Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander

Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander 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 arrangem

  • Title: Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander
  • Author: Ann Herendeen
  • ISBN: 9781420869637
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, 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 bargaAndrew 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, 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 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 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.

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  • Ann Herendeen

    A native New Yorker and lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Ann Herendeen is a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in English while maintaining a strong interest in English history She enjoys reading and writing for escape.Ann writes from the third perspective, the woman who prefers a bisexual husband and enjoys a polyamorous, m m f menage With Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, Ann put a new twist on a traditional form, creating the ultimate love story she always wanted to read an m m f Regency romance In Pride Prejudice, a finalist in the Bisexual Fiction category for the 2011 Lambda Literary Award, she dares to tell the hidden bisexual story within Jane Austen s classic novel.In the summer of 2011, Ann launched her e book series, Eclipsis Lady Amalie s memoirs, beginning with the novella Recognition These novels and novellas, set in a sword and sorcery world, follow the telepathic Amelia Herzog as she finds love, a family, and a home, while addressing issues of feminism, ecology and sexuality.

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  • 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 [...]


  • “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 part.It'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 [...]


  • 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 ex [...]


  • 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, e [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 lo [...]


  • 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 homo [...]


  • More like 2.5. Wildly variable quality, 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 erotica/porn and a thoughtful examination of non-mainstream relationships and genders and a Regency romance/comedy/historical fiction.So, 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 chara [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • Trashy and unbelievable, ridiculous at nearly every turn, and yet strangely compelling and compulsively readable.


  • High on the titilation scale, low on the story and/or credibility scale. Oh, to live in a world where everyone's horny for (absolutely) everyone else and beautiful men populate the planet.


  • I went in expecting to enjoy this book. I wasn't looking for great literature, but I was hoping for a light, fluffy romance with the promised "bisexual" twist. Well, it was light, and there was romance, after a fashion, but I really didn't enjoy it at all.The plot was as paper-thin as it was convoluted. In your standard Regency romance, the conflict is usually in miscommunication — a calm, five-minute conversation between the romantic leads would often solve everything, but it takes a couple h [...]


  • This book is certainly not your typical historical romance. To give you an idea of just how atypical this book is, I should give you a rundown of the hierarchy of the romance industry. There are the great publishers (Avon, Harper Collins), the good publishers (Signet, Harlequin), and the ugly (self-publishers like Eldora's Cave and AuthorHouse). While there is always argument in the community about which publishers are 'great' and which 'good', the 'ugly' are generally quite easy to pick out. Th [...]


  • Let me start out by saying that this is either going to be a book you really enjoy and find wickedly amusing, or you're really not going to like it. I'm a member of the former group. Phyllida is an absolute romp of a story and involves, as other reviewers have explained, a lady, her husband, and his boyfriend. It runs very close to farce, but the characters are in on the joke, so it works well, IMO. There is explicit sex and lots of bawdy talk. The content is belied by the cover, which suggests [...]


  • This book, whose tagline is “A man in love with his wife and his boyfriend,” wouldn’t normally catch my eye because m/m isn’t my kink. I bought it for an entirely different reason. So now that I bought it and read it and thoroughly enjoyed myself (oooh, have you noticed this trend about what I review?), I must speak my piece.Here we are in Regency England (and those of us in Romancelandia are more or less completely and totally comfortable in Regency England, Heyer or no Heyer) and a sod [...]


  • Phyllida is not a serious book, and it works very well until sometime around the end when the Herendeen decided to insert some clumsy commentary on some current hot-button issues. Also, there's a subplot (kind of) with some spying that doesn't really work out either.Mostly, however, it is a lot of fun. Phyllida is the sort of book which lets you know that there isn't a lot to worry about, even when it seems like there should be. The characters flirt and exchange quips easily with one another. Th [...]


  • OK, wow, this book is just wow. I loved it. Phyllida is so great.Although there were also a few things that I didn't love. (view spoiler)[Like how they handled rape in the end. That first time when Andrew didn't listen to her 'wait' Phyllida interpreted it as rape and I think it was absolutely right for her to do so. But then Turner attempted to rape her, and after that she didn't view what Andrew did as assault, but in my opinion, the fact that Turner's attack was, let's say, more violent, it d [...]


  • Phyllida is a Regency romance with an interesting twist: the hero finds the love of both a good woman and a good man. It's a comedy of manners and errors and is, I will admit, a little bit ridiculous. The novel reads a bit like one woman's fantasy (for example, the hero, Andrew Carrington, has never really been strongly attracted to a woman until he meets the titular heroine who is, as it happens, a romance writer), and there's a weird subplot that I'm still not sure I've entirely pieced togethe [...]


