Series Review: The Lyndon Sisters by Julia Quinn

Series Review: The Lyndon Sisters by Julia QuinnEverything and the Moon by Julia Quinn
Series: The Lyndon Sisters #1
Published by Avon on August 26, 2003
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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two-half-stars

Seven years ago she broke his heart...

When Robert Kemble stumbles across Victoria Lyndon in hedgerow maze, he can't believe his eyes. The girl who'd torn him in two, who let him plan on elopement and then left him standing by the side of the road, was suddenly within arm's reach, and even though his fury still knew no bounds, she was impossible to resist...

Seven years ago he left her all but ruined...

Victoria's father had told her an earl would never marry a vicar's daughter, and he was right. Robert had promised her marriage, then danced off to London while she suffered the shame of a foiled elopement. But even though Victoria doesn't particularly enjoy her new life as a governess, when Robert offers her a job of a different sort—his mistress—she refuses, unable to sacrifice her honor, even for him.

But Robert won't take no for an answer, and he vows to make her his, through any means possible. Can these star-crossed lovers learn to trust again? And is love really sweeter the second time around?

Julia Quinn’s backlist continues to be pretty good overall, though admittedly Everything and the Moon isn’t a high point. There are some good moments, but the ship in this one is plagued by some annoying stereotypical romance tropes.

Robert and Victoria fell in love when they were young, and they were going to elope because they loved each more than they cared about their fathers’ disapproval. However, Victoria’s dad TIES HER UP, so that she can’t meet Robert for their elopement. He comes by and sees her in bed, and he thinks she just wanted his money (his dad threatened to cut him off, and he’d passed that on), and he leaves town. When Victoria goes to Robert’s dad, he tells her that Robert only ever wanted a bit of fun. This pile of shit is where the story starts, and it’s a big part of what made this one not so great.

Everything and the Moon also suffers from alpha hero syndrome. Of course, Robert went off and became a notorious rake. When he meets Victoria again (she’s working as a governess to a woman whose estate he’s visiting), he wants to punish her and it’s just yuck. They don’t communicate for such a long time, and it’s frustrating and stupid. I will say that once they do talk and the macho bullshit mostly cuts out, they have a decent dynamic, but there’s too much melodrama and toxicity in the first half for me to be overly positive about this one. The high point is when Robert finds her again working at a dress shop, and this whole group of people comes together to snark Robert and defend Victoria; they end up being shippers, and the whole thing is adorbs in classic Quinn style.

As usual, it was a quick read, but I definitely made some cringey faces as I read. Quinn’s hyper masculine heroes never really do much for me. If you were a big fan of The Viscount Who Loved Me, this might work a bit better for you. Or if you like the past lovers reconciled trope, which I don’t especially.

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Series Review: The Lyndon Sisters by Julia QuinnBrighter Than the Sun by Julia Quinn
Series: The Lyndon Sisters
Published by Avon on July 27, 2004
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

When Charles Wycombe, the dashing and incorrigible Earl of Billington, toppled out of a tree and landed at Ellie's feet, neither suspected that such an inauspicious meeting would lead to marriage. But Charles must find a bride before his thirtieth birthday or he'll lose his fortune. And Ellie needs a husband or her father's odious fiancée will choose one for her. And so they agree to wed, even though their match appears to have been made somewhere hotter than heaven ...

Ellie never dreamed she'd marry a stranger, especially one with such a devastating combination of rakish charm and debonair wit. She tries to keep him at arm's length, at least until she discovers the man beneath the handsome surface. But Charles can be quite persuasive -- even tender -- when he puts his mind to it, and Ellie finds herself slipping under his seductive spell. And as one kiss leads to another, this unlikely pair discovers that their marriage is not so inconvenient after all ... and just might lead to love.

Brighter on the Sun, however, makes this duology very much worth reading. Though not as good as her later stuff, the ship is totes adorbs.

Charles literally falls out of a tree and onto Ellie. He immediately proposes marriage. It’s not what you think, though. I mean, yes, she’s very attractive to him, but mostly he needs to marry really really soon to keep his inheritance. Ellie thinks he’s crazy at first, but, with her dad’s impending marriage to a stepmonster on the horizon, she takes him up on it. Gillian and I have talked about how the marriage at the start romances don’t tend to work very well, but this one is supah cute!

Ellie and Charles are endlessly adorable. They banter constantly, and they don’t have the typical dynamic. Charles keeps getting injured, and she’s generally the one doing the saving. Most of the book is super funny. The only downside to Brighter Than the Sun is the absurd and dark ending. Like, that really wasn’t necessary tbh. But whatever the cutes! Oh, also there are cute moppets, which I know I’m not into moppets as a general rule, but I love how Ellie won over absolutely everyone. With Quinn, it’s all about the relationship dynamics between EVERYONE, and Brighter Than the Sun brings many sorts of feels.

Earlier Julia Quinn went with the either first or last act melodrama way too often, but, if you can ignore an intense mood change for a couple of chapters at the end, this book is fluffy adorableness.

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