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Chasing Lady Amelia (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #2) ❰EPUB❯ ✵ Chasing Lady Amelia (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #2) Author Maya Rodale – In the second novel of Maya Rodale’s enchanting Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series an American heiress finds her reputation—and heart—in danger when she travels to London and meets a wickedl In the second novel of Maya Rodale’s enchanting Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series an American heiress finds her reputation—and heart—in danger when she travels to London and meets a wickedly tempting rakeTerribly ImproperLady Amelia is fed Chasing Lady Kindle - up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London so one night she escapes and finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay Jones He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls How lucky then that one of them stumbles right into his armsTotally ScandalousAlistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love If anyone finds out she will be ruined but he will win everything he’s ever wantedVery RomanticWhen Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her he must woo her and win back the angry American girl But with the threat of scandals plural looming will he ever catch up to the woman he loves.

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10 thoughts on “Chasing Lady Amelia (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #2)

  1. Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie says:

    This was uite possibly nay definitely absolutely the worst scrape she'd ever found herself in and Amelia wasn't a stranger to terrible predicaments In which I am pleasantly surprisedI had to control myself there I wanted to add an exclamation mark so badly Chasing Lady Amelia is the second book in the Keeping Up With the Cavendishes series by Maya Rodale I really should have read Bridget's book first because I feel like it would have made my reading experience even better but with tight schedules and all a bookworm has to make do Subseuently I found that I didn't feel lost at all while reading this gem of a bookIn which I am overcome by fits of giggles A country Jon in a village of lateCourted a young Dorothy Bridget and KateHe went up to London to pick a lassTo show what a wriggle he had in his as The song that started it allThis book was filled with in your face humor and all round cuteness Our heroine Amelia Cavendish is probably the adventurous and unruly out of the 3 Cavendish sisters Every effort the Duchess has made to mold her into a lady fit for English Society has failed I loved Amelia with her modern outlook at life and her thirst for independence and freedom see what I did there? She's American and from the colonies Now some may cry insta love but somehow this book worked for me Amelia and Alistair meet one night and spend an entire day together They form an immediate connection and while reading this book I found that I would forget that their interaction was all taking place in one day Very well doneNot that I'm an angst addict or anything but I do love it when the author doesn't make it easy for the characters to be together I love self torture and our hero Alistair did not disappoint while on the outside he shows the calm exterior of an English gentleman inside he tries to deal with feelings of unworthiness pain and guilt because of his dark past It was because of that moment when he'd opened the door to his flat and found her there waiting It was because of the way his heart beat faster with the appearance of her dimple when she smiled because of the sparks of delight when she laughed and the feeling of connection when her fingers were intertwined with hisIt might be something like love In which I will be reading the rest of this seriesI wholeheartedly enjoyed this book I loved the humor and Lady Amelia and Alistair's whirlwind relationship was the best part Yes there were some terribly modern instances or phrases that might not have been authentic to the period but I found that I enjoyed the book even because of them On another note I read the exclusive sneak peak to the next book and YES PLEASE ARC kindly provided by publisher via Edelweiss in return for an honest review

