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22-year-old aspiring writer Edith 'Eddie' Miller and her best friend Rose have always done everything together-climbing trees, throwing grapes at boys, sneaking bottles of wine, practicing kissing . . . But following their debutante ball Rose is suddenly talking about marriage, and Eddie is horrified. When Eddie meets charming, renowned poet Nash Nicholson, he invites her to 22-year-old aspiring writer Edith 'Eddie' Miller and her best friend Rose have always done everything together-climbing trees, throwing grapes at boys, sneaking bottles of wine, practicing kissing . . . But following their debutante ball Rose is suddenly talking about marriage, and Eddie is horrified. When Eddie meets charming, renowned poet Nash Nicholson, he invites her to his crumbling Gothic estate in the countryside. The entourage of eccentric artists indulging in pure hedonism is exactly what Eddie needs in order to forget Rose and finish her novel. But Eddie might discover the world of famous literary icons isn't all poems and pleasure . . .


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22-year-old aspiring writer Edith 'Eddie' Miller and her best friend Rose have always done everything together-climbing trees, throwing grapes at boys, sneaking bottles of wine, practicing kissing . . . But following their debutante ball Rose is suddenly talking about marriage, and Eddie is horrified. When Eddie meets charming, renowned poet Nash Nicholson, he invites her to 22-year-old aspiring writer Edith 'Eddie' Miller and her best friend Rose have always done everything together-climbing trees, throwing grapes at boys, sneaking bottles of wine, practicing kissing . . . But following their debutante ball Rose is suddenly talking about marriage, and Eddie is horrified. When Eddie meets charming, renowned poet Nash Nicholson, he invites her to his crumbling Gothic estate in the countryside. The entourage of eccentric artists indulging in pure hedonism is exactly what Eddie needs in order to forget Rose and finish her novel. But Eddie might discover the world of famous literary icons isn't all poems and pleasure . . .

30 review for Infamous

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    Clever, fun, hilarious. As funny as Jane Austen and I do not say that lightly.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Sometimes I worry I hype myself up to read a book so much before it comes out that I’ll be disappointed. Lex did not disappoint me. If I could bottle these characters and have them as my friends I would do it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: bi mc, British Chinese lesbian li, Black side character, gay side character, agender side character Galley provided by publisher Ever since I read Reputation last year, I’ve been eagerly anticipating what Lex Croucher has to offer next. And Infamous didn’t disappoint in the slightest. The story follows Eddie, an aspiring writer, and her friend Rose, who, in Eddie’s point of view, betrays their friendship by allowing herself to be courted by a man. At the same time, Eddie makes t On my blog. Rep: bi mc, British Chinese lesbian li, Black side character, gay side character, agender side character Galley provided by publisher Ever since I read Reputation last year, I’ve been eagerly anticipating what Lex Croucher has to offer next. And Infamous didn’t disappoint in the slightest. The story follows Eddie, an aspiring writer, and her friend Rose, who, in Eddie’s point of view, betrays their friendship by allowing herself to be courted by a man. At the same time, Eddie makes the acquaintance of Nash Nicholson, a poet, who invites her (and Rose and Rose’s fiance) to his house party. Infamous is a historical romcom distilled into book form. Yes, it has the usual beats of a romance, but it’s also laugh-out-loud funny at times. It’s a compulsive read, one you won’t want to put down for even the slightest of moments. Most of this is due to the characters. They’re charismatic and vibrant and carry the story along at a riveting pace. You’re rooting for Eddie and Rose from page one, not only for their romance but also for their growth (in particular Eddie). And when that growth comes, it feels like it’s been earned too. If one of the main strengths of the book is the characters, that extends to the relationships too. In the best way possible, Eddie and Rose’s relationship frustrates you with its obliviousness. You the reader can tell from the start that Eddie is in love with Rose, but she is so singularly blind to her own feelings that it makes the progression of it simultaneously one of the best and most annoying things I’ve read this year. All of which to say: if this isn’t a book that’s already on your radar, please rectify that as soon as possible. You’re not going to want to miss out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    bookishcharli

    This was an insanely fun read and I loved every second of it (because Eddie is an actual LEGEND). I’m not overly obsessed with the whole Bridgestone/Pride and Prejudice inspired books because I’m in the minority of people who don’t actually like them (I know, i know.. how? Why? Am i okay?) but I occasionally find books inspired by them/set in the same era and I ADORE them. And that, friends, is this series. Lex Croucher can write all the hitlit regency romance books they want and I will happily This was an insanely fun read and I loved every second of it (because Eddie is an actual LEGEND). I’m not overly obsessed with the whole Bridgestone/Pride and Prejudice inspired books because I’m in the minority of people who don’t actually like them (I know, i know.. how? Why? Am i okay?) but I occasionally find books inspired by them/set in the same era and I ADORE them. And that, friends, is this series. Lex Croucher can write all the hitlit regency romance books they want and I will happily read them all. The more I think about it, the more I can pinpoint that it’s the humour of the author that comes across in the book that sets these apart from the competition. Definitely give these a read, regardless of whether or not you like regency romances. Thank you to Pride Book Tours for sending me a copy and having me on the tour.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mabel

