Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall
Publication Date: 25 Jan 2022
What can I say? Alexis Hall has long been one of my favorite authors, and this hilarious regency romp did not disappoint. I’ve never really liked the few regency romances that I’ve read, so I had pretty much written off the whole genre. Leave it to Alexis Hall to give me exactly what I needed!
The characters in this story are engaging and uproariously funny. Valentine, the Duke of Malvern, is the grumpiest of grumpy heroes. Bonny is a little ball of sweet, goofy sunshine. Together they engage in a curricle chase across the countryside in pursuit of Bonny’s twin sister, Arabella, who is very much NOT pleased to be forced into an engagement to Valentine (who is not exactly thrilled with the situation, either). Arabella is over-the-top dramatic, which makes for some entertaining situations. And there are several other side characters who only add to the hilarity.
But the stars of this show are Valentine and Bonny. Watching their relationship develop just made my heart melt. Valentine is stuffy and reserved and can’t even manage to put on his shoes or his coat without the aid of his valet, and he believes all of that love nonsense is, well, nonsense. He believes he is doing his duty by marrying Arabella, honoring the wishes of both their fathers, and that is all. Bonny is out and proud and just so lovely, and he pulls Valentine out of his lonely ducal existence and shows him how wonderful love and relationships can be. And a big shout-out for demisexual representation!
I see this book is listed as the first in a series, and I am so excited to see what other regency shenanigans Hall will bring us!
Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.