  2. Alyssa Alyssa says:

    Review posted on The Eater of Books blogChasing Lady Amelia by Maya RodaleBook Two of the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes seriesPublisher Avon BooksPublication Date June 28 2016Rating 4 starsSource eARC from EdelweissWarning this is an adult book and for the eyes of mature readersSummary from GoodreadsTerribly ImproperLady Amelia is fed up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London so one night she escapesand finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay Jones He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls How lucky then that one of them stumbles right into his armsTotally ScandalousAlistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love If anyone finds out she will be ruined but he will win everything he’s ever wantedVery RomanticWhen Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her he must woo her and win back the angry American girl But with the threat of scandals plural loomingwill he ever catch up to the woman he loves?What I LikedMy true rating is 35 stars I liked this one enough to want to round up to 4 stars but it wasn't uite a 4 star read I LOVED Lady Bridget's Diary it got a rare 5 stars from me but I didn't love this second book uite as much You can read these books in the series as standalone novels so if I had to skip one in the series so far it might be this one Still it was goodThis story is told concurrently with Lady Bridget's Diary meaning we start this story with the same ball in which Amelia takes her shoes off if you read book one you know the scene Basically this story does NOT follow after the end of book one Rather it is told simultaneously Which makes a lot of sense if you have read book one and was wondering what Amelia had gotten up to for those couple of days when she disappeared Well this book goes into those few days in detailAmelia doesn't want to fit in to London's polite society She loves horses and horse riding not stuffy balls and flouncy dresses After a disastrous night at a ball her family spikes her water with laudanum so that she'll calm down Except that the laudanum has addled her brain and she goes out in the middle of the night like a drunk And runs into Alistair Finlay Jones Alistair isn't going to leave a helpless and possibly drunk noblewoman outside in the middle of the night so he takes her to his residence The next morning he sees the paper with Amelia's shoe scandal at the ball that previous night and realizes that the woman is Lady Amelia And thus begins the pair's adventures together But all good things must come to an end right? Amelia can't go gallivanting around London unchaperoned forever and Alistair was called back to London for a reason marry an heiressBook one took place over weeks But the majority of this book took place over two days These two days were the ones in which Amelia disappeared causing another Cavendish scandal if you recall in book one When Amelia wakes up in Alistair's house he gives her money and sends her on her way but Amelia has no plans of going back home not yet She and Alistair go to the market the theater back to his house anywhere but Durham HouseSo the time period was short which was weird at first Amelia and Alistair have this instant connection that begins as friendly camaraderie and whatnot but develops into hardcore lust all in one day They know each other for two days but it would seem that they fell for each other in lust and in love But as improbably as this sounds Rodale definitely sells the romance You can feel how much these two want to stay togetherAmelia is so wild and uncouth totally not fit for polite society in my opinion She is the youngest Cavendish sibling and she tries the least For the most part I like her She has relapses and judgment every now and then but I like her sense of adventureAlistair has been touring the world for six years and he's been called back by his uncle who wants him to marry an heiress Alistair isn't a fortune hunter but his uncle is and because Alistair is his uncle's heir Alistair will do as his uncle bids Tragedy struck the family years ago and Alistair and his uncle do not get along any I feel for Alistair He feels like he is not good enough to be in society for several reasons He is uite a nice gentleman and very sweet and patient I like him So different from Lord Darcy from book one sweeter and less uptight I do prefer Darcy sorry Alistair but I like Alistair a lotTheir romance was fast and not slowly progressing like I'm used to experience in historical romance But the chemistry was there as was the development of feelings and such There was a little angst associated with their relationship both hid things from each other But I liked how things worked outThe ending surprised me a little but somehow subconsciously I totally saw it coming A great HEA for sure Just a bit surprising I think it works for Amelia and Alistair very well I think this book was a good addition to the series and I am definitely interested in reading Claire's book nextWhat I Did Not LikeI thought the fact MOST of this book takes place over two days was a little two fast for me Meaning Alistair and Amelia get to know each other and feelings of love and lust develop in those two days Rodale spends a ton of page time fleshing out these two days so that the two days takes like 50% of the book But logically it felt too short And then the proposal and the scandal and the surprise it just seemed very fast to me This book took place over a shorter time than book one for the most part; the last hmmm one fourth of this book takes place over a few weeks But the majority of Alistair and Amelia's interactions come from two days of interactionsMore steamy scenes please At this point after reading many Rodale books I've come to expect less steamy scenes than usual But that doesn't stop me from wanting Would I Recommend ItSo if you liked book one in this series this book is worth the read At the same time book one was a lot better and enjoyable You could skip this one and in general It's not entirely necessary to read in the series While it clears up a lot about what Amelia had been doing over the days she disappeared and we learn all about Alistair's tragic past I wouldn't necessarily fall over myself trying to read or recommend this book two someoneRating35 stars rounded up to 4 stars I think this series is hilarious Rodale has such a distinctive and creative writing style in the series I much preferred Lady Bridget's Diary but this book was satisfying in the series I can't wait to read Claire's book next

