REVIEW Ð Dancing on Air

Dancing on Air

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Comes obsessed with the audacious waif who claims his patronageRash and impetuous their unlikely alliance reverberates with desire and the tantalizing promise of a life each has always wanted but never dreamed of attaining. The circle is complete While there are some tidbits from the first two books that add flavor to this one this book can certainly stand on its ownThis is a sweet story of how a late twenties London street urchin who knows nothing of family love or her roots finds love with a rebel chieftain from Ireland at a time when England was destroying that country and butchering its populationWhile many books in this genre have secrets concealed by main characters that are revealed bit by bit through the story in this book the reader knows the main secret but the characters do not There are a couple of the usual kind as well The author teases us with anticipation as she drops clues for Pippa to discover what she searches for Meanwhile the life and death struggle continues for the Irish characters and the Sassenach Pippa becomes than a bystanderWhether it be the development of their relationship the drama of their predicament or the pursuit of Pippa's history this is not a book that is easy to put downPippa is mostly optimistic and carefree since that is the only way for a street urchin to go on She is also a bit crude and for good or bad she has problems with impulse control Aiden is one of the honorable of SW's leading men He is unselfish yet strongOne heartbreaking uote I have tried several times to die of a broken heart and each time I just have to live with itAnd another You touch me as if you careAnd one that spoils a bit view spoiler The point is Aiden loved me when I was dead to you He loved me when I was at my most unlovable When I was poor and crude and homeless and hungry When I care about nothing save who my next gull was going to be hide spoiler

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Librarian's Note Reprint of Dancing on Air Jan 1996 ISBN 13 9780061081453 ISBN 10 0061081450Feisty orphan Pippa de Lacey lives by wit and skill as a London street performer But when her sharp tongue gets her into serious t. I know within me there is a kind of prejudice against pulp romance I inwardly berate myself that there are loftier meaningful books to read However if I look upon reading as an entertainment rather than a conduit for purifying my soul and my intellect; I can truly enjoy the readThis RomanceHistorical Fiction is so entertaining; it must be than pulp Although the romantic hero's role is a worn out motif the heroine's story is original although a bit predictable on one occasionI most appreciate the word play within dialogue The banter between friends the verbal sparring within court ranks and the love speak of lovers are combative politic and seductive respectively There is only one instance where my right hand itched to have a red pen in it The antecedent to the pronoun 'she' was entirely unclear until I read through the next page