    Short review: If your favourite Bridgerton siblings are Benedict and Eloise, you are going to love this book. It is about finding a family and finding yourself. Funny and un-putdownable. I adored it. Long review: Lex Croucher has done it again, even better than Reputation! Infamous follows Eddie and Rose, best friends, as they navigate becoming grown ups. Eddie rejects everything society expects of her - she doesn't want to use her manners, curl her hair prettily or marry. She wants to be a writer Short review: If your favourite Bridgerton siblings are Benedict and Eloise, you are going to love this book. It is about finding a family and finding yourself. Funny and un-putdownable. I adored it. Long review: Lex Croucher has done it again, even better than Reputation! Infamous follows Eddie and Rose, best friends, as they navigate becoming grown ups. Eddie rejects everything society expects of her - she doesn't want to use her manners, curl her hair prettily or marry. She wants to be a writer. Her and Rose have always been on the same page, so when Rose gets engaged, Eddie is shocked, and determined to convince her that there is so much more in the world than marriage. Infamous is an absolute romp. Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-warming and addictive. It is chaotic, and although I guessed the ending, I was surprised by the path taken to get there. Honestly, if you loved Reputation, bring this up. But also if you didn't, pick this up! I am on a reading high now. God, I loved this so much. Thanks to NetGalley, Lex Croucher and Bonnier Books UK for the e-arc. I did however leave reading this arc really late, so I have bought my own version as well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jane (whatjanereads)

    TW: alcohol and drugs, questionable consent? Eddie is the most clueless MC ever and I loved her! 😂 Eddie is a writer and when meeting her idol at a party she is absolutely flabbergasted. When said idol seems to be interesting in her and her writing, her dreams of becoming a published author as well seems to be in reach. Nash is absolutely chaotic, unreliable and flighty. He is also married and takes a little too much interest in Eddie. I was immediately suspicious and did not trust that man one bit TW: alcohol and drugs, questionable consent? Eddie is the most clueless MC ever and I loved her! 😂 Eddie is a writer and when meeting her idol at a party she is absolutely flabbergasted. When said idol seems to be interesting in her and her writing, her dreams of becoming a published author as well seems to be in reach. Nash is absolutely chaotic, unreliable and flighty. He is also married and takes a little too much interest in Eddie. I was immediately suspicious and did not trust that man one bit! But he is fun and different and also very handsome. When he promises Eddie to help her with her writing and contact his editor Eddie is in literal heaven. Eddie is so extremely focussed on her dream, being blinded by Nashes shining personality and also so very naive, that she doesn’t really stop to think about anything else than her novel when he asks her to leave for a vacation. Blessedly her best friend Rose is there to save the day. Over and over again. 😅 While Rose is set on getting married and taking care of her own household, Eddie doesn’t get that decision one bit. But she also doesn’t like the idea of Rose getting married to anyone at all. (Yeah Eddie, why is that?) While there is a whole new world of artists and possibilities opening up to Eddie, her and Roses ideas of life diverge more and more. There is friendship drama, there is Nash drama, there is weird parties, ghost summoning and lots of alcohol. All while Eddie is trying to figure out her weird feelings for Rose. (It takes..a while. 😅) I love Lexes style of writing. It’s so fresh and hilarious while still fitting the regency era vibe! I loved the haunted house setting, the little secrets and Eddie getting pulled more and more into the depth of Nashes life without even realising it. I got the most aspec vibes from Eddie, she is just so absolutely oblivious to any sexual advances and attempts! She is so out of her body and feelings, it sometimes seemed that she is so focussed on her novel writing she doesn’t even think about romance or sex at all! Any physical touch/kissing seemed so technical, without inducing any feelings from her part! I absolutely knew what was going to happen in the end, that time was not a great time to be a woman. I was furious and wanted to punch someone. I loved how it was solved in the end tho and was glad we got a kind of happy ending. I wished Eddie wasn’t so SUPER clueless about everything and she would have been a little more firm with Nashes advances, especially after she realised how she feels about Rose. She really wasn’t a great friend. Also I really wanted to know what happened to Henry? It was just kinda glossed over in the end what really happened that night. All in all I really had a lot of fun with this! It’s a great story and I love Lexes humour a lot. I’m looking forward to any of her books!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    douqi

