Books by Cheryl Holt

F
Promise of Pleasure

Promise of Pleasure is a mystery to me – how can this sort of book still exist? I was left speechless at the end of the story, which does not happen often. Even now, I cannot remember the last book I read that was as bad as this. The characters are irredeemable, the plot is riddled with clichés, ...

F
Double Fantasy

Not one character within Cheryl Holt’s Double Fantasy had any redeeming qualities, not the evil incestuous twins, the cruel hero, or the gullible heroine. When I finished reading, I felt as though I needed some sort of cleansing, something beyond that of an ordinary shower. Oh, and by the way, I ...

C+
Forbidden Fantasy

I've skimmed Cheryl Holt's books before, but I'd never actually read one through, so I asked to review Forbidden Fantasy. My reaction? YE GODS AND LITTLE FISHES! I can't decide whether this is a brilliant parody of a trashy romance novel, or whether it really is a trashy romance novel. If you li ...

F
Too Wicked to Wed

Too Wicked to Wed is one of those "innocent woman's virtue lost in a card game by male family member" books. Why, oh why are these books still being written? It's long past time to put this clichéd setup out to pasture. But apparently Holt didn't get that memo, for this book is chock-full of tri ...

C
Too Hot to Handle

In the middle of Too Hot to Handle I had a startling revelation. Though she has a reputation (a deserved one) as one of romance’s steamier mainstream authors, Cheryl Holt really writes just like Barbara Cartland. Only with sex. Think I’m exaggerating? In this book, a virtuous young ...

B-
More Than Seduction

Lately most of the books I've read revolved around titled heroines of the ton, so it was nice to read a story in which the heroine is actually a hard-working, regular individual. In fact, it is mostly the female characters who give this book its likeability and appeal. Mrs. Anne Smythe has wor ...

C+
Deeper than Desire

Deeper than Desire is my first book by Cheryl Holt, and while I wasn't blown away, I can see why she's developing a readership. Readers who think sweet and hot shouldn't be romance antonyms might do well to check her out. Lady Olivia Hopkins is on the prowl for a husband. Her father's death le ...

B-
Complete Abandon

Complete Abandon is one of the most interesting books I've read this year. Not necessarily one of the best, but definitely one of the most thought-provoking. Categorizing it is a slippery proposition as it manages to be naughty, funny, over-sexed, and light on the history. At the same time, it featu ...

B-
Absolute Pleasure

Watch out, Susan Johnson and Robin Schone. Behold: another entry in the historical-erotic-romance sub-genre. Absolute Pleasure is a deeply flawed book, yet I can offer a qualified recommendation based on the hero at its center. Lady Elizabeth Harcourt has spent her life at her fa ...

C+
Total Surrender

Why is it when an author turns up the heat, she all too often turns down the character development? Unfortunately, that's the biggest problem with this Regency-era sensual romance, which, on the positive side, does manage to deliver some real erotic kicks from a likable and appea ...