My Lady's Choosing
This scandalous chooseable-path romance novel demands you determine your own romantic adventure-and satisfy all your earthly desires along the way!Endless scenarios of high romance, deep desire, and quivering...comedy await your tender caress in this chooseable path romance novel. You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of 19th-century society, the 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, handsome, horse-loving highlander, Captain Angus McTaggart?  *  Or perhaps you will chase through the chapters a good man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, in the arousing form of Lord Garraway Craven?  *  Or read recklessly on to take to the continent as the "traveling companion" of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline?  *  ...or yet another intriguing fate?Whether it's forlorn orphans and fearsome werewolves, mistaken identities and swashbuckling swordfights, or long-lost lovers and pilfered Egyptian artifacts, every delightful twist and turn of the romance genre unfolds at your behest! Prepare to open your heart, open your mind, and open-this book.

My Lady's Choosing Details

TitleMy Lady's Choosing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
ISBN-139781683690139
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult, Historical Romance

My Lady's Choosing Review

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 instea 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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  • 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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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Fun choose your own adventure for grown-ups! Can't wait to introduce this to the romance readers at my shop, to bad it's not releasing until April 3, 2018. This would be a great valentines day gift!
  • Serra
    January 1, 1970
    I was delighted to see a grown-up interactive novel. It was a joy to read, though a very hard one to analyze and write a plot of. It cannot be said that it is great literature but that is besides the point; if it can take you out of the world you are currently in and send you back to the Jane Austen eras but not only staying confined in that kind of a plot and characters and setting, then what a success! The novel is very much like Pride and Prejudice, but does this very essence render the book I was delighted to see a grown-up interactive novel. It was a joy to read, though a very hard one to analyze and write a plot of. It cannot be said that it is great literature but that is besides the point; if it can take you out of the world you are currently in and send you back to the Jane Austen eras but not only staying confined in that kind of a plot and characters and setting, then what a success! The novel is very much like Pride and Prejudice, but does this very essence render the book impossible to enjoy? No, because that is exactly the point only a few endings remind me of Pride and Prejudice. There are in fact many genres in this novel which I think is what makes this book a gem. There is a bit for everyone. You can have mystery or crime, romantic or even supernatural genres. It is all up to your decision which makes this interactive novel a success at least in my eyes.Sometimes, though it looks like you are given the chance to choose, you in fact are sent back to choose both of the options because sometimes there are character introductions which are necessary. Or there are other parts where you do not have to choose and are simply sent to one page. I have read only a handful of novels where you get to choose your outcome but I think the illustrations add something very different to the novel, a unique aspect. And there are many more to come, the only down fall of the illustrations is that I believe they may have been digitally drawn and they are very dark. This could perhaps be remedied but it is not a major issue at all, as it does not take away the essence of the novel, quite the contrary, it adds another element and dimension to the novel as I personally am not familiar with interactive novels which harbour illustration. Some of the illustrations also add an element of comedy at times, especially the one where Rafe is about to hit Benedict over the head with a tray. I found that this scene would not have been as comical if it were absent of this. The book is generally very humorous, the class distinction; especially financially is comically given, how you say that their handkerchiefs probably cost more than your yearly salary and so the like were a joyful comparison. There are many other gems scattered throughout the novel as the sentences make a comical read. If a novel can put a smile on your face, what more can a reader then want? And the great thing about it is that you do not have to stay confined to one ending. You can go back to the start and start a whole new adventure because nine times out of ten the plot and ending highly differ from one another. This in my humble opinion makes the book a worthy purchase. And the other stories are so successful that it would be a shame if the readers neglected to read the other possible outcomes and adventures. As the writing is comical, it also adds another positive aspect; this novel is a breeze to read. Only a few pages per, should I say, chapters. This allows the book to flow, and the writing style itself allows this to be possible. Is the writing unique? Well, yes and no. The comical undertones are successful but at times it could be seen as repetitive, this maybe true for me as I tried to read all of the stories and the authors may have wanted to catch the same essence in all of the stories. I think by calling this novel an interactive romance one may defer some readers who have a bias of romance novels. Because I think this novel is much more than simply a romance novel and in fact this uniqueness and diversity is what sold the book to me. You can choose if you would rather have a romantic ending or a more free and adventurous ending. Though I am not stating that romance cannot be adventurous. It just does not have to be the be all and end all of the story. I found that the length was also ideal because it was neither too short to not be worth its money and it was not too long that you could get bored easily. The characters are at times stereotypical, but I think this is what makes the stories so fun and a joy to read. They are majorly comical and a bit even silly at times, even the choices we are given are majorly funny and paralel with the characters. There are in fact many characters which one would not think when you are introduced to a character’s list. If you choose to go to Egypt, for example you are given a whole new group of characters. All in all, I think that once this book is finished and ready to publish, the majority of the readers who delve into this novel will be very happy with what they have purchased. It is a book that has character and can be successful if it is marketed correctly. What makes this novel a winner is the fact that there are so many alternative story lines and endings which can cater to everyone. The only down fall I could speculate is that the novel is only targeted at females, which is a given. This singles out an entire gender and may be more difficult to market. But without a doubt I would like to see this novel published.