  3. Debbie Debbie says:

    What we have here my friends is another crazy Regency romance by the very talented Maya Rodale I read the first book in this series Lady Bridget's Diary which introduced me to the shockingly unconventional American Cavendish siblings 3 sisters and 1 brother who unexpectedly find themselves part of British nobility and must take their place among the Bon Ton I freely admit that I'm hooked Each book follows one Cavendish in particular during the same period of time so even though each is stand alone there is some overlap with hints dropped about what the other siblings are up to Historical purists will point out numerous inaccuracies which are surely present and dialogue sometimes sounds a little too modern but these books are obviously intended as tongue in cheek entertainment and goshdarnit they're just plain fun to readThis volume tells the youngest sister's story which is heavily influenced by the classic 1950s film Roman Holiday It stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and if you've never watched it you're missing a gem After having grown up on a horse farm in Maryland Amelia chafes at all the limitations imposed by the Duchess her Aunt Josephine Cavendish and the stuffy London society she and her siblings now inhabit At age 19 Amelia is an impulsive rebellious stubborn ball of fire who doesn't understand why her brother and sisters are bothering to try to fit in among these snooty Brits with all their stupid rules of etiuette Having caused a scene and created a minor scandal at a ball by removing her excruciatingly painful shoes and later pretending to faint exposing her bare feet and ankles gasp she pitches a fit when she feels her own family's disapproval Her aunt's response is to have a servant bring Amelia something to drink that is spiked with laudanum hoping this will calm her eventually make her fall asleep and perhaps be reasonable in the morningIt might have worked too but before she conks out she finds herself drawn outside when she hears a gentleman walking by singing She's not thinking clearly and appears drunk to Alistair Finlay Jones the aforementioned singer who's just a little tipsy himself He's not able to make much sense out of what Amelia tells him before she passes out and he has no idea of her name or where she lives He has only recently returned to England after many years away and has no place appropriate to bring her but they're not far from his flat so he takes her there to sleep it off By the time she awakens the next day Alistair has figured out who she is on his own and has received orders from his uncle to whom he feels he owes a great debt to marry one of the Cavendish girls Now he has the perfect opportunity to distinguish himself from every other fortune hunter lining up for her generous dowry Meanwhile Amelia wants to take full advantage of her escape from her ivory tower and Alistair first watches over her and then bumps into her pretending to believe the fictitious name and story she gives him and accommodating her wishes to see the townI love these characters who are endearingly flawed Amelia is spirited funny fearless irreverent and enthusiastic about living life to the fullest She's also naive selfish and a bit of a spoiled brat Alistair is complex because he's dealing with several issues One has to do with his parentage and his upbringing and the other is a tragedy he feels responsible for which is the reason he's been away from England for so long He feels like a misfit now rather than a gentleman Amelia reminds him of the way he used to be before he learned how serious the conseuences of impulsive actions can be He's also feeling guilty about manipulating her to fall in love with him The reader spends a wonderful day with these two characters as they share simple London tourist experiences while eluding the bobbies and Row Street runners looking for the missing Lady Amelia Not surprisingly Alistair and Amelia are in love before they are discovered and she returns home The romantic scenes are very touching and sweetNaturally her day out creates many repercussions The story progresses with a few twists some predictable than others before bringing the couple together for good at the end The HEA includes credible changes in the attitudes of both the main characters Be warned that contents include premarital sex which is a significant factor in driving the storyThe scenes where the Cavendishes interact always grab me because they sound like a real family James Claire Bridget and Amelia each has a distinct personality and their teasing banter and baiting one another come across as very natural as does their affection for each other Their formidable Aunt Josephine shows warmth here than in the previous bookThe last two books in this series are yet to be published The next one features Claire the eldest sister Based on the excerpt included here it looks like it will be loosely based on PygmalionMy Fair Lady I can't wait

