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An Infamous Marriage
Fraser's third novel confirms my opinion of her as a go-to writer for Regency romance that is actually set in the Regency rather than in that Never-Ne ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
4.5 stars. For Sebastian, Lord Wriothesly, the death of his wife and of his best friend -- together -- is a source of agonizing grief, rage, and fears ...more
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
Firelight (Darkest London, #1)
3.5 stars. Firelight mixes themes from many stories and myths -- Beauty and the Beast, Cupid and Psyche, “Firestarter” -- into a flawed but vivid stor ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
3 1/2 stars. It can be difficult for me to read a book or write a review objectively when I have a bias towards the author. Oddly enough, in this case ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Nov 12, 2012
Enemies at the Altar
How appropriate that I read this on April 1st, because it was one big joke. I suppose it's no surprise that the infamous porno star from Deserving of ...more
Apr 2013
Jul 31, 2012
The Virgin's Wedding Night
After three ticky-tacky mass produced Harlequin Presents in a row, this one seemed like a masterpiece of creativity and originality. A shabby artist h ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
Extreme Provocation
Over the top crazy: hero with madonna-whore complex ruthlessly hunts down quivering virgin with tendency to spit like a kitten. Comes close to being a ...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
A Bride for His Convenience
Layton was excellent at bringing quietly stated emotional realism to the Regency romance genre, and she wrote brilliantly about what it means to be ti ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
Ravishing in Red (The Rarest Blooms, #1)
I reread this because 1) I only got 1 1/2 books into the series and want to catch up and 2) I almost always find Hunter worth a second read. I think m ...more
Sep 16, 2011
Feb 27, 2010
The Marriage Bed
I really liked this book for reasons that might not translate to another reader. It's a rich, compelling story about a marriage in trouble, but I enjo ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
The Winter Heart
I just don't get why someone would write an awesome Old Skool revenge story, complete with deceit and betrayal and evil sisters and jealousy, and then ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
The Waterfalls of the Moon
This was one of a few books that stuck in my memory from my adolescent Harlequin addiction. (Which just goes to show you, AA is right -- you can't eve ...more
Feb 2013
Jan 31, 2013
The Greek's Virgin Bride
Andrea has every reason to loathe her wealthy Greek grandfather; he's never done anything to help her or her English mother, even when Andrea was in d ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Lord Ruin
My first thoughts about this book were that it had a lot of promise but wasn't coalescing into a cohesive whole. My last thoughts were that it was jus ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Ruined by Rumor
A very enjoyable historical romance with a Traditional Regency feel. Roxana has no idea that her brother's best friend, Lord Ayersley, has been in lov ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
A Marriage of Inconvenience (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #1)
3.5 stars. This story reads like what you might get if Fanny's cousin Edmund from Mansfield Park had had a sleezy side, and if Henry and Mary Crawford ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
This is the long-awaited romance of Miles Vorkosigan's cousin Ivan Vorpatril; if you haven't previously encountered this character, you'll get a sense ...more
Jul 31, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
The Forbidden Ferrara (Ferrara #2)
If I hadn't already read a thousand secret baby HPs, I might really like this. I liked Fia, a successful but affection starved heroine from a very dys ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
Not Just the Greek's Wife (Greek Tycoons, #8)
Monroe's ping-pong conversations really spiral out of control in this book, to mix a metaphor:

"She shook her head, but her thoughts refused to settle
not set
Dec 18, 2012
Infamous Bargain
I’ve read many books with this same plot -- beautiful woman marries wealthy man to save family from disgrace and bankruptcy -- but this didn’t feel at ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
The Greek Tycoon's Unexpected Wife (In the Greek Tycoon's Bed) (Harlequin Presents Extra, #6)
This made my fabulous wallbanger shelf, not because the hero is monumentally dickish -- this is a modern Presents, so it's kept relatively tame -- but ...more
Nov 21, 2012
Nov 21, 2012
The Last Good Man
After enjoying But That Was Yesterday so much, I jumped at the chance to review this Kathleen Eagle reprint, originally published in 2000. Although I ...more
May 05, 2012
May 05, 2012
Tall Tales and Wedding Veils (Playboys, #2)
This is a solid "I liked it!" three stars, not a "Gee, it sure had some issues" three stars. I did have to take the story with a hefty grain of salt-- ...more
Oct 07, 2010
Oct 03, 2010
The High Sheriff of Huntingdon
Anne Stuart distilled down to just the basic main ingredients. It made it a little too obvious how formulaic her books are, though as usual, her histo ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Dec 21, 2011
The Devil's Advocate
This was just awful and I loved almost every minute of it. It's one of those books that you could use as an example of everything wrong with older rom ...more
Oct 11, 2012
Oct 11, 2012
Wild & Steamy (Includes: Iron Seas #0.4; The Disillusionists Trilogy #2.5)
"The Blushing Bounder" by Meljean Brook.

It’s hard to think of a less likely couple to inhabit an anthology called “Wild and Steamy” then the shy Const
Dec 31, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Provocative in Pearls (The Rarest Blooms #2)

I was about halfway through this book when I realized I didn’t have the faintest idea what the hero’s first name is. It’s possible that I just missed
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
Duty and the Beast (Desert Brothers #1)
This "captured by the sheikh" story has an unexpected freshness. Princess Aisha is ready when mercenaries break in to rescue her from a kidnapping -- ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The Wedding Gamble (Wellingfords, #1)
This convenient marriage romance had many good qualities. Both parties did their best to avoid being unreasonable or cause misunderstandings. The conf ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
The Italian's Chosen Wife
I can really see why some readers would love this story, and it had its moments, but most of it just didn’t work for me. There was a lot of overwrough ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
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