Captain Xavier Grey s body is back amongst the Beau Monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war His friends try to help him find peace He knows he doesn t deserve it Just like he doesn t deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bedSpinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot blooded man Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress She could quote classical Greek by the age of four How hard can it be to learn the language of love


10 thoughts on “The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress

  1. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    3.5 stars I ve been very pleased with Erica Ridley s books, most of which I ve picked up for free or nearly nothing, making them amazing deals This book was another pleasant surprise for me I want to talk about the audio, which I have very mixed feelings about To start, I think that Stevie Zimmerman has a great narrating voice and style, and does a surprisingly competent male voice, despite her very high register What I had a HUGE issue with was the recording quality To be frank, it sounds 3.5 stars I ve been very pleased with Erica Ridley s books, most of which I ve picked up for free or nearly nothing, making them amazing deals This book was another pleasant surprise for me I want to talk about the audio, which I have very mixed feelings about To start, I think that Stevie Zimmerman has a great narrating voice and style, and does a surprisingly competent male voice, despite her very high register What I had a HUGE issue with was the recording quality To be frank, it sounds like Stevie Zimmerman recorded this in her bathroom The quality was pretty bad at parts, sounding either tinny or scratchy and unclear, and coming from listening to a professional recording to this was jarring The story was fun and easy It isn t as complex as some other historical romances that I ve read and loved, but it was entertaining without feeling frivolous or silly It kept Erica Ridley on my list of author to watch, and I ll keep buying her books in the future


  2. Wollstonecrafthomegirl Wollstonecrafthomegirl says:

    Two stars is harsh, but, I think, necessary This was a quick read, so there s that But, but, but the writing was juvenile and frequently anachronistic I m not a geek about that stuff usually, but the book does have to absorb me for the anachronisms not to stick out like screams on the page, this one didn t The story was frustrating Lots of time talking about sex and the possibility of seduction without any real sex or seduction I liberally skimmed the last quarter I didn t feel any real Two stars is harsh, but, I think, necessary This was a quick read, so there s that But, but, but the writing was juvenile and frequently anachronistic I m not a geek about that stuff usually, but the book does have to absorb me for the anachronisms not to stick out like screams on the page, this one didn t The story was frustrating Lots of time talking about sex and the possibility of seduction without any real sex or seduction I liberally skimmed the last quarter I didn t feel any real chemistry between the h h I liked the heroine theI read but the characterisation generally wasn t strong I think there s a glimmer of a good book here but the writing let it down, seriously so Sex was not hot, pedestrian, no dirty talk I won t be running out to buy anyRidley s any time soon


  3. Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms says:

    This review was originally posted on un Conventional Bookviews The Captain s Bluestocking Mistress was a fun read, where the heroine used everything she could to try to seduce the good captain who would do anything in his power not to ruin her Story I don t even know where to start I loved how Jane knew what she wanted, and that she did what she could to get it At the perils of her being eligible for marriage, even The Captain s Bluestocking Mistress brought both romance and humor, an This review was originally posted on un Conventional Bookviews The Captain s Bluestocking Mistress was a fun read, where the heroine used everything she could to try to seduce the good captain who would do anything in his power not to ruin her Story I don t even know where to start I loved how Jane knew what she wanted, and that she did what she could to get it At the perils of her being eligible for marriage, even The Captain s Bluestocking Mistress brought both romance and humor, and a very unconventional heroine I loved to get to know And I can t forget that darned cat, who both made thingsdifficult for Jane, and at times somehow better.Ridley s Dukes of War series is so good, the heroines are not the ton s usual ladies, standing demurely in the shadows, they take charge of situations, and that makes them loveable Broken heroes who can be put back together and become stronger are the best, and Xavier definitely fit that bill Characters Jane, the younger sister of a man whom the ton liked, has set her eyes on the man she wants to marry And she will not back down for anything.Xavier felt like he had nothingto offer after he came back from the war He had seen too much Done too much And came back alive, while not all of his friends did He was sure he didn t deserve anything good, but Jane did her best to convince him otherwise.Side characters from prior books, and hopefully one who will be featured in a future book Writing style The Captain s Bluestocking Mistress is written in third person, past tense, with an external narrator who knows most of what is going on The dialogues where hilarious Feels Uplifted That s my main feel for this one.Even with all this snow and the serpentine trail of coaches, she and her companions would have plenty of time to mingle by the refreshments before taking their seats.mJane slumped against the squab Mingling was horrid He must resume his scheme of converting her image of him into one of a mere acquaintance It had to work One did not seduce one s acquaintances.Lord save him He moaned into his hands Things had somehow got even worse his mission hadn t failed after all Instead, he had accidentally become the friend to which she shared all erotic secrets Platonic was worse than lovers Platonic was hell