    This book has earned the dubious honour of making me angry enough to post a review. Particular lowlights: - yet another example of a romance novel with a white MC and an Asian love interest who is conveniently alienated from her own culture. - of course, said Asian love interest instantly forgives the MC for all the terrible, hurtful and selfish things that MC has done and not made up for over the course of the novel. - the complete refusal to engage with the realities and preoccupations of middle This book has earned the dubious honour of making me angry enough to post a review. Particular lowlights: - yet another example of a romance novel with a white MC and an Asian love interest who is conveniently alienated from her own culture. - of course, said Asian love interest instantly forgives the MC for all the terrible, hurtful and selfish things that MC has done and not made up for over the course of the novel. - the complete refusal to engage with the realities and preoccupations of middle-class women's lives during the Regency period. Yes, the MC's family is unorthodox, but even then there should be SOME more concern for how she is going to live post her father's retirement/death if she doesn't get married, especially since she obviously hasn't been trained in any profession. - the complete refusal to engage with era-appropriate language. One character, at one point, says of another character 'you're on your last strike'. I was not previously aware that baseball was popular enough in the Regency era to have given rise to a widespread metaphor. - the woeful lack of copy-editing. At one point, the MC (who is named Edith Miller), imagines seeing her 'nom de plume' on the cover of her first novel. The 'nom de plume' in question is... 'E. Miller'. At another point, a famous writer is described thus: 'His first and only novel, The Gentleman, was considered his last great published work... Although he later published two further novels...' So did he publish one novel or three? Enquiring minds want to know.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie.dorny

    We love queer historical romance in this household!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annie Macaulay

    Historical queer romcom, what more could I possibly want

  10. 4 out of 5

    sophia

    oh. my. god. edit: WE HAVE THE COVER!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A lot to enjoy here - Eddie and Rose's relationship especially. Didn't get 5 stars as I would have loved to spend more time with Eddie's family (especially Beatrice, that duck scene had me laughing on the train), had more Rose and less Nash, and for Nash to have been publicly revealed as a fraud. I also felt Eddie's realisation of the full extent of her idiocy was overdue, to the point it was more frustrating than entertaining. A lot to enjoy here - Eddie and Rose's relationship especially. Didn't get 5 stars as I would have loved to spend more time with Eddie's family (especially Beatrice, that duck scene had me laughing on the train), had more Rose and less Nash, and for Nash to have been publicly revealed as a fraud. I also felt Eddie's realisation of the full extent of her idiocy was overdue, to the point it was more frustrating than entertaining.

  12. 5 out of 5

    KC

    I really wanted to love this one. I had high expectations which made the fact that I hated this, so much worse. I could not stand Eddie. I just... couldn't. She seems trite and intolerable and her interactions with all of the other characters were painful to read. This book has promise, just to me, it didn't live up to it. The setting is fun and there are aspects that were intriguing but as a whole, this felt disjointed and lackluster and I couldn't make myself care about the plot. There was som I really wanted to love this one. I had high expectations which made the fact that I hated this, so much worse. I could not stand Eddie. I just... couldn't. She seems trite and intolerable and her interactions with all of the other characters were painful to read. This book has promise, just to me, it didn't live up to it. The setting is fun and there are aspects that were intriguing but as a whole, this felt disjointed and lackluster and I couldn't make myself care about the plot. There was some nice descriptive language (particularly about the settings) but that's about the best thing I could say about this. I think I was just expecting something from this, that just wasn't there. I wanted a delightful, queer Regency romp, and this wasn't that for me. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc of this in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Bell

    A great regency romp with excellent characters with an emphasis on friendship, creativity and differing ambitions. Eddie Miller is an aspiring writer from a slightly chaotic family, and whilst her childhood best friend, Rose Li, has settled into life as a young Regency woman - parties and dancing and a future marriage - Eddie still can't understand why things have to change. My favourite part of this book was the characters. Rose was my particular favourite - sensible but with a silly side and a A great regency romp with excellent characters with an emphasis on friendship, creativity and differing ambitions. Eddie Miller is an aspiring writer from a slightly chaotic family, and whilst her childhood best friend, Rose Li, has settled into life as a young Regency woman - parties and dancing and a future marriage - Eddie still can't understand why things have to change. My favourite part of this book was the characters. Rose was my particular favourite - sensible but with a silly side and also just a good friend - but I also loved watching Eddie grow and develop, even if she could be somewhat frustrating at times. There were a few bits where it was obvious - as a reader - that she was making a mistake, but you could understand why she as a character was making that particular mistake. Similiarly, there were a few times Rose was talking perfect sense & Eddie wasn't listening and it was just arrrggghhh! But - for all I've just ranted - I did like Eddie as a character, and the frustrating moments gave her a chance to learn and grow. I love a good friends-to-lovers storyline and this one was just *chef's kiss* I also loved the exploration of sexuality and gender in this time period, in particular, Eddie's realisation that 'oh, this is an option!'. Another element of the setting I really enjoyed was the depection of life amongst the more creative, rebellious, 'debauched' set, as Eddie befriends a famous poet and his friends. Especially when they decamp to his country home - decrepit old houses are just interesting and atmospheric, I don't make the rules! I also really liked the ending here - a real smile as you read it ending! Overall, a great read that's perfect for someone looking for a Sapphic Regency story!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    3.5 stars This book was so much fun! Infamous is billed as Bridgerton meets Booksmart, and it certainly delivers on both sides. The characters are nuanced and complex, developing in a believable way. It's just such a great sapphic romance with two amazing characters in Rose and Eddie. Overall entertaining, well structured and romantic. A special thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars This book was so much fun! Infamous is billed as Bridgerton meets Booksmart, and it certainly delivers on both sides. The characters are nuanced and complex, developing in a believable way. It's just such a great sapphic romance with two amazing characters in Rose and Eddie. Overall entertaining, well structured and romantic. A special thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katharina Schreiber