  4. nick nick says:

    255I read Lady Bridget's Diary the first book in this series and a loose PP retelling and was very charmed by Maya Rodale's characters and writing As much as I adored Bridget I was intrigued by the wild and rebellious sister Amelia so I was thrilled to dive into Chasing Lady Amelia Unfortunately this book was off for me and I ended up not liking it as much as I expected toAs an American who grew up around horses and basically no rules Amelia is struggling to fit into English society and she feels like she needs one chance to go wild and do her own thing She leaves her house one night drunk on laudanum and stumbles upon Alistair who takes her back to his own place because he doesn't want to leave a drunk girl on the streets What ensues is a day spent between Amelia and Alistair as they go around London and by the end of the day they've fallen in love I liked that Amelia was so different from your typical historical romance heroine with her wildness independence and ferociousness At the same time though she frustrated me in this book because she deliberately chose not to send words to her family who were worried sick about her well being Still though I liked that she went after what she wanted and wasn't afraid to be differentI liked Alistair a lot though maybe even better than Amelia He's been on uite the adventure and has only now returned home to England because of a summon from his uncle He was a genuinely sweet guy who has been tormented by an accident in his past that cost the life of his best friend I felt for the guy but I did wish his emotions and feelings when it came to his past were explored it came across as uite flimsy to me I was a little wary when he set out on a path to seduce Amelia into marriage because he was being forced by his uncle but he dealt with it with care and I liked watching him fall hopelessly for herBut here's the thing though the romance was so so rushed Amelia and Alistair fall in love after that one day they spend together Listen I'm sure insta love exists in some cases in real life but I just don't like reading about it in my books It's right up there with love triangles for me It pains me because they had so much chemistry and banter together and had the romance been over a couple of weeks or I would have loved this book Also the one and only sexy times scene was kind of a disappointment I wanted so much What I did like were the family dynamics in this book Amelia and her siblings shared a great relationship and I loved the scenes between them teasing each otherOverall Chasing Lady Amelia was a bit of a let down for me and wasn't the book for me I'm really hoping the next book will be stronger

  5. Molly Molly says:

    I wholeheartedly enjoyed the fist book in this series and was looking forward to Chasing Lady Amelia as a fun and light continuation Although the style of Maya Rodale is entertaining and frothy the plot was riddled with silliness and the characters lacked dept and failed to enchant I'll get the next one because I would like to see Clair Darcy Josie and Bridget again but this offering was a little disappointing

  6. Laura Laura says:

    Review posted on Got Fiction?Original Review I know this author's style is modern but I just don't think it always works with her historicals I had such a hard time with this story I liked the idea the plot the hero but I really didn't like Amelia I enjoyed Bridget's book but Amelia was so childish I just couldn't like her I look forward to Clare's hopefully she'll be less childish Full reviewThis is the second book in the Keeping Up With the Cavendishes series and while I liked Lady Bridget's Diary I had a very hard time with this one from the get goThis book runs concurrently with Lady Bridget and that's cool because we get to see what happened when Amelia went missing during Bridget's story But then we find out about her and boy I just didn't like her I take that back if I'd been reading about a teenager maybe I would've liked her But she's not She's an adultSeries premise The Cavendishes' father was brother to the late duke He married a commoner and ran off to America The duke died with no heirs so their brother is next in line The girls and their brother move to London This is a fun series idea full of wild American girls who don't know the rules are crazy wealthy and need to get married to fully secure the dukedom duchy? But this one wasn't fun for meI get where Amelia is coming from We've all had a moment in our lives where we are forced to conform or change in some way It's natural to rebel against the change But you adapt You grow up You move onI feel like with Amelia the whole book I was reading a sullen teenager She acted out She threw tantrums She flaunted the fact that she didn't care about following the rules At no point did I feel as if I were reading about an adultAt first she takes off her shoes at a ball because they pinch her feet Okay fine fairly innocent But it just snowballs from there And I think we're meant to find her funny impulsive and endearing Personally I found her immature reckless and not just impulsive but almost mean Like she was being brash and careless on purpose I know she's headstrong and angry she's had to up and leave her life But I don't know I guess I felt that at some point in the book we should have seen her realize how her actions affected her family And there were several scenes where that looked like it would happen but her behavior stayed the same I liked the hero just fine Unfortunately what I'm sure the author meant as a thirst for adventure in her heroine came off as impulsive and immature to me So I kind of wondered why he liked herI really am looking forward to Lady Claire's book though because I like this author and I like this series I will say that if you can look at Lady Amelia as being impulsive and adventurous rather than immature I think you'll like thisARC courtesy of Avon Books

