My Lady's Choosing
The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever afterYou are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.

My Lady's Choosing Details

TitleMy Lady's Choosing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Romance, Humor

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  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    the amount of books that have pissed me off bc of the main character’s romantic decisions... the list can go on. this book is a blessing? because now the power is in my hands 🙃
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    January 1, 1970
    This was super fun! A choose-your-own-adventure romance with a lady love interest option? Yes, please. I expected to just go the queer route, but I ended up exploring pretty much all of the options, because they all had their own plots/mysteries, which were intriguing.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Who, of a certain age, doesn't look at a "choose-your-own-adventure" book with a certain wistful nostalgia? Who is now into historical romances? Who didn't know that one could combine the two and come up with literary (or humorous at least) gold?I didn't know that, but this book has taught me something. That bosoms heaving and Scots who perpetually manage to lose their shirts can be delivered in a down-right hysterical fashion. I love Regency era romances, but they can be rather formulaic. This Who, of a certain age, doesn't look at a "choose-your-own-adventure" book with a certain wistful nostalgia? Who is now into historical romances? Who didn't know that one could combine the two and come up with literary (or humorous at least) gold?I didn't know that, but this book has taught me something. That bosoms heaving and Scots who perpetually manage to lose their shirts can be delivered in a down-right hysterical fashion. I love Regency era romances, but they can be rather formulaic. This book pokes gentle and not so subtle fun, at those tropes. I read bits of it out loud to my Roomie and we were practically rolling on the floor with laughter. It was even funnier when I flipped to and read the wrong page and didn't notice until halfway down, because it was so incredibly similar. That's not a neg, that is a brilliant understanding of the genre and ability to mimic it in a laughing so hard I am crying while reading it by the authors. So kudos to you. 5, I can't breathe through the laughter, stars. Recommend for those who appreciate the poking of fun at Regency romance tropes, those who enjoy Regency romance and choose your own adventure books AND who don't mind things steamy in a rather silly way. I would say upper YA to adult on this one. I have a few friends I will be recommending this one to, as well as customers. : )My thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.
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  • ✨ D i a n n a ✨
    January 1, 1970
    sounds pretty cool I guess
  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I read through a couple timeline options and had fun with that experience and the novelty of it even if the writing wasn’t my fave. I’ll definitely be coming back to try out other plot options in the future.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I love the concept of this book so much. I have very fond memories of the Choose Your Own Adventure books from childhood and I love the idea of it for adults.If you are unfamiliar with the choose your own adventure concept, it is set up so that at the end of every scene you are given a choice of how you would like to proceed (which potential suitor you’d like to meet, whether to continue a conversation or walk away, whet I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I love the concept of this book so much. I have very fond memories of the Choose Your Own Adventure books from childhood and I love the idea of it for adults.If you are unfamiliar with the choose your own adventure concept, it is set up so that at the end of every scene you are given a choice of how you would like to proceed (which potential suitor you’d like to meet, whether to continue a conversation or walk away, whether to stay in a situation or leave it for a new adventure, etc.) and the corresponding page number to turn to. I read through the book several times choosing different scenarios to follow and I feel like I only scratched the surface on the different possibilities.While the concept was really fun, the plots were all pretty “trashy romance novel”-ish, which isn’t really my cup of tea. The tone was pretty tongue-in-cheek, though, which I enjoyed. I didn’t particularly like the main character, which is kind of ironic because it’s supposed to be me. Even though I got to always choose “my” path, I didn’t always like how she handled the choices.Overall, I did enjoy My Lady’s Choosing. While the plot lines left a little to be desired, I loved the concept. I feel like I only read a few of the many possible scenarios and plan on picking it up again to try some of the other untraveled paths.Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsIt has been a long time since I have read a “choose-your-own-adventure” book. My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris is an historical romance that is a humorous and engaging book of stories that allows the reader to decide the path of the book. There is a plethora of interesting characters to meet in this unique novel, however the sexual innuendos become a little bit too much.Full review on The Candid Cover
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  • Lauren James
    January 1, 1970
    Super, super cute. Love that one of the storylines is f/f! Its very silly good fun and an outrageous historical romp.