    OH MY GOD. hell yeah lex. i cannot wait update finished august 2nd: i looked forward to this ever since it was announced and i couldn’t wait for lex to revisit the world of reputation and to make it gay. i like that the current bridgerton hype supported her in the publishing of reputation and now also infamous, but i strongly believe they are not suited for the same crowd. alas, i did read austen, quinn and croucher, and they all (somewhat) appeal to me. i enjoyed infamous tremendously. FUN! now OH MY GOD. hell yeah lex. i cannot wait update finished august 2nd: i looked forward to this ever since it was announced and i couldn’t wait for lex to revisit the world of reputation and to make it gay. i like that the current bridgerton hype supported her in the publishing of reputation and now also infamous, but i strongly believe they are not suited for the same crowd. alas, i did read austen, quinn and croucher, and they all (somewhat) appeal to me. i enjoyed infamous tremendously. FUN! now looking forward to gwen & art are not in love, and any other novel / writing / art coming from lex’ brain. well done hun!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mariko -

    There is probably little that Lex could write that I wouldn’t love. So my take on this book is not the most objective, but I really, really, really loved it. I loved Reputation, and it’s not necessarily fair to do a comparison, but in some ways, I feel like Infamous was just written more for me and hit on more of the elements I love to see in a book. Most specifically, I love how explicitly queer this book is but I also really appreciated the arc of the story focusing on an aspiring artist meetin There is probably little that Lex could write that I wouldn’t love. So my take on this book is not the most objective, but I really, really, really loved it. I loved Reputation, and it’s not necessarily fair to do a comparison, but in some ways, I feel like Infamous was just written more for me and hit on more of the elements I love to see in a book. Most specifically, I love how explicitly queer this book is but I also really appreciated the arc of the story focusing on an aspiring artist meeting her hero, and the reality that ensues from that relationship. I also appreciated this really nuanced perspective on feminism in that time period; what one person does to survive is not inherently “less feminist” because it doesn’t fit a particular, perfect ideal of what feminism ought to be. As with Reputation, I also appreciated the diversity of characters and Lex’s commitment to the depiction of historically accurate, non-white washed Britain in the 1800s. Eddie and Rose were perfect lead characters, and I loved the focus on their friendship and the dynamic between the two of them. Some snippets of their dialogue felt snatched from real conversations between myself and my long-time childhood best friend and I was genuinely in stitches throughout. I also felt the conflict between them was genuine, as did their resolution. What I think Lex really mastered in this book is that while it’s about writers and artists during the Regency era, it’s actually a story that could be applied to pretty much any discipline in any point in time. Many of the themes felt very informed by Lex’s life on YouTube and their experiences with other creators / being connected to that works. I particularly liked the commentary on this seemingly progressive group of people not actually being as forward-thinking as they imagine themselves to be, which felt achingly relevant.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Griffin

    Infamous was an excellent blend of many things I love: Little Women, Bridgerton, Booksmart, and queer romantic comedies. At times, unfortunately, our heroine Eddie was a bit too much pre-maturity Eloise Bridgerton for me. Eddie and Rose, friends since age 8, are inseparable best friends of almost two decades. They do everything together, and lately that has meant approaching romantic interests together as well. As Rose finds a suitable partner, Eddie stumbles into the same, only to be blinded by Infamous was an excellent blend of many things I love: Little Women, Bridgerton, Booksmart, and queer romantic comedies. At times, unfortunately, our heroine Eddie was a bit too much pre-maturity Eloise Bridgerton for me. Eddie and Rose, friends since age 8, are inseparable best friends of almost two decades. They do everything together, and lately that has meant approaching romantic interests together as well. As Rose finds a suitable partner, Eddie stumbles into the same, only to be blinded by stardom and quickly forget her friend of so long. It is here that Eddie bothers me the most: I can understand her (sapphic) feelings for her friend being repressed, but to fall for such a loathsome character over and over again was hard to watch a 22-year-old heroine experience. There are lots of fun romps and plots here, some I'd love to see more of, and others less of. I was particularly saddened by the surface-level treatment of Rose's experience being a woman of color (asian) in these times - it is basically nonexistent and I would really have enjoyed hearing more of her story, especially as I found her far more likeable as a heroine. Luckily Infamous ends with a lot of self-discovery and growth, a la Clueless. If you're willing to stick with a slightly bumpy ride with LOTS of laughs, I would recommend this queer regency romance. My thanks to Lex Croucher, St. Martin's Griffin, and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lau

