Reviews by Sara Elliott

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 ...

A
Resisting Miss Merryweather

Sir Barnaby Ware was introduced in Unmasking Miss Appleby as the other man in an affair that broke up a marriage and destroyed a life-long friendship.  He could have been easy to dislike, but his deep remorse showed there was much more to him.  It’s a rare thing when a secondary character can st ...

B-
Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis

‘Tis the season for sugary-sweet holiday stories on my e-reader.  Author Amelia Grey brings that Christmas spirit into her novella Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis with cute kids, a snowy setting and a yuletide gathering of friends.  I would have to be a Grinch not to enjoy this kind of story ...

B-
The Danger of Desire

The Danger of Desire is the third release in Sabrina Jeffries’ Sinful Suitors series and it definitely feels like a mid-series book.  The storyline is recognizable and includes some of my favorite romantic devices but it never really packs the emotional wallop to push it from a good story into a ...

B
One Summer of Surrender

Through the first two books of her Seasons series Jess Michaels has been building towards the reconciliation of the Earl of Stenfax and his first love, Lady Elise.  Their romance was one of deep emotion that was ripped apart by what was seen as the ultimate betrayal and neither character was the sa ...

B
The White Spell

Lynn Kurland’s Nine Kingdoms books have been personal favorites for many years.  The series follows the surviving children of an evil mage and how they’ve rebuilt their lives after a catastrophic event ripped their family apart.  The previous three trilogies in the series focused on good men a ...

C
So Good

So Good is the first in new-to-me author Darcy Burke’s new Love on the Vine series but in truth it’s a spin off from her long running Ribbon Ridge series. It stands on its own but I still had a sense while reading that I was missing important connections between characters and the town in which ...