  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read an interactive story before so it was really refreshing to try to picture myself as the main character in a book. My Lady's Choosing is a hilarious love story with no shortage of swoons and eye rolls.The book starts off introducing you to yourself and a couple other leading figures. Maybe because of my love for historical settings I found I was able to comfortably settle myself into the role. The instructions were easy to follow and even humourous to read. I liked that you never I've never read an interactive story before so it was really refreshing to try to picture myself as the main character in a book. My Lady's Choosing is a hilarious love story with no shortage of swoons and eye rolls.The book starts off introducing you to yourself and a couple other leading figures. Maybe because of my love for historical settings I found I was able to comfortably settle myself into the role. The instructions were easy to follow and even humourous to read. I liked that you never know which path your choices could lead you. Until that find THE END everything was fair game.I’ve gone through a couple different scenarios and each one made me laugh. They were creative for sure but some were just plain ridiculous. It was impossible not to let lose a chuckle at some of word choices. The dramatic descriptions and witty dialogues were spot on. While some storylines may have been a tad far-fetched, others made sense and fitted well with the choices.The stories also weren't very long so I had some time to play through a couple different scenarios. There were times when I wasn't sure if I should be taking myself seriously. Especially in a situation where I'm suppose to "...wipe some of the dirt and blood from Benedict's firm pectorals, biting your lip at the sight of his deeply masculine chest." (p. 148). Isn't that just every lady's fantasy come true ;)All in all, My Lady's Choosing was a well-thought-out hoot of an interactive read. If you're a reader and fancy taking center stage for once pick this book up. You might just find yourself in the embrace of a strapping lad galloping atop his handsome steed towards a most dazzling sunrise~
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  • Ambur
    January 1, 1970
    I went through MY LADY'S CHOOSING and ried out three different versions of the story, and I absolutely loved every single one! I've always been a fan of "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories, and I love, love, LOVE romance, so this was right up my alley! I loved that it didn't take itself seriously and that the authors had so much fun with the genre and with various tropes/stories that they were inspired by. It was a blast to read and you could tell they had a lot of fun putting it all together! N I went through MY LADY'S CHOOSING and ried out three different versions of the story, and I absolutely loved every single one! I've always been a fan of "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories, and I love, love, LOVE romance, so this was right up my alley! I loved that it didn't take itself seriously and that the authors had so much fun with the genre and with various tropes/stories that they were inspired by. It was a blast to read and you could tell they had a lot of fun putting it all together! Now I'll tell a bit about each of the versions that I tried out. :)The first time I chose Captain Angus "Mac" McTaggart: the rugged, philanthropic red-headed Scot...who also happens to share many similarities with a well beloved character some people know as Jamie Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser...or Jamie Fraser if you've never read Outlander. Mac was definitely similar to Jamie in some ways, but he was also still uniquely Mac! He was wonderful and constantly had me swooning, and the story was super sweet! It also had a bit of mystery going on which was a lot of fun!The second time I chose Sir Benedict Granville, the Mr. Darcy character of the bunch! He was a bit of a broody butthead when the story started, but I won him over with my....assets. We partook in some witty banter and hung out in some secluded alcoves. This version had some mystery, too, and quite a few of those alcoves/dark corners that I spoke of. I had a lot of fun with this one and I loved that this version of the story had a ball, card games, and witty banter...all the fixings of some of my favourite Austen novels!And the third and final time that I ran through MY LADY'S CHOOSING, I chose Lord Craven, who was the Mr. Rochester of the bunch. This one was definitely the most ridiculous and outlandish out of all of the storylines that I chose, but it was super amusing! I also loved the commentary on my choices from the authors...even though they did call me a hussy. :P This one also had some mystery, but it mostly just went full on gothic and it gave me serious Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights vibes. I loved it! In addition to the three storylines that I tried out, there's also a storyline where you can choose to be a companion to your female friend in case anyone is looking to try out a same-sex relationship. The companion and Lord Craven storylines pop up during the Sir Benedict and Mac storylines, so if you're looking to play out either of them, make sure to keep your eyes peeled! :)Overall, I had a blast reading through the various storylines of MY LADY'S CHOOSING. I loved that each one pulled inspiration from classics and popular stories, but that they still managed to be unique so that you were still left with surprises. I really enjoyed all of the storylines, but I have to admit that Mac's was definitely my favourite! :D