    Thank you to NetGalley, Lex Croucher and the publisher for sending me an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Infamous is a gothic, coming-of-age sapphic book with Pride and Prejudice vibes and I absolutely adored it! The characters are all lovable, except for one person, but it made the plot more entertaining and wouldn't have been the same without them. I was rooting for Eddie and her love for writing throughout and her dynamic with Rose was fun to watch unravel. The only thing I have to say Thank you to NetGalley, Lex Croucher and the publisher for sending me an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Infamous is a gothic, coming-of-age sapphic book with Pride and Prejudice vibes and I absolutely adored it! The characters are all lovable, except for one person, but it made the plot more entertaining and wouldn't have been the same without them. I was rooting for Eddie and her love for writing throughout and her dynamic with Rose was fun to watch unravel. The only thing I have to say is that the end seemed a bit rushed and confusing, but apart from that, I loved it. It's the first book I've read by Lex Croucher and I'll definitely be reading more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    gabby

    infamous is a historical romcom that follows eddie, who is an aspiring writer, as she grapples with meeting her idol and falling in love with her best friend. eddie was an interesting character. she was naive and very annoying at parts but she had a decent amount of development. i did want to see more out of her at the end and i thought that rose forgave her too easily. however, i did appreciate the talks around eddie’s sexuality and that we got to see her try to figure herself out. rose was lov infamous is a historical romcom that follows eddie, who is an aspiring writer, as she grapples with meeting her idol and falling in love with her best friend. eddie was an interesting character. she was naive and very annoying at parts but she had a decent amount of development. i did want to see more out of her at the end and i thought that rose forgave her too easily. however, i did appreciate the talks around eddie’s sexuality and that we got to see her try to figure herself out. rose was lovely!!! i wish we got to read from her pov because i wanted more! i liked how she was very sure in herself and her sexuality, i thought it was a nice contrast to eddie. you could really tell that she cared for eddie a lot which was so obvious from the beginning (eddie’s feelings were also very obvious). now nash, he was a horrid character. he was so frustrating to read about but i did appreciate how it showed the disgusting behaviours of men who think they can take advantage of younger women who idolize them. he deserved so much worse than he got but i get it’s not always realistic. i really enjoyed seeing eddie and rose’s relationship develop from practicing kissing to admitting they’re in love with one another! i also loved albert so much!!! thank you to netgalley and st. martins press for giving me this e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “I cannot just kiss you tonight and forget it tomorrow.” “Eddie was starting to suspect that her stupidity knew no bounds.” “I’m certainly finding this educational.” Beautiful prose, dry wit, a dumbass bi MC (highly relatable), and a charming end. I love Reputation (read it twice in a year) but I love this even more. Slightly predictable but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

  21. 4 out of 5

    jess

    Enjoyably fresh take on a Regency romance that is quite funny and very queer. Just be prepared for the fact that the main character is a frustratingly obtuse dum dum.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    4.5 stars Infamous follows the story of Eddie, an ambitious young writer who has grown up very close to her best friend Rose, but Eddie is worried as she can feel them drifting apart. When Eddie meets her poet inspiration and idol Nash Nicholson she is quickly infatuated with his talent and when he persuades her to come on a writing retreat in the countryside and she is thrown into a society of libertines and rebels, Eddie will discover there is a lot more to the world and a lot of lessons to le 4.5 stars Infamous follows the story of Eddie, an ambitious young writer who has grown up very close to her best friend Rose, but Eddie is worried as she can feel them drifting apart. When Eddie meets her poet inspiration and idol Nash Nicholson she is quickly infatuated with his talent and when he persuades her to come on a writing retreat in the countryside and she is thrown into a society of libertines and rebels, Eddie will discover there is a lot more to the world and a lot of lessons to learn, whilst trying to stay true to her heart and best friend. I really loved Eddie and Rose and their relationship in this book. I'm an absolute sucker for friends to lovers, especially when one friend is so obviously in love and the other is completely oblivious (and the other finds their obliviousness adorable and exasperating). I really liked the development of Eddie's character with her realising her queerness and having that oh! sapphic moment which felt very genuine (and a long time coming T_T. Eddie's development as a character was also really satisfying and seeing her mature and come into herself as the novel went on made me very proud, even if I was a little infuriated with her character at times. I really loved Rose as a character as well, she is so kind and caring and gentle and I loved how she stood up for herself with Eddie as well, despite loving her. This book also gets an award for probably my most hated character of the year so far (I mean you are meant to hate him so this is a good thing lol). Nash was such a sleaze bag and honestly I just wanted to punch him through most of the book. He is an excellent example of how monstrous people can often come in very charming packages and fool/gaslight a lot of people. I really enjoyed the story and setting - a lot of the book takes place in a crumbling (literally) manor on a remote lake which really added to the atmosphere. The writing was also very solid and struck a great note of lighter humour with a look at some darker aspects of human nature. I look forward to reading more of this authors work in the future!

