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Bombshell: A Hell's Belles Novel av Sarah…
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Bombshell: A Hell's Belles Novel (utgåvan 2021)

av Sarah MacLean (Författare)

Serier: Hell's Belles (1)

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Titel:Bombshell: A Hell's Belles Novel
Författare:Sarah MacLean (Författare)
Info:Avon (2021), 384 pages
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I really loved this book, loved Sesily, adored Caleb. I am not one to nitpick historical accuracy in my romance, this is not where I come to learn, but certain anachronisms are problematic even for me. When there was a riff on the Casablanca "of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." quote that was a bridge too far. Also, Sesily's scandalous nickname was "Sexily." The use of "sexy" or "sexily" as a descriptor, and the use of "sex" to describe things other than the procreative method dates back to the 1920's, well after the events of the book. It got to the point I was waiting for someone to whip out an Iphone. Also, I find that romance writers often find a word they love and it is used over and over and it makes me nuts. A recent read had the work "rakehell" on nearly every page. This book the problem word was "lush" I like the word lush, its sensual and evocative, but FFS there were many paragraphs where it was used two or three times, I can't imagine what the count was for the book as a whole. Every time they kissed my mind screamed "don't say lush!" and almost every time my hopes were disappointed.

One additional note, there are some comments in the review section that seem to indicate that people think there were no women of the era that fought against the patriarchy. That is incorrect. They need to do some reading, They can begin with "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" and and proceed from there. Many, possibly most, of the women fighting the good fight were aristocratic or at least people of means because they could get away with it more readily than commoners and the poor. That does not mean that bucking the patriarchy came without personal cost, just that those women were there and we owe them gratitude, and recognition, and I think Sarah MacLean has shown her gratitude here.

All in all, I know this just came out but I cannot wait for the next book in the series. ( )
  Narshkite | Sep 23, 2021 |
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own.
Bombshell by Sarah MacLean is the first book in her exciting new series Hell’s Belles.
While this is the first book in the series, characters from other series appear in this book.
Lady Sessily Talbot is one of the Soiled S’s, five daughters of the newly minted Earl of Wight. She’s thirty years old, the second oldest and the only one of the dangerous daughters who is unmarried. Bored with society’s expectations, Sessily has joined a group of women who are seeking to make a difference in the world they live in one small step at a time. Caleb Calhoun is a business partner with Sessily’s sister and has several businesses in Boston, where he is based. There is a powerful attraction between them, but Caleb has done his best to avoid Sessily as he has dangerous secrets that he believes prevent him from having a relationship with her. I loved Sessily and her girl gang; they are smart, brave, loyal to each other willing to risk all. I also thought Caleb was the perfect match for Sessily. He’s not an aristocrat, his fortune is self-made, and he understands and admires Sessily even if she does drive his protective instincts crazy. This was a fun book to read, the perfect balance of humour, angst and steam. I can’t wait to read the further adventures of the Hell’s Belles as I enjoyed this one so much. Steam Level: Medium. Publishing Date: August 24, 2021. #Bombshell #SarahMacLean #HellsBellesSeries #HistoricalRomance #SecondChanceAtLove #HistoricalRomanceReader #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #RomanceReader #Bookstagramer #Bookstagram ( )
  nmgski | Aug 22, 2021 |
I almost passed on this book because the advertising said it was “unapologetically feminist” and from other books I’ve read with that same advertising, I expected to find a shrewish, man-hating, overbearing, unlikable female lead along with a weak, milquetoast, doormat of a male lead. I am so glad that wasn’t what I found. Sesily Talbot is strong, independent, intelligent, has a totally wicked sense of humor, is very caring, and has a devil-may-care attitude that people either abhor or admire. While she chafes at Caleb’s protectiveness, she doesn’t belittle him, she understands where he is coming from and then quietly teaches him to trust her abilities. They are both much better people in the end because of that exchange of values, ideas, and abilities.

I understand both lead characters and many of the supporting characters have been introduced in other books, but I haven’t read any of those. That said, I don’t feel as if that was much of a problem when reading this book since it gives plenty of background and mentions the most pertinent facts that we’d need to know. I also loved that the author’s notes included information on the real-life group on which the Hell’s Belle’s were based.

Lady Sesily Talbot is a walking scandal and has been for her entire life. Her entire family has set the ton on edge since her father won his title from the Prince Regent – in a card game no less. Sesily and her sisters have a couple of collective sobriquets associated with them – one of them is the Soiled S’s (all five of the sister’s names begin with S). Sesily is also referred to as Sexily when they don’t think she is listening.

Two years earlier, Sesily was approached to join a ‘team’ whose mission was to protect those who couldn’t protect themselves from those with more power. Their network is wide-ranging in both rank and gender. That invitation came at just the right time for Sesily because she was growing bored and restless with what life had to offer and the group, Hell’s Belle’s, gave her a purpose. Sesily, along with new friends Miss Adelaide Frampton, Lady Imogen Loveless, and their leader, the Duchess of Trevescan work tirelessly to right the wrongs of society. Think A-Team in silk skirts.

Caleb Calhoun, a 35-year-old American, is the only man who has ever been able to withstand the charms of Sesily Talbot. Granted, he had to leave England and put an ocean between them before he could do it, and even then, the pull was constantly there. Caleb has to resist Sesily because he has secrets – deep, dark secrets – that won’t allow him to have a home and family – or anyone he cares about. His caring will put them in grave danger.

The book begins with Caleb trying his darndest to protect Sesily – and it goes that way through most of the book. Sesily repeatedly shows him she is strong, smart, and can defend herself. His respect for her abilities constantly grows and he cannot continue to fight the attraction. When his enemy makes a discovery of his secret, it puts Sesily in grave danger. Caleb intends to protect Sesily at all costs – even his own life – but Sesily and her crew have other plans. They’ll save Caleb despite himself.

This book was witty, entertaining, filled with lively banter, and had a wonderfully supportive cast of secondary characters. Those supporting characters will be getting their own books in the series as well. I rated the book a bit lower because the book seemed to slow down in the middle. That was probably to do with quite a bit of angsty internal monologue with the characters, but it did drag and I didn’t have any trouble putting the book down for a while before picking it up again. That said, I can definitely recommend this highly entertaining book if you don’t mind a much more modern take on things.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
  BarbaraRogers | Aug 10, 2021 |
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