Reviews by Caz Owens

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The Duke's Secret Heir

The Duke’s Secret Heir is a second-chance romance that is loosely related to Sarah Mallory’s previous series, The Infamous Arrandales by virtue of the fact that its heroine appeared as a secondary character in The Chaperone’s Seduction. Miss Ellen Tatham as she then was, was a wealthy heiress ...

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Seconds to Sunrise

Nico Rosso’s Seconds to Sunrise, the third in his Black Ops: Automatik series, felt very much like a book of two halves.  But I don’t mean in that terms of the pagination; I’m talking about the difference in the successful (or not) treatment of the two plot elements, because one worked well a ...

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That Despicable Rogue

Virginia Heath registered on my radar when her début novel came out in the Spring of 2016, but I didn’t manage to get around to reading it.  I did, however, pick up her next book, Her Enemy at the Altar, and enjoyed it very much – on the strength of that one book, I decided I had a new author ...

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Trusting Miss Trentham

Trusting Miss Trentham is the third book in Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series of historical romances with a paranormal twist.  Owing to the good deed done by one of their ancestresses, each of the heroines is entitled to receive a gift from their Faerie Godmother – whom they call Baletong ...

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Kill Without Shame

Kill Without Shame is the second book in Alexandra Ivy’s ARES Security series, and while mention is made of a plot thread concerning one of the team who has been receiving threats which I assume was begun in the previous book, that plotline is not really advanced here so this one can be read as a ...

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Bound by a Scandalous Secret

Bound by a Scandalous Secret is the third book in Diane Gaston’s current series, The Scandalous Summerfields. I haven’t read either of the previous entries, but this one works perfectly well as a standalone.  The Summerfield siblings –  three sisters and their half-brother – have been tain ...

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The Lady Who Drew Me In

The Lady Who Drew Me In is the third book in Thomasine Rappold’s Soul Survivor series, which mixes historical romance and mystery with a little dash of the paranormal.  I haven’t read the previous two novels, but I gather from reading the synopses, that the heroines, like Daisy Lansing - the he ...

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The Trouble with Dukes

Grace Burrowes’ The Trouble with Dukes sees her returning to the extended Windham family, who were the subject of her first published works.  The Windham Brides series introduces the four nieces of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland while also reacquainting readers with the various other family mem ...

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A Match Made in Mistletoe

Fans of Anna Campbell’s have been treated to a regular diet of new stories from her over the last year or so in the form of a series of novellas (Dashing Widows) and a couple of standalones.  Her writing is extremely assured, warm and intelligent; and she has the knack of creating the most delici ...

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One for the Rogue

I enjoyed the previous book in Charis Michaels’ Bachelor Lords of London series (The Virgin and the Viscount) and was impressed with the author’s ability to craft a strong story and create sympathetic  characters.  I was less impressed with the fact that the story went off the rails in the las ...