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Jacky Faber has a habit of making waves--even when docked in her adopted city of Boston, where she is attending to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps a bit too much exuberance for the very Puritan populace, she purchases the Pig and Whistle Inn, determined to revive her old stomping grounds and establish a musical theater. But Jacky quickl Jacky Faber has a habit of making waves--even when docked in her adopted city of Boston, where she is attending to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps a bit too much exuberance for the very Puritan populace, she purchases the Pig and Whistle Inn, determined to revive her old stomping grounds and establish a musical theater. But Jacky quickly finds herself at odds with the Women's Temperance Union and a town roiling with tension over the arrival of hundreds of Irish laborers--brought in by her very own Lorelei Lee. As things heat up, both literally and figuratively, she's soon back in Judge Thwackham's courtroom facing the dozen lashes promised the last time she stood before the judge. Thwarted at every turn by her enemies, Jacky is finally forced to confront her shortcomings--and possibly lose her beloved Jaimy Fletcher in the process.


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Jacky Faber has a habit of making waves--even when docked in her adopted city of Boston, where she is attending to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps a bit too much exuberance for the very Puritan populace, she purchases the Pig and Whistle Inn, determined to revive her old stomping grounds and establish a musical theater. But Jacky quickl Jacky Faber has a habit of making waves--even when docked in her adopted city of Boston, where she is attending to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps a bit too much exuberance for the very Puritan populace, she purchases the Pig and Whistle Inn, determined to revive her old stomping grounds and establish a musical theater. But Jacky quickly finds herself at odds with the Women's Temperance Union and a town roiling with tension over the arrival of hundreds of Irish laborers--brought in by her very own Lorelei Lee. As things heat up, both literally and figuratively, she's soon back in Judge Thwackham's courtroom facing the dozen lashes promised the last time she stood before the judge. Thwarted at every turn by her enemies, Jacky is finally forced to confront her shortcomings--and possibly lose her beloved Jaimy Fletcher in the process.

30 review for Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liviania

    Jacky Faber has returned to Boston, this time to discover that her shipping business is losing money, the Irish are becoming unwelcome in Boston, and that Jaimy Fletcher hasn't made it back yet. The first bit of BOSTON JACKY feels very same old, same old, and the new elements introduced never go as far as they might. The various extortionary fire companies are introduced, but I can only remember one fire in the book - and it's not a particularly big fire. I did like the introduction of women's su Jacky Faber has returned to Boston, this time to discover that her shipping business is losing money, the Irish are becoming unwelcome in Boston, and that Jaimy Fletcher hasn't made it back yet. The first bit of BOSTON JACKY feels very same old, same old, and the new elements introduced never go as far as they might. The various extortionary fire companies are introduced, but I can only remember one fire in the book - and it's not a particularly big fire. I did like the introduction of women's suffrage and the Temperance Union to the series. Jacky, of course, is all for women's suffrage. But she's not for the cause when the women behind it are also calling for alcohol to be banned. As always, Jacky's truest loyalty lies with her purse and her wellbeing. There's also a good development that means the series might get a true villain. However, her machinations mostly succeed because Jacky and Jaimy both make some very dumb moves. Indeed, my biggest problem with BOSTON JACKY is that I hated Jaimy in this book. He acts like a complete jerk to Jacky, thinks terrible things about her, and ignores all past evidence that she's never been unfaithful . . . despite the fact that he has. His language about her is just gross and unbecoming of a character who is supposed to be the romantic hero. If he doesn't seriously repent and grovel for forgiveness in the next book, then Jacky better kick him to the curb. BOSTON JACKY just about killed my interest in the romantic storyline. There's a lot to like about this series. Jacky is at a low point, but she's clever and tough enough to start turning things around. But I doubt I'll read BOSTON JACKY again. This is definitely a low point in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

    I guess I get why this book needed to happen- Jacky has *got* to start growing up- but, it was not a fun read. Everything with Jaimy was infuriating. How he can hold every completely unconfirmed story against Jacky when he has *not* been faithful (Clementine and Bess)is inexplicable. He's going to have to make some major changes in the next installment to be a realistic romantic hero. Everything else in the plot seemed tired. It felt very contrived to have so many characters from past books be in I guess I get why this book needed to happen- Jacky has *got* to start growing up- but, it was not a fun read. Everything with Jaimy was infuriating. How he can hold every completely unconfirmed story against Jacky when he has *not* been faithful (Clementine and Bess)is inexplicable. He's going to have to make some major changes in the next installment to be a realistic romantic hero. Everything else in the plot seemed tired. It felt very contrived to have so many characters from past books be involved in this installment, especially Pigger. Essentially, the charm of the characters is what holds you. I'll definitely read the next installment, but I'm hoping it will have a very different direction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryn

