Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Suitors and Sabotage

Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother. Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offe...

Details Suitors and Sabotage

TitleSuitors and Sabotage
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Suitors and Sabotage

  • Alyssa
    4.5 stars. Might round up to five, haven't decided!***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy AnsteyPublisher: Swoon ReadsPublication Date: April 17, 2018Rating: 4 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he com...
  • Stacee
    I have loved all of Cindy’s previous books, so I was beyond eager to start reading this one. I loved Imogene and Ben. She’s smart and he’s charming and together they’re really good people with the most chemistry you could have during this time period. I’m a sucker for the longing filled glances from across a room and while we do get a bit of banter from them, the pesky fact that Imogene is nearly engaged to Ben’s brother is quite a fu...
  • Tin
    The story started as Imogene was supposed to be engaged to Ernest but as we get through the book, Imogene realized that she isn’t in love with Ernest but only see him as a friend because her heart belonged to Ernest’s brother, Ben. Imogene is a shy lady with a passion for arts. She is awkward to talked to unless they talk about something she loves. Ben on the other hand is quite a gentleman who women loves, has a passion for architecture and ...
  • Scrill
    ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review.When Imogene has a good season in London, her family deems it best for the most suitable gentleman to join them over the summer. She is eager to get to know her suitor better as a proposal is bound to come, that is until she meets his younger brother. As Imogene and Ben spend more time together, they do their best to fight off their growing feelings. However, it seems that someone amongst them seems t...
  • Cathy
    In which a young lady finds her attention is drawn to her charming but rather serious suitor’s hotter younger brother.’Apologies to Cindy Anstey for my rather poor attempt to emulate her humorous chapter headings that playfully evoke the era of Jane Austen. Some of my favourites include:‘In which hands and fluff are subjects of a deep discussion.’‘In which the words “dreadful” and “secret” are bandied about.’‘In which a ques...
  • mith
    hello friends, you can read this review on my blog as well!---I am a bit unsure about Suitors and Sabotage. One the one hand, I did like the growing attraction between Ben and Imogene. On the other, it was really messy and complicated between the two.This third novel by Anstey is probably the most worrying historical rom-com she’s written, or at least, that’s how it felt like to me. It’s almost like that one Shakespeare play! Imogene is gea...
  • Karlita
    Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars "Love was a gift, a compliment. It might not be reciprocated..." Imogene Chively's suitor Ernest Steeple arrived at the Gracebridge Manor a little too early with his brother Ben Steeple. She was expected to say yes whenever Ernest asked her hand in marriage, especially her father. However, it turned out that Ben has caught Imogene’s eyes even more than it should be because Mr. Chively had always Ernest's co...
  • Kassie
    I've come to realize that I really enjoy historical fiction whether it has magic or not. Question that I don't have an answer to: was this story inspired by the play, The Importance of Being Ernest ????We follow a story of a group of four - essentially a very messy love square while also realizing one of them may be in serious danger of getting hurt in a purposeful accident.I LOVED all of the characters in this story. Cindy Anstey did an amazing ...
  • Alexandra
    I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*I really enjoyed Suitors and Sabotage! There is a unique style in Cindy's books that reminds you strongly of Pride and Prejudice"! All the English form and attitude, the shy heroine who at the same time wants more for herself and even the small funny moments between the scenes.The romance is sweet and adorable between Ben and Imogene! Like a teenage h...
  • Grace
    This book has such a nice cover and, as a fan of both Jane Austen and mysteries, I was hype to read Suitors and Sabotage. Reading the other reviews here has got me a little disquieted, because most of them are full of praise, and the one word I came away with to describe this book was "trash."I thought it would be both a mystery, and a Regency social drama type romance. The mystery aspect is barely there at all -- mildly odd things happen occasio...
  • Riddhi Mazumder
    Another book by Cindy Anstey.Pinch me, please.
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'm not sure if it was intentional, but Suitors and Sabotage reminded me a bit of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. To be fair, it's referenced in the book as the play the characters put on at one point so perhaps there was more intent there than I initially thought.The third of Anstey's historical romances, I'm at odds with h...
  • Candyce Kirk
    This was a cute book. If you aren't a fan of love triangles, this isn't a book for you, haha. I have to say I didn't mind it in this book. The mystery element was nice as well.I am part of the blog tour and my full review can be read here: https://thebookdutchesses.wordpress.c...