  7. Caz Caz says:

    I've given this a B at AAR so that's 35 stars rounded upMaya Rodale is one of the authors I turn to when I want brain candy; a well written frothy light hearted read that doesn’t get too bogged down in angst has a fair bit of humour and attractive characters And she certainly delivers all that in Chasing Lady Amelia the second book in her Keeping Up With the Cavendishes series featuring four American siblings who are thrust into the midst of English society when James Cavendish unexpectedly inherits a dukedomJames has three sisters; bespectacled Claire who is something of a bluestocking Bridget whose story is told in the previous book Lady Bridget's Diary and who is very very keen to become a proper English Lady – and Amelia Who isn’t In fact Amelia has no patience whatsoever with the restrictive s of English society or with the eually restrictive clothing she is forced to wear I admit here to heaving a big sigh at the prospect of reading about yet another stereotypically “fresh” American heroine who is so much lively and independent of mind and spirit than her stodgy stuck up English counterpartsFortunately Ms Rodale is a good enough writer to be able to make Amelia a engaging character than she probably sounds from that description but she still displays a degree of immaturity that is annoying rather than endearing Such as when in the middle of a ball she decides her shoes are pinching her feet so much that she must she absolutely MUST take them off right this minute So she does And sticks them in a plant pot But that is just the start of her troubles because the moment she’s divested herself of her shoes she is invited to dance Of course a young lady with no shoes on is nothing short of scandalous so to avoid revealing it she fakes a faint which ends up having a domino effect involving her prospective dance partner a buxom countess a footman and a tray of champagneShortly after this enter our hero one Alastair Finlay Jones despised nephew of and heir to Baron Wrotham Alastair is Anglo Indian something which is mentioned but is never explored and seems to have no real purpose other than to show that like Amelia he can only ever exist on the fringes of good society – and has recently returned to England following an absence of almost six and a half years Summoned by his uncle he is told in no uncertain terms to marry one of the newly arrived American heiresses Alastair who has no other family and longs for his uncle’s approval finds it difficult to say no because of the guilt he still feels over the death of his cousin – so he doesn’t well say noAs luck would have it one of those very heiresses has – almost literally – fallen into Alastair’s lap While wending his way home from an evening at his club the night before he was accosted by a young lady who seemed to be somewhat the worse for wear As she was unable to tell him where she lived Alastair took her to his flat after she passed out and it’s only after he sees the scandal sheets the next morning that he realises who the lady is Things could be worse; she’s pretty she’s young and she’s got a hefty dowry but Alastair knows a man of little fortune or reputation such as he isn’t going to stand a chance with her once he is just one of a crowd of men seeking her hand But if he doesn’t let on that he knows who she is maybe he will have the chance to gain the advantage; if they can spend some time together then when she meets him again in a ballroom she will recognise him and hopefully they will have some happy shared memories that will single him out from everyone elseThe first half of the story takes place over roughly a twelve hour period as Amelia and Alastair embark on a once in a lifetime day out which reminded me somewhat of the plot of Roman Holiday even down to the scandalous hair cut in which Audrey Hepburn’s princess spends a day out of time with handsome reporter Gregory Peck Ms Rodale writes the evolving relationship between her protagonists very convincingly so that in spite of the short time frame the romance doesn’t feel rushed although I did have to give a sideways glance to the fact that things turn physical shortly before they part I know Amelia is supposed to be free spirited and reckless but one would have thought given her brother is a horse breeder and she’s grown up around animals she’s have given a thought to possible conseuencesAnyway following that magical day things start to fall apart Realising that Alastair had known who she was all along Amelia feels hurt and betrayed and wants nothing to do with him Thus it’s down to our hero to do a bit of grovelling and to prove to Amelia that in spite of the lie he’s true of heart and that he has no intention of compromising her into marriage And then his brain thinks dumb things in a last minute attempt to inject some unnecessary angst and I could have smacked himApart from that Alastair is the best thing about the book He’s funny charming and self deprecating; his guilt at having caused his cousin’s death which he didn’t really is perhaps rather overdone though and his last minute volte face really is a switch too far He’s said to be a reprobate although I saw nothing in him that one doesn’t find in all of the young gentleman heroes in historical romances; he’s not averse to the odd wager or card game likes women and enjoys a drink with his mates – all things which usually earn back slaps not censureAmelia becomes likeable as the book progresses but although I did understand her desire to get out from under the weight of expectation she never really rises above your stock in trade rebellious heroine Perhaps “it’s not you it’s me”; she’s not an unattractive character but she never really took on a life of her own in my imagination and wasn’t someone I found myself wanting to know about or spend time withChasing Lady Amelia is as I said at the outset exactly the sort of book I expect from this author and it’s the type of thing she does very very well I’m sure it will prove too insubstantial for some tastes and there’s no doubt that she once again plays fast and loose with historical accuracy and social convention; but fans of hers are sure to enjoy it and it’s certainly worth consideration by anyone who is in the mood for an angst free mostly piece of well written fluff

