Whom Shall I Kiss…An Earl, A Marquess, or a Duke? By Laura Barnes is a historical romance story. The flow of the story is a nice and steady pace. Barnes puts a lot of effort into making the story match the time period she is writing about. The characters are so descriptive that you feel like you are in the same era as they are. The story is about Sidney Hartridge and her theory. She wants to kiss these three men and find out which one would protect her honor. Things didn’t go as planned. What happens to the theory? What happens to her honor? What would you do if your father agrees to suiter that is apart of your theory test subjects?
Whom Shall I kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke?
By Laura A. Barnes
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This was such a cute book! The story could have gone on a little longer for me so that the characters could have more development, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Sidney is such an awesome character. I love how she is doing research on men to discover how they act and react to different situations involving a woman they are pursuing. The fact that she is doing this in the time period she lives in, where women are supposed to just stay home and keep their husbands happy, makes her that much more an amazing woman.
At first I was conflicted on who I wanted her to be with but the more and more I saw her interactions with Wilde, the more I wanted her to choose him and fall in love. Wilde as well as Sheffield are both horrible men, but you can see the change in Wilde. Sheffield is just nasty beginning to end. I wish we could have seen more of Rory, one of her best friends.
Overall a fantastic first book. I can’t wait until the second book to see what is in store for Sidney’s best friend Sophia. I feel like there may be something going on with her and Sheffield, and the story there seems to be very interesting. I would love to see more of Rory too.
Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels Book 1)
by Laura A. Barnes
I found this book to be charming and original. This story was very entertaining and I found myself laughing at some antics that go on. I loved Lady Sydney Hartridge character, she is intelligent and a bit quirky. I am sure that when she decided to move forward with her experiment that she never thought of what would happen if there were any feelings involved. This book had me turning pages to find out more about these wonderful characters. I laughed, I got angry and I was rooting for a good outcome for my favorite characters. You must read to find out if this experiment causes more of a scandal. This is a fun read, I recommend this book, can’t wait to read the next one.
I am not typically a fan of Regency Romance but this seemed like it would be a lighthearted read with a clever protagonist. The blurb set the story up nicely and I imagined it would be more of a satirical look at what happens with ruined reputations. It was not satirical in nature at all.
The story starts out strong. The plot is well thought out and the characters are easy to distinguish. While I realize this is fiction and with that truths can be twisted and reformed; there was just something about this book that seemed to contradict itself as the story moved forward.
I always admire an author who can put words to paper and follow a thought long enough to create a whole story (or series in this case). This book just wasn’t my cup of tea.
review by @mauraharper
I have really enjoyed reading this story! It’s So So Good! This isn’t my first book by this author but I think it’s her best. She really was able to keep my interest through the whole story. Her characters were lively and I really just wanted to know who would Sidney end up with. The shift between each characters storytelling was so seamless! The best I have seen in awhile. I loved reading this from everyone’s POV.
Each of the main characters brought something to the story. The haughtiness, the best friend and the scoundrel all were great. The inquisitiveness of Sidney was perfect for her role as well. Her girl friend was a lovely addition as well. She is stout and ready for anything that Sidney would suggest. I’m sure something happened with Sophie at the brothel and I look forward to finding out in her book. I’m not sure if the male character will be able to be redeemed but I am sure this author will give it a good try.
This is a wonderful historical romance where the female lead is looking to change a few things about the women in her period. Does she succeed? I can’t say but it was terribly enjoyable finding out.
Whom Shall I Kiss…An Earl, A Marquess, or a Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels Book 1) by author Laura A. Barnes tells the story of Sidney Hartridge, a bluestocking, living in Regency London, after watching her acquaintances get ruined by scoundrels Sidney decides to run a little experiment herself to see whom she can expose to the Ton as a scoundrel. As we all know, in the fictional world, nothing ever goes as planned. She doesn’t count on one of her targets being the man of her dreams.
