Books by Bertrice Small

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Skye O'Malley

I started reading romance late in the day, so I missed out on a lot of the books that most fans are familiar with. Occasionally I get curious, especially when the author was known for being a pioneer back in the day, but isn’t as popular now. So I tried one of the grand old novels of this genre, B ...

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A Moment in Time

Bertrice Small’s A Moment in Time has some of the elements common to her other historical romances - the gorgeous heroine, the lush atmosphere, the sex, sex and more sex. On the other hand, it’s an odd duck in a couple of ways. For one thing, there’s the reincarnation angle, and for another, i ...

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Francesca

Reading Francesca proved to be such a long, horrific process for me, I began to wonder how in the world it ever got published, even if the writer is one of the founding mothers of the romance genre. I got so curious, I checked the AAR review archives to see where, perhaps, Bertrice Small’s books w ...

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Forbidden Pleasures

Thirty-something best-selling romance novelist Emily Shann hides a "terrible" secret - she's a virgin. She's been told by her publisher that she needs to write something hotter, something explicit, in order to renew her contract. She's at a loss about what to write until it's suggested to her that ...

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Phillipa

I have never before read a full-length Bertrice Small novel, though I have read an anthology contribution or two. I have, of course, heard much about them, and was looking forward to a great campy, sex romp of a book, with Tudor Court Intrigue as the backdrop. Well, there is very little romping and ...

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Private Pleasures

Private Pleasures, Bertrice Small's latest offering, is billed as "her first contemporary novel - and her sexiest tale yet!" That's not quite how I'd describe it...it's mostly shoddy porn. The book consists of crude sex scenes interspersed by Small’s occasional attempt to remember an actual plot b ...

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Rosamund

Bertrice Small's Rosamund is a romance novel only insofar as the author obviously assumes that we will all presumably fall in love with its eponymous heroine. Its storyline, incredible research and the promise (or threat?) that Rosamund's story will be continued in the next book all speak of a famil ...

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A Love For All Time

A Love For All Time is arguably one of the last good Bertrice Small books out there. A re-release of one of the early novels in the famous Skye O'Malley series (falling chronologically between All The Sweet Tomorrows and This Heart Of Mine), it falls into the "golden era" for Small fans, just before ...

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The Duchess

In her latest novel, Betrice Small - long known for her seemingly gleeful tendency toward shocking readers with highly erotic and often kinky (and always very purple) love scenes, in romances usually set in exotic locales and time periods - has done perhaps the most shocking thing of all: she has wr ...

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The Innocent

Last year I reviewed A Memory of Love by Bertrice Small. While I didn’t recommend it, I was sufficiently intrigued by it that I volunteered to review this one as well. I’m now sorry I did that – I was deeply disappointed by this book. The innocent of the title is Eleanore ...