You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.
I LOVE romance. I love it when its sweet and sappy with happy ever afters, and I love the angsty over the top drama romances. And everything in between. So a choose-your-own romance? Totally intrigued me. And boy did it live up to its promise.
Firstly there are so many different avenues to go down here that it's a little overwhelming at first. But the authors do a pretty good job of controlling the choices so that you only ever make small decisions at a time - which can of course lead to big changes. There are four main love interests to pursue but if you take side routes you can also wind up with any number of side characters as well. You can even if you want take a weird circuitous route through every love interest because why not have fun?? (This by the way is what I did).
My favourite part was that there was a Lady love interest who is, in my oh so biased opinion, the best of the lot. Her storyline was the first I tried out and was full of intrigue and treachery and passion and it was just SO much fun. This is perhaps one of the greatest strengths of the book. Each branching path is its own self-contained story. Yet each story feels complete and complex. There must be dozens of different endings (there's no way I've explored them all yet) and the relatively small amount of pages meant I expected poorly developed insta-love romances. And there is an element of that sure. You have to fall in love in a few pages or your story is going nowhere but crucially they felt romantic still.
There is a huge amount of (very well placed) humour here. There is a lot to laugh at in the romance genre and as a fan I can recognise overused tropes (whilst kinda loving them still). My Lady's Choosing takes full advantage of this by poking fun at its own genre in the best possible way. There was a lot of love in the laughter and I could sigh over the romance whilst simultaneously laughing at the completely on point use of metaphors in love scenes and the frankly ridiculous descriptions of our heroes.
This is a must-read for any romance lover especially if you kind of miss the days when choose your own adventure stories were everywhere (I do). I loved having control of the heroine. I adored finding how a tiny sidestep could derail an entire story - and it was even more fun preventing miscommunication because OMG just talk to each other. Plus it's just a whole lot of fun and a super quick read, depending on how much you get lost in it - I lost a week but you could dip in for one story-line and it would still be satisfying.
Swoon Factor: 4/5