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10 thoughts on “Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander

  1. Trin Trin says:

    Andrew proud member of the Brotherhood of Philander a private London society for men who enjoy the company of other men wink wink nudge nudge decides it’s time to do his duty and provide an heir so he enters into a marriage of convenience with Phyllida a poor country virgin and anonymous writer of gothic romances They both agree to conduct the marriage on terms of absolute honesty—so Phyllida knows that Andrew likes the manmeat and Andrew knows that Phyllida’s joy in life has so far been the pen rather than the penis However attraction blooms scandal looms and really lame ass spies aboundI’ve spent uite a while trying to figure out how to explain why this book didn’t work for me I think I’m gonna just go with a list1 I didn’t believe it The Regency England Herendeen creates never felt real to me It was like a copy of a copy of a copy—like she’d read a lot of other Regency romances and tried to recreate them rather than the actual period The characters’ reactions and decision making seemed bizarre to me too—like she was trying to make them especially Andrew seem incredibly clever and devious Dangerous Liaisons style Instead they just seemed kind of thick And weirdWhich brings me to2 I didn’t like any of the characters They’re all kind of whiny Or dickish Or whiny dicks I never really cared what happened to them; instead I kept reading out of a vague desire to discover which way their private parts would ultimately end up aligned3 It’s incredibly insular Herendeen tries to stretch the plot beyond the bedroom by including all these spy shenanigans that are also apparently supposed to tie in in some way with the Napoleonic wars; however it’s complicated and confusing than suspenseful The same can be said of the supposed danger Andrew faces of being exposed or disgraced among the ton; since almost all the characters we meet are in some way associated with the Brotherhood it never feels like what Andrew and Phyllida are up to is all that unusual In Herendeen’s Regency England everyone it would seem is either a gay b related to a gay person and cool with it c married to a gay person and cool with it I don’t buy that much grooviness in the 19th Century; I almost doubt that you’d find it today Andrew and Phyllida are even introduced to another long term triumvirate husband wife and husband and wife’s live in lover What’s so special or exciting about what the protagonists are doing then? Herendeen takes all the excitement out of her premise by making it seem ordinary4 It’s just not that funny For example there’s a long seuence in which Andrew becomes convinced that his wife is actually the author of Sense and Sensibility instead of the gothic bodice ripper she’s actually responsible for Along with not helping to cure me of the notion that Andrew is a MORON this subplot wasn’t amusing so much as embarrassing and cringe worthy5 It ain’t all that sexy either There were weeping cocks And also a lot of Andrew calling Phyllida a slut which I guess could be construed as hot dirty talk in certain contexts but not when he actually seems to mean it—when he’s previously insinuated that he thinks her mother is a dirty whore And to top it all off the husbandwifehusband’s lover threesome I was hoping for never materialized The final arrangement seems like a sweet deal for Andrew but not so much for his partners PoohI think I’m learning that the things I get from fanfic—notably uality boysex—are not things I can expect to find in published acceptable to read on the bus books Why? I have no idea However the publication of Phyllida—regardless of how little I liked it—does seem like a good sign in terms of publishers realizing that there is a market for this sort of thing Now if only some of my favorite fic authors could write it


  2. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    “You think money can solve any problem but all it s good for is buying the things it can and leaving you free to pursue the things it can't” This book was one of those odd novel that was hard to put down with a beginning half that outshone the second partIt's not a romantic book nor surprisingly an erotic one You would think it would at least win erotic favors considering the storyline yet the sexual scenes were abbreviated and brash not erotic There were some sweet connections especially between Phyllida and Andrew but hardly anything I'd call romantic What won me with the book was the humor and creative verbal banter play between the two main characters Funny lines awkward scenarios cute stuffFor the second half I'm not sure what went wrong The author suddenly became interested in exploring other side characters and their political manuevering probably to give a deeper story and explain how the book page count is so high for the basic story it held Matthew was a likeable character but I didn't see a bonding I wanted to I just lost interest as the story began losing steam never completely but slowly started inflaming The ending was supposed to be sweet but it seemed a little forced and not something I was completely happy with The frustrating thing is I can't exactly put my finger on why it wasn't completely satisfying for meThis book wins in that it's uniue and creative with it's story playful with the characters but I'd like to have seem genuineness later with developed emotion Genuine erotic moments between all the characters would have been welcome As it stands it seemed a little too rushed and without enough realistic buildupI do wish at some point Phyllida would have left him and made him realize what he was losing I also didn't care for some of the language Andrew used in the bedroom such as calling as his lovers slutsI noted comments on how unrealistic things were and yes it is This is a complete fantasy retelling where the author invented some stuff true but it is fiction so why this is an issue for some completely escapes meOverall I dug this story don't regret reading it and will remember it fondly when I glance at the cover on my shelves I wish it kept the momentum the first half promised but it stayed hard to put down