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  • Rebecca Lyman
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.I used to LOVE those choose your own adventure novels from when I was a kid, so when I saw this book being offered that was a choose your won adventure ROMANCE novel I was shocked. Who even knew such amazing things existed! Not me, well until now. I do have to say that I tried to read it on my Kindle Paper-white at first and I don’t know if its just because I had an older version but I couldn’t get the page numbers I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.I used to LOVE those choose your own adventure novels from when I was a kid, so when I saw this book being offered that was a choose your won adventure ROMANCE novel I was shocked. Who even knew such amazing things existed! Not me, well until now. I do have to say that I tried to read it on my Kindle Paper-white at first and I don’t know if its just because I had an older version but I couldn’t get the page numbers to show up, which if you’ve ever read a book like this you realize would be a problem. I obtained a paperback copy of the book though which made things a lot easier. And I diligently mapped out each story line in the book to make sure I covered all the different twists and turns that the story could take. What a creative and fun idea this was! I found intrigue and adventure in every path I took and the book really made me feel like I was a part of the story line.Basically there were 4 main paths you could end up with in the book: Sir Benedict, Lord Craven, Captain Angus, or Lady Evangeline. There was a lot of tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic humor, I was laughing out loud through the whole book. The authors did a great job of just making every detail of the story comical and fun. The plot lines are simple and straight-forward since there are multiple stories all included in the one book but the authors write with such a blunt, no nonsense manner that the reader can’t help but enjoy themselves the whole way along. In all the stories there is obviously some graphic descriptions (this is a romance novel) but again the authors make it very lighthearted and fun. One of the funniest lust-worthy scenes to me was the one where the reader ends up with a post man and this “path” ends with “Some might say the postman sends you, Oh he sends you, indeed!” and there are other postman related sex-puns and its just really comical.I really can’t say enough good things about this book, it was fun and comical and light-hearted and interesting. I really enjoyed it so much and I think everyone should read it! I am sure a LOT of work went into this, it can’t be easy to map out where everything goes and get the page numbers exactly right for flipping back and forth. I would love to see these two authors come out with another similar adventure sometime in the future!
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  • Lexie
    January 1, 1970
    At this point I've gotten I think most of the endings that involve Benedict (my fav bachelor), so I feel competent to comment on it.This is mad fun. It's ridiculous and bawdy at times, silly and charming at others. As a long time fan and reader of romances from the Regency era I found a lot to be familiar tropes - the dragon dowager, marriages of convenience, seedy theatre type folk, secluded corners and potted plants large enough to hide you from view as you passionately make out. Regency Engla At this point I've gotten I think most of the endings that involve Benedict (my fav bachelor), so I feel competent to comment on it.This is mad fun. It's ridiculous and bawdy at times, silly and charming at others. As a long time fan and reader of romances from the Regency era I found a lot to be familiar tropes - the dragon dowager, marriages of convenience, seedy theatre type folk, secluded corners and potted plants large enough to hide you from view as you passionately make out. Regency England had A LOT of large potted plants that enabled you to hide behind for trysts.The writers also had a lot of fun with the flowery language of the old and current books. "Her dewy core", "a sheath for his sword"...yeah sounds about right. It's amazing how many words can be used to described the act of sex.The book doesn't pretend seriousness-not when your life is in danger (roll for seduction wiles!) or the poor souls the heavily brogued Mac wants to help save.As a CYOA type book it can feel disjointed, as some paths/choices lead to the same establishing outcome, but largely it's just good fun and who doesn't need that?