  23. 5 out of 5

    rebecca

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. I liked the shifting dynamics between Eddie and Rose, and that Eddie’s sapphic realisation was a slowburn as that is the reality for many people. I did feel though, considering it is a romance book, that Eddie and Rose as Infamous went on didn’t spend a lot of time together. Despite the slow burn of certain elements, towards the end of the book everything became very rushed and certain events were fa Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. I liked the shifting dynamics between Eddie and Rose, and that Eddie’s sapphic realisation was a slowburn as that is the reality for many people. I did feel though, considering it is a romance book, that Eddie and Rose as Infamous went on didn’t spend a lot of time together. Despite the slow burn of certain elements, towards the end of the book everything became very rushed and certain events were fairly underwhelming after a lot of build-up. There was also a plot thread left hanging that felt pretty significant and I’m surprised that there was zero closure on that. This is not the book if you want anything approaching historical accuracy as there were several anachronisms in the dialogue but it’s still a fun time, even if the amount of interaction isn’t exactly what I’d hope for in a romance. I went in hoping for a sapphic Regency romcom and Infamous didn’t fully live up to that expectation.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Devsea

    I really wanted to love this book after reputation but it was painful to read. I kept waiting for eddie to have a redemption arc which never came. Everything that happened with nash was really predictable and the worst part of the book, which ended up being most of it. The small part of romance was lovely and wish there were more. Rose deserved better. Overall it just made me sad because I had so much hope for this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    IINFAMOUS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "You...have come to rescue me from a fate worse than death" "What fate is that?" "Obscurity" E-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you NetGalley). Eddie Miller is a young writer who enjoys spending time with her best friend, Rose Li, and dreaming of being a published author. She wants no part in polite Regency society, and is dismayed when Rose starts to grow up without her. To put off adulthood a little longer (like doing a masters after an undergraduate d IINFAMOUS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "You...have come to rescue me from a fate worse than death" "What fate is that?" "Obscurity" E-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you NetGalley). Eddie Miller is a young writer who enjoys spending time with her best friend, Rose Li, and dreaming of being a published author. She wants no part in polite Regency society, and is dismayed when Rose starts to grow up without her. To put off adulthood a little longer (like doing a masters after an undergraduate degree), Eddie, Rose, and a crew of loveable eccentrics abscond to the crumbling gothic Manor owned by romantic poet Nash Nicholson (Eddie's literary hero) for a writing retreat. Drama and hijinks ensue. I really really enjoyed this book. It starts with Eddie and Rose practicing kissing, which is a brilliant place to start a book. The plot is fast-paced and the reader gets swept up in the excitement of meeting one's hero and going to stay with them. Setting most of the story on an island could have limited the action somewhat, but the author avoids this by drawing on different aspects of the island and utilising the space fully. The characters are lively enough to ensure there is never a dull moment. There were a lot of references to the characters being cold, though, which made me appreciate my Teddy blanket all the more. The ending snuck up on me but the story had a satisfying conclusion, and even the parts that made me want to scream were enjoyable. My suspicions about the plot came true and it was fun to see how those played out. As well as having a strong plot, INFAMOUS has a cast of diverse and engaging characters. The main character, Eddie, is interesting. She is very set in her ways and believes she knows everything and discovers that she actually doesn't know very much. As I am a similar age to Eddie and Rose, I felt their frustrations about the world and saw my own flaws reflected in some of Eddie's less desirable traits. Rose is Eddie's long-suffering beat friend; she is gentle and kind but isn't afraid to stand up for herself when she has to. Of the other characters, Valentine stood out immediately as one of my favourites, and I also loved Dayo. Juno the dog is a delight and she helped me visualise the scenes; she made everything feel more vivid and alive. Can you tell I'm a dog person? For better or worse, we see Nash Nicholson through Eddie's eyes. I wondered if he would be similar to Thomas Thorne from Ghosts but the two are complete opposites (and would probably hate eachother). Nash is a vital character; he holds both the keys to the house and the keys to Eddie's future as a writer. Whether Nash is mad, bad, and dangerous to know remains to be seen. (I would have liked to learn a bit more about his relationship with Byron but that's just a personal thing). The writing in INFAMOUS is strong, insightful, and witty. It manages to feel both Regency and modern, without the dialogue getting too bogged down in flowery Georgian language. The themes also juxtapose modernity with antiquity, and they work so well. There are good explorations of race, gender, sexuality, class, and trauma, although they could maybe have gone a little further. Lots of quotes stood out to me. I've put one at the start of this reveiw, but my favourite was about London. It made stop and think about how well it sums up my feelings towards this place, and I'll be thinking about it for some time. This book is perfect for fans of historical fiction, people who like LGBTQ+ fiction, and those who like their drama sprinkled with humour and jokes that always land and make you feel like part of the gang. It was a really fun read and I can't wait to read it again when it's published. Come and scream with me once you've read it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    ‘Booksmart Meets Bridgerton’ - cover blurb. My thanks to Bonnier Books UK Zaffre for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Infamous’ by Lex Croucher. Having recently read Croucher’s first Regency romance, ‘Reputation’, I was prepared for this novel to be only loosely connected to its historical setting. The lovely cover art also promises a cheeky lightheartedness. At twenty-two aspiring writer, Edith 'Eddie' Miller, isn’t keen on leaving behind the carefree days of her youth when she and best friend Rose clim ‘Booksmart Meets Bridgerton’ - cover blurb. My thanks to Bonnier Books UK Zaffre for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Infamous’ by Lex Croucher. Having recently read Croucher’s first Regency romance, ‘Reputation’, I was prepared for this novel to be only loosely connected to its historical setting. The lovely cover art also promises a cheeky lightheartedness. At twenty-two aspiring writer, Edith 'Eddie' Miller, isn’t keen on leaving behind the carefree days of her youth when she and best friend Rose climbed trees, drank secretly, teased boys, and practiced kissing (research). Now to Eddie’s dismay Rose is changing and is more interested in domestic matters and is talking seriously about marriage. She is soon being courted by the eligible, somewhat older Albert Rednock. Eddie is not happy though then is introduced to the charming, renowned poet, Nash Nicholson, who considers himself more talented than Lord Byron. As one friend comments- they are too alike in background, temperament and ambition and these ‘irreconcilable similarities’ prevents them being friends. Nash encourages Eddie’s writing and invites her, along with Rose and Albert, for a visit to his crumbling Gothic estate in the country. The house isn’t just metaphorically crumbling, there are leaks in the roof and rooms that are clearly uninhabitable. Certainly an unconventional destination for two unwed young women, though Nash’s wife will be in attendance to calm parental concerns about impropriety and any danger to their reputations. However, Nash has also invited an entourage of eccentric artistic types and they are planning to indulge in pure hedonism. Eddie doesn’t mind as she feels that this is exactly the atmosphere she needs in order to finish her novel and make a name for herself. Will she regret trying to keep up with her literary heroes? What kind of name might she gain if word gets back to London of hijinks? She crafts the occasional letter back home to her parents, rather painting a misleading picture of their visit. While there are some light moments in the beginning, there are increasingly darker themes as the story unfolds. I found Eddie a very relatable lead. Her desire to continue to enjoy the freedom of her youth and expand her world was understandable, especially given the constraints of the society of the day. I applauded Lex Croucher concluding with future documental references to her characters’ lives. While my preference is for historical fiction well grounded in its period, I read ‘Infamous’ fully aware of the authors’ intentions. Indeed, one of the novel’s bonus reading group questions is: “How do you feel about the modernisation of Regency setting in books, film and TV?” Overall, I found this an engaging, entertaining novel that had plenty of wit and charm. I am planning to read her upcoming medieval romantic comedy, ‘Gwen and Art Are Not in Love’ when published.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harley