    I don't really know what I think. The story was more engaging than perhaps some of the past few have been. It had less of the feel of serialization, or an adventure that simply prolonged the story. I like that the Jaimy business had to be confronted, but I don't know if I care for how it went down (the feminist in me was feeling mightily uncomfortable towards the end). I liked how things did not go perfectly and how Jacky had to account for a few of her past actions. I'm still reading these so o I don't really know what I think. The story was more engaging than perhaps some of the past few have been. It had less of the feel of serialization, or an adventure that simply prolonged the story. I like that the Jaimy business had to be confronted, but I don't know if I care for how it went down (the feminist in me was feeling mightily uncomfortable towards the end). I liked how things did not go perfectly and how Jacky had to account for a few of her past actions. I'm still reading these so obviously there's something there. I like the set up for the next book and if that book is a conclusion, so much the better. This series is becoming my "How I Met Your Mother" in that it has perhaps long outlived itself and spun in circles, but I've invested too much and I want to see where this goes, so I'll be reading the next one. And as always with this series, I like the historical threads - the world being a lot messier and more vibrant than it shows up in the history books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily Dusicska

    OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD!!!! I STARTED HYPERVENTILATING WHEN I SAW THE COVER!!!! Words can't even describe the excitement I felt when I decided to see if there was a cover and saw there was!!!! I'm crying now. There are tears of anticipation on my face and keyboard. THANK YOU SO MUCH L.A. MEYER!!!!!! OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD!!!! I STARTED HYPERVENTILATING WHEN I SAW THE COVER!!!! Words can't even describe the excitement I felt when I decided to see if there was a cover and saw there was!!!! I'm crying now. There are tears of anticipation on my face and keyboard. THANK YOU SO MUCH L.A. MEYER!!!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Pfister