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  • Jessica Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars“The carriage arrives at your destination, and you are shaken by your gloomy thoughts – if only for a moment. Perhaps tonight will be the night that everything changes?”This choose-your-own-adventure incorporates your wildest fantasy of joining the cast of a Jane Austen book and the nagging sense of mystery and adventure. You get to be your own heroine, making your own choices and dealing with the consequences. This book is great for those who find themselves yelling at their romance 4.5/5 stars“The carriage arrives at your destination, and you are shaken by your gloomy thoughts – if only for a moment. Perhaps tonight will be the night that everything changes?”This choose-your-own-adventure incorporates your wildest fantasy of joining the cast of a Jane Austen book and the nagging sense of mystery and adventure. You get to be your own heroine, making your own choices and dealing with the consequences. This book is great for those who find themselves yelling at their romance novel heroines for picking the wrong guy or ending up in an unfortunate circumstance.The journey begins in a second-person perspective walk-through of your characters and your desires. You are given the chance to get into character before making any big decisions on behalf of your new persona. This introduction was handled very well and piqued my excitement to continue through the book. You are also first introduced to several of the main characters, who may become love interests to you, should you choose them and their adventures. When first reading the book, I thought that these were the only love interests available, but going through my first read-through that proved not to be true, as I ended up somewhere completely different and with someone completely different than I had first thought I would.I loved that the choices were made with a wit and hilarity that made the book so much more enjoyable to read. I found myself laughing and giggling at the choices and the way they were presented. The only pit-fall for me in this book was that there was no way to back-track. Losing your page is not an option because there is no “came from page so and so” at the top if you wanted to reread a section. Other than that I found it very readable and the page flipping grew my anticipation to further the story.Another thing I was overjoyed about was the possibility of a LGBTQA+ relationship in the mix. So many stories blatantly disregard minorities and this book allows for your own sense of choice, taking into consideration that not everyone falls into the mould that victorian life perpetuates.I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something a little different as a way to spice up their reading and make their romantic hearts flutter (giggling along the way). It is a fun read that can take you 45 minutes or several days to complete. I, for one, will be going back in to see who I may end up with next time… a handsome rouge perhaps? a wealthy and witty lord?
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    MY LADY'S CHOOSING is a choose-your-own-adventure regency romance novel and, as someone who grew up reading the classic CYOA stories, I had a lot of fun with it. Before I get into the review - I rarely recommend a specific format, but I do think the experience would be better if I was reading it in paper rather than clumsily attempting to swipe to the correct page.The Romantic OptionsWhen you open up the book, you are presented with a cast of characters. One of them is you: a plucky but penniles MY LADY'S CHOOSING is a choose-your-own-adventure regency romance novel and, as someone who grew up reading the classic CYOA stories, I had a lot of fun with it. Before I get into the review - I rarely recommend a specific format, but I do think the experience would be better if I was reading it in paper rather than clumsily attempting to swipe to the correct page.The Romantic OptionsWhen you open up the book, you are presented with a cast of characters. One of them is you: a plucky but penniless young woman who currently serves as a lady's companion to a woman not-so-affectionately nicknamed "The Dragon." The others are...Lady Evangeline - Your friend and female potential romantic partner. You're given a choice at one point to accompany her to Egypt, to a scandalous women's club, and on other adventures.Sir Benedict - This romantic path is something more of a Mr. Darcy trope. He's uptight and always must do The Done Thing. You get to ruffle his feathers, which is pretty amusing."Mac" - A retired Scottish soldier who has dedicated his life to widows and orphans. He's the nice cuddly cinnamon roll you want to take to bed.Craven - The bad boy of the bunch. This is the hero you'd never want in real life but maybe want to read about? (IDK, I didn't spend much time in his story.)That's three gentlemen and one lady for you to choose from, all white. Regency readers will quickly recognize the archetypes they often see in popular novels, which makes for some entertaining satire as you read on. (One of the estates is called "Manberley.")The Reading ExperienceIf you're familiar with CYOA novels, you'll easily pick up the rhythm of the story. Every couple of pages you're either directed to another scene (Turn to page 126.) or given a choice to make, with two different page directions. (If you want to go to Egypt, turn to page 93. If you want to go to London, turn to page 240.)The full book is 352 pages, including a few illustrations, so you can imagine just under 1/4 of the book for each romance if you'd like. All of the storylines share a few pages at the beginning as you meet characters, but they quickly diverge and take you through any number of tropes and situations.Should You Read This?If you're looking for a long, emotionally evocative story, this isn't the book for you. If you're a longtime romance reader, you'll find a lot of jokes and references to love.I picked this book up at exactly the right time. I've had a hard time really sinking into a book lately, and the quick and lively storytelling in these stories was diverting but didn't require much of me. I look forward to buying the completed version in paperback so I can enjoy all of the illustrations.CW for some scenes of attempted assault or coercion.