  3. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Sexy rich aristocrat Andrew Carrington decides to marry any woman who will bear him an heir and tolerate his homosexuality In a single day he meets and marries Phyllida a pretty young country virgin A truly stupid amount of misunderstandings ensue The plot is unbelievable and the dialog silly and homogenized but what really annoyed me was that I didn't like any of the characters I'd assumed I'd like at least Andrew who is supposed to be sarcastic and wry but is actually thick headed easily enraged and gets off on calling every one of this sexual partners slut repeatedly Ugh Herendeen clearly did not spend a lot of time or effort on this book


  4. Beth Beth says:

    Wickedly amusing romance very much in the Regency romance traditional style except for certain ahem private matters Andrew is shall we say interested in men the Brotherhood is a club where he and like minded gentlemen can enjoy each other's company but decides he must marry and produce an heir for societal reasons Phyllida is an open minded author of romance novels who consents to be his wife The story has surprises both pleasant and unpleasant for the characters It's not what one expects even for such a nontraditional Regency Romance The time honored tradition of misunderstandings between the protagonists are realistic than the usual annoying romance plot twists They're also delightfully endowed with human faults Most secondary characters are stereotypical with just a few uniue touchesI lost interest about halfway through too many other books and activities keeping me from it but if one's sufficiently interested in the storyline I think it's worth reading


  5. Manda Manda says:

    The plot? Frothily preposterous Characters? Camper than a row of tents unbelievable and the heroine is a Mary Sue to boot Not really what I'd call good but also not too terribly bad if you don't attempt to look for a serious story anywhere in it


  6. Courtney Courtney says:

    Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander is the story of Phyllida an author of trashy gothic romances and her bisexual husband Andrew Carrington Andrew married Phyllida in order to do his duty by his family and secure an heir Phyllida married Andrew in order to be able to continue her career as an authoress Both went into the marriage with open eyes knowing Andrew would continue his dalliances with his male friends in the titular Brotherhood of Philander Neither expected to fall in love with the otherReading Phyllida reminded me greatly of uite a few fanfics I enjoy There's a three sided relationship Andrew and Phyllida Andrew and his lovers and his lovers's friendship with Phyllida Add in some spying and there you go Oh and did I mention it's a Regency novel?The book isokay It is not stunning nor is it horrible Like I said it reminds me very much of many fanfics I have read The author weaves the lives of the characters not only Phyllida and Andrew but those of the entire Brotherhood in and out of each other throughout the novel and throws in a spy subplot to it seems draw the entire story out another two hundred pages I would have been happy without the spy subplot just reading the story of Andrew Phyllida Harry Matthew and the rest of the BrotherhoodI stayed up all night to read the last two hundred pages because I was engrossed with the characters' stories However I don't think I'll be borrowing this from the library again nor will I be purchasing it any time soon


  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    A flimsy lightweight Regency romance with the added twist of being about gay men and a woman who loves them this was an entertaining if occassionally eye rolling read It's the story of aristocrat Andrew Carrington who must marry and beget an heir despite being homosexual Impoverished Phyllida is the solution; she's happy to look the other way regarding his homosexuality I'm sure that there was no shortage of poor Regency women happy to marry into aristocracy even if it meant marrying a homosexual The Brotherhood of Philander is a club Carrington founded to provide refuge for like minded homosexual men Sub plots regarding Napoleonic spies and blackmail are mostly forgettable It did stretch credubility that Phyllida is titillated by her husband's homosexuality which seems unlikely for a virginal Regency girl and that Carrington suddenly turns bisexual and develops an attraction to his wife after resisting many wealthy titled beauties of his own class The whole thing reads like well written fan fiction but I happen to like fan fiction so I was mostly entertained by it Even so had I not pulled this from the 99 cent bin at The Strand I probably would have felt cheated by the price


  8. Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides says:

