Books by Andrea Pickens

C+
The Scarlet Spy

One of the weaknesses of the romance genre is its tendency toward recycled plots – secret babies and Big Misunderstandings being two major examples. For this reason, good stories need a freshness to make them stand out. Unfortunately, The Scarlet Spy by Andrea Pickens lacked in this regard. ...

C+
The Spy Wore Silk

Andrea Pickens, a name well-known to Traditional Regency lovers, begins a new historical series, Merlin's Maidens, about young women trained to be spies. While I have always enjoy Pickens' writing, The Spy Wore Silk seemed oddly dispassionate. Mrs. Merlin's Academy for Select Young ...

B
A Stroke of Luck

A Stroke of Luck is Andrea Pickens' last traditional Regency. She closes this part of her career with an enjoyable story that pairs a very proper Duke with a free-spirited woman, both of whom eventually discover they are not so different after all. When we first meet Deverill, th ...

B+
The Storybook Hero

It is a rare Regency Romance indeed that can tackle adult issues while still maintaining the usual light, spirited Regency tone. With only a few caveats, The Storybook Hero does just that, giving me another author to add to my glom list. Octavia Hadley is penniless, and rather than foolishly turn ...

C
The Banished Bride

The Banished Bride is the story of a husband and wife who barely set eyes on each other at their arranged wedding, separate, and years later meet under very different circumstances. What happens when they fall in love without knowing each other's true identity, and the fall out when they do discover ...

B
A Diamond in the Rough

A Diamond in the Rough is the only Regency Romance I've ever read with a sports theme. In this case, the sport is golf. The heroine is a woman who works as a caddie at St. Andrews golf course; naturally, she is disguised as a young man. The hero is a complete novice who must learn to play golf in or ...

B+
A Lady of Letters

To me, a Regency Romance should be clever, witty, and sweet. A good Regency should also portray a woman who is bound by the constraints of society, but who manages to express her true nature in spite of them. A truly memorable Regency is one that manages to move me emotionally in spite of its brevit ...

B+
The Major's Mistake

Edith Wharton once said that people want a sad story with a happy ending. I love these kinds of stories which explains why I enjoyed this book. The Major's Mistake is nothing short of gut-wrenching and I mean that in the best way possible. The book opens with an awful scene of sexual molestation. ...

B+
Second Chances

I first encountered Andrea Pickens when I reviewed The Hired Hero. I enjoyed that book so much, I went out and found another one of hers, Code of Honor. I thoroughly enjoyed that one too, so when I found Second Chances in my reviewing stack, I looked forward to reading it and was not disappointed at ...

B+
The Hired Hero

can see it right now, some unsuspecting reader of Regency Romances picks up A Hired Hero, sees the sweet cover of a smiling man in his shirtsleeves cradling a woman to his chest while a horse stands in the background, and starts to read, expecting a sweet country idyll. What she ...