Books by Allison Lane

D+
The Madcap Marriage

Seeing a Regency Romance with the title The Madcap Marriage, one might logically expect a light and funny farce like those Barbara Metzger writes so well. But if a reader buys Lane's latest thinking to settle down and laugh, she'll be very disappointed. This is a dark and often violent book with cha ...

D
Emily's Beau

Emily’s Beau starts at the beginning of the Season in 1818, when Jacob Winters, the Earl of Hawthorne, is notified that he has a ward. A young woman, the daughter of one of the officers who had served with the Earl’s father in India, was left in his care after the death of her mother. Harriet Ni ...

B
Kindred Spirits

Like Carla Kelly, Allison Lane's Regencies are dark forays into human drama. But where Kelly explores class boundaries and moral dilemmas, Lane primarily stays within the human psyche, exposing society's seamy underbelly and celebrating those who remain true to themselves. Kindred Spirits is an extr ...

B
The Purloined Papers

Allison Lane brings the story of the Seabrook family to a close in The Purloined Papers. For a short book, there's a lot going on - lots of characters, complex relationships, and a murder sub-plot as well. This plot-heavy story results in the romance being somewhat marginalized, but the characters a ...

B-
The Rake and the Wallflower

If you are fond of Regency Romances where the London Season is presented as a glittering round of balls, parties and fun, you will probably not like Allison Lane's portrayal of it. In almost all of her books, the Season is presented as a pitfall for young women (and men too). They are prey to the wa ...

C
The Notorious Widow

This book was very hard to assign a grade to, because where I'd give it an F for romance, it is worth an A for its study of the destructive nature of gossip. I have rarely come across more rotten and annoying characters, yet I was drawn to this book to the point I couldn't put it down. It was like s ...

B-
Double Deceit

Double Deceit is the aptly named story of a hero and heroine who both hide their identities while they are courting. I've read a lot of books in which one of the main characters assumes a false identity, and they can be tricky; it's hard to build upon a relationship based on deception. Fortunately, ...

A
The Rake's Rainbow

The Regency shelf of my Desert Island Keeper book case was inhabited totally by Mary Balogh and Carla Kelly books until now. Allison Lane's book The Rake's Rainbow is a simply superb study of obsession on the part of a gentleman toward a lady who is a vicious and amoral slut. The entire ton knows he ...

B-
Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather is not a book for the impatient reader. This is one of those books that gets off to a very slow start, and for the first half I was not sure that I even liked the hero. However, it really picks up at about the halfway point, and ends up as a pretty good read. T ...

C+
The Second Lady Emily

The Second Lady Emilyis a Regency Romance with a twist - it is also a time travel/mystery/ghost story that kept me up reading till I finished it. While this could have been a totally satisfying read, there were enough flaws to make it simply somewhat better than average. Still, while I enjoy Regenci ...