  4. Tanya Sridhar Tanya Sridhar says:

    2.5 5 stars I can t really articulate how I feel about this book First things first, that cover is just atrocious The heroine is supposed to be a plump, bluestocking wallflower how does the cover match Anyway, terrible cover aside, the book is ok Nothing great, nothing bad either Just average The plot, thin at best, is around Jane who wants to feel passion in her mostly ignored existence She s had a desire for our Hero, the recently returned war hero Xavier He s basically every mil 2.5 5 stars I can t really articulate how I feel about this book First things first, that cover is just atrocious The heroine is supposed to be a plump, bluestocking wallflower how does the cover match Anyway, terrible cover aside, the book is ok Nothing great, nothing bad either Just average The plot, thin at best, is around Jane who wants to feel passion in her mostly ignored existence She s had a desire for our Hero, the recently returned war hero Xavier He s basically every military hero from every romance book ever She decides to go his secluded cottage somewhere somwhere to offer herself as a mistress Okay Sure I feel like if the writing was better, if the plot a littlefleshed out withinteractions between them before this decision of hers I d understand I feel like this is a trope I could see Elizabeth Hoyt writing beautifully But then again, what isn t Anyways, he refuses her because propriety, her virtue, ruin, man pain, yada yada Eventually of course, they get to the horizontal hula But this was my main issue, the entire book is placed around a burning desire to feel passion like the books she reads, and the naught erotic drawings she fantasizes about But the ultimate conclusion was just bland I think that s what was missing in this book It s perhapssuited to be a short erotica, that of course eventually ends in HEA but the writing didn t suit it


  5. Laura Laura says:

    I just wanted to say, this is the first book in by this author I have every read the review for this book will not be compared to the rest of the series because I have had no exposure to the other books It fully works as a standalone There are some regency books that use modern speech where the only hint of time is the imagery and rules of society That is so not the case with this novel And the characters right from the beginning, Jane s character pulled me in She enjoyed theater and mu I just wanted to say, this is the first book in by this author I have every read the review for this book will not be compared to the rest of the series because I have had no exposure to the other books It fully works as a standalone There are some regency books that use modern speech where the only hint of time is the imagery and rules of society That is so not the case with this novel And the characters right from the beginning, Jane s character pulled me in She enjoyed theater and music so much like it was made only for her but had her own reasons for disliking being out in society Her brilliance was apparent right from the start right until the moment she threw herself at the Captain In someways it seemed like Jane had two personalities the brilliant recluse and a smitten girl prior to her first season I was in shock how she declared her intentions so suddenly but in the next breath, the confession of her proposal actually proved to be well thought out Xavier noticed it too Jane does that a lot Pulling out something brilliant or real after acting like a foolish girl or attempting seduction It really is an interesting weird dynamic that works After a while you realize she s really just being herself I enjoyed how the novel unfolded even though the big picture was utterly predictable, between the milestones weren t I particularly liked the end the grand gesture was out of character for Xavier but it worked I would have liked to see it stretched out a bitI would have liked to see her brother and friends reaction to the grand gesture which really came out of nowhere please tell me the next book is Issac s story and the beginning starts with this I would have used a different word for plump I have a hard time visualizing anyone describing themselves as plump I thought the dialogue about reading The Odyssey in the library was really creative another favorite moment And that cat that devil of a cat Egui This cat had so much personality and the name as you will see, perfect Finally, the most haunting lines and the catalyst for the change in the story I don t judge you for what you did before Her chest ached as she looked at him I judge you for what you re doing now His eyes darkened What, pray tell, am I doing now Absolutely nothing She stepped out into the cold Like you always do Oh how he proves her wrong if you re like me, you ll love this novel


  6. Trish R. Trish R. says:

    Not another one..Good grief We re back to me being shallow Sorry On the cover there s a pretty girl in a peachy orange gown that s looking pretty thin to me, BUT she s plump and Ms Ridley doesn t let you forget it She feels the need to beat you over the head with it How many times have I said I read to get out of the real world I don t want to read about heroines who are too big, too plain, too much red hair like a Brillo pad, especially when she looks like that and the hero is drop dead g Not another one..Good grief We re back to me being shallow Sorry On the cover there s a pretty girl in a peachy orange gown that s looking pretty thin to me, BUT she s plump and Ms Ridley doesn t let you forget it She feels the need to beat you over the head with it How many times have I said I read to get out of the real world I don t want to read about heroines who are too big, too plain, too much red hair like a Brillo pad, especially when she looks like that and the hero is drop dead gorgeous Here are examples On page 14 quite pretty for a plump girl Page 14 did nothing to hide her plumpness Page 41 is it because I m plump Page 44 I m plump Page 44 If she was plump Page 47 any other explanation beyond her plump frame, and on and on it went.I really was looking forward to Xavier Grey s book but I ve reached 35% and I can t finish Sigh shallow, shallow, shallow I know I m not the only one who feels this way, but I am the one who will expound on it.Again and again Another author I will not be reading any I can t read books where the heroine is just like me, unattractive and fat WTH kind of book is that anyway I don t want to be dragged into the real world when I read If the book cover had matched Grace s description I would never bought this book I hate being tricked As to the narrator Always a real pleasure to listen to Stevie Zimmerman lately Great voices and terrific emotional reading