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  • Megan Lyons
    January 1, 1970
    This was silly, but so much fun. It is a choose your own adventure, but it's basically a parody of romance novels. However, I think it is the kind of parody that most romance lovers will enjoy. It is particularly a parody of historical romances, and it definitely references some of the classics. The three main male love interests reminded me of 1. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, 2. Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre and 3. Jamie Fraser from Outlander. It parodies the ridiculous language used to des This was silly, but so much fun. It is a choose your own adventure, but it's basically a parody of romance novels. However, I think it is the kind of parody that most romance lovers will enjoy. It is particularly a parody of historical romances, and it definitely references some of the classics. The three main male love interests reminded me of 1. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, 2. Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre and 3. Jamie Fraser from Outlander. It parodies the ridiculous language used to describe sex scenes in romance books, and many other elements. It definitely lacked subtlety (A Romance Reader's Guide to Life" is a more subtle, nuanced ode/parody for romance lovers), but it wasn't supposed to be deep. The on the nose elements also makes it more accessible to general readers who think the idea of a romance parody seems like a fun read. One downside to this was that it felt like a bit of a one trick pony. When I read 'read your own adventure' books, I feel the need to read all possible plot lines, and about half way through, I started getting a bit bored, as the same jokes were being made again and again. I just read Romeo and/or Juliet and that was a much smarter, more varied book. However, they were both fun. All in all, this was quite a bit of fun, if rather repetitive. *I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good! It was weird and wonderful and I am so happy I got to read. It was nothing like I expected but at the same time everything I wanted. It doesn't take itself too seriously, this isn't a serious romance. But it is as well and it's so much fun. You can tell the authors love romance as much as I do and that's why they've written this jokey book which demonstrates how brilliant romance is and still pokes fun at it. I recommend it if you want something a little different and a lot fun This was so good! It was weird and wonderful and I am so happy I got to read. It was nothing like I expected but at the same time everything I wanted. It doesn't take itself too seriously, this isn't a serious romance. But it is as well and it's so much fun. You can tell the authors love romance as much as I do and that's why they've written this jokey book which demonstrates how brilliant romance is and still pokes fun at it. I recommend it if you want something a little different and a lot fun.
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  • Dina
    January 1, 1970
    Worth the purchase price for the metaphors alone.
  • evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    this book made me so soft.This gave me a lesbian adventure-loving girlfriend to explore the world with a bunch of lady pirates, I'm so soft
  • Guiltless Delights
    January 1, 1970
    My lady's choosing is a splendid mix of comedy and romance.Working a new twist on an old concept and being incredibly tongue in cheek about it too boot! Fans of the historical romance genre will get a kick out of the many tropes on offer in this book.I had a ball rummaging through the pages to find out what happened in the next part of my hilarious journey. Where did I end up first you ask?Happy and in the highlands of course. 😉Thank you to @netgalley and @quirkbooks for letting me have a chance My lady's choosing is a splendid mix of comedy and romance.Working a new twist on an old concept and being incredibly tongue in cheek about it too boot! Fans of the historical romance genre will get a kick out of the many tropes on offer in this book.I had a ball rummaging through the pages to find out what happened in the next part of my hilarious journey. Where did I end up first you ask?Happy and in the highlands of course. 😉Thank you to @netgalley and @quirkbooks for letting me have a chance to read and review this book.
