Have you ever wished that you could star in your own regency-era romance? Perhaps win the heart of an aloof yet dashingly-handsome duke? Or even journey to a far-away, foreign land in search of adventure? Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris’s My Lady’s Choosing offers you the chance to do just that! Well, within the pages of a book, that is. They’ve created a choose-your-own-adventure book inspired by classic tales of romance and the romantic tropes that we all know and (for the most part) love.
If you’d like to read a synopsis (or pre-order* this book!), click here. 🙂
*I personally recommend the paperback copy since it’s easier to flip through than an ebook.
What I Liked: I’ve always found choose-your-own-adventure books to be fun, and this one was no exception. There’s always something exciting about being faced with a choice and seeing where your decision takes you. (And it helps when there aren’t any real-world consequences. 😂) In the beginning, many of your choices have to do with which gentleman you’re interested in pursuing. The three options are reminiscent of famous romantic leading men, including Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander (or really any strapping, soulful highlander), and Mr. Rochester from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
I enjoyed the references to classic romance stories and common romance tropes. And I think the book’s structure entices you to keep reading. I mean, how can you stop when you have to find out how your story ends? Will you get the happy ending you’ve always wanted? Or will your efforts end in despair and ruin? It’s also entertaining to start all over again and again, just to see where the other choices would have taken you.
What I Disliked: While I do think this book will appeal to romance fans, some parts of it feel too much like a parody. Of course it’s meant to be funny, but it lacked a certain subtlety that instead left many of the jokey parts feeling like a forceful shove towards humor rather than a gentle nudge. It also began to feel repetitive after a while, and I think this might just be one of the unfortunate downsides to choose-your-own-adventure books.
While I kept reading and exploring the other stories, it was mostly out of curiosity and not exactly a strong desire to keep going out of enjoyment. There were slower parts that left me feeling more bored than intrigued, and I would have liked to see the authors inject certain stories with more creativity and unexpected twists. Because this book functions as sort of a romantic parody, nothing feels truly fresh or exciting.
I was intrigued by the concept of a choose-your-own-adventure book for adults, and I have no regrets about checking this one out. I just don’t think it ended up being for me. If, however, you’re a romance reader who’s itching to go on an adventure of your own (even one that only takes place on the page), I think this might just be your cup of tea. Perhaps with a brooding, aristocratic love interest on the side…? 😉❤️
**Thank you to NetGalley and Quirk Books for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.