  • Teresa
    Cindy Anstey has done it again! Another adorable, swoon worthy story set in the Regency era had me hooked from the first chapter. Don't even get me started on how amazing and charming Benjamin Steeple is....I think he is by far my new favorite leading man from Anstey! Imogen is pretty amazing as well; I loved her quiet determination to do what she loved no matter how others perceived her. Thanks to MacMillan for the ARC!
  • Katherine Paschal
    Review and more can be found at ** "Might I have the return of my hands, Ben?"Ben looked down to see that Imogen's hands were encased in his. He rather liked the way they fit together; then he realized that he had been holding them overlong."Oh, yes, indeed. Are these yours?" He let go with a laugh that sounded a little forced even to his ears."Since birth." What a situation we have here! We have serious Ern...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    Rating: 3.5 stars but leaning more towards 3Almost exactly two years ago, I reviewed Anstey's debut,  Love, Lies and Spies . I really enjoyed that one, and I hoped for the same sort of experience with Suitors and Sabotage. Alas, I will admit I didn't get as stuck in to this as the debut, but that's not to say it wasn't a good book!The relationships in this were intentionally all over the place. Imogene, the very shy heroine, attracted the atten...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    Actual Rating 2.5 StarsAS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received an ARC from Macmillan Intl in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Over the last few months, I’ve been reading more romance books than ever before. I absolutely love awkward encounters, chemistry filled moments and the eventual realisation that the two protagonists have been in love all along.I had HIGH hopes for Suitors and ...
  • Darque Dreamer
    Suitors and Sabotage is fun and flirtatious. It’s an endearing and cheeky story set in the regency period. For lovers of historical fiction romances, this one is for you.I thought this one was really cute. It had an elegant writing style and was very engaging. It reminded me of reading Pride and Prejudice.As a historical fiction, in one of my favorite time periods, it was very atmospheric and really captured my heart. It had all the fun and fri...
  • Rachel
    I recently finished Love, Lies, and Spies, so I was excited to get my hands on an ARC of Suitors and Sabotage. While I enjoyed it, I didn't feel like it was as strong of an offering as the first book. (Still need to read Duels and Deception, though.) Imogene Chivey is courting the attentions of a respectable young man named Ernest Steeple, but the longer they are in each other's company (moving in a large party (which includes Imogene's oldest fr...
  • Sarah
    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's/Swoon reads for providing this free eARC. I haven't read other Cindy Anstey titles, but picked this one on the strength of the fun title, cover art, and descriptions that mentioned Jane Austen. I don't think the book lived up to the promise of these things. Here's the deal with this one - Imogene and Emily are best friends, practically sisters. Imogene loves art and is the more retiring of the two. The...
  • katayoun Masoodi
    read the first couple of chapters and the two last ones, and can't say that i liked the story or the writing.
  • Erin Arkin
    Full review to come.
  • Jenni
    I received an e-book version of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I RARELY DNF a book. This one, I had to. The cover? GORGEOUS. The premise? Right up my alley. The writing and story? Dropped the ball.As someone who basically cut their teeth on regency romances, this was out of place. The names, the story lines, all of it. It was also very confusing, in the short little bit I subjected myself to. I don't feel it very fair for m...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Historical Fiction**Rating* 3.0*Thoughts*Author Cindy Ansley's Suitors and Sabotage is a story that is set in the early 19th Century England. The story revolves around four main characters: Imogene Chively, Emily Beeswanger, Ernest Steeple, and Benjamin Steeple. Imogene is a character who is an aspiring artist who just had a successful season in London. Imogene is expected to accept Ernest's offer of marriag...
  • Jamie Winter
    I received an advanced reader copy through Edelweiss. I might revisit this title when a finished copy is available, primarily because i have a feeling the faults I have with it are due to it being an early rendering. While I found it a pleasant read there were multiple aspects that just didn’t sit well with me. That being said, it was a cute, fun, regency read that might just need some more work.
  • Sandy
    Lovers of Victorian novels will relish this YA novel of English manners. Imogen Chively is of age to marry and her father is determined that it will be a good match. It has been decided that Ernest Steeple is just such a candidate and so Imogen’s father is in high spirits when the young man and his younger brother Ben visit the family estate. Imogen is very shy and wants to find someone she actually loves as a husband and is unsure of the man w...