  8. Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder says:

    Note to self This is an American heiress HR a trope I passionately hate Also MC takes her shoes off at a ball and sticks her feet in a plant pot see Caz's reviewBk 1 heroine is overweightAvoid this author period Not for me

  9. laurooou laurooou says:

    Oh man That book was soooo promising But I just couldn't get attached to the characters Stopped reading at 13 of the book The main male lead is just too deceiving Also his behaviour is not realistic with that of a gentleman in Regency England I mean even rakes show some sort of regard to Society rules and how you're supposed to behave with a lady I don't believe for one second that he could have gotten away with having her spend the night at his place even though she had fainted and then spend the day with her unchaperoned Just not buying the story

  10. Missy Missy says:

    This book manages to be anachronistic than its predecessor Lady Bridget's Diary and is one of the reasons why I did not enjoy this book I was busy checking off a list of things that could or couldn't have occurred during the regency era to focus on much elseWord UsageTelling one's sibling to shut up did they use that word back then?Describing a debutante as popular does the author mean comparable however you spell that word? Well I'll be damnedProper EtiuetteA dowager duchess schooling her nieces in proper etiuette throwing her hands in the air in frustration I doubt itA valet being informal and sarcastic to his employer no matter how long he's served the hero hmmThe other reason I didn't enjoy the book the heroine Amelia age 22 is too childish for me Maya Rodale probably wanted to portray Amelia as an independent woman who refused to conform to English society's expectations of her but all I saw was a whiny self centered adult who did not even send home a note to let her worried family know that she was all right I don't like that she keeps reading her older sister Bridget's diary an invasion of privacy I have younger sisters so yeah and why doesn't Bridget do anything to prevent her from reading it in the future? How is it possible that she is out and about town with our hero Alistair without a chaperone and no one but two or three servants takes notice? view spoilerShe practically grants Alistair permission to make love to her after being with him for ONE day “You know I’ve been on my feet all day” She gave a coy smile a very pointed glance and said “I might like to lie down” Alistair who's been trying to hold back gives in and takes her virginity not that great of a love scene btw and there was no pain and no blood from breaking her hymen hide spoiler

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