Reviews by Caz Owens

B+
The Duke of Desire

The Duke of Desire, the fourth book in Darcy Burke’s series, The Untouchables, is quite possibly my favourite of them all so far.  I will admit that when I read the blurb, I was doubtful.  After all, the idea that the eponymous duke is a kind of Regency Era sex-therapist who helps couples to liv ...

B+
The Ashes of London

The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters – lowly clerk, James Marwood  - standing amid the crowds one night in early September 1666 watching in ho ...

B
The English Duke

I hesitate to describe Karen Ranney’s latest offering, The English Duke as being part of a series, because really, it’s a standalone novel that doesn’t feature any characters or continue any plotlines from the author’s last book, The Scottish Duke.  The titles are similar, of course (the fo ...

C+
Bound by Their Secret Passion

Bound by Their Secret Passion is the fourth and final book in Diane Gaston’s series of stories about The Scandalous Summerfields, three sisters and one half-brother whose name became a byword for scandal when their mother ran off with her lover and their father, a libertine and drunkard, gambled a ...

B-
Claiming His Desert Princess

Claiming His Desert Princess is the final book in Marguerite Kaye’s Hot Arabian Nights quartet of historical romances set in Arabia in the early 1800s.  Contemporary romances abound with gorgeous sheikh heroes, but they’re not so often found in historicals, and neither are there that many regen ...

B
The Secret of My Seduction

One of the things linking together the books in Caroline Linden’s recent Scandals series was Fifty Ways to Sin, the series of erotic pamphlets featuring the amorous adventures of the anonymous Lady Constance, a woman whose uninhibited pursuit of sexual pleasure captured the imagination of thousand ...

C+
For Deader or Worse

For Deader or Worse is the sixth full-length novel in Sheri Cobb South’s series of historical mysteries featuring the young Bow Street Runner, John Pickett who was first introduced in In Milady’s Chamber.  In that book, the newly appointed runner encountered Lady Julia Fieldhurst, a beautiful y ...

B+
My Dearest Enemy

Connie Brockway’s My Dearest Enemy combines two of my favourite things - an enemies-to-lovers romance and a story in which letters play an important part (I do love an epistolary novel!).  It’s a gloriously romantic, character-driven story set at the end of the 19th century, in which our hero ...

C-
Live Wire

Live Wire is the first book in Caisey Quinn’s Nashville’s Finest series, and with a blurb that promised a homicidal maniac threatening to set off military-grade IEDs during Nashville’s largest music festival,  and a rekindling romance between an explosives expert and his former lover, now an ...

B-
When the Marquess Falls

I knew, when I picked up this coda novella to Lorraine Heath’s Hellions of Havisham series, that I was going to be reduced to a quivering wreck by the end of it.  I suppose that’s a considerable achievement on the part of the author – zero-to-sobbing in under 100 pages! If you’ve read t ...