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    I think I read nearly all the storylines in this, so I'm going to call it read.This was a funny choose-your-own-adventure book set back in time. There are multiple very different adventures "you" can go on in this book, some that you won't see coming! It had portions of graphic sex acts, as well as so many cheeky humorous parts. I do recommend that this be read as a physical copy, as maneuvering through the ebook was not too easy.Original, fun, and romantic, My Lady's Choosing is the perfect rea I think I read nearly all the storylines in this, so I'm going to call it read.This was a funny choose-your-own-adventure book set back in time. There are multiple very different adventures "you" can go on in this book, some that you won't see coming! It had portions of graphic sex acts, as well as so many cheeky humorous parts. I do recommend that this be read as a physical copy, as maneuvering through the ebook was not too easy.Original, fun, and romantic, My Lady's Choosing is the perfect read for when you don't want to work for the fun, but instead let it sweep you away on your very own adventure.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Update 10/16/2017Actual Rating: 3.5If there isn’t a day where the phrase “Jane Austen-inspired Choose Your Own Adventure” doesn’t excite me, then your best bet is probably to murder me because I most likely have been replaced by a changeling. I mean, honestly. There is literally nothing more fun-sounding than this. However, the super-fun concept makes this a very difficult review to write, because while I did have a lot of fun reading My Lady’s Choosing, I did also have some problems with it. I’ Update 10/16/2017Actual Rating: 3.5If there isn’t a day where the phrase “Jane Austen-inspired Choose Your Own Adventure” doesn’t excite me, then your best bet is probably to murder me because I most likely have been replaced by a changeling. I mean, honestly. There is literally nothing more fun-sounding than this. However, the super-fun concept makes this a very difficult review to write, because while I did have a lot of fun reading My Lady’s Choosing, I did also have some problems with it. I’ll just separate my comments into a Pros and Cons list. Pros 1. Choose your own Adventure novels are so much fun. I will fight anyone on this fact.2. The concept is gold. This is what I never knew I needed in life. I love Jane Austen. I love interactive novels. And now, I can say that I love Jane Austen interactive novels.3. This book was just plain hilarious. I mean, honestly, I was laughing the entire time I read. It was nice to read something light, airy, and completely non-serious for once.3.5. Kind of going along with the hilariousness, My Lady’s Choosing had a lot of fun Austenian easter eggs that I’m sure a lot of other fans will notice. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you really love Jane Austen, then you’ll notice a lot of tidbits in the book that non-super fans probably wouldn’t see. It made the goings along a lot more enjoyable for me.4. The characters. It’s kind of hard to write a parody of well-known and well-loved character tropes without sounding condescending/like you’re trying too hard, but this novel is top-tier when it comes to hilarious interpretations of Victorian romance characters. It even made me feel like I am a parody of an Austen/Brontë heroine, which is a pretty epic feat. 5. ”While Mac has been brogue-ing about, he has cast what can only be described as pointedly interested looks in your direction…When, of course, he wasn’t rubbing his manly temples with his manly hands and wringing those manly hands of their nervous, manly energy.” is quite possibly the best, most hilarious sentence I have ever read in any piece of literature on this Earth. 6. HAVE I MENTIONED THAT THIS BOOK IS LITERALLY A JANE AUSTEN CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE??I really wish I could end my review here, but there was one main con that really brought down the book for me. Cons (or, I guess, Con singular) 1. The pacing. T h e. P a c i n g. Usually when reading an interactive/Choose Your Own Adventure book, the story is fast-paced and each section is only about 1-1.5 pages. My Lady’s Choosing had some short sections, yes, but many of the sections were an average of 2-3 pages and a lot of times I found myself sitting there. Not reading. Really bored. How is it that two seconds ago I was having the time of my life and now I feel like I'm about to fall asleep?I just wish that the sections had been shorter. I didn’t even need more choices, but flipping to a new page would have broken up the monotony of some of the larger sections, especially at the beginning of each path when building up the story. It eventually got to the point where if I made a choice and then saw that my next section was over 2 pages, I would just choose the other decision. So, uh, there you have it. While the book was a lot of fun, the pacing honestly dragged it down a lot for me. For fans of My Lady’s Choosing, I would recommend the Pride and Prejudice card game Marrying Mr. Darcy, which can be found on Amazon.Thanks to Quirk Books for sending me an arc copy!Original ReviewI am a Pride an Prejudice super fan. I've read the book countless times, watch one of the adaptations at least once a month, and I own the game Marrying Mr. Darcy, a card/role-playing game where you get to play as one of the characters in P&P. This book reminded me a lot of the game, but somehow not as fun.I enjoyed this book, but kind of in the way that you enjoy eating a bag of potato chips. It's good, yes, but it gives me no lasting value and I can do something else while I'm consuming it. It was REALLY hard to read this on a kindle. I tried to figure out through math how each page transferred to the "location" on kindle, but every time I had to switch locations I basically had to scroll through, trying to find where I was. I usually reread choose your own adventure books countless times, but I don't think I'll ever reread this book because it was just infinitely too difficult.I refrained from giving My Lady's Choosing a rating, because the reasons why I didn't enjoy it are simply a formatting error and I would hate to give a negative rating this early in the game. I think when people start to receive physical copies of the ARC it'll be a lot better.I was given an eARC copy by NetGalley in exchange for a complete and honest review.
