Books by Claudia Dain

D+
Accidentally in Love

As well as being part of Ms Dain’s Courtesan Chronicles series, this novella is also one of a series of mixed-genre novellas from Red Door Reads. It’s light and fluffy, written with a deft touch - and it certainly passed an hour or so pleasantly, but it’s rather too insubstantial for my tastes ...

C+
Daring a Duke

It’s very easy to pinpoint what I disliked about Daring a Duke: The multitude of POVs, the repetitive style, and a central couple who are by turns juvenile, stupid, arrogant, and manipulative. But there are also the good things, like the multidimensional casting, the oddly quirky humour, and a pa ...

D
The Courtesan's Secret

Thanks to the online reader community, I don’t often choose the books I buy these days using the old-fashioned bookstore test. But, since publishers and authors tell us over and over again that online reviews and buzz don’t matter a whit when it comes to sales, I’m going to predict that Claud ...

C-
The Courtesan's Daughter

The plot of this story intrigued me: An arranged marriage, seduction, a scandalous past. It sounded fantastic. But the truth here is that this book is structured poorly and lacks a smoothness that might make it a pleasurable read. Though she is now a countess, Lady Sophia Dalby was once the mos ...

B-
The Fall

Many historical romance readers complain that some books simply take modern-day characters and have them act out a story in fancy dress, making the time period irrelevant. Nothing could be farther from the truth with Claudia Dain, an author with a reputation for creating characters who are creature ...

B
The Temptation

It was sheer coincidence that the last book I read from my TBR pile before reading this one was A Kiss to Die For, a Western also by Claudia Dain. Reading the books back-to-back was an interesting experience, and it certainly cemented my favorable opinion of Ms. Dain's storytelling prowess and skill ...

B-
The Willing Wife

Recently I read a mystery by Sarah Smith called The Vanished Child. Though written in 1992 the novel reads as though it were written at the turn of the 20th century - the period in which it is set. Her use of language works to draw the reader into that time and place so well, I marveled at her ski ...

C+
A Kiss to Die For

A Kiss to Die For is something of a rarity: it's a historical romantic suspense novel set in post-Civil War Abilene, Kansas. It's an intriguing combination, and the book had some aspects I really enjoyed. Unfortunately it was also quite a slow read, and I had trouble warming up to the heroine. An ...

C-
To Burn

When To Burn opens, our heroine, Melania, is hiding in a hypocaust (a system of flues that helped heat ancient Roman homes). Above her, Saxon warriors are making themselves at home after raiding her house and killing her father. She's not having a good day. Wulfred, the leader of this band of Saxon ...

B+
The Marriage Bed

Sir Richard has a problem. Everything about Isabel's too blatant desire for him had been wrong - wrong in God's eyes the world's. She had been betrothed to his brother; therefore, she was his sister by marriage, her attraction for him both incestuous and adulterous. She had become a stone thrown ...