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did not like this book:there are spoilers Jacky Faber and Miley Cyrus have the exact same career arc and predictable end. Now that's a surprise. Is this what happens to strong minded, strong willed, young girls who choose to rise above their less than ideal circumstances to challenge the world on their terms? They end up tied to a post while the love of their life, whom they've sacrificed everything for, "endures" them getting whipped while tied to a post. All because they weren't raised "prop I did not like this book:there are spoilers Jacky Faber and Miley Cyrus have the exact same career arc and predictable end. Now that's a surprise. Is this what happens to strong minded, strong willed, young girls who choose to rise above their less than ideal circumstances to challenge the world on their terms? They end up tied to a post while the love of their life, whom they've sacrificed everything for, "endures" them getting whipped while tied to a post. All because they weren't raised "proper?" Really?? Jacky who is supposedly oh so clever and resourceful is really pretty thick. I mean first she stays at the Lawson-Peabody where they're so criminally gullible that first they're taken in by an insane murdering kidnapping preacher. Then, most of the girls are abducted by slavers. So much for all THAT pricey tuition. I'm pretty sure Jacky has a pretty good lawsuit, especially since everyone hates Mistress Pimm. Which leads me toEzra Pickering's dubious skills as a lawyer. I seriously think he and Amy are exploiting Jacky and her obvious stupidity. I mean..how hard could it be to hide all that treasure from Rapture of the Deep. It's just a little too perfect for Jacky to be falling into the hands of all her enemies, completely vulnerable with a death sentence hanging over her head. I think there's some clever embezzlement and collision going on. Ezra sets her up, Amy writes the trashy novel. Win/win. And Jacky just makes it sooo easy.. If she's not being provocative, always with "hey I'm still technically a maiden" rationalization, she's nearly raped in every book. There is an astonishing number of men older and stronger than she is, but hey..she has her trusty knife to defend herself. The same knife she saw her childhood friend and protector murdered with..that talks to her when under great emotional strain. In Mississippi Jack, I began to suspect that Jacky was having a bit of a breakdown. It would natural. She's compelled to become a whore and a spy, wait..spy first, whore second, or die..after traumatizing every man she's known. She constantly berates herself while justifying her behavior. The violence visited upon Jacky is disproportionate, graphic and I find it increasingly disturbing as the series progresses. As does the overall behavior of our "noble" hero. As the mother of a daughter who would be the approximate age of Jacky as she has her adventures, I find her rationalizations for being slutty, pretty thin. Not being raised proper is the worst excuse, and is just total garbage in the later books..since she had been properly educated by Mistress Pimm who she has a great deal of respect for. She had the constant example and advise of Higgins, who we're reminded over and over again of his impeccable credentials. So lack of knowledge becomes no excuse, as does lack of experience . Lack of character and responsibility are more likely to blame. Along with an unhealthy mental unbalance, and possible delusion about this "love match" with James Emerson Fletcher. Who I haven't cared for much. I'm more of a Randall/Jared fan. (I listen to these and the duet in Mississippi Jack is truly a favorite) I'm of two minds of how this series can end, and to be true to the story arc Mr. Meyer created I'm not really seeing a happily ever after. But, that's what he'll give the fans, or he'll be the most hated author in America; displacing George R.R. Martin and Diana Gabaldon, who have failed miserably to successfully to write long series that doesn't ultimately end in an anticlimax. I guess the unconventional ending, is to let Jacky hang. But for heavens sake be interesting about it. Let this endless pussyfooting between her and Jamey be resolved. How about that it was no accident that they've been kept apart after the Dolphin. Let Jamey be the ultimate agent of the Crown and be Mr. Super Spy. Manipulating Jacky from the start. That would at least make sense. It would be awful, but it would but it would explain a lot. The ultimate betrayal. Let him be the one that hangs her. But that will not happen. I also like the idea that at some point poor Jacky lost her mind, possibly under the terror of her imminent hanging while imprisoned at Newgate, one of the two times she was there and all the adventures were a figment of her broken mind. Or maybe some absurd oxygen deprivation hallucination dream sequence from when she's hung in Bloody Jack. Ala Bobby Ewing's horrible Dallas nightmare. THAT would be interesting. But that's not going to happen. There's going to be some insipid, stupid, unjustified, forgiveness, and these two "lovers" will sail off into the sunset. It is inevitable. And I for one will never recommend this series to another person again. I tend to not expect too much from authors, since they are the gods of their character's universes. Sometimes tragic things happen to good and worthy characters. It is an authors prerogative to move his characters as he will, within the world he authors. I as a reader, who has entered that world, suspended belief, and interacted with those characters, invests a certain amount of trust in the author, not that everything will be a happily ever after..but a satisfying reading experience. So many authors seem to forget that. That although their characters may live in a relative bubble, the readers of their work do not. How sad it it, that a character that was truly admirable, while being flawed..was in the end, not so admirable at all. Our Jacky, by book 11 is a mess. She has fallen out with Amy, the one friend who has been her moral compass, and her conscious. Failed to, despite the advantages she has sought for herself overcome the disadvantages of her early years. She's lost custody of both her kids, having to break one out of jail. Has to go find her treasure stash, because of her irresponsible, extravagant, impulsive spending. Going through several fortunes of a lifetime. It's like bad reality TV, she drops off someone who's scared and vulnerable at a whorehouse,where she's latter found overdosed and insensible with a transgendered prostitute. What is this? The old Geraldo Rivera? (ridiculous talk show Geraldo..not ridiculous pundit Geraldo) We then are treated to pre Civil War detox of Clarissa, by a former slave. Really? We hear throughout the whole book her pining for what amounts to an abusive boyfriend. Jealous, cheating, violent, we even have a illegitimate baby thrown in to boot. All we need is a paternity test reveal. And at the end..after he beats the living crap out of her..in anger..the final scene is of her on her knees wailing for him to come back. I'm very sorry, but that's not heroic, it's pathetic. I thought those types of themes weren't what we wanted young women to think was acceptable, or to be tolerated. Maybe Mr. Meyer didn't get that memo..being a middle aged man. That although it could have happened in a given historical period, having a young girl repeatedly brutalized by men, just isn't cool. The way I know this is, If I thought of how I'd react if Jacky were..let's say a high profile badly behaved provocative female pop singer. She wouldn't be someone I'd hold up as a a bright and shining light. We'd be sick of her antics all ready, her stunts, her stupidity, vapidity. We'd be done and want her to toddle off to rehab and take all the drama with her. It's a shame..and exhausting..after 11 books not to really care anymore. Go away Jacky..toddle off to wherever has been heroines go. Maybe you'll warrant a novella..but I doubt I'll care.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bradley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jacky has returned to Boston to find things very changed and not for the better. There is unrest regarding the Irish immigrants, gangs have formed of fire “protection” and firefighters, and Faber shipping has several thousand dollars owed by Irishmen who have decided not to remit a portion of their paycheques as was agreed for their passage. The local suffragette union is largely a temperance union, and they try to shut down Jacky when she takes over the failing Pig and Whistle pub. The sheriff Jacky has returned to Boston to find things very changed and not for the better. There is unrest regarding the Irish immigrants, gangs have formed of fire “protection” and firefighters, and Faber shipping has several thousand dollars owed by Irishmen who have decided not to remit a portion of their paycheques as was agreed for their passage. The local suffragette union is largely a temperance union, and they try to shut down Jacky when she takes over the failing Pig and Whistle pub. The sheriff is in the pocket of a former Cheapside nemesis who runs a fire protection racket gang with a pyromaniac. And the United States has an embargo on any trade with Britain or France. Jaimy makes his way to Boston in disguise as a Chinese man while Jacky is away for a few weeks. He sees a painting of her nude, and decides that he has lost faith in her. Things come to a head when the suffrage/temperance union destroys Jacky’s theater during a performance and have her two young charges taken from her, declaring her an unfit mother. Some poisoning via hallucinogenic mushrooms, a prison break, and Jacky ends up at a hearing of whether she should be tried for witchcraft. A daring rescue by Randall Trelevyn and Jaimy from the evil Constable’s lash, only for her hopes to be dashed as Jaimy sails away without another word, Clarissa Howe beside him.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Indigo Trigg-Hauger

