Books by Caroline Linden

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Blame it on Bath

When I was growing up, my mother made it clear there was a path for nice girls who wanted to wed some day. One met a wonderful man, fell in love, married, and then had sex. In Blame it on Bath, Ms. Linden’s latest enjoyable entry in her The Truth about the Duke series, heroine Katherine Howe follo ...

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One Night in London: The Truth about the Duke

Reading One Night in London was for me, rather like a date with a really great guy I just couldn’t muster up any enthusiasm for. There’s nothing wrong with the book. It just didn’t stir my reading passions. In this serviceable Regency romance, the heroine Lady Francesca Gordon needs a good ...

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You Only Love Once

I tend to react to certain characters or plot devices with my gut rather than my head; they appeal to me, and only afterwards do I realize how many holes there were. I experienced the opposite with Caroline Linden’s latest entry in her historical spy series in that my initial gut reaction was pos ...

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A View to a Kiss

I picked up A View to a Kiss by Caroline Linden because I was expecting something like James Bond in the Regency. I like the dry humor of the (old) James Bond movies, and this sounded like it could be a fun read. Harry Sinclair is a working spy, not simply an aristocrat taking off s ...

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A Rake's Guide to Seduction

The title of this one – A Rake’s Guide to Seduction – is a bit misleading since, instead of the racy historical romance the title proclaims, what you get is actually a classic Regency in Disguise. Still, while I enjoyed it well enough, the prose in particular, neither the story nor the chara ...

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What a Gentleman Wants

What a Gentleman Wants has a good, interesting premise and an exciting finish. However, it suffers from the dreaded Sagging Middle. This one sags so much it's scraping the floorboards. Marcus Reece, the Duke of Exeter, is always bailing out of trouble his twin brother David. He longs for his si ...

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What a Woman Needs

With What a Woman Needs, Zebra Debut brings out yet another promising new author. Caroline Linden's Regency-set historical features unusual characters and a story that will have readers flying through the pages. There are a few rough spots that may remind one that this is a debut novel, but these ...