Books by Christine Merrill

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The Brooding Duke of Danforth

You know that feeling when, after finishing a book, you sit and wonder what on earth you just read?  That’s me after finishing Christine Merrill’s The Brooding Duke of Danforth.  It had the potential to be an engaging second-chance romance/courtship story played out against a look at the way g ...

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A Convenient Bride for the Soldier

Christine Merrill joins forces with three other Harlequin Historical authors to bring us a new series of four books under the title The Society of Wicked Gentlemen.  The gentlemen in question are a group of friends of differing backgrounds who met at university and who now jointly own a rather scan ...

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The Secrets of Wiscombe Chase

Christine Merrill is an author who can be relied upon to insert the unusual in her novels, and considering she writes regency romances, this is saying something. The Secrets of Wiscombe Chase delivers in that it takes a common trope - the marriage of convenience - and gives is several twists. L ...

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The Fall of a Saint

I should alert anyone thinking of reading this book that it opens onto a situation which many may find off-putting, unpleasant or just plain unacceptable. The story of The Fall of a Saint hinges around the fact that the heroine, a respectable governess, is pregnant as the result of a sexual encounte ...

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Paying the Virgin's Price

The ramshackle father wagering away his daughter’s virtue to the disreputable gambler? Heard that one before. But setting the action ten years after the fact, when the gambler still hasn’t followed through, and adding a twenty-year-old murder mystery come to haunt the current generation? That ...

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Miss Winthorpe's Elopement

I found Miss Winthorpe's Elopement somewhat tough to grade. It's an original story with flawed, memorable characters, and much of the time it worked for me. Perhaps that's why when I got to the end and discovered a common but unwelcome plot device, I was disappointed. Penelope Wint ...

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A Wicked Liaison

The premise of A Wicked Liaison was interesting enough, but it quickly became the slowest 200 pages of my life. Somewhere along the way, the hero became too immature to be interesting, and the heroine badly needed some spice in her character. Constance Townley is the Dowager Duches ...

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The Mistletoe Wager

The Mistletoe Wager is marriage in trouble tale. It has a significant Christmas feel to it, and may well appeal to readers who like Regency house parties. Harry Pennyngton, Earl of Anneslea, is tired of being estranged from his wife, Elise. Two months previously, she left the ...