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Rouble she throws herself upon the mercy of Irish chieftain Aidan O'DonoghuePippa provides a welcome diversion for Aidan as he awaits an audience with the ueen who holds his people's fate in her hands Amused at first he be. Content warning Death suicide violence off screen child abuse racial slurs off screen mention of sexual assault The final book in Susan Wiggs’ Tudor Rose trilogy wasn’t my jam I give Wiggs a lot of credit for trying some stuff with “At the ueen’s Summons” but a lot of it didn’t work for mePippa is a 20 something orphan scraping by in London She performs in the streets and tends to act before she thinks Sometimes this is a good thing but often it gets her into trouble But it helps her get out of trouble too And she’s in constant search for her family whom she lost as a young child and has no idea who they were or anything about them Yep SADEnter Aidan O’Donoghue an Irish chieftain who has been summoned to England by ueen Elizabeth Through some shenanigans Pippa needs a sponsor to keep out of trouble and Aidan happens to be in the right place at the right time So he rescues her from getting into arrested and thrown into the stocksAnd Aidan is smitten because Pippa tries to talk her way out of it and well he gets to play the hero And isn’t that funPippa gets cleaned up and wouldn’t you know it she cleans up well Huzzah And some sexual tension happens because well it has to but mostly because he helps her dressAnd and we meet Aidan’s buddy and assistant Iago Iago has a sad backstory that is barely ever mentioned again and he’s of mixed race I liked Iago a lot actually and I wished we had gotten to dive into his character But he’s mostly there to help Aidan Hell if I were writing this book I would have put Pippa and Iago together They make sense damn itAnyway Aidan is advocating for his people and feels conflicted about his feelings for Pippa And Pippa is just trying to figure out the next move And she’s trying to find her parents I won’t say much about the plot but well as you can imagine Pippa finds out her lineage there’s a big reveal and EnglishIrish conflict happens A lot There were elements I liked about this story and I appreciated some of the risks Pippa is an unusual heroine She’s spunky but vulnerable She’s bright but not educated She’s feisty and perceptive I liked her and I wanted to be her friend I liked the commentary on EnglishIrish relations and the fact that there’s an actual person of color as a secondary characterBut I couldn’t get on board with a lot of this First while this may come off as a fairy tale because hey orphan is actually a noblewoman it also comes across as “Dude rescues lady” and the power dynamics are kinda icky Worst of all when Aidan does discover who Pippa really is he doesn’t tell her right away and specifically times the reveal for when he can get her to do what he wants Even if it’s arguably in her best interest he’s still taking away her agency and ability to make her own choices And that’s NOT OK And the emotional fallout from this reveal and reunion doesn’t uite work There’s something a little off about it As I mentioned in the previous reviews there’s some issues with a racial slur While it’s not in this book very much it’s still there and I’m still not OK with it I’ve long said that for romance novels to be effective they need a little sadness around the edges Well “At the ueen’s Summons” is wait for it too fucking sad to be effective There’s no warmth or joy in Pippa’s life as an orphan The one person who protected her died The dog who protected her died It’s hard not to fill in all the blanks of Pippa’s life with horrible violence and tragedy on a daily basis Pair that with Aidan’s stuff abusive father oppression of the Irish by the English etc AND with the pages of Pippa’s mother mourning her dead daughter who isn’t actually dead and it’s JUST TOO SAD ALSO IAGO’S BACKSTORY I wanted to like this book because it tried some stuff but it ended up being a bummer I can see how “At the ueen’s Command” might work well for a lot of readers but I’m just not one of them Stir It Up jam I give Wiggs a lot of credit for trying some stuff with “At the ueen’s Summons” but a lot of it didn’t work for mePippa is a 20 something orphan scraping by in London She performs in the streets and tends to act before she thinks Sometimes this is a good thing but often it gets her into trouble But it helps her get out of trouble too And she’s in constant search for her family whom she lost as a young child and has no idea who they were or anything about them Yep SADEnter Aidan O’Donoghue an Irish chieftain who has been summoned to England by ueen Elizabeth Through some shenanigans Pippa needs a sponsor to keep out of trouble and Aidan happens to be in the right place at the right time So he rescues her from getting into arrested and thrown into the stocksAnd Aidan is smitten because Pippa tries to talk her way out of it and well he gets to play the hero And isn’t that funPippa gets cleaned up and wouldn’t you know it she cleans up well Huzzah And some sexual tension happens because well it has to but mostly because he helps her dressAnd and we meet Aidan’s buddy and assistant Iago Iago has a sad backstory that is barely ever mentioned again and he’s of mixed race I liked Iago a lot actually and I wished we had gotten to dive into his character But he’s mostly there to help Aidan Hell if I were writing this book I would have put Pippa and Iago together They make sense damn itAnyway Aidan is advocating for his people and feels conflicted about his feelings for Pippa And Pippa is The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems just trying to figure out the next move And she’s trying to find her parents I won’t say much about the plot but well as you can imagine Pippa finds out her lineage there’s a big reveal and EnglishIrish conflict happens A lot There were elements I liked about this story and I appreciated some of the risks Pippa is an unusual heroine She’s spunky but vulnerable She’s bright but not educated She’s feisty and perceptive I liked her and I wanted to be her friend I liked the commentary on EnglishIrish relations and the fact that there’s an actual person of color as a secondary characterBut I couldn’t get on board with a lot of this First while this may come off as a fairy tale because hey orphan is actually a noblewoman it also comes across as “Dude rescues lady” and the power dynamics are kinda icky Worst of all when Aidan does discover who Pippa really is he doesn’t tell her right away and specifically times the reveal for when he can get her to do what he wants Even if it’s arguably in her best interest he’s still taking away her agency and ability to make her own choices And that’s NOT OK And the emotional fallout from this reveal and reunion doesn’t uite work There’s something a little off about it As I mentioned in the previous reviews there’s some issues with a racial slur While it’s not in this book very much it’s still there and I’m still not OK with it I’ve long said that for romance novels to be effective they need a little sadness around the edges Well “At the ueen’s Summons” is wait for it too fucking sad to be effective There’s no warmth or Handbook of Psychophysiology joy in Pippa’s life as an orphan The one person who protected her died The dog who protected her died It’s hard not to fill in all the blanks of Pippa’s life with horrible violence and tragedy on a daily basis Pair that with Aidan’s stuff abusive father oppression of the Irish by the English etc AND with the pages of Pippa’s mother mourning her dead daughter who isn’t actually dead and it’s JUST TOO SAD ALSO IAGO’S BACKSTORY I wanted to like this book because it tried some stuff but it ended up being a bummer I can see how “At the ueen’s Command” might work well for a lot of readers but I’m Frugal Innovation just not one of them

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