Duels and Deceptions by Cindy Anstey (ARC Review)

17663365_778677032299489_5117153860430856192_nDuels and Deceptions by Cindy Anstey

Release Date: April 11, 2017 (tomorrow!)

DNF @ …another mystery percentage. Why do I keep doing this to myself? Isn’t it easy to note a percentage?? Get it together, me.

*an e-ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley – thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy!*

After reading Love, Lies, and Spies last year, I was eager to get my hands on Duels and Deceptions. I had a feeling it would bring me as much fun as I had in that first book, which had one of the best opening scenes ever. It was so witty and poking fun at regency romance books, and it will live in Book Princess history. However, I seemed to forget I kind of had some issues with that one, and they were the downfall for me for this one. And oh, hey, look. An actual short review for me!

Once Upon a Time…

Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

I liked the premise of this book, but the biggest issue for me is that I felt nothing for it. I honestly just felt like I was reading words on a page – you’re now sitting there going, well, Mandy, that IS what you do when you read. But it didn’t capture me. I didn’t feel pulled into the world. I didn’t feel excited. Literally, I would read the words, flip the page, and repeat.

You are showing up too much, Snow. I don’t appreciate it.

And I also got confused by the beginning. Like, why was her uncle splashing her on the side of the road with his carriage? It seemed like evil-twirling-mustache-man-while-I’m-tying-people-to-the-railroad-tracks. I don’t know. I just wasn’t feeling this book, and I couldn’t force myself to get into it. I think it had a lot of potential, but I just couldn’t get excited.


No crowns because it’s a DNF and a Snow White rating!

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What do you think? Do you ever just feel meh about a book? Not feel anything at all? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

22 thoughts on “Duels and Deceptions by Cindy Anstey (ARC Review)

    1. Just finished Frogkisser, and it was REALLY cute. Has a very Princess Bride kind of feeling to it. My only real issue is that it had a very slow feeling to it. Like, I loved it while I read it, but when I set it down, it took a little while to come back to it.
      And yes! I’m planning on starting it this evening. 😀 I wanted to get Frogkisser out of the way, and then start on this interesting book. XD


    1. I know. I would still recommend check out her first one, though. It was so easy to get into that one and I literally finished it within a few hours. This one I just couldn’t get drawn into. But thank you. I try. It’s super hard to write them sometimes because while it didn’t connect with me, it totally could have just been my pickiness (which it usually is) shining through XD I’m glad you think that, though, since I get worried sometimes.

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      1. I do want to read the first one. We’ll see about this one. Not at all. You did great. I think it’s important to balance honesty with being respectful of the authors, and you did great!

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  1. Another DNF oh no…..well hopefully other books will grasp that royal attention of yours 😉 I’ve been wanting to read Love Lies and Spies, I believe you liked that one, correct?! Fabulous SHORT review! 😉

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    1. I know. It’s apparently pretty hard?? D: It’s not good, Rendz. And I finished a book though, today so no more DNF’s for me hopefully for a while. And yes!! I did enjoy that one quite a bit. The only part was amazingggg. And thankies. I tried for once.

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  2. I’ve been reading this book for almost 2 weeks and you’ve captured my exact feelings! I’m around page 130-something and I feel nothing for the book. I’m so bored but I feel bad if I don’t finish it because I really enjoyed her first book. 😦
    But today is the publication date and I am nowhere near finishing it whoops 😀
    Great review

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    1. Okay, I’m so glad that I wasn’t’ the only one. I’m not sure what the problem was because it had a great setup. And her first book was really good! Sorry you weren’t feeling it either. 😦 And I totally know what you mean – you definitely feel like you have to finish it at that point. I wish you luck D: But thank you!

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  3. Oh, that’s too bad… Why do sequels have to do this to us?? It makes me so mad >.>
    And it seems your DNF streak continues! We need to do something about that… Ugh.
    I really enjoyed reading your post, nonetheless! It’s interesting to read less positive reviews as well 🙂

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    1. I know! You would think it would just keep getting better but noooooooooo.
      And ik. I have one more, too, and I’m like, omigosh, Mandy, get it together. You’re a little DNFer now when you used to be so good. XD
      But thank you! It is sometimes. Sometimes I pick up items that I hadn’t realized.

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      1. Well, there’s no time to be wasted on bad books! So if you don’t enjoy them, might as well move on to better ones. Life’s too short for that XD
        So yeah. Good luck and I hope you get to find one that you can fangirl about soon! ^^

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      2. Yes! I’m slowly learning that. XD
        Thank you! I managed to get back in sync with the last one I read and I know I’m going to love already the next two books I’m going to read so hopefully the streak is done! :O


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