  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    This was surprisinglyenjoyable than the horrible cover would suggest And let s talk about this cover the heroine is a plump, plain spinster She is so unremarkable that people forget her name the second they are introduced to her, so easily overlooked that no one even notices crazy antics like zombie walks in the middle of a crowded ballroom, so invisible that even the most shocking comments she can come up with go by unnoticed Yep, that cover is dead on But horrible cover aside, thi This was surprisinglyenjoyable than the horrible cover would suggest And let s talk about this cover the heroine is a plump, plain spinster She is so unremarkable that people forget her name the second they are introduced to her, so easily overlooked that no one even notices crazy antics like zombie walks in the middle of a crowded ballroom, so invisible that even the most shocking comments she can come up with go by unnoticed Yep, that cover is dead on But horrible cover aside, this book ended up surprising me In the beginning, the heroine decides she has enough of being overlooked and shows up at the doorstep of the man she s been crushing on for a while to ask him to show her what the big deal about passion was Just a little affair, nothing , she just wants to be seen and desired And who can blame her The only thing that bothered me was her romanticized notion of him As a Captain she imagines a dashing hero, a worthy soldier, someone who sacrificed his life to save others For someone who has Antigone memorized in both Greek and the English translation, you d think she would be a littlerealistic, but never mind Once they start getting to know each other, I ended up enjoying the story, even if it was a bit too short for me to buy that they d fall in love that fast less than a week


  8. Alison Alison says:

    Hmm, I was really enjoying this until pretty much the final scene, at which point I was all, WTF Unnecessary theatricality.Jane Dowling is a bluestocking intellectual , totally overlooked by society, so much so that people constantly forget that they have met her before She has even tried making outrageous comments in the hope of people remembering her to no avail She has a crush on Captain Xavier Grey the catatonic one from the previous book and decides that since she is unlikely to ev Hmm, I was really enjoying this until pretty much the final scene, at which point I was all, WTF Unnecessary theatricality.Jane Dowling is a bluestocking intellectual , totally overlooked by society, so much so that people constantly forget that they have met her before She has even tried making outrageous comments in the hope of people remembering her to no avail She has a crush on Captain Xavier Grey the catatonic one from the previous book and decides that since she is unlikely to ever marry she will instead experience sex in a different way When her brother goes away on business Jane decides she will travel to Xavier s cottage in Essex and ask him if she can be his mistress.Xavier is horrified by what he did during the war and feels unfit for polite society, at first he resists Jane but she wears him down with her humour and intelligence Trapped together by a snowstorm they must spend several days together alone.I really enjoyed this, the intellectual yet naive woman deciding she must know what is so special about love making and determining that the only way to achieve that is by propositioning a man The days that Jane and Xavier spend alone in the cottage are delightful and I would totally fall for him too.If it hadn t been for the ridiculously OTT ending it would have been a four star review


  9. Dixie Conley Dixie Conley says:

    The best of the series so far I particularly liked the disease of Janenesia and wished there had beenscenes with Jane saying outrageous things only for them to go ignored I also would have liked to hear about her coming out and why it was nothing, and to see her brother s reaction to her suitor.However, I very much liked the story that we did get Jane has been on the shelf her entire life Everyone who meets her has to be reintroduced each time, as they consistently forget her Jane h The best of the series so far I particularly liked the disease of Janenesia and wished there had beenscenes with Jane saying outrageous things only for them to go ignored I also would have liked to hear about her coming out and why it was nothing, and to see her brother s reaction to her suitor.However, I very much liked the story that we did get Jane has been on the shelf her entire life Everyone who meets her has to be reintroduced each time, as they consistently forget her Jane has given up on love, but not on physicality, and decides to become a demimondaine, or high class courtesan And she s starting with Xavier Grey, the man who came back from the war in catatonia I would have liked her to bring him out of it, but the way it played out, with her persistently chasing him until he gave in was quite amusing The demon cat only added to the hilarity It wasof a light farce, up until the end of their affair, which drew seriousness back into things.A good read.I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


  10. Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew says:

    2.5 stars rounded upErica Ridley is surprisingly hit miss I had greatly enjoyed