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh good grief Jaimy Fletcher! Get a grip! I once rooted for Jaimy and Jacky, but those days are over. What a jerk. I'm incredibly sick of him and his manipulative ways. I'm sorry to say that this was my least favorite of the Jacky Faber books by a long shot -- and believe me, I loved all the others very much, commending them for actually getting better. Until now. I don't think it's really L.A. Meyer's fault per say -- his characters have simply run off and decided to ruin the fun. It seems in ch Oh good grief Jaimy Fletcher! Get a grip! I once rooted for Jaimy and Jacky, but those days are over. What a jerk. I'm incredibly sick of him and his manipulative ways. I'm sorry to say that this was my least favorite of the Jacky Faber books by a long shot -- and believe me, I loved all the others very much, commending them for actually getting better. Until now. I don't think it's really L.A. Meyer's fault per say -- his characters have simply run off and decided to ruin the fun. It seems in character for them actually, but unfortunately it makes for a bad story. Jacky is much more fun when she's not bothering with Jaimy, and yet he was what ran this whole book. The final scene, with Jacky being beaten by Jaime, was a disgrace. At first I was slightly relieved, reading that he was holding back deliberately thank goodness. But then of course he started to actually hit her quite hard a few times. That, boys and girls, is abuse. And it is never ok. Additionally, it was sad to see Jacky acting so mean toward her friends in this one. Her relationship with Amy especially suffered, and I felt it was unresolved. I think Meyer really missed out on an interesting plotline by one-dimensionally painting the suffragettes as prim, antagonistic matrons, who only wanted to ban alcohol. That was certainly a big part of their cause, but I would like to think that Jacky would at least be a little more interested in them before throwing them to the dogs. I have faith that the final book will wrap things up, and hopefully be better. And honestly, in such a long run, there had to be one dud, right?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jaye