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.Have you ever wanted to be the herione in a book? Be the lead in a historical romance? Be Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy? Find your very own rugged Scottish highlander? Dance with a deliciously dangerous nobleman? Or head off on an adventure with the friend you secretly desire? Well with My Lady’s Choosing, you can. The choice is entirely yours.I love the whole concept I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.Have you ever wanted to be the herione in a book? Be the lead in a historical romance? Be Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy? Find your very own rugged Scottish highlander? Dance with a deliciously dangerous nobleman? Or head off on an adventure with the friend you secretly desire? Well with My Lady’s Choosing, you can. The choice is entirely yours.I love the whole concept of this book. You get to make choices about how the story will progress and who the love interest will be. There are countless ways the story can go, with numerous decisions. On my first read through, I chose a steamy romance with the Darcy-esque Sir Benedict Granville and it did not disappoint. The second time, I chose the rugged highlander with a heart of gold. This one was good too. Then I chose the dangerous Lord Craven. And finally, I ended with Lady Evangeline. Each story is unique, and sometimes went unexpected places. It was fun to see how I could either speed up the romantic plotline, or slow it down if I wanted to tackle the mysteries. I admit that being able to choose, with numerous options, made the book feel fresh, fun, and interactive.But what I noticed about the book is that it very much makes fun of its own genre: bodice rippers, if you will. At times I found this very entertaining, but it did get to a point where the jokes were a little too silly. It felt like the writers wanted the book to be ridiculous, and that made each decision and outcome feel a little less rewarding sometimes. I would’ve liked to see the actual prose include some better showing descriptions to really make you feel like you’re in the novel (and yes, I say that despite being able to choose your own path). It got to the point where the steamy love scenes just became silly jokes. Sadly, with each read through I did, my enjoyment dwindled.My Lady’s Choosing is an fun book, no doubt about that. I enjoyed that we get to choose our own paths, and there are so many outcomes! I also appreciated the one lady love interest. But sometimes the jokes about the romance genre became a little too silly, and the writing itself leaves something to be desired. If nothing else, go into this book expecting fun and exaggerated romance.
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    This book brought me back to my youth and my love for the Choose Your Own Adventure books, but it was even better, because this was a regency romance and I was the main character. From the very first page, I was totally delighted with the tone of this book. It was humorous and you could tell the author was having fun with the regency romance genre. After the adorable introduction, I got to meet all the other characters, who could pop up in the story. Curran assembled quite the cast of regency tr This book brought me back to my youth and my love for the Choose Your Own Adventure books, but it was even better, because this was a regency romance and I was the main character. From the very first page, I was totally delighted with the tone of this book. It was humorous and you could tell the author was having fun with the regency romance genre. After the adorable introduction, I got to meet all the other characters, who could pop up in the story. Curran assembled quite the cast of regency tropes, and I for one, couldn't wait to meet them. Then it was on to decision making! At the end of the short section, there would be a set of instructions, which were quite funny. They either told me which page to go to or let me choose a path. Who doesn't like having options? I had started out sticking with one hero, but then I picked a path, which I knew would lead to meeting a different hero. I sort of love that I could change my mind and take the story in a different direction.I went through two readings, and found both my stories quite charming. This was such a fun way to spend the afternoon. I am always up for a little silly fun, romance, and laughter. I also must mention the wonderful illustrations. They definitely were a nice touch, and I loved having those visuals accompanying the story. Overall: An utterly humorous historical romp filled with possibilities.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- 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 centre 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 ha I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- 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 centre 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 “travelling 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.This book is WONDERFUL --- so funny at times I was laughing out loud and waking up my husband who was sleeping beside me. Byronic, Outlander-ish, Pride and Prejudice-ish? All three. I loved going back and seeing the twists and turns it takes when you make a decision ... there are so many stories to explore. I can see my upcoming 13+ hour flight to Japan seeming short as anything as I wind my way through the different stories - thank G*d as one can no longer take knitting on a flight.Please, please, please write another one!!! 5 Rocking stars!!