    Edith ‘Eddie’ Miller is an aspiring writer, and with her best friend Rose, she does everything a slightly wayward lady might: climb trees, sneaking wine, practicing kissing… But as ‘society’ looms, signalling a marriage for Rose, Eddie will find herself uncertain of her role within it. Perhaps a trip to the crumbling country abode of a certain literary hero of hers, Nash Nicholson, might be just the tonic… I read Croucher’s first book, Reputation, when I was in peak Bridgerton obsession, and havi Edith ‘Eddie’ Miller is an aspiring writer, and with her best friend Rose, she does everything a slightly wayward lady might: climb trees, sneaking wine, practicing kissing… But as ‘society’ looms, signalling a marriage for Rose, Eddie will find herself uncertain of her role within it. Perhaps a trip to the crumbling country abode of a certain literary hero of hers, Nash Nicholson, might be just the tonic… I read Croucher’s first book, Reputation, when I was in peak Bridgerton obsession, and having devoured the books was looking for something to satiate my Regency romance need. It did the job, although perhaps not as sweepingly as I had hoped. All that to say, I had similar expectations for this latest offering, Infamous. I was unfortunately disappointed with this as a follow-up read. I’ll start with what I liked – I enjoy the subversion of traditional ‘woman swoons over man eventually they get together’ type narratives and, like with Reputation, there is plenty of that here. Some of the descriptions of the crumbling ruin of a house and the characters within it were engaging, and I did feel I had a sense of what they looked like, their individual movements and habits, which is often lacking in this type of book. I also enjoyed that we moved away from the typical ‘main characters must marry/doesn’t want to marry/is coming out in society’ narratives. What I struggled with here was the main character – Eddie. Everything that unfolded for Eddie felt so predictable that I was left wondering what made this story so different from any other ‘naive girl ends up in a situation she shouldn’t’ narrative. There was nothing sufficiently different about it to compel me to keep reading – I was essentially waiting for the thing I thought might happen to happen, and it did. I also found the believability of the plot to be a challenge. 2 young women amongst people completely unknown to their parents in a crumbling house in the middle of nowhere for what appeared to be months? It seemed to go against the ‘society’ setting that is established even from the blurb, and the use of letters from Eddie to her family as a way of explaining it didn’t quite satisfy for me. Not least because the scandal of it all is often the best bit, so to be deprived of the whispers and gossiping because everyone is holed up somewhere was less effective for me. It’s by no means a bad read, and as a more representative image of love and loving within this regency romance genre, it works. Perhaps, in this case, just not for me. Books in Steel City x *Thanks Bonnier Books UK and Netgalley for gifting me this copy in exchange for an honest review!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Books for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. After Reputation earned a spot in my top 10 reads of 2021 I was so excited for Lex Croucher's next novel. I love Croucher's tone and approach to Regency-era fiction, and I was especially excited for Infamous to feature a sapphic romance. I think ultimately my expectations for a sapphic romance from Croucher led to Infamous feeling slightly underwhelming for me. The modern approach to the Regency per Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Books for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. After Reputation earned a spot in my top 10 reads of 2021 I was so excited for Lex Croucher's next novel. I love Croucher's tone and approach to Regency-era fiction, and I was especially excited for Infamous to feature a sapphic romance. I think ultimately my expectations for a sapphic romance from Croucher led to Infamous feeling slightly underwhelming for me. The modern approach to the Regency period and Croucher's narrative voice didn't shock/excite me as much as it had in Reputation because I knew to expect it, and my excitement for the romance meant that I went into the novel with the wrong expectations. Like Reputation, Infamous isn't a romance novel, it's a coming-of-age novel that features romance as a facet of that. Whereas in Reputation the decentralisation of the romance centred Georgiana's relationships with other women, in Infamous the relationship most centred is Eddie and Nash's. (Arguably it's Eddie's relationship with herself, but the relationship with the most on-page screen time is her and Nash's). This frustrated me and I wished there had been more of a focus on Eddie and Rose's relationship. I think one of the dangers of the friends-to-lovers trope is that it can rely a little too much on the preexisting relationship between the characters. Rose and Eddie only had a handful of intimate romantic moments throughout the book and their romance felt a little underdeveloped. Some of the moments were incredibly sweet and there were definite hints of chemistry but I felt that the majority of the relationship development had occurred prior to the setting of the book. Outside of my issues with romance, I did really enjoy this book. I liked how Croucher played with a gothic setting, it was very different from Reputation and brought an interesting atmosphere to the novel. I enjoyed the main plot line of Eddie's relationship with Nash and her writing career, it didn't feel tired or overdone despite being (as Croucher acknowledged within the book) one of the oldest stories. The plot line with Henry did feel a little rushed and inconclusive to me and I'm not sure it added anything to the book. Additionally, I would have loved to have seen more about Rose and Albert's relationship and where Eddie fits into that and their goal of building a kind of counter-culture safe space. Overall, this was another great Regency-era coming-of-age novel from Croucher. I think if you go into it aware that the romance is not the main plot focus and accepting of it for what it is you'll enjoy it just as much, if not more, than Reputation.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Bernard