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another Jacky adventure! I love these books! I prefer reading about Jacky at sea, so this wasn't my favorite of the series. Nevertheless, Jacky is the same intrepid and cheeky heroine I first fell in love with. That being said, the Jaimy-drama was a annoying. I've never really liked Jaimy's character. This book didn't change that. In fact, it reinforced my dislike. I mean, really. Come on. I understand his overreaction regarding Jacky's naughty little portrait, especially since she can be a bit Another Jacky adventure! I love these books! I prefer reading about Jacky at sea, so this wasn't my favorite of the series. Nevertheless, Jacky is the same intrepid and cheeky heroine I first fell in love with. That being said, the Jaimy-drama was a annoying. I've never really liked Jaimy's character. This book didn't change that. In fact, it reinforced my dislike. I mean, really. Come on. I understand his overreaction regarding Jacky's naughty little portrait, especially since she can be a bit free with the males. But, Jaimy has had his dalliances, as well -- Clementine and Bess (remember them?). Furthermore, he doesn't confront Jacky about this. He just calls it quits (unbeknownst to dear Miss Faber) and continues to conceal his identity. Not cool. Then, the ending happened. I did not like this. At. All. He WHIPS Jacky. WHIPS her. Yes, I know; btter him than Wiggins. It started out as a ruse and quickly evolved into an actual event. When it was over, he beat a quick retreat to the open sea, supposedly leaving Jacky behind for good. She, of course, tries to catch up to him but doesn't reach him in time... Jaimy did not give a good impression in this book. However, he didn't ruin it for me. Jacky's personality and irresistible antics were more than enough to make up for Jaimy. Favorite scene? The courthouse and Judge Thwackam's downfall. I could not stop laughing. I'm excited to see where Jacky goes next. I'm betting that she'll follow Jaimy to England. If so, I'm praying for some Joseph Jared action. He's my favorite. Who knows, perhaps Jacky will end up ditching the irritating Mr. Fletcher. One can hope...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    As I thought, book ten was just a placeholder to get to Boston! Meyer delivered with this book! For one, there was a climax, which culminated in all of Jacky's schemes coming to a head, or bottom in this case, since she got her 12 rod strikes for lewd and lascivious conduct. And the button at the end, involving Jamie, was just precious; loved it! It's sad to think that the next book, twelve, is the last one, since Meyer has since passed. Looking for to book twelve to see how he ties it all together As I thought, book ten was just a placeholder to get to Boston! Meyer delivered with this book! For one, there was a climax, which culminated in all of Jacky's schemes coming to a head, or bottom in this case, since she got her 12 rod strikes for lewd and lascivious conduct. And the button at the end, involving Jamie, was just precious; loved it! It's sad to think that the next book, twelve, is the last one, since Meyer has since passed. Looking for to book twelve to see how he ties it all together and, hopefully, gives Jacky the ending she deserves.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It's no secret that I'm a big fan of L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, and clearly, if I've made it to book #11, I must be. Yet, I found myself a bit disappointed in this installment. Although many of my fellow reviewers have often balked at the repetitive nature of the plots (Jacky begins the book freshly out of a jam, quickly finds herself in another, becomes an intricate part of some important piece of history and then executes an elaborate plan to get herself free again), I've never minding b It's no secret that I'm a big fan of L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, and clearly, if I've made it to book #11, I must be. Yet, I found myself a bit disappointed in this installment. Although many of my fellow reviewers have often balked at the repetitive nature of the plots (Jacky begins the book freshly out of a jam, quickly finds herself in another, becomes an intricate part of some important piece of history and then executes an elaborate plan to get herself free again), I've never minding because the settings were always so interesting as were the various skills Jacky picked up along the way, and clever she and/or her friends would be. In Boston Jacky however, I confess, I found myself growing weary of it all. Perhaps because there were few if any new characters or locations, and frankly I more than a little sick of Jaimy being such a darned hotheaded idiot. I'm really starting to question whether he and Jacky should be together after all. He really and truly does not seem to get her at all. The logic of the ending falls completely apart, and it seems very much contrived to set up the finale. Though there are entertaining moments, and enjoyable appearances by some of the characters we love and love to hate, Miss Clarisa Worthington Howe comes to mind, overall this installment feels like a placeholder. Hopefully, with such an extended prologue, the finale, due out later this year, will be completely stunning and satisfying.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I love Jacky. She is one of my favorite characters. This wasn't favorite of the Bloody Jack books, but also not my least favorite. Half the book is a recap of the series, while I was grateful for the reminders since it has been a while, it was a little tedious. The last half of the book was the best. I don't like Jaimy, maybe he is supposed to be cool now that he has some awesome ninja moves, but he spends the whole book dressed up like an old hunchback. Not particularly appealing. I have the pe I love Jacky. She is one of my favorite characters. This wasn't favorite of the Bloody Jack books, but also not my least favorite. Half the book is a recap of the series, while I was grateful for the reminders since it has been a while, it was a little tedious. The last half of the book was the best. I don't like Jaimy, maybe he is supposed to be cool now that he has some awesome ninja moves, but he spends the whole book dressed up like an old hunchback. Not particularly appealing. I have the perfect solution. Going along with their hit and miss (mostly missing) past, I suggest that they finally meet, reconcile their differences and then Jaimy gets shot and dies in Jacky's arms. Then Jacky is free of her long standing "commitment" and she can move on to better men. Like Joseph Jared or Lord Richard Allen. Men who don't beat her with a stick.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I have always loved Jacky's stories and everything about them, so I'm really sad to say this is the first time I've been pretty disappointed. Everything was awesome as usual except for one thing...Jaimy. I don't know about everyone else but I am getting real tired of the same old with the Jacky/Jaimy relationship. Seriously, where is the book where they actually meet face to face and discuss their relationship,instead of haphazard breakups and makeups they always have via letter. Just a little r I have always loved Jacky's stories and everything about them, so I'm really sad to say this is the first time I've been pretty disappointed. Everything was awesome as usual except for one thing...Jaimy. I don't know about everyone else but I am getting real tired of the same old with the Jacky/Jaimy relationship. Seriously, where is the book where they actually meet face to face and discuss their relationship,instead of haphazard breakups and makeups they always have via letter. Just a little relationship progress would be awesome.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clickety

    My prediction: NO! Jacky will thwart the thwarters and dodge being comeupped once more! :D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darashea

    as much as I love bloody jack books I want them to end...to manny

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mum

    Kindle and audio via OD 2.5 Stars. Definitely the lowest point in this series. It seems jacky might be settling down a little bit, but maybe not. I would have thought she might have had a more open mind about the suffragette movement against alcohol for the benefit of families, but her bottom line was more important. I’m tiring of Jacky pushing every limit past believability and no longer being laugh out loud funny. That said, I will read the last book in the series and I really hope she ends up Kindle and audio via OD 2.5 Stars. Definitely the lowest point in this series. It seems jacky might be settling down a little bit, but maybe not. I would have thought she might have had a more open mind about the suffragette movement against alcohol for the benefit of families, but her bottom line was more important. I’m tiring of Jacky pushing every limit past believability and no longer being laugh out loud funny. That said, I will read the last book in the series and I really hope she ends up with one of the many other men who accept and love her for who she is and not that annoying Jaimy. I really don’t like him.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rainey Williams

