Reviews by Sara Elliott

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From Duke Till Dawn

From Duke Till Dawn changes the perspective usually seen in historical romance.  Most times the story is told through the viewpoint of the rich, where the mansions, ballrooms and men’s clubs of London are standard fare.  Author Eva Leigh takes all of that glamour and turns it on its ear to show ...

B+
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

I can always count on Julia Quinn!  Her books are full of likeable characters, amusing tête-à-têtes and she skillfully uses romantic plot devices, making them feel so believable that a character’s illogical behavior easily becomes relatable.  In her newest release The Girl with the Make-Belie ...

C
Wanted and Wired

Wanted and Wired takes our obsession with technological advancements to the nth degree while exploring ideas about how the human heart survives when the head has gone to the machines.  It’s an interesting idea that’s perfect for a Science Fiction story; however it gets rather convoluted when ro ...

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Blame it on the Duke

Blame It on the Duke is the third book of Lenora Bell’s Disgraceful Dukes series and it’s fitting that I’m the third reviewer here at All About Romance to give her a try.  It’s always down to a roll of the dice as to whether  a new author will produce a story that knocks your socks off or ...

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The Seven Sins of Ruby Love

Full disclosure, I’ve always been a bit biased towards the Beyond series since the setting is practically in my backyard.  The idea that a portal to the afterlife has opened somewhere in Tempe, Arizona just starts me on all sorts jokes about Hell being a summer day here in the desert.  Don’t w ...

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The Wallflower Duchess

The Wallflower Duchess is a character driven romance that takes its time to develop its love story between old friends.  While the underlying story of a hero in pursuit of the woman he wants is quite appealing, I can’t say that I was completely engaged by the way events unfolded. Ever since he ...

B
The Truth About Love and Dukes

There has been a subtle shift in female characterisation in Historical Romances.  No longer is a feisty, independent spirit enough for the ideal heroine of the past - now she must be purposeful and liberated enough that she doesn’t need a man in her life if she so chooses.  These thoroughly mode ...

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Last Night with the Duke

Amelia Grey doesn’t really get her new Rakes of St. James series off to a good start.  Last Night with the Duke has all of the romantic elements of a fairly average story but what brings its rating down is the listless way everything unfolds.  It’s romance without the romanticism and a love af ...

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Good Boy

Hockey star Blake Riley has such a large personality that he couldn’t be contained as merely a secondary character in last year’s Us.  Using him as a launching point for their new WAGs series, co-authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are taking on the love lives of the other players on Toronto ...

B
The Feeling of Forever

Heroes are normally large, brawny men who are practically indestructible, so reading about a man adjusting to his new circumstances was a wonderful change of pace. I applaud author Jamie Howard for creating a hero with a disability.  The Feeling of Forever is strongest when showcasing its leading l ...