  • I loved this book! Written with a razor sharp wit, the characters take you on a delightful journey into their raunchy and provocative world. Set in Britain in 1812, the Brotherhood are a band of brothers who "prefer the company of men." But, Andrew, an earl, decides that he must settle down and find a wife and eventually have a son in order to pass along his title and enormous wealth. He finds the charming Phyllida, a writer of romance novels, whose perfectly fine with Andrew being a "molly" and [...]


  • I thought a bisexual Regency romance novel sounded like fun, but this book was disappointing. The plot went like this: brief exposition, torrid sex, manufactured romance-novel drama, spy intrigue, occasional references to torrid sex, manufactured romance-novel drama, spy intrigue. Despite the man being bisexual, the two main characters switched frequently from "reasonably cool and likeable people" to "mean, arrogant misogynist man and swooning female". That was weird, and not sexy.As a side note [...]


  • This is basically a guilty pleasure read, so take that as you will. A lot of the time the characters just made stupid, stupid emotional decisions; most irritatingly, in one chapter a character would have an intelligent emotional realization about how they should treat another character, only to completely fail to carry that treatment through in the next chapter. I wanted to hit them all with a rolled-up newspaper at times. Also, I would like proof that 18th century individuals would describe any [...]


  • Great book; quick read (less than a week don't know exactly how long) and all the social gossip and high class living as Pride and Prejudice but without the overly complicated vocabulary and tedious character list. i was only slightly tired nearish the end trying to figure out the connections of some of the characters to eachother and what was going on but after the dramatic spectical in the brotherhoods garden it went back to being a great book. highly recommend for anyone already into historic [...]


  • This book was, in its own weird way, pretty enjoyable. The hero is a bastard, and needs a good kick in the ass (badly); the heroine is inconsistent, which is very human, but not good for the readership; the secondary hero could use a little bit more depth; but all in all, I enjoyed it. The secondary characters are a riot, especially Lord Isham, an old gentleman who doesn't seem to have his whole mind, but is too funny for words.I liked the idea that the heroine likes to watch her husband play wi [...]


  • Don't fake it, you love the fact that I read this book. Go ahead and mock. Still yes it was as bad as I assumed/secretly hoped it would be, but let's hear it for portrayals of fluid sexuality in goofy historic novels! I could wish for depictions of bisexuality (though frankly I take issue with the linear categorization of a self-professed gay man who finds himself attracted to a woman as "bisexual" -- but let's just go with it for now) that were more nuanced, less absurd, and more skillfully wri [...]


  • I didn't particularly enjoy this book. It was fairly tedious. There's no way I would have finished it except that it was assigned reading for my popular romance course. But from that perspective it was somewhat interesting- I think it might provide a good deal of fodder for discussion on topics such as gender roles and sexuality in romance. I can definitely see why it was included as part of the reading list. Overall I wouldn't recommend this book though.


  • About 200 pages in, I got too annoyed with one of the main characters to continue reading. I tried skimming ahead to see if things improved, but from what I saw it only got more irritating. The book is written well enough, and if you like regency with a twist, you might enjoy this book. I'm not fond enough of regency to put up with the rest of the story when it took a turn that pissed me off. My hang-up, of course, isn't necessarily your hang-up.


  • Funny stuff!!The sweet, round heroine who is the keeper of the family brain, the buff lover who-has-a-secret-life-but-a-good-guy,and the hero in the class of Alistair of Avon aka Satanas except every time something really adventurous happens dear Andrew either passes out or blows chunks or both.A delightful romp that would never dear of taking itself seriously but looks fabulous!!


  • I think I liked the idea better than the execution. Although it might have just been that the first hint of sexual tension between Phyllida and her new hubby revolved around my absolute least favorite kind of hetero dirty talk, and I knew their relationship was going to go downhill fast as far as I was concerned. I think that was the point where I started skimming, and I gave up not long after.


  • Anachronistic at times, sure. A little stereotypical at times, sure. And I'll admit, I'm not fond of the "gay except for this one special girl" trope (but in this case seems to be a bit more like "completely interested in men to the exclusion of women until one is shoved more or less in his face, then that's ok, but BACK TO THE MEN").But overall? AWESOME FUN.


  • I really wanted to like this book. Regency menage is my catnip. This however, was just strange. The male/female dynamics and attitudes to sex were weird and vaguely misogynistic, the pacing was off, and the inclusion of the spying confusing.


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