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Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, #8; Dreamlight Trilogy, #2)
3.95
ETA: I've decided to first list the things I liked about this book, so they don't become buried under the (more link:

1) Our heroine is a social reform...more
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Mar 28, 2012
 
Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
3.91
In a review of an earlier Long book, I wrote:

Long's greatest strength lies in the depth, intimacy and detail of her characterization. She writes slow,...more
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Jan 16, 2013
 
The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green, #1)
3.70
When I think of this book, I think of how wonderfully capable the heroine is. And the hero too, actually. But it is a defining characteristic of Madel...more
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Jan 16, 2013
 
Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1)
3.80
I'm giving this one four stars even though it's maybe not the very best of this series, but it was the first one I read and it hooked me. [And indeed,...more
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Mar 28, 2012
 
I Kissed an Earl (Pennyroyal Green, #4)
3.88
Not my favorite of this series, but I do really like this one. Scroll to bottom of my review for my blanket compliments for Long's work in general and...more
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Jan 16, 2013
 
The Third Circle (Arcane Society, #4)
3.88
Oh, this one was fun! That was apparent from the outset when our hero and heroine meet right off the bat while both are trying to steal the same artif...more
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Mar 28, 2012
 
Beauty and the Spy (Holt Sisters Trilogy #1)
3.73
I wasn't sure how to rate this, or rather what standard to hold it to - in comparison to the majority of other books in this genre (it's better)? Or i...more
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Jan 15, 2013
 
The Perfect Rake (The Merridew Sisters, #1)
3.92
On someone's review I read somewhere this book was described as tweaking the genre convention of the "plain Jane" heroine who wins the handsome hero o...more
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Jan 28, 2013
 
Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #1)
3.87
I'm not entirely sure how to rate this. One of the main things it has going for it - incredibly well-researched historical detail on what life was lik...more
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Jan 04, 2013
 
Almost A Gentleman
3.29
You have to suspend some disbelief for this one, and I think some aspects are historically anachronistic. For example, the titled hero secretly having...more
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Mar 18, 2013
 
Black Silk
3.61
4.5 stars. The thing with Judith Ivory is that she's a crazy genius - her books are so damn smart and genre-tweaking (bashing, bruising, remolding), b...more
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Dec 01, 2012
 
How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
3.92
In my other reviews of the series I've discussed how wonderful it is that Long writes these detailed, intimate characterizations and how her couples r...more
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Jan 11, 2013
 
A Christmas Present
3.70
Rating is for Lisa Kleypas's Surrender.

Oh how I appreciate Kleypas's self-made commoner heroes and their insecurities! I just wish she wrote more Ame...more
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Dec 07, 2012
 
Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2)
3.98
My favorite Loretta Chase, I think. Adventure and hilarity with a brainy, eccentric heroine and the big, brawny yet perceptive guy who adores her.
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Nov 29, 2012
 
A Kiss For Midwinter (Brothers Sinister, #1.5)
3.93
I loved this! Never mind the pining love from afar, what's more romantic than a man who thinks that men who lie to women about their own bodies belong...more
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Dec 03, 2012
 
Seven Nights to Forever
3.74
A reversal of sorts for the genre, with an entirely undebauched commoner hero miserable in an arranged marriage to a cruel aristocratic wife and a her...more
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Dec 03, 2012
 
What I Did For a Duke (Pennyroyal Green, #5)
4.05
I wavered about giving this book five stars. 'Cause yeah, it's anachronistic that they eat breakfast in the kitchen. And also, how believable is that...more
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Dec 01, 2012
 
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)
4.00
So, I pretty much totally agreed with the critiques of the plot logic made in this review (although maybe I don't think it was quite as flip-floppy on...more
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Nov 28, 2012
 
The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society, #6)
3.95
Hmmm. A historical paranormal romantic suspense story starring a man with a psychic gift for conspiracy theory and a lady botanist with a preternatura...more
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Mar 28, 2012
 
The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts
3.89
2.5.

There's very little Christmas in this book, and also very little substance. It's perfectly serviceable, but certainly not of the quality that you'...more
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Dec 22, 2012
 
A Breath of Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #2)
3.84
I really enjoyed this one, largely for the chemistry between the H/h, namely how much fun they have together and how gosh darn much they just like eac...more
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Jan 04, 2013
 
Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
3.82
So I know I read this awhile ago and I assume that I liked it because in truth I've really enjoyed all of Guhrke's books except for this one and that...more
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Nov 29, 2012
 
Trial by Desire (Carhart, #2)
3.62
Okay, so I like my historical romances not to offend my feminism, while not having heroines so anachronistically "liberated" that they seem transplant...more
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Jun 21, 2012
 
A Duke Never Yields (Affairs by Moonlight, #3)
3.95
This was my least favorite of the trilogy (with A Lady Never Lies coming in first by a long shot). Neither Wallingford nor Abigail fully rang true for...more
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Dec 18, 2012
 
The Bride of Larkspear: A Fitzhugh Trilogy Erotic Novella
3.65
Definitely read in conjunction with, if not the whole series, then at least Tempting the Bride, in which this novella is a book within the book.

It's...more
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Dec 01, 2012
 
Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl Bachelors, #3)
3.84
Gah! I don't know exactly what to say here. I loved the heroine, a pastry chef, and Guhrke has an entertaining narrative style. But the hero was such...more
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Jul 01, 2012
 
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1)
4.06
While there's nothing WRONG with this book, I don't quite get why it has so many 5 star ratings. It is, in my mind, a "safe" historical romance - and...more
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Jun 02, 2012
 
Ardent (Iliad Lane, #0.5)
3.36
I feel like maybe I liked this more than three stars but see, there were some *things*: the sex scenes were delicious, but since I had a hard time bel...more
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Jun 11, 2012
 
Unraveled (Turner, #3)
3.92
Love this book. A magistrate driven to pursue justice by his own history with child abuse and poverty; an ethical con woman raised in an acting troupe...more
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Jul 01, 2012
 
Sinful (Addicted #2)
3.79
For me, this book is kind of like the Twilight of corset books, only not so bad. Because see, it made me want to scream on multiple occasions, but was...more
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Jun 09, 2012
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