Reviews by Sara Elliott

B+
Claiming Mister Kemp

Authors who create homosexual partnerships in an historical setting have to walk a very fine line between expressing a deep love between same sex characters while keeping in mind just how dangerous their relationship could be.  Emily Larkin manages that tightrope with ease in her novella Claiming M ...

B
Someone to Hold

Mary Balogh’s Westcott series revolves around an earl’s family discovering upon his death that he was a bigamist with a wife and child kept hidden from everyone.  When the truth comes out there are devastating ramifications for the family left behind.  Someone to Hold is the second book of the ...

C+
To Tame a Wild Lady

I had high hopes for To Tame a Wild Lady, especially considering that the first of the series, To Lure a Proper Lady,  was one of my favourite books of 2016.  That book’s charm was found in its unexpectedly droll but deserving hero finding love with a similarly intelligent woman.  In this, the ...

C-
The Perils of Paulie

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world in Katie MacAlister’s latest romantic comedy The Perils of Paulie.  It’s also a lot of over the top characters, awkward situations and clichéd humor that never quite zings as much as the author probably believes it does. The Russian mob is out to get Paulin ...

B
Her Hopes and Dreams

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Terri Osburn’s Ardent Springs series has covered some difficult subjects in a light contemporary format; however she goes just a little bit darker in the latest release, Her Hopes and Dreams.  Spousal abuse, PTSD and even the challenges of single-parenting push the storyline into some less roman ...

B
The Spinster's Secret

One of the joys at discovering a new author is reading through her back catalog of titles.  Emily Larkin has started revising and re-releasing a few of her older books and The Spinster’s Secret was the first to catch my eye. The premise of the story is a little bit hard to swallow at first.  ...

B+
Ready Set Rogue

Manda Collins brings to life a quartet of very gifted, if slightly quirky young women in her new release Ready, Set, Rogue.  They are all gathered at Beauchamp House as heirs to Lady Celeste’s academic collection; however Miss Aphrodite Wareham also inherits a mystery to solve, as well as a frust ...

D
Snowed In

When a romance is titled Snowed In, I picture cold weather and warm relations between main characters.  What I didn’t expect was such a frigid bitch of a heroine.  I know, I know, in the spirit of the season I should be more forgiving of a character’s flaws and try to see the goodness within t ...

A-
Everything for Her

Alexa Riley ramps up the passion and intensity in her first full-length novel Everything For Her.  A man’s singular pursuit of his perfect woman is romantic escapism at its best and I was quickly swept up in the emotional fervor of the story.  Written with a wink to the fantastic but grounded in ...

A-
Moonshadow

Thea Harrison spins her Elder Races series off into a new direction with the release of Moonshadow, book one in a self-titled series.  Expanding on the world building of the previous series and using European myths and legends as inspiration, Moonshadow finds renewed energy in an action packed stor ...