    I really enjoyed this installment!!!! Jaimy is a piece of trash pig though and seriously got on my nerves in this book. Im dreading reading the next one, I’m not ready for the series to be over :(

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Have thoroughly enjoyed this series and the EXCELLENT narration. Very sad that there is only one more book left in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love Jacky Faber. I've read them all and always pre-order the new one. What is it about these books that makes me want to come back? Many things. First, the stories are great. Young London orphan girl joins gang. When the gang leader is killed and Jacky thinks the killers are coming after her next, she ships out as a boy on a ship. From then on, hold on to your hats!! You never know what Jacky will do next! Second, you learn some history if you bother to pay attention. Jacky serves as a messenge I love Jacky Faber. I've read them all and always pre-order the new one. What is it about these books that makes me want to come back? Many things. First, the stories are great. Young London orphan girl joins gang. When the gang leader is killed and Jacky thinks the killers are coming after her next, she ships out as a boy on a ship. From then on, hold on to your hats!! You never know what Jacky will do next! Second, you learn some history if you bother to pay attention. Jacky serves as a messenger for Napoleon in her role as a British spy and falls asleep on the famous man's lap just before charging off with a message for Josephine. She serves as a model for awhile in Spain and becomes an assistant to (and sometime model) for Goya, comes up against the pirate brothers, Lafitte, and hits Boston in time for the beginnings of the riots against Irish immigration. (And much, MUCH more!) Third, she's a teenager. By this book she is all of 17 and shows it at times. She's so excited to reach Boston that she's having trouble containing her excitement. She likes to play practical jokes on her friends. She still fears the head of the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls. But she's fearless and fights to make things right when she needs to. She's shrewd and independent. She owns her own ships and the company Faber Shipping Worldwide. She gets the better of pirates, other scurvy characters and even the British Government. And last, there's the love interest. She fell in love on her first voyage (pretending to be a boy) with a young midshipman, who returned her love when she admitted to being a girl. The two are passionately in love and swear to be true to each other and marry. Of course, his parents object, but are brought around; Jacky is placed in the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls while Jamie goes sailing off with the British Navy; she steals off for London to find him while the British Navy is fighting against Napoleon; and it gets so that they are ships passing in the night. Each time they nearly connect something happens to divide them. There are the requisite misunderstandings as well. One time, the two actually get to the altar but before they can be joined in holy matrimony, the British Government grabs Jacky for past misdeeds. L. A. Meyer has an incredible sense of humor as well. One of the Irish lasses that Jacky meets is Molly Malone. When Jacky has to sneak into France, she uses the name "Jacky Bouvier." There are so many others I can't remember them all. This book has Jacky back in Boston, taking care of business. She has to fight the Boston Army for Women's Suffrage, which just happens to be a temperance organization as well and out to destroy the tavern and playhouse that Jacky owns. As well, there are rival fire fighting groups selling "insurance" for their services and of course, one of them is "dirty" and just happens to be headed by an old foe of Jacky's from her London days. And so on. Too much to mention here. Anyway, these are wonderful books both for adolescent girls who need a role model AND for adults who appreciate the history and the humor. If you haven't read a Jacky Faber, read one soon.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book... Was okay. Not one of my favorites in the series. It did rope me in from the beginning, and I read it in two days. It had good parts, but I expected more. I was extremely disappointed in Amy, and I've always found her to be too much of a prude. She exploits Jacky's story, yet she gets angry and vanishes her when Jacky is just being her normal self. I hated that jacky lost both Ravi and Joanie. It was infuriating. I thought Clarissa was always a witch, but that's just me. I never drea This book... Was okay. Not one of my favorites in the series. It did rope me in from the beginning, and I read it in two days. It had good parts, but I expected more. I was extremely disappointed in Amy, and I've always found her to be too much of a prude. She exploits Jacky's story, yet she gets angry and vanishes her when Jacky is just being her normal self. I hated that jacky lost both Ravi and Joanie. It was infuriating. I thought Clarissa was always a witch, but that's just me. I never dreamed she would do some of the things she did. I've never really been a huge Jaimy fan, but this one ruined him for me all together. The fact that HE was so angry with her for "being unfaithful, and lying" after he'd done worse than she ever had? Unacceptable. He claims to love her, yet all I've ever seen is her trying to probe herself time and time again. After he listed the names of every man she was supposedly "with" I just about through the book across the room. I cannot put into words how disgusted I was with Miss Howe and the way she went about ,asking herself a brand new Jacky replica. Or that Jaimy touched her. I wanted to rage when I read the last two chapters. If this next book doesn't involve Jaimy at all, it will be too soon. He should be out of her life for good. He is a coward and a liar. He doesn't deserve Jacky in the slightest. She is generous and loving and gives everything for everyone. Yes, she is a little loose with her lips, but that is part of what makes her so interesting. She can woo the best of them, then have them on their butts in no time flat. She's a strong personality, and all Jaimy has ever wanted was to change her. I preferred Joseph Jared and Richard Allen to most of them, and I wish she could be with one of them. They wanted Jacky just for herself, without any pretenses. Overall, this book had me hooked through the good and the bad. I hope the final one has a very good, solid ending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    A great book! It was fun to get to revisit some of the characters from the previous stories, and I wish Jacky and Jamie well in the next book in the series which I think will be the last. We will know the last book from the title which Mr. Meyer has decided will be called She Will Play the Wild Rover No more. Now, he *might* not keep to that title, but the hero's journey has been completed with this book. Well, almost. One more book should do it. This is a quote from Mr. Meyer's Facebook page: All A great book! It was fun to get to revisit some of the characters from the previous stories, and I wish Jacky and Jamie well in the next book in the series which I think will be the last. We will know the last book from the title which Mr. Meyer has decided will be called She Will Play the Wild Rover No more. Now, he *might* not keep to that title, but the hero's journey has been completed with this book. Well, almost. One more book should do it. This is a quote from Mr. Meyer's Facebook page: Allright, enough fussing. I will issue a statement: Yes, Wild Rover No More is the last book in the lineal series, the operative word being 'lineal'. That is, the reader will finally find out how everything works out for Jacky and who ends up with whom, etc., but that will NOT be the end of Jacky, for there is plenty of room for sequels, prequels, side-quels and whatnot. As a matter of fact, I am six hundred pages into the epic 'Jacky and the Pirates', my magnum opus. There's the banner for it. If it looks familiar to you older readers, it's because it's an homage to the logo for the 'Terry and the Pirates' comic strip of the '40's and '50's. In general, I plan to write Jacky as long as I am physically able to do so. https://www.facebook.com/pages/LA-Mey... We are at book number eleven with Boston Jacky, and what can I say? I couldn't keep writing at the creative level he has for that many books! Well done, Mr. Meyer! Thanks for the many years of reading! One more Jackie book? I'm sad and yet happy to see this beloved series come to an almost end. It will be wonderful to have Jacky and Jamie *finally* married!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori Twichell