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    You know in Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail, where the knights decide not to return to Camelot, because "it's a silly place". Well, I feel like that phrase could also sum up this book. It is a very silly place. But in a good way. I haven't read a book this ridiculous but fun in awhile. From the charming cover art to the attractive (although also over the top) illustrations inside, from the variety of settings to choose from to the wide range of possible endings to end up with, thi You know in Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail, where the knights decide not to return to Camelot, because "it's a silly place". Well, I feel like that phrase could also sum up this book. It is a very silly place. But in a good way. I haven't read a book this ridiculous but fun in awhile. From the charming cover art to the attractive (although also over the top) illustrations inside, from the variety of settings to choose from to the wide range of possible endings to end up with, this was a knowing wink wink nudge nudge at historical romance fiction, in what seemed like an affectionate way. I'm not entirely sure, because generally I strenuously avoid standalone historical romance novels that are written like this (because they are ridiculous, but not, to me, in a fun way). so is the writing more ridiculous than the genre it mimics? I couldn't say. I just appreciated it for what it was, in all its over the top glory, sex scenes, intrigues, drama, and all. The introduction of the paranormal in several story lines wasn't my favorite, but it made as much sense as the rest of the stories did, I suppose. So, if you've ever wondered who you would choose if given the chance, Darcy or Rochester, a hot Scottish man, or even a lovely lady, or perhaps one of the many other deserving or undeserving male side characters, this is an excellent chance for you to figure it out. I recommend trying lots of different variations on the story, so you can appreciate the many directions the author takes you (and the many ways in which the various heroes/ heroine will take you. :D yes, because it's that kind of book.) I hope you find some entertainment in it too.(also, I have to say, the ARC was remarkably easy to read. I only noticed two typos, both omissions of a single word, and some blank spaces marked "illustration to come". otherwise, it felt like a published book, and was an enjoyable read, with a charming cover.
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  • Emilie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun tongue-in-cheek mash-up of "Choose Your Own Adventure" and typical Regency Romance. I went in expecting it to be a little more serious and slightly involved read, but when I found it was light, funny, and didn't take itself too seriously, I did not mind one bit. The author was able to poke fun at Regency tropes without poking fun at the readers who enjoy them. Most of the plot points I could see coming a mile away, but then that also happens in most of the historical romances that This was a fun tongue-in-cheek mash-up of "Choose Your Own Adventure" and typical Regency Romance. I went in expecting it to be a little more serious and slightly involved read, but when I found it was light, funny, and didn't take itself too seriously, I did not mind one bit. The author was able to poke fun at Regency tropes without poking fun at the readers who enjoy them. Most of the plot points I could see coming a mile away, but then that also happens in most of the historical romances that I typically read. And the author seemed to know that, as well, and treated it almost as a shared inside joke--the kind that you share with old friends, never gets old, and you want to come back to again and again. There were silly parts, laugh-out-loud parts, and parts that made you want to turn to the next page to continue your adventure.It's hard to say I "finished" this book, because I definitely want to go back and see what would happen if I chose the Jamie Fraser-type hero instead of the Mr. Darcy-type hero, but I think that is part of the fun--you can always change your "fate." It was a quick, easy, fun book. I would recommend it to any fan of Historical Romances, especially Regencies, who loves the genre but also knows how to not take it too seriously.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ladies and gents, you know I love a good bodice ripper. So when I was approached to review this book with this super gorgeous cover, I knew I had to get my hands on it. The thing was that I never paid much attention to the synopsis and it was only until a friend pointed out that this was an interactive romance novel did I realize what I gotten myself into. Not to mention, this book is written in second person. Wei I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ladies and gents, you know I love a good bodice ripper. So when I was approached to review this book with this super gorgeous cover, I knew I had to get my hands on it. The thing was that I never paid much attention to the synopsis and it was only until a friend pointed out that this was an interactive romance novel did I realize what I gotten myself into. Not to mention, this book is written in second person. Weird, yes. I never read a book before in second person but this book is meant for sheer entertainment purposes. And that's what I got.Sheer entertainment. Readers start off on page one but from then on, they get to choose which direction the plot takes you. It's either you follow the brooding Bennett, or the children-saving captain. Then the plot leads to mystery and intrigue and of course, drama! And lots of drama. I followed the plot with Bennett because I love a good stubborn man who seems so cold and calculating that they can never love and was finding myself really enjoying the drama of everything. I think it's not meant to be taken seriously because these random declarations of either love, or long-lost brother, or the true owner of the estate had me in giggles. It's definitely the perfect book for a friend's birthday or heck, for yourself. You'll find yourself lost in the entertainment of it all. Enjoy!
