August’s TBR Challenge theme is “Impulse Read” (an impulse buy book) so I turned to my Kindle app, aka “Where Impulse Buys Go to Die.” Not because they’re bad–I found some pleasant surprises browsing my relatively small Kindle library. But I’ve learned I don’t really like reading on my phone or iPad, so my Kindle buys are all Kindle-only sale books I bought on impulse and then forgot about. (I know I can convert them to ePub, but I’m lazy). I wanted something fun, so I chose Cupid’s Mistake, a not-quite-traditional Regency by Karen Harbaugh.
In her Author’s Note, Harbaugh explains that her approach to the Regency subgenre was inspired by Heyer, who wrote both more serious and lighter books, incorporating elements from other genres like mystery. Harbaugh’s more “serious” books included paranormal elements (her Vampire Viscount really is one) and readers complained they weren’t “real” Regencies. So she decided
“I’ll find every single cliché I’ve ever read in a Regency romance and stuff them all in the next book I write. That’ll show them!”
Except a fantasy element still snuck in.
As a result, here is my comedy of manners that contains a bluestocking spinster, cynical nobleman, meddling sister, and matchmaking mama, all of whom are involved in one misunderstanding or other. Oh, and yes, there’s a Greek god in there too.
The result is a fluffy, funny, featherweight confection, from which Cupid, I suspect, will prove the most memorable character. Continue reading