    This most recent installment of the Bloody Jack series puts Jacky in even more hot water but it’s quite different in that her friends and the people she loves have gotten directly involved. After all, it’s difficult to keep the women’s temperance league happy when you own a bar. But what takes it all up a notch is Amy’s involvement with the league. And what is that Archie MacBride up to these days? Nothing but trouble for poor Jacky. Another raucous adventure surrounded by friends and familiar se This most recent installment of the Bloody Jack series puts Jacky in even more hot water but it’s quite different in that her friends and the people she loves have gotten directly involved. After all, it’s difficult to keep the women’s temperance league happy when you own a bar. But what takes it all up a notch is Amy’s involvement with the league. And what is that Archie MacBride up to these days? Nothing but trouble for poor Jacky. Another raucous adventure surrounded by friends and familiar settings makes for a fun read. We even get to revisit Clarissa Howe and see what happens with the girls at Mistress Pim’s fine academy. There’s no end of trouble when Jacky’s around and it’s served up this time with a side order of chaos and catastrophe. Oh wait – that’s nothing new for Jacky. But for little Ravi and some of Jacky’s friends? That changes things up. With her growing business, her little Indian boy and those who rely on her, Jacky is finally beginning to see the error of some of her ways. She makes some steps and strides in this book with mature choices and hopeful growth. However I will say that the ending of the book left me really frustrated and completely dissatisfied. One of the difficulties of reading an advanced copy is that you still have to wait for the next book to come out. I finished this one and was literally reaching toward my stack of books to start the next one. But alas –no word on the next release yet. All in all, even with the frustrations – this series is a fun romp through history and Jacky’s adventures are worth following. Review copy provided by publisher. Thank you!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    First off, don't let my rating fool you into thinking I disliked this book. To be honest, I rather enjoyed it, as I do with all of the Bloody Jack books. Jacky just makes everything so hilarious and worthwhile... she is the reason that I've read 11 of these books! And this series is worth the read if you're in the mood for a light, historical tale with enough humor to bring tears to your eyes! I was just overly annoyed with Jaimy in this particular installment. I guess the angst between Jacky and First off, don't let my rating fool you into thinking I disliked this book. To be honest, I rather enjoyed it, as I do with all of the Bloody Jack books. Jacky just makes everything so hilarious and worthwhile... she is the reason that I've read 11 of these books! And this series is worth the read if you're in the mood for a light, historical tale with enough humor to bring tears to your eyes! I was just overly annoyed with Jaimy in this particular installment. I guess the angst between Jacky and Jaimy has always made me a little frustrated but this book really made me mad. Over the course of the books, Jacky has remained carefree, funny, and so so so so full of life! This book however, highlighted how jealous and unfair Jaimy's character is. Furthermore, the communication between characters in this book was lacking... hmmm... I see the need for this book, though. It obviously is setting up the ending... which I suppose is why much of Boston Jacky focused around the tying up the loose ends of Jacky's... erm... mishaps she's had throughout all of the books. Despite my resentment for Jaimy (view spoiler)[And his WHIPPING/BEATING of Jacky at the end (hide spoiler)] I literally LOVED being reaquainted with all of the characters and memories again, especially all of the references to In the Belly of the Bloodhound because that is my very favorite book of the series! Overall, I'm going to read the last book... It's going to be downright sad because I will always hold a special place for Jacky Faber in my heart.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Harvey