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    My Lady's Choosing is an entertaining "choose your own adventure" that takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to trashy romance novels. Possible paths include popular tropes such as paranormal romance, Scottish highlander, hate-to-love nobility, and exotic adventures in Egypt. Just be forwarned- while it doesn't take itself too seriously, there is a whole lot of not-PG content!I will say, parts of this book were laugh-out-loud funny and (I imagine) even more so for someone who is really into the roman My Lady's Choosing is an entertaining "choose your own adventure" that takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to trashy romance novels. Possible paths include popular tropes such as paranormal romance, Scottish highlander, hate-to-love nobility, and exotic adventures in Egypt. Just be forwarned- while it doesn't take itself too seriously, there is a whole lot of not-PG content!I will say, parts of this book were laugh-out-loud funny and (I imagine) even more so for someone who is really into the romance genre. In each of the pathways, the euphemistic language is drawn from that trope and can be over-the-top ridiculous. For instance, in the Scottish portions, cabers (a large log tossed in highland games) feature prominently as a euphemism for male anatomy. In one of the paranormal romance sections, there is a reference to literal bodice-ripping. We also have a couple endings with an LGBT element to them.The format is a fun and nostalgic one and I thought the interactive part was handled really well. The book is cleverly written and does a great job of poking fun at romance tropes, while also being a part of them. I could see this being hilarious read aloud at like a low-key bachelorette party or something. It's pretty entertaining, just don't go in something that is emotionally compelling or innocent.
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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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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. It was only available to download as a PDF, so we will see how easy it is for me to read on my computer!Cast of Characters:The Reader - you are the main character, an orphaned female of 28 years and a paid companion to the Lady CravenLady Evangeline Youngblood - your best (only) friend, rich widow who has a scandalous natureLady Aurelia Craven - Evangeline's auntSir Benedict Granville - well off nephew of Lady CravenCaptain An *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. It was only available to download as a PDF, so we will see how easy it is for me to read on my computer!Cast of Characters:The Reader - you are the main character, an orphaned female of 28 years and a paid companion to the Lady CravenLady Evangeline Youngblood - your best (only) friend, rich widow who has a scandalous natureLady Aurelia Craven - Evangeline's auntSir Benedict Granville - well off nephew of Lady CravenCaptain Angus Mactaggart - "Mac" Scotsman soliderLord Garraway Craven - Lady Craven's sonOh what fun!! I love chose your own adventure stories and this book does that with the regency romances that I adore. Yes, most of these stories really on insta-love and are pretty silly but I liked it!
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  • Darcysmom
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I have very fond memories of reading choose your own adventure books when I was a kid, so I was very excited to try out a grown up version. My Lady's Choosing did not disappoint. As the heroine of the story, I had many important choices to make - because it is a romance, many of these decisions were of a more intimate nature. I liked that there was a balance between story and romance. There was always a non- I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I have very fond memories of reading choose your own adventure books when I was a kid, so I was very excited to try out a grown up version. My Lady's Choosing did not disappoint. As the heroine of the story, I had many important choices to make - because it is a romance, many of these decisions were of a more intimate nature. I liked that there was a balance between story and romance. There was always a non-sexual choice that could be made, which let the reader choose how clean the story would be. I read three storylines through to the end. I have not gone back and made different choices to see how my story would change, yet. My Lady's Choosing lived up to my fond memories of juvenile choose your own adventure books. I would definitely read more by the authors.
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  • Trully Sunee
    January 1, 1970
    What a surprise to read such an amazing and innovative book! I've never read an interactive book and this was definitely astounding!To have options of what you want to read and what life journey you'd like to take is way beyond my thinking until I got started on my journey as the main character and heroine of the courting season of this 18th century setting.The four main male characters and three main female characters make this book have great compatibility with the setting, plot, and vocabular What a surprise to read such an amazing and innovative book! I've never read an interactive book and this was definitely astounding!To have options of what you want to read and what life journey you'd like to take is way beyond my thinking until I got started on my journey as the main character and heroine of the courting season of this 18th century setting.The four main male characters and three main female characters make this book have great compatibility with the setting, plot, and vocabulary usage. This book deserves five stars stars of brightness!
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