My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
by Kitty Curran
E-ARC, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Quirk Books
The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after
You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.
I’m a huge sucker of historical fiction books, mainly because of the setting, but I can’t deny that the allure of historical romance often make the story more interesting. From the banter between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, the life in hiding a la Claire and Jaime, or the one full of anger and angst like Heathcliff and Cathy. So when I found out that there will be an interactive book that allows you to choose your own love interest as you go, I was like “GIVE ME”. It is such a fun idea and I am intrigued on how the author will execute the idea.
- It was really fun! The writing is really lively and sassy, from the first page you meet your character, you know that there will be some crazy shenanigans happening down the road
- The dialogue and situation are presented one at a time, so it’s not overwhelming and we get to think our decision before choosing
- The decisions are not set in stone, meaning that sometimes along the way, your choice might lead you to different person/situation outside what you wanted. There are also choices that give you the exact same outcome with the others.
- There are more than 4 love interest! I was kinda expected this, but some of the non-major love interest really pleases me and honestly, I would choose them over the major ones.
- I think it was meant to be fun and hilarious, but at times it can feel vulgar. I feel like an old lady saying that, but it’s how I feel. All our character do is banging the love interest, and feel desire to do so when she set ther sight for the first time to the love interest. And really, all our character do is banging the love interest, whether they are good, bad, even unpredictable.
- Some ending for Lord Craven’s story are just ridiculous. Just no.
- I wish the author was more creative in picking the love interest, as it’s pretty obvious who they are based on. A super rich but arrogant lord hosting a ball and reject you? Complete with an even more evil bastard brother and need-to-be protected little sister? A certain scottish veteran calling you sassenach? A little-crazy lord living in a secluded mansion and hire you as his governess? It takes away some of the fun as the plot for each of them are similar with their inspiration, so it can be a bit predictable.
- I read this book through e-arc and while I am grateful for the opportunity, I felt like the format took away some of the fun of this book. It’s really hard to keep track of different choices as I only able to tap my screen instead of bookmark it for later or something.
Overall? It has a unique premise that executed really well and truly delivered on its fun front. However, it can feel vulgar at times and the plot can be predictable due to the obvious source of inspiration. If you’re looking for a good time, this book is for you, but if you want a liiiitle more substance like me, this book might leave you on the fence.