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  • Flavia
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much fun! I had seen these choose your own adventure type books around for a few years now, but always felt too intimidated to pick any of them up. I’m not sure why? Maybe I thought that I would get confused or frustrated by the formatting. But I’m so glad that I decided to read and review My Lady’s Choosing, because not only was the formatting fun to follow, but the writing was also funny and satirical! I burst out laughing quite a few times, while making my way through the sto This book was so much fun! I had seen these choose your own adventure type books around for a few years now, but always felt too intimidated to pick any of them up. I’m not sure why? Maybe I thought that I would get confused or frustrated by the formatting. But I’m so glad that I decided to read and review My Lady’s Choosing, because not only was the formatting fun to follow, but the writing was also funny and satirical! I burst out laughing quite a few times, while making my way through the story lines.I really appreciated how much work must have gone into writing out so many potential plot lines, and then arranging them so that they all connect and work in some way. Another thing that I really appreciated was that there were not only a variety of romantic partners to choose from, but also a variety of genres, and outcomes. Just because you picked one particular partner, does not mean that you will actually get your happily ever after. It very much depends on your choices, and I can really see myself picking up a lot more of these choose your own adventure type books now!The second person writing took some getting used to, because I had never read anything written in the second person before. I generally avoided (and still avoid) fan fiction that is written in the second person, because it bothered me and always kind of threw me off. But I found that it was a perfect choice for this book, since the story is in a way your story. The narrative style really adds to that make believe magic, and I definitely learned to appreciate the benefits and uses for second person point of view.Another thing that I really liked was that this book can be a quick read, or a longer read, depending on what you choose. So, I read one of the story lines in just a few hours. But I ended up having so much fun, that I went back, changed one of my choices, and explored another story line altogether! Then when I finished that one, I tried out one more before my eyes finally started drooping. And there are still numerous possibilities that I haven’t yet explored! So, I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance, adult content (haha), the idea of having a say in how the story progresses, and those who enjoy satirical humour!
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  • Letizia Loi
    January 1, 1970
    Non amo i romance, ma questo mi ha incuriosita per il modo in cui è strutturato e merita quattro stelline solo per questa idea originale. È un libro che non si può mai definire concluso, perché in qualunque momento puoi tornare indietro, far prendere alla protagonista un'altra strada e seguirla in una storia completamente diversa.A una prima lettura, ho deciso di infischiarmene dei drammi della società vittoriana e di bei bambocci da conquistare, e di far lasciare tutto alla protagonista per par Non amo i romance, ma questo mi ha incuriosita per il modo in cui è strutturato e merita quattro stelline solo per questa idea originale. È un libro che non si può mai definire concluso, perché in qualunque momento puoi tornare indietro, far prendere alla protagonista un'altra strada e seguirla in una storia completamente diversa.A una prima lettura, ho deciso di infischiarmene dei drammi della società vittoriana e di bei bambocci da conquistare, e di far lasciare tutto alla protagonista per partire in Egitto con la sua migliore amica. Cosa che è sfocciata in un sorprendente risvolto romantico fra le due (!) e in un'avventura molto stile Indiana Jones. Lieto fine.Poi sono tornata indietro e ho deciso di farla restare a Londra e sbrogliare i drammi aristocratici di bei ragazzi e figli illegittimi, finendo in una prima delusione d'amore per aver ficcato il naso dove non dovevo. Perso l'interesse per quella storyline, l'ho fatta partire a nord, come governante di un bel tenebroso, e la storia si è trasformata in uno scabroso romanzo gotico.Insomma, la parte divertente è che la lettura diventa un gioco interattivo e puoi sempre riprendere da capo, o anche da metà, è trovarti a leggere una storia del tutto diversa. I risvolti sono cliché, ma lo stile narrativo stesso non si prende molto sul serio, cosa che - anche nella banalità - ti strappa un sorriso. Nel complesso è decisamente un (?) romanzo (?) riuscito.