    Short & Sweet: Boston Jacky is the reason I resubscribed to Audible, needing the audiobook and not willing to wait any longer. The narrator of these books is Katherine Kellgren and her level of awesome is through the roof. Jacky is back in Boston as is her love Jaimy. Again there's a wedge drawn as Jaimy finds a painting from her latest travels that makes him believe Jacky's innocence has been compromised. Instead of letting her know he is in Boston, he decides he will stay undercover as a hunch Short & Sweet: Boston Jacky is the reason I resubscribed to Audible, needing the audiobook and not willing to wait any longer. The narrator of these books is Katherine Kellgren and her level of awesome is through the roof. Jacky is back in Boston as is her love Jaimy. Again there's a wedge drawn as Jaimy finds a painting from her latest travels that makes him believe Jacky's innocence has been compromised. Instead of letting her know he is in Boston, he decides he will stay undercover as a hunchbacked man sent to Boston for trading. I love Jacky and her way about life, in this book she faces a different danger, losing the two young children she takes care of because she is thought to be an unfit mother. As usual, this audiobook took me straight into Jacky's world of adventure and fun and left me with another cliffhanger. Final Verdict: A great addition to the series, Boston Jacky bring our girl Jacky back home and furthers the turmoil between her and her true love. Check out The Book Monsters for more reviews.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    The adventures are growing thin and very few characters are not despicable in one way or another (Jacky, get yourself under control; Jaime, you do not have the high road you think you have when it comes to philandering), but at least it seems like the adventures are winding down and we may be closing in on an eventual conclusion to this series. I'm continuing with this series in spite of its shortcomings because Kathryn Kellgren is amazing and I want to listen to her all day, except that I worry The adventures are growing thin and very few characters are not despicable in one way or another (Jacky, get yourself under control; Jaime, you do not have the high road you think you have when it comes to philandering), but at least it seems like the adventures are winding down and we may be closing in on an eventual conclusion to this series. I'm continuing with this series in spite of its shortcomings because Kathryn Kellgren is amazing and I want to listen to her all day, except that I worry about her throat/voice with all the dramatic yelling she does as Jacky Faber.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I am growing a bit tired of Jacky Faber. She has become a static character who needs to start growing up. The characters in the novel around her are all maturing and coming into their own while Jacky continues to push her luck. Also, I am greatly unimpressed with how Jamie is developing. I think I will read the next book in the series, but I will be giving it up if there aren’t some changes made soon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joelle Anthony

    This was a good one. It set up a lot of things that don't have easy resolutions which makes the reader feel a bit off kilter and worried. However, honestly, it made me feel like Jaimy's not worthy of her because he's so judgmental, but I suppose they'll end up together because how can you have twelve books leading up to that and then not have the pay off? Still, I enjoyed this one and I especially love the Ravi/Jacky relationship. This was a good one. It set up a lot of things that don't have easy resolutions which makes the reader feel a bit off kilter and worried. However, honestly, it made me feel like Jaimy's not worthy of her because he's so judgmental, but I suppose they'll end up together because how can you have twelve books leading up to that and then not have the pay off? Still, I enjoyed this one and I especially love the Ravi/Jacky relationship.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    This series has run its course and the author would be wise to wrap it up. The neverending search between Jaimy and Jacky is completely unbelievable and in this installment, it doesn't fit Jacky's observant and intelligent nature to not realize Jaimy is in Boston but in disguise. Please Mr. Meyer, let them find each other and end the series. This series has run its course and the author would be wise to wrap it up. The neverending search between Jaimy and Jacky is completely unbelievable and in this installment, it doesn't fit Jacky's observant and intelligent nature to not realize Jaimy is in Boston but in disguise. Please Mr. Meyer, let them find each other and end the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynette

    L.A. Meyer never disappoints. That's all that needs to be said. L.A. Meyer never disappoints. That's all that needs to be said.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brendi

    I seriously can't get enough of these books! Fantastic! The audio version is superb. I seriously can't get enough of these books! Fantastic! The audio version is superb.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Beck

    Another fine installment in the story of Jacky Faber. Jacky kicks bad guy butt all over Boston.

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