    From the Blog A historical romcom novel with touches of Booksmart, Bridgerton, and Jane Austin. Lex has done it again! I loved the first novel I read of hers, Reputation, and this one has the same vibes that I thought the characters would certainly be friends. There is a lot of fun that happens in the novel and more than a couple of times I laughed out loud. I really loved this one and loved Eddie and Rose as a pair but I did get a little annoyed at how thick Eddie could be with her and their re From the Blog A historical romcom novel with touches of Booksmart, Bridgerton, and Jane Austin. Lex has done it again! I loved the first novel I read of hers, Reputation, and this one has the same vibes that I thought the characters would certainly be friends. There is a lot of fun that happens in the novel and more than a couple of times I laughed out loud. I really loved this one and loved Eddie and Rose as a pair but I did get a little annoyed at how thick Eddie could be with her and their relationship. All of the characters are messy but that makes them even more loveable. Albert, Dayo, Kitty Liza and Nash all made for a diverse cast and I loved to root for them through this story. Even with the amount of frustrating choices they made throughout the novel I still wanted everyone to end up happy (Well almost everyone...). I felt like I was watching a romcom where you don't want the plot to get too much because you just want to have fun reading. 🌶️ Spice Meter 🌶️ : 0 out of 5 Peppers Final Thoughts: If you are looking for a fun, sapphic, historical book, this is for you. It is a chaotic, funny, entertaining read for the right crowd. Thankfully I was in the right crowd for this. TW: Toxic Relationships, Alcohol, Gaslighting, and Sexual harassment Disclaimer: Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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