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  • Janice
    January 1, 1970
    So, I should preface this review by stating that I am an incorrigible fan of historical romance, humor, and classic books like Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice. If you are too there's a good chance you'll like it. I began reading with the thought that it would likely be a fun romp but that I'd get bored with it or at worst it would be a complete gimmick.I'm happy to say that it was neither. This book was such fun that by the time I'd had my first happily ever after I couldn't wait for the nex So, I should preface this review by stating that I am an incorrigible fan of historical romance, humor, and classic books like Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice. If you are too there's a good chance you'll like it. I began reading with the thought that it would likely be a fun romp but that I'd get bored with it or at worst it would be a complete gimmick.I'm happy to say that it was neither. This book was such fun that by the time I'd had my first happily ever after I couldn't wait for the next adventure and the next. The book deals in a great many tropes any reader of historical romance has likely come across from the brooding Englishman to the jolly Scot. The language is not a subtle nod to the purple veiled prose we are used to in many romance novels. There's quite a bit of throbbing, heaving, and angelicly scented characters running amok. Not only was the prose both funny and endearing, but the comments that led the reader to the next page of adventure were also lol worthy. I will say though that you shouldn't come into the text thinking you'll be getting a fully fleshed romance out of each adventure. Some read more as small snippets and insta love abounds, but it was told with such a humor I truly didn't mind. Highly recommended. I didn't want to put it down and it's been awhile since I was so actively engaged with a story.Thanks so much to NetGalley and Quirk Books for the copy I received for review.
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  • Sheila Melo
    January 1, 1970
    MY LADY'S CHOOSING is a novelty book where the reader gets to make choices as the story goes on changing the outcomes of the story depending on the choices.In the early 1980s, Choose Your Own Adventure stories were a popular series with children. This book updates that concept for today's romance books. The book is a novelty so a reader should not approach the book expecting amazing stories. Instead, the stories are funny and a loving parody of the romance genre. The book takes a series of roman MY LADY'S CHOOSING is a novelty book where the reader gets to make choices as the story goes on changing the outcomes of the story depending on the choices.In the early 1980s, Choose Your Own Adventure stories were a popular series with children. This book updates that concept for today's romance books. The book is a novelty so a reader should not approach the book expecting amazing stories. Instead, the stories are funny and a loving parody of the romance genre. The book takes a series of romance book tropes and characters (the brooding aristocrat, the sexy Scotsman, the governess, supernatural characters, sexy garden times, exotic locations) and gives the reader a choice of what to do at critical and not so critical times.I found the book amusing and tried several variations by coming back to a juncture and trying different options. The stories were lovingly amusing. They didn't mock the romance genre, but rather made the reader part of an inside joke.I really enjoyed this book, but a reader must approach it with a sense of humor and a willingness to participate in the fun.I want to note that I thought it was especially nice that the heroine (the reader) is active in the story and one of the options includes a ff romance which was and unexpected and welcome option.Rating: 4 stars.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com
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  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    This book is essentially a 'choose your own adventure' type of story where you decide which path your character is about to take. Readers who have read many literary romance novels might find this book equally charming and amusing. Needless to say, expect regency era tropes and a couple of illustrations that brings the story (more like its characters) to life. You'll see some Jane Austen references, for instance. Once you've completed a journey and reached its ending, you can start all over agai This book is essentially a 'choose your own adventure' type of story where you decide which path your character is about to take. Readers who have read many literary romance novels might find this book equally charming and amusing. Needless to say, expect regency era tropes and a couple of illustrations that brings the story (more like its characters) to life. You'll see some Jane Austen references, for instance. Once you've completed a journey and reached its ending, you can start all over again and choose another adventure. This book isn't short on strong-willed heroines. And in the end, it becomes a clever but rather repetitive humorous novel.*Huge thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!**Full review in my book blog
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  • Hilary
    January 1, 1970
    I have read a fair number of romance novels in my time, but this one is by far the funniest and most entertaining!This adult choose-your-own-adventure book will keep you occupied for ages as you star in your own story and make choice after choice to determine your literary future. Will you end up living in the Highlands, taking care of wartime orphans? Ruling society as a very rich widow? Or maybe running around the Egyptian desert with your lady love? Only you can decide!With a choice to make a I have read a fair number of romance novels in my time, but this one is by far the funniest and most entertaining!This adult choose-your-own-adventure book will keep you occupied for ages as you star in your own story and make choice after choice to determine your literary future. Will you end up living in the Highlands, taking care of wartime orphans? Ruling society as a very rich widow? Or maybe running around the Egyptian desert with your lady love? Only you can decide!With a choice to make at the end of every scene, there are lots of options for where the story can take you. This not only makes "My Lady's Choosing" perfect for multiple reads, but it means that every time you start from the beginning again, you could be reading a completely different story. Tongue-in-cheek romance or not though, somewhere along the way you can always count on stumbling into adventure, danger, and love (or lust) - some of the staples of any self-respecting romance novel.So, does an unpredictable novel full of twists and turns, tough decisions, and enough secrets and intrigues to satisfy even the most gossipy of debutants appeal to you? If so, turn to Page 1.If that kind of thing doesn't sound like it would float your boat, turn to Page 1. Just trust me. You won't be disappointed.