    More like 25 Wildly variable uality with 2 moments and 4 moments I'm glad that someone tried to do this but I don't think this came off as well as it could have It tried to be spy intrigue and eroticaporn and a thoughtful examination of non mainstream relationships and genders and a Regency romancecomedyhistorical fictionSo maybe too much at once Also Andrew is kind of a jerk and he's not even a nice jerk if that makes any sense There is a lot of poor communication between characters that it made me groan to see And there is a fair bit of purple prose Some of it was properly steamy but some of it was just uncomfortable making for me anywayFiguring I should expoundexpand on that the use of slut as a familiar form of address when it isn't understood by both parties that it's meant affectionately makes me wince


  9. Evamaria Evamaria says:

    DNF something I hardly ever do I'm not sure why but for some reason this book or rather how relationships are characters are portrayed in it made me feel highly uncomfortable The premise is really interesting so different from the usual Regency Romance but I simply had to throw in the towel by the time I started feeling nauseous It's mostly the violence and ugly language between people I'm supposed to root for I think I didn't even get to the spy plot that's been criticised in other reviews


  10. S. S. says:

    Disappointing It doesn't feel like the author has sufficiently researched Regency language and etiuetteI had trouble believing the plot; it would have made sense if they had had a courtship period rather than making out and marrying the same day they meetI wavered between 2 stars and 3


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Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander [Download] ➽ Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander ➺ Ann Herendeen – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Andrew Carrington is the ideal Regency gentleman heir to an earldom wealthy handsome athletic and gay When he decides to do his duty to his family he wants marriage on his terms an honest arrangement Andrew Carrington the Brotherhood Epub Ü is the ideal Regency gentleman heir to an earldom wealthy handsome athletic and gay When he decides to do his duty to his family he wants marriage on his terms an honest arrangement with no disruption to his way of life But in the penniless spirited and curvaceous Phyllida Lewis a self educated author of romances Andrew gets than he bargained for perhaps even love And when he meets honorable shrewd and hunky Matthew Thornby son of a self made baronet Andrew seems Phyllida and PDF/EPUB or to have everything a man could desire until a spy and blackmailer tries to ruin him and his friends The fragile understanding developing between Andrew and his bride is shattered when Phyllida is attacked and her assailant threatens to denounce her husband if she tells She must deceive Andrew to protect him But Andrew discovers the truth and devastated by his first experience of failure seems in danger of losing his wife his lover his very manhood itself Only with Matthew's help can Andrew and Phyllida and the Brotherhood Kindle Ñ acknowledge their feelings and find their way to lasting love Phyllida introduces an intrepid heroine and an engaging and sympathetic group of characters members of an exclusive establishment for gentlemen who prefer the company of their own sex A diverse assortment of personalities the Brotherhood of Philander is bound together by sexual preference in a world where the law brands gay men as outlaws and leaves them vulnerable to extortion Moving from familiar scenes of society balls theater parties and midnight suppers to the witty conversations games of chance and intimate pleasures at London's most aristocratic madge club Phyllida takes the reader into a little known side of Regency life In this unusual romantic comedy a bisexual man may make the best husband for both his wife and his lover.

