Review: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

Reviewed by Jen

As a whole, I enjoyed this second installment of Mary Balogh’s Wescott series better than I did its predecessor, though it was a decidedly slow build. My chief problem with Someone to Love was that I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters and the interchangeable use of their names and titles. Here, that wasn’t as much as an issue because the supporting cast was brought in more slowly, after the primary leads were well established. Add to that my familiarity with the players from book one, plus a (somewhat complicated) family tree drawn out at the beginning, and I think most people will be able to follow along. [Read more…]

Review: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of this series. It has made Kerrigan Byrne an auto-buy for me. I read this entire book in one sitting, as I have done with all the installments before it. It wasn’t my favorite of hers, for a few reasons. But even at her worst, this author has become one of my faves in the historical romance genre.

This is the Duke of Trenwyth’s story. It begins before the events of the last book. Cole is about to go off on a secret spy mission, the one where he was taken hostage and ultimately rescued in an earlier book. Before he embarks on his perilous journey, he visits a brothel with his buddies. That is where he meets Imogen. [Read more…]

Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

Reviewed by Jen

I have enjoyed every single book in the Season for Scandal series by Kelly Bowen. In fact, I think this one was my favorite. It features Alex Lavoie, the male member of the Chagarre and Associates team. He’s also a spy of sorts and owner of a gaming hell. That is where he meets our heroine, Angelique. [Read more…]

Review: The Lover by Robin Schone

Reviewed by Shelly

Heroine – Anne Aimes – the 36 year old spinster who pays a whore £10,000 for a month’s worth of sex.
Hero – Michael/Michel (last name unsaid) – the 40 year old former whore of the House of Gabriel.

Michael/Michel is Anne’s choice because she saw him eighteen years ago at some ball while he was procuring a new procuress. Romantic isn’t it? After being a whore since he was thirteen (age of consent), he only gave up the profession 5 years prior after he suffered a few burns burns to the merchandise – his face and body. I truly believe had it not been for that, he would still be a whore. So there’s no redemption here because he didn’t willingly stop being a whore. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

Reviewed by Ronelle

Born into the lap of English luxury, Margot Armstrong was raised for balls, soirees, and sophisticated society. Her future would be one of wealth and privilege… or so she thinks, until her father forces her into marriage with Baron Arran McKenzie, who then carts her off to the Scottish Highlands. Unable to cope, she flees her husband and returns to her father’s estate in England. [Read more…]

Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

It seems like people have been telling me forever that I need to try a Lisa Kleypas historical. Better late than never, I finally got around to taking their advice, and I have to say –they were right. This book was great.

Annabelle is a beautiful young lady whose family is on the brink of financial ruin. Since her father’s death, she, her mother and brother have been in a slow decline from the aristocratic lifestyle they knew. Now, their bills are past due, there is nothing left to sell and this is Annabelle’s last season. She would definitely be a good wife to any peer, but she has no dowry, and because of that, her prospects are dim. The only man who seems to really want her is Simon, a wealthy commoner who will never be accepted among the ton. [Read more…]

Review: My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester

Reviewed by Jen

A sympathetic hero can make all the difference in a book. For instance, my absolute least favorite trope in romance is The Big Secret. And that is the underlying thread in this book. However, I found I enjoyed the story anyway because it had a hero I could not help but to root for. So kudos to Amanda Forester for that.

Cormac is the son of the most fierce and vicious warlord in the Highlands. He wasn’t raised by his father. He was actually brought up by monks. He loves to read. He wants to be a scribe. But his father has other ideas. Red Rex wants to toughen him up, to remake him in his image. And it doesn’t matter that Cormac dreams of something different. It is conform or die. [Read more…]

Review: Lord Sebastian’s Secret by Jane Ashford

Reviewed by Jen

I did not enjoy this book. At all. I had such a difficult time connecting to it. Essentially, I found it boring. I found Lord Sebastian’s secret to be weak. And for something that is supposed to be the crux of the book, that’s not good.

Sebastian thinks he’s stupid. His big secret is that he can’t read. This is no big spoiler; it’s in the blurb. There is absolutely no tension or excitement to be found here. None. Sebastian and lady Georgina met before the book began, so there was no seeing them fall in love. This was already true on the first page. The entire book is about him winning over her peculiar family while hiding the fact that he thinks he’s stupid. That’s it. [Read more…]

Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

I recently finished Marrying Winterborne – Book 2 in Kleypas’s The Ravenels series and I loved it enough to go back and read book 1. So here am I with a gleam in my eye and a bit gobsmacked about the writing.

Devon Ravenel has just inherited a lot of land, property and responsibility. Yes, it’s all under the guise of an earldom, but considering Devon’s never worked a day in his life, his new responsibilities might prove be burdensome. Kathleen is recently widowed.

There’s a lot here for me to like. Kathleen is a very strong heroine. She’s taken on quite a bit in looking out for the well-being of the Ravenel’s daughters. The ladies have been basically left without a dowry. All they truly have is their title and limited choices, but that’s another story for another day. [Read more…]

Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale

chasing-lady-ameliaReview by Janell

Did you see the movie Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn? This book is totally Roman Holiday, only set in Regency England, and wackier, and with sex and a happy ending. Other reviews have pointed out how much of the dialogue and activities aren’t exactly period-appropriate, and I agree. This is not the book to read to learn about proper drawing room etiquette, because the drawing room scenes made even my easygoing head spin. [Read more…]