could have used a bit fleshing out At only two hundred pages there was plenty opportunity to delve into the characters and spend time examining their motivations Particularly the second half of the book it felt like things were magically resolved a bit too much


  6. says:

    Read to 40% then skipped to the last 3 chapters I was uite excited at the premise of this one as the synopsis sounded promising Sadly there wasn’t anything for me All of the characters sort of sound the same I honestly think that if you took away the names the men and women could be interchangeable Except Julia but only because she’s a mega bratI did try to keep reading but eventually realized that I didn’t really care about these characters or if any of them got an HEA Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge


  7. says:

    Mr Malcolm's ListSuzanne Allainhttpswwwfacebookcomsuzannejallain Release date 07282020Publisher Piatkus for BerkleyBlurb It is a truth universally acknowledged that an arrogant bachelor insistent on a wife who meets the strictest of reuirements deserves his comeuppance The Honourable Mr Jeremy Malcolm is searching for a wife but not just any wife As the target of matchmaking mothers and desperate debutantes he's determined to avoid the fortune hunters and find a near perfect woman one who will meet the ualifications on his well crafted list But after years of searching he's beginning to despair of ever finding this paragon Until Selina Dalton arrives in townSelina a vicar's daughter of limited means and a stranger to high society is thrilled when her friend Julia Thistlewaite invites her to London until she learns it's all part of a plot to exact revenge on Mr Malcolm Selina is reluctant to participate in Julia's scheme especially after meeting the irresistible Mr Malcolm who appears to be very different from the arrogant scoundrel of Julia's descriptionBut when Mr Malcolm begins judging Selina against his unattainable standards Selina decides that she has some ualifications of her own And if he is to meet them he must reveal the real man behind Mr Malcolm's ListMy review Will pride cost one’s love Mr Malcom’s List at first reminded me of Virginia Heath’s The Discerning Gentleman Guide and while Mrs Heath’s hero used a guide as reference to select his future bride Malcom here made the reuirement through his listIt was not an unattainable goal but it might limit his prospect Yet it is what he is looking forBut in his course for the perfect bride he damages one woman’s pride and a woman angered is a disaster in the makingWhile Selena is the main character it is many voices tale most of the side characters having their share in many drama surrounding Mr Malcom’s uest for a spouseSelena is a miss who jumped at the opportunity to partake a bit in the London’s season She didn’t know she was convoked with the ulterior motive to extract revenge for a too prideful young woman And while she is against her friend’s scheme she at first follows her lead until she finds herself attracted to the infamous Mr MalcomJeremy thought he had everything mapped out yet by infuriating involuntarily the wrong woman he faces her ire and becomes unknowingly the recipient of her wrath with Selena as a weaponAnd while I do not like the deceit used against him he does not react always the most gentleman like way At a time he was not very deserving of Selena’s affectionThen there are Julia Henry Cassie Selena’s parents and Jeremy’s mother all are part of the grand scheme and play little tricksMrs Allain wit Mr Malcom’s list narrates a witty and clever challenge of whom’s heart will fall for who with a reflection about a too straightforward path does not prepare for the dents and holes on the journeyA 5 stars double romance spicy like Emma with many twists and turns like Much Ado About NothingI was granted an advance copy by the publisher here is my true and unbiased opinionhttpswwwfacebookcom429830134272


  8. says:

    35 Stars Publication Date 72820Number of Pages 256This was a fun and entertaining read from a new to me author She brings the whole range of emotions into it – I giggled I teared up I sighed – it was a really nice read I will mention that it is not in the least steamy so if you like steam you won’t get it here Since I just love a good romance – with or without steam – it was good for me The writing is good the characters are pretty well developed and the plot was mostly tight and excellently pacedI believe this is a re release as the author mentions that she enjoyed being able to go watch the filming of the movie made from it You’ll like the characters – even the baddies aren’t really so bad Plus you get two romances for the price of one so you can’t go wrong thereJeremy Malcolm is one buttoned up dude He’s rich handsome and has his own estate If he were female he’d be a diamond of the first water He’s decided it is time to marry but he is very very particular and has a list of ualifications his bride must meet Can anyone live up to that perfection? When he fails to pursue one female in particular she decides to have her revenge on him Imagine him embarrassing her by not at least calling the following day after escorting her to the operaSelina Dalton is the daughter of a vicar She is very sweet giving caring and very beautiful She’s been working as a lady’s companion to an older friend of her mothers until the lady died With her future unsure she decides to write to a friend from school – and then hope for an invitation to visit London She could return home to her parents but that isn’t what she wants to do – at least not right now When the invitation from her friend arrives Selina has no clue it comes with some very tightly laced stringsNow you must be wondering why this isn’t a 5 star rating for me The character development – especially for Julia and Cassie – just wasn’t there For Julia it was like there was a line down the middle of the book – on one side she was one person and on the other side she was a different person For Cassie well I felt sorry for him as it seemed his only character trait was that of a buffoon Anyway I enjoyed the story even with Jeremy annoying me regularly I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own


  9. says:

    I started this book last evening having read the first chapter online and could not put it down I recently discovered the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig and this was very similar in atmosphere and temper Light hearted well crafted and a very easy read I think that fans of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen will find this book a pleasant romp Mr Malcolm is reminiscent of Mr Darcy a bit rigid in the beginning but uite pliable in the end I read this in a single sitting It is a very uick read ane a uite enjoyable one I am now very interested in reading Ms Allain's other novel Incognito


  10. says:

    Cute story cute characters it'scute Not super sexy not super emotional It's cute