10 thoughts on “Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander

  1. Trin Trin says:

    Andrew proud member of the Brotherhood of Philander a private London society for men who enjoy the company of other men wink wink nudge nudge decides it’s time to do his duty and provide an heir so he enters into a marriage of convenience with Phyllida a poor country virgin and anonymous writer of gothic romances They both agree to conduct the marriage on terms of absolute honesty—so Phyllida knows that Andrew likes the manmeat and Andrew knows that Phyllida’s joy in life has so far been the pen rather than the penis However attraction blooms scandal looms and really lame ass spies aboundI’ve spent uite a while trying to figure out how to explain why this book didn’t work for me I think I’m gonna just go with a list1 I didn’t believe it The Regency England Herendeen creates never felt real to me It was like a copy of a copy of a copy—like she’d read a lot of other Regency romances and tried to recreate them rather than the actual period The characters’ reactions and decision making seemed bizarre to me too—like she was trying to make them especially Andrew seem incredibly clever and devious Dangerous Liaisons style Instead they just seemed kind of thick And weirdWhich brings me to2 I didn’t like any of the characters They’re all kind of whiny Or dickish Or whiny dicks I never really cared what happened to them; instead I kept reading out of a vague desire to discover which way their private parts would ultimately end up aligned3 It’s incredibly insular Herendeen tries to stretch the plot beyond the bedroom by including all these spy shenanigans that are also apparently supposed to tie in in some way with the Napoleonic wars; however it’s complicated and confusing than suspenseful The same can be said of the supposed danger Andrew faces of being exposed or disgraced among the ton; since almost all the characters we meet are in some way associated with the Brotherhood it never feels like what Andrew and Phyllida are up to is all that unusual In Herendeen’s Regency England everyone it would seem is either a gay b related to a gay person and cool with it c married to a gay person and cool with it I don’t buy that much grooviness in the 19th Century; I almost doubt that you’d find it today Andrew and Phyllida are even introduced to another long term triumvirate husband wife and husband and wife’s live in lover What’s so special or exciting about what the protagonists are doing then? Herendeen takes all the excitement out of her premise by making it seem ordinary4 It’s just not that funny For example there’s a long seuence in which Andrew becomes convinced that his wife is actually the author of Sense and Sensibility instead of the gothic bodice ripper she’s actually responsible for Along with not helping to cure me of the notion that Andrew is a MORON this subplot wasn’t amusing so much as embarrassing and cringe worthy5 It ain’t all that sexy either There were weeping cocks And also a lot of Andrew calling Phyllida a slut which I guess could be construed as hot dirty talk in certain contexts but not when he actually seems to mean it—when he’s previously insinuated that he thinks her mother is a dirty whore And to top it all off the husbandwifehusband’s lover threesome I was hoping for never materialized The final arrangement seems like a sweet deal for Andrew but not so much for his partners PoohI think I’m learning that the things I get from fanfic—notably uality boysex—are not things I can expect to find in published acceptable to read on the bus books Why? I have no idea However the publication of Phyllida—regardless of how little I liked it—does seem like a good sign in terms of publishers realizing that there is a market for this sort of thing Now if only some of my favorite fic authors could write it

  2. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    “You think money can solve any problem but all it s good for is buying the things it can and leaving you free to pursue the things it can't” This book was one of those odd novel that was hard to put down with a beginning half that outshone the second partIt's not a romantic book nor surprisingly an erotic one You would think it would at least win erotic favors considering the storyline yet the sexual scenes were abbreviated and brash not erotic There were some sweet connections especially between Phyllida and Andrew but hardly anything I'd call romantic What won me with the book was the humor and creative verbal banter play between the two main characters Funny lines awkward scenarios cute stuffFor the second half I'm not sure what went wrong The author suddenly became interested in exploring other side characters and their political manuevering probably to give a deeper story and explain how the book page count is so high for the basic story it held Matthew was a likeable character but I didn't see a bonding I wanted to I just lost interest as the story began losing steam never completely but slowly started inflaming The ending was supposed to be sweet but it seemed a little forced and not something I was completely happy with The frustrating thing is I can't exactly put my finger on why it wasn't completely satisfying for meThis book wins in that it's uniue and creative with it's story playful with the characters but I'd like to have seem genuineness later with developed emotion Genuine erotic moments between all the characters would have been welcome As it stands it seemed a little too rushed and without enough realistic buildupI do wish at some point Phyllida would have left him and made him realize what he was losing I also didn't care for some of the language Andrew used in the bedroom such as calling as his lovers slutsI noted comments on how unrealistic things were and yes it is This is a complete fantasy retelling where the author invented some stuff true but it is fiction so why this is an issue for some completely escapes meOverall I dug this story don't regret reading it and will remember it fondly when I glance at the cover on my shelves I wish it kept the momentum the first half promised but it stayed hard to put down

  3. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Sexy rich aristocrat Andrew Carrington decides to marry any woman who will bear him an heir and tolerate his homosexuality In a single day he meets and marries Phyllida a pretty young country virgin A truly stupid amount of misunderstandings ensue The plot is unbelievable and the dialog silly and homogenized but what really annoyed me was that I didn't like any of the characters I'd assumed I'd like at least Andrew who is supposed to be sarcastic and wry but is actually thick headed easily enraged and gets off on calling every one of this sexual partners slut repeatedly Ugh Herendeen clearly did not spend a lot of time or effort on this book

