Reviews by Sara Elliott

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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 ...

D
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 ...

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.  ...