This was a cute premise for a story, unfortunately the author lost my attention a time or two and while I liked the heroine she was at times, annoying. I enjoyed her best friend Sophia the most and I really want a Sophia of my own. This was an interesting story and I am looking forward to reading Sophia’s book to see who she ends up with.
Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels Book 1) By Laura A. Barnes. I didn’t immediately sink into this story but once I did I was hooked. The characters are great and the storyline was really fun to read. At times I was a bit confused but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of this story. The characters are complex and relatable. This isn’t normally my favorite genre but this author has brought me some enjoyment of of it more than once. I’m excited to see more from this series hopefully because it’s got a lot of promise. I’m giving this story a four star review and recommend you give it a try.
Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels #1) by Laura A. Barnes
Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels #1) by Laura A. Barnes is well written Historical Romance. I found myself lost in the pages and unable to put it down once I started reading. I’m a huge fan of not only this Author but Historical Romance and was very excited to see she had a new series. Sidney doesn’t always go by the rules .She wants to prove a theory about the antics of men.What will happen when she finds herself have an attraction towards one of the guys in her project. Noah finds himself attracted to Sydney but he’s known as a Scoundrel. Will he win her heart? Find out what happens next in this must read Book. I can’t wait to read the next Book in this series.
Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels #1) by Laura A. Barnes . This is the story of Lady Sidney Hartridge who is tired of all the scoundrels and their games. She devises her own game of sorts to see if she can prove a point. She lures three gentlemen to kiss her and see how they protect her honor. When her game leads her into hot water her father offers her hand to one of her victims. Enter Noah Wildeburg who started this season as any other with flirting as much as he possibly can with debutantes. He sees Lady Sidney being taken advantage of and he rushes to her rescue. Little does he know he’s going to end up having to marry her. Lady Sidney is smart, confidant and unaware of how beautiful she is. Her best friend Lady Sophia “Phee” Turlington tries her best to protect Sidney from herself and the crazy scoundrels after her. As Noah pursues Lady Sidney he finds her charming in mores ways than one. Will Noah win Sidney’s love or will it be just another scandal? Read Whom Shall I Kiss to find out!
Whom Shall I Kiss…AN Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? Is the first book in Tricking the Scoundrels series by Laura A. Barnes. This is the start of a new series, and if this book is anything to go by, the series is set to be great. I have read all of Ms. Barnes books now, and I can honestly say this is one of my top two favourites of all her books. It is a superb historical/Regency Romance with some light-hearted drama, a little angst/push-pull, some humour, chemistry, and plenty of spice. As I have come to expect from Ms. Barnes, the story is well written, easy to read, and very engaging. I found myself invested in the character’s very early on in the story, and was cheering them on from the sidelines the whole way through. The characters were interesting and fully developed, with their own personalities, quirks and flaws- which made the story even more fun to read.
Lady Sidney Hartridge is a scholarly, scientifically minded, practical, determined, and progressive young woman -who is disgusted by the double standards of the times, and sets about to try and put a stop to them by conducting a ‘social experiment’, with herself as the guinea pig. To prove her theory, she targets three gentlemen and begins ‘researching’, with the goal to lure them into kissing her… and so the fun and games begin. But can she avoid a scandal? Will she be able to remain unbiased in her ‘research’? What happens when feeling become involved? All these answers and so much more can be found between the covers of this charming story.
I loved Sidney, not only was she very intelligent and beautiful- but she was also very liberal-minded, pushing the boundaries and the social norms of the times. I loved her friendship with her best friend Sophia (Phee)- they made a great team. I loved Noah, and quite liked Rory too- but the jury is still out when it comes to Alex… I am hoping the next book will allay my fears.
The only thing that I wasn’t a huge fan of in this book, was getting multiple POV’s in one chapter, sometimes two POV’s in one paragraph. But it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story, it’s just a personal preference of mine to have separate POV’s per chapter.
A wonderful start to the series and I am really looking forward to exploring the other instalments!
Thank you, Ms. Barnes!
Reviewed by @angelahayes