Reviews by Caz Owens

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Black Tie Optional

It’s no secret that the Marriage of Convenience is my favourite trope when it comes to historical romance.  But it’s a plotline that is less easy to pull off in a contemporary, so I was keen to read Black Tie Optional  - the first in Ann Marie Walker’s Wild Wedding series – to see whether ...

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The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen

The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen might well win an award for being the longest title in historical romance! The first book in Victoria Alexander’s new Lady Travelers Guide series, it’s a light-hearted romantic comedy, set mostly in Paris around the time of the Great E ...

C+
Lord of Chance

Erica Ridley’s Lord of Chance is the first in a new series from the author entitled Rogues to Riches. Our rogue this time out is one Mister (not Lord - so what's with the title?) Anthony Fairfax, a charming but rather rackety young man whose appetite for gaming has seen him run up such large de ...

C+
The Bad Luck Bride

The first twenty-five percent or so of Janna MacGregor’s début novel, The Bad Luck Bride, had me eagerly turning the pages, so thoroughly drawn was I into the story of a man who was so bent on revenge upon the former friend he held responsible for the death of his sister, that he would go to any ...

B
The Secret Marriage Pact

Georgie Lee continues her Business of Marriage series with The Secret Marriage Pact, a friends-to-lovers story which reunites two childhood friends after almost a decade apart.  Jane Rathbone and Jasper Charton were almost inseparable as children, but the nine years Jasper has spent in America have ...

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Relaunch Misson

This is the first in Robyn Bachar’s new Galactic Cold War series of science-fiction romances, and when I saw it touted as  ‘Firefly meets James Bond’  I couldn’t resist! Set in a future in which the Cold War never ended, the story features the crew of the privateer ship Mombasa as it op ...

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The Jane Austen Project

Confession time.  When I picked up The Jane Austen Project for review, I really didn’t expect it to be a book I couldn’t put down.  I thought the premise - two time travellers go back to 1815 to meet Jane Austen and secure a previously unpublished manuscript - was interesting (which was why I ...

B+
Enchanting the Earl

Lily Maxton gets her new series The Townsends off to a great start with the first book, Enchanting the Earl, a sweetly sensual character-driven romance set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands in 1812. It’s a short but charming enemies-to-lovers story in which the author skilfully balances ...

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The Hangman

The Hangman is the third title in Mary Burton’s Forgotten Files series of romantic suspense novels, in which the protagonists find themselves investigating ‘cold cases’, unsolved crimes dating back many years, which hold a particular significance for them.  The principals in each story are di ...

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Marry in Haste

I will admit that I was a little apprehensive about picking up Marry in Haste, the first in Anne Gracie’s new Marriage of Convenience series, having been rather disappointed with the last couple of books in her Chance Sisters quartet.  But the premise of a hastily arranged marriage of convenience ...