My Review on #Bridgerton 4โญ๏ธs

Bridgerton was almost perfect. Almost. Almost. Almost. Having been a reader of Historical Romance since I was 12;

cutting my teeth on, Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey at a church retreat to Mt. Cheah then being an author of of HR  with my Harem Diaries Series I have a unique perspective to share.

๐€ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐: I like to divide Historical Romance into the BEFORE TIMES  and the WOKE TIMES of all romance. The greatest sea change in romance that was HUGE push to include all people in romance has been fairly recent 2016 โ€” when publishers, gatekeepers and writers are actively seeking to change this industry.  ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ.

I think they did a really good job. 

People have said they didnโ€™t understand the way the show explained how Black people could be in the aristocracy in 1811 and they felt explanation was too pat. I feel like the explanation was PERFECT and explained by Lady Danbury and the previous Duke well. Before his illness the king fell in LOVE with the QUEEN who was in real life actually of African descent gave his Black citizens who were โ€œEXCEPTIONALโ€ (the dukeโ€™s words) lands, properties and tittles. It was RIGHT THERE IN THE SHOW. Before seeing the show I was like maybe they didnโ€™t really explain it well or whatever but now I know what the issue is, some people just didnโ€™t like that explanation that a man (the king) FELL IN LOVE with a (BLACK) woman and sought do to ANYTHING to make her happy. Well, idk what world yโ€™all lve in but #HimDownStairs does that everyday and I know Godโ€™s favor ainโ€™t fair and Iโ€™m spoiled but carry on. And if Outlander can have time travel Bridgerton can have Black aristocrats. Dr. Vanessa Riley is more of an expert of this subject and has done extensive research on this issue so follow her for more info. It is also fiction we can do what we want in the creative world. Change starts first in the arts and we bring people along. 

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐๐ข๐๐ง’๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ was that Miss Thompson played by the incomparable Ruby Barker was made to be an unwed mother and didnโ€™t get an HEA. It was a great side story but we must have all women regardless of race have an HEA and Miss Thomson commits suicide in the books so that is a NOPE. We will not have WOC trauma and White Woman HEAs ruling the day in the WOKE TIMES of ROMANCE. Nopity. Nope. Nope. I also didnโ€™t like that Will played by talented and gorgeous Martins Imhangbe, compromised his honor & threw the fight. His reasoning was clear and he was not the HERO but I still did not like that was placed on the Black man. Why? Because Black men are disparaged in the media, film etc. Yes, the other men did dishonorable things โ€” mistresses, orgies etc but there were only two Black men in the show and most of the white men had wealth. 

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž & ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฑ was sublime with the exception of that one scene. I have read a lot of books and the Duke & I was a BEFORE TIMES book. I think the BOOK and the series have been conflated and in the BOOK the sex for that scene was completely NON-CONSENTUAL from start to finish. In the show she stole his seed by not getting off him. Which to me was a dastardly act regardless of her excuses. THIS IS THE DARK MOMENT. I think she comes to realize this and her hypocrisy when confronted with Colin and Miss Thompsonโ€™s situation. Little Miss Perfect realizing sheโ€™s not is growth we like to see in romance. 

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ all the little things. The touches, glances, settings and tidbits that Historical Romance readers have longed to see on the screen. They knocked it out the park. LOVED it. The chemistry was great between the actors and no one was perfect. The story had a great arc. My favorite part being the parent of exceptional children was when Landy Danbury said, โ€œYou can speak.โ€ because I have said those very words and when Lady Bridgerton spoke of her marriage and love because that has been my experience of what love is โ€” we choose to love each other everyday. 

I look forward to next season.๐Ÿฅฐ

Adore the Dedication

When my mom passed away all I could think of was how she poured everything into us– her children. I asked her once when she was a kid what did she want to be when she grew up and she said, “A teacher or own a boutique.” So when I wrote Adored- The Harem Diaries Book One, I made the heroine a teacher and some day down the line I’ll write about a woman who owns a boutique to honor her. All my dedications belong to my mom.ย โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

Why Historical Romance?

Why write Historical Romance? Historical Romance (HR) was all the rage when I started reading novels as a teen.ย Historical Romance is the penultimate escapist fantasy. These books swept you away in sagas of far away lands featuring the lives of people, their adventures to majestic places. Present day HR is very different from the books is the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Gone are the stories of damsels in distress being rescued by the hero. Now have women who embody the self agency of today’s woman only placed in a setting of a far gone era. Is this ย historically inaccurate? Maybe, maybe not but that’s not the point. The writer’s of today are not writing for our grandmothers we are writing for today’s woman. That is why today’s Historical Romance is a breath of fresh air.

Adored: The Harem Diaries Book One is one such story. ย You can find it at one of the retailers below! *Shameless Plug*

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The Journey to The Harem Diaries

Many of the my fellow authors who have read my book reference, โ€œThe King and Iโ€ when talking about the experience. However, the book that inspired me was โ€œWhitney, My Loveโ€ by Judith McNaught. After reading that story I was like WOW!!! How can I write a story like that but make it my own? Thus, the journey to The Harem Diaries began. I look forward to turning the Historical Romance genre on its ear with this new series! If you are a fan of romance and want something a little different than house parties, hunts and balls (I do them a little differently), then welcome to my world! Are you ready to get your bell rung? #Adored #TheHaremDiaries

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The Harem Diaries

 

Adored the first book in the Harem Diaries Series is available for preorder!

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