Books by Hope Tarr

C
Operation Cinderella

Ms. Tarr gave her hero and heroine some very appealing characteristics and some very vexing faults. And I do understand that the imperfections were to illustrate character growth. However, at the end of the story, I couldn’t accept the rapid transformation of either one.         ...

B
Tempting

One of the great things about ePublishing is that it has opened up a whole new world for authors. Ms. Tarr published this book ten years ago, but has revised and released it in electronic format only. Now, I haven’t read the original (now out of print), so I can’t comment on superiorities or inf ...

B
The Tutor

With The Tutor, Hope Tarr gives readers a very enjoyable late Victorian tale with both plenty of steamy scenes as well as plenty of romance. I've read erotic romances that were erotic without being very romantic on an emotional level, and I've read some where the cover was the steamiest thing about ...

C
Twelve Nights

I wanted to like Twelve Nights much more than I did. I love the idea of historical Blazes. I like Christmas settings. And usually love triangles are among my favorite plot-lines. This book had all that going for it, but the purple prose and occasionally annoying characters made it fall a little flat ...

B-
Bound To Please

The first historical in the Harlequin Blaze line is certainly an historical-set book that meets series romance requirements of telling a streamlined story in a streamlined space. If it doesn’t break new storytelling ground, Bound To Please is a fun read crafted by an author who knows what she’s ...

B
Untamed

Untamed is the last in Hope Tarr’s Men of Roxbury trilogy. This series, set in late Victorian England, features friends who grew up in an orphanage and later became successful adults. Each of the books in the series should appeal to readers who are tired of wallpaper historical romances. While thi ...

B
Enslaved

Enslaved is a loose sequel to Vanquished, Hope Tarr’s excellent historical romance from last year. While not as good as its predecessor, this is still an engrossing read. Gavin Carmichael, Patrick O’Rourke, Harry Stone, and Daisy Lake all live in the Roxbury House Orphanage. Roxbury Hou ...

C+
The Haunting

It sort of kills me not to be able to give The Haunting a better grade. It's a very well-written book, with a grace and flow to its prose that's too seldom seen in series romances anymore. Hope Tarr also delivers a sexually explicit story that goes beyond mere sex, finding the deeper emotions in tho ...

B-
It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life

Historical author Hope Tarr makes her contemporary debut with It's a Wonderfully Sexy Life, the third of Harlequin's Extreme Blazes. This holiday-themed tale makes a few missteps, but overall it's an enjoyable read. Baltimore cop Mandy Delinski doesn't think she has much to celebrate t ...

B+
Vanquished

Those of you who have been complaining of cookie cutter romances - run out and get Hope Tarr's Vanquished. It may be set in England during the Victorian period, but it's very far from the usual historical romance. This is a serious and sometimes gritty book with a most unusual hero and heroine. ...