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  • The Blonde Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    I was the BIGGEST fan of choose your own adventure books when I was growing up, so I was super excited about reading My Lady's Choosing! It was so much fun to be able to choose which character to fall in love with and how to handle each task at hand. The writing was fun an quirky and the characters were likable. The plot was a little short and to the point, but I think I expected that because of the nature of the book. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoyed choose your own adventure I was the BIGGEST fan of choose your own adventure books when I was growing up, so I was super excited about reading My Lady's Choosing! It was so much fun to be able to choose which character to fall in love with and how to handle each task at hand. The writing was fun an quirky and the characters were likable. The plot was a little short and to the point, but I think I expected that because of the nature of the book. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoyed choose your own adventure books growing up. Its a quick little read and one that I wouldn't mind reading again and choosing new adventures each time. Thank you for sharing this fun read with me!
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  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent an advance copy of this book by PenguinRandomHouse Canada #partner for an honest review. What a fun book! This is an interactive book for adults. Why should kids always have the fun with these type of books? The book is set in England and is what would probably have been called a historical bodice ripper type of novel. You play the part of the orphaned heroine who has no social standing in society and no finances. You are in effect the main character. The heroine is in need of a suito I was sent an advance copy of this book by PenguinRandomHouse Canada #partner for an honest review. What a fun book! This is an interactive book for adults. Why should kids always have the fun with these type of books? The book is set in England and is what would probably have been called a historical bodice ripper type of novel. You play the part of the orphaned heroine who has no social standing in society and no finances. You are in effect the main character. The heroine is in need of a suitor. The book is written so she gets to pick between various suitors as there are different paths she can choose. You can read this book in various sittings, if you prefer, because it's easy to pick up a new thread of the book as you read it and the different plots are very entertaining. The characters are a lot of fun and I give the authors’ credit for their creativity and humour. There are also some illustrations found throughout the book.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    This would have worked better if the authors kept it mild on the sexual content. I don’t find the unnecessary sex scenes a romantic HEA at all. Also, I think it would be better to have longer story lines than a ton of endings. I didn’t feel any chemistry with any of the love interests. I feel terrible for the poor h.
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  • Jamie Bradway
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a romance reader, in the traditional sense, so I'm a bit unfamiliar with the target that is parodied. However, I did get some laughs and developed some definite preferences among the romantic objects on offer (#TeamMcTaggart). I particularly love the linguistic gymnastics required to be descriptive without being explicit.My mother picked up the book, read one page, and put it back down saying she wasn't old enough to read this.My copy was an advance reader edition I won through goodreads I'm not a romance reader, in the traditional sense, so I'm a bit unfamiliar with the target that is parodied. However, I did get some laughs and developed some definite preferences among the romantic objects on offer (#TeamMcTaggart). I particularly love the linguistic gymnastics required to be descriptive without being explicit.My mother picked up the book, read one page, and put it back down saying she wasn't old enough to read this.My copy was an advance reader edition I won through goodreads. Thanks!
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a great concept! I loved the various characters and all the twists this book can take. After working through the story two different ways, I skimmed some of the other chapters and was amazed with how many directions this book is able to take. It is well done and silly. You cannot take this book too seriously as a romance, but it is so much fun!
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