Review: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Reviewed by Caitlin

I’m not sure who my favorite romance novelist is, but Meredith Duran is definitely top three. She writes novels that are so vivid, that make me think, and that seem so realistic even as they deal with subjects that don’t always pop up in other historical romances (the Mutiny of 1857 in India or a genuine reflection on the lower classes of London.) She’s a page turner. I can’t ever put her down.

And this might be my favorite of all her novels.

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Review: At His Lady’s Command by Nicola Davidson

Reviewed by Caitlin

I have been waiting for the story of the 38-year-old sexually-experienced domme and her very muscular, very masculine submissive lover. Life got in the way a bit – new job, moved to a new place, etc – but when I finally had time to sit down and read this novella, I was thrilled to find it was worth the wait.

Lady Portia Butler is the founder of the Surrey Sexual Freedom Society (or Surrey SFS) and has enjoyed a life of relative freedom for a women in the Regency era. But her brother has the title now, and he is not nearly as open-minded about a woman’s place in Society as their father was. He insists she marry a peer or lose her income. And she will most definitely lose her bodyguard, Captain Randall Denham.

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Review: A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant

Reviewed by Caitlin

Martha Russell is nearly 21 years old and recently widowed. Intelligent, practical, and virtuous, Martha finds her late husband has spent most of her funds on alcohol. Worse, his heir is a degenerate who has a reputation for raping the women on staff. Martha may be pious, but she is also moral – she’ll do whatever it takes to keep the women under her employ safe.

Theophilus Mirkwood, heir to a baronetcy, has been a carefree rake for most of his 26 years. He’s a good man who is a little too prone to affection, but he has never taken anything seriously. His father sends him to Sussex as a last resort, so Theo can learn to settle down a bit. When Martha realizes she needs to conceive another heir, she offers Theo money to essentially be a stud. Sex every day for a month in the hopes they conceive.

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Review: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige

Reviewed by Caitlin

Alayna Withers works at a nightclub. She just graduated from her NYU MBA program and plans to use it to work her way up the ladder at The Sky Launch. She has a lot of great marketing ideas and loves her job.

But Alayna has a past. She has an obsessive disorder that most recently ended up with her stalking someone and getting a restraining order against her. She’s humiliated to have this in her history, and so she’s wary about any guy that might feed into her obsessive instincts.

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Review: Heart of the Deep by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Caitlin

I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance; I mostly stick to historical, contemporary, and romcom. And I’m not big into romances between a human and a non-human (no ghosts or vampires for me, thanks!), but I was very curious about how a kraken/human romance would work, so I started with the first book of the series (reviewed by Jen a while back) and sped through the books.

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Review: The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham

Reviewed by Caitlin

Lady Constance Stonewell has all of Society eating out of the palm of her hand, and she makes it look effortless.

She’s a scandal, her clothes are intricately made and enormous (it is the 18th century after all), and her dowry is immense. She’s bright and lively and witty. And she’s the sister of a duke.

It’s no wonder Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is in love with her. The problem? She confuses his propriety with a boring personality. When she learns something about his sexual tastes, she jumps to the wrong conclusions and accidentally gets his proclivities published in the scandal sheets.

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Review: The DILF by Amy Andrews

Reviewed by Caitlin

I don’t see a lot of romance novels where the heroine is older than the hero (by a good margin), and that particular trope intrigues me. I was predisposed to like this book, even after I found out DILF was Doctor I Like to Fuck and not Dad I Like to Fuck (single dads in romance novels is also a trope I really like), and the book was a fun, easy read that did not disappoint.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, this is a very easy novella to pick up. I think I finished it in a night, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It led me to read several more of Amy Andrews’s books.

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Joint Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Sara and Caitlin

Sara: A Princess in Theory was one of my favorite books of 2018 and yet, somehow I forgot to review it. Caitlin also listed it as one of her favorites and also didn’t review it. Luckily, there’s no expiration dates on great books. Enjoy our joint review below.

A fresh retelling of the classic Cinderella story, A Princess in Theory begins with our heroine Naledi “Ledi” Smith receiving some spam in her inbox. Ledi isn’t dumb enough to believe the email claiming she’s the long lost and Goddess ordained princess of Thesolo, a small African nation, but it brings up feelings and desires that she can’t ignore. Passed around in the foster care system after the death of her parents, stuck at two jobs in which she’s not appreciated and living out of a shoebox apartment while she completes her Epidemiology Masters degree, Ledi struggles with belonging and fitting in. Being a princess, even if it’s too good to be true, would be a vast improvement to the life Ledi’s been living.

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Review: So Wild by Eve Dangerfield

Reviewed by Caitlin

I don’t think there’s a single book of Eve Dangerfield’s I’ve read that I didn’t find immensely re-readable. She writes romcoms that are funny without falling into some of the more frustrating pitfalls of the genre – playing it too glib, avoiding any real, serious, true-to-life issues in the name of keeping it light. She also has a great voice.

So it’s not surprising I loved So Wild. Dangerfield once again writes another book I’ll definitely be revisiting. She is an autobuy, no question.

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Review: Dare to Love a Duke by Eva Leigh

Reviewed by Caitlin

Eva Leigh is an auto buy for me, even if her most recent book — Counting on a Countess — wasn’t my favorite (I didn’t quite believe the romance). However, this pairing has been hinted at for quite some time, and I was very, very excited for it. I am pleased to say that I adored this novel, and it got me through a rough couple of days while I dealt with a loved one in the hospital.

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