Books by Alissa Johnson

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A Dangerous Deceit

I am at a loss to understand why Alissa Johnson doesn’t seem to get the same kind of attention afforded to the ‘big-name’ authors of historical romance.  Every book of hers I’ve read has been superbly written, featuring well-drawn, three-dimensional characters, a well-constructed plot, subt ...

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A Gift for Guile

A Gift for Guile is the second book in Alissa Johnson’s Thief Takers series set in Victorian England. It isn’t absolutely necessary to have read book one (A Talent for Trickery), as there is plenty here to flesh out the backstories of the central characters, but I think it offers some useful ins ...

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A Talent for Trickery

A Talent for Trickery is Alissa Johnson’s first new novel since 2012, and I, for one, have missed her. The books of hers I’ve read have been strongly characterised and intelligently written; she has an engaging, easy-to-read style that is laced with wit and subtle humour and the ability to devel ...

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Practically Wicked

I still remember the first time I read Georgette Heyer's Venetia. I loved that story because the intelligent characters made me want, more than anything, for them to fall in love and live happily ever after. I found myself having similar feelings as I read Practically Wicked by Alissa Johnson. The c ...

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Nearly a Lady

With numerous variations on the Pygmalion storyline in existence, it would be easy to pass over this little gem of a book while thinking, “Been there, done that.” We’ve all read stories where a lady (or gentleman) who is rough around the edges is transformed into a refined specimen worthy of p ...

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Destined to Last

Alissa Johnson’s Destined to Last was just what I needed this week amidst my finals and papers: A solid historical romance with interesting characters and a well-developed relationship. Lady Kate Cole isn’t known for her grace; She has a tendency to knock things over and trip, but it’s not ...

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McAlistair’s Fortune

McAlistair’s Fortune is such a mild story that I was surprised to find an unpleasant surprise when I was six pages from finishing the entire book. Unfortunately, it was at this point that a side of the hero was revealed that was so shockingly repugnant to me that it sent the grade of the book – ...

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Tempting Fate

Tempting Fate is Alissa Johnson's second book and has one of my favorite storylines: the childhood friends to lovers relationship. Though I had a few problems with it, I liked it well enough to order Johnson's first book, As Luck Would Have It. Whittaker Cole, the Earl of Thurston, and Mirabell ...