  4. Beth Beth says:

    Wickedly amusing romance very much in the Regency romance traditional style except for certain ahem private matters Andrew is shall we say interested in men the Brotherhood is a club where he and like minded gentlemen can enjoy each other's company but decides he must marry and produce an heir for societal reasons Phyllida is an open minded author of romance novels who consents to be his wife The story has surprises both pleasant and unpleasant for the characters It's not what one expects even for such a nontraditional Regency Romance The time honored tradition of misunderstandings between the protagonists are realistic than the usual annoying romance plot twists They're also delightfully endowed with human faults Most secondary characters are stereotypical with just a few uniue touchesI lost interest about halfway through too many other books and activities keeping me from it but if one's sufficiently interested in the storyline I think it's worth reading

  5. Manda Manda says:

    The plot? Frothily preposterous Characters? Camper than a row of tents unbelievable and the heroine is a Mary Sue to boot Not really what I'd call good but also not too terribly bad if you don't attempt to look for a serious story anywhere in it

  6. Courtney Courtney says:

    Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander is the story of Phyllida an author of trashy gothic romances and her bisexual husband Andrew Carrington Andrew married Phyllida in order to do his duty by his family and secure an heir Phyllida married Andrew in order to be able to continue her career as an authoress Both went into the marriage with open eyes knowing Andrew would continue his dalliances with his male friends in the titular Brotherhood of Philander Neither expected to fall in love with the otherReading Phyllida reminded me greatly of uite a few fanfics I enjoy There's a three sided relationship Andrew and Phyllida Andrew and his lovers and his lovers's friendship with Phyllida Add in some spying and there you go Oh and did I mention it's a Regency novel?The book isokay It is not stunning nor is it horrible Like I said it reminds me very much of many fanfics I have read The author weaves the lives of the characters not only Phyllida and Andrew but those of the entire Brotherhood in and out of each other throughout the novel and throws in a spy subplot to it seems draw the entire story out another two hundred pages I would have been happy without the spy subplot just reading the story of Andrew Phyllida Harry Matthew and the rest of the BrotherhoodI stayed up all night to read the last two hundred pages because I was engrossed with the characters' stories However I don't think I'll be borrowing this from the library again nor will I be purchasing it any time soon

  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    A flimsy lightweight Regency romance with the added twist of being about gay men and a woman who loves them this was an entertaining if occassionally eye rolling read It's the story of aristocrat Andrew Carrington who must marry and beget an heir despite being homosexual Impoverished Phyllida is the solution; she's happy to look the other way regarding his homosexuality I'm sure that there was no shortage of poor Regency women happy to marry into aristocracy even if it meant marrying a homosexual The Brotherhood of Philander is a club Carrington founded to provide refuge for like minded homosexual men Sub plots regarding Napoleonic spies and blackmail are mostly forgettable It did stretch credubility that Phyllida is titillated by her husband's homosexuality which seems unlikely for a virginal Regency girl and that Carrington suddenly turns bisexual and develops an attraction to his wife after resisting many wealthy titled beauties of his own class The whole thing reads like well written fan fiction but I happen to like fan fiction so I was mostly entertained by it Even so had I not pulled this from the 99 cent bin at The Strand I probably would have felt cheated by the price

  8. Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides says:

    More like 25 Wildly variable uality with 2 moments and 4 moments I'm glad that someone tried to do this but I don't think this came off as well as it could have It tried to be spy intrigue and eroticaporn and a thoughtful examination of non mainstream relationships and genders and a Regency romancecomedyhistorical fictionSo maybe too much at once Also Andrew is kind of a jerk and he's not even a nice jerk if that makes any sense There is a lot of poor communication between characters that it made me groan to see And there is a fair bit of purple prose Some of it was properly steamy but some of it was just uncomfortable making for me anywayFiguring I should expoundexpand on that the use of slut as a familiar form of address when it isn't understood by both parties that it's meant affectionately makes me wince

  9. Evamaria Evamaria says:

    DNF something I hardly ever do I'm not sure why but for some reason this book or rather how relationships are characters are portrayed in it made me feel highly uncomfortable The premise is really interesting so different from the usual Regency Romance but I simply had to throw in the towel by the time I started feeling nauseous It's mostly the violence and ugly language between people I'm supposed to root for I think I didn't even get to the spy plot that's been criticised in other reviews

  10. S. S. says:

    Disappointing It doesn't feel like the author has sufficiently researched Regency language and etiuetteI had trouble believing the plot; it would have made sense if they had had a courtship period rather than making out and marrying the same day they meetI wavered between 2 stars and 3

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