#ThrowbackThursday ~ Plundering the Romance Novel by Ionia Martin #spoof definitely #fakenews #humour

I have recently started adding the reviews I’ve written to BookBub by taking them straight from Goodreads, a few at a time. I thought as I could no longer add them to Amazon.com this was a good way of sharing them with a, mostly, US based audience. As I’ve been adding them I’ve been reminded of some terrific reads which lead me directly onto this…


Renee at It’s Book Talk began the Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing. I have seen posts on Between the Lines and  Alison Williams Writing and I shall be sharing old favourites using this hashtag.

Plundering the Romance Novel

Plundering the Romance Novel, very honestly subtitled – A really awful, truly terrible, very, very, bad romance – is a delight to read, enjoy, and being a parody take none too seriously. Check out the catchy quote on the cover too – excellent!

Our hero, Stormy Raven Steel Vanderbilt Von Devreaux, Captain V.D. for short, is taken aback when the (obviously stunningly beautiful) woman aboard his pirate ship is not behaving as he expected from all he had read in the romance heroine handbook. Rather than being aloof and appearing not to be interested in him she is actually flirting and denying him his conquest…and that is just the start.

This is a joyful read full of pointless exposition and inconsistencies aplenty that will have you chuckling along one minute and nodding wryly another as Martin astutely exposes every romantic cliché there is. Here’s a snippet…

‘”My eyes!” he wailed, “my beautiful eyes of some unidentified and yet sexy colour that drives women mad with desire! They shall never recover!”

The old man wrapped himself in a bed linen that was conveniently placed nearby and surveyed his unusual guest. “I see you have returned by boy. I don’t blame you.”

Captain V.D. raised his eyebrows. “Sir, she is a woman. This is your daughter that I have returned. For this kind act of mercy, I expect you shall reward me handsomely,“ he demanded, with a glint of whatever causes glints in his eye.’

Whichever bit I chose can’t do justice to the humour that runs throughout this short and entertaining book that I really enjoyed. Chapters 4-6 and 11-12 are inspired and after the epilogue you of course get a peek at the sequel which is of course completely different from this book.

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About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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2 Responses to #ThrowbackThursday ~ Plundering the Romance Novel by Ionia Martin #spoof definitely #fakenews #humour

  1. This. Is. Awesome. Fantastic excerpts, Georgia. Thank you for sharing this. I’m adding it to my TBR list now.

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