Books by Karen Harbaugh

C+
Night Fires

I wanted to like Karen Harbaugh's first single title, but had a hard time warming up to the characters. Circumstances force both protagonists to hide their true identities and to keep secrets, which keeps the reader from getting to know them. Plus I was confused about the heroine's background, and c ...

B+
The Vampire Viscount

The Vampire Viscount manages to be a number of interesting things in a brief 224-page space. This is a book that may sneak its way onto a number of AAR’s Special Title Listings. It’s a vampire story, which is unique enough for a Regency. It’s also a redemption story, an arranged marriage roman ...

C
Miss Carlyle's Curricle

I so enjoyed Karen Harbaugh's last Regency Romance, Cupid's Kiss, that I was really expecting big things from Miss Carlyle's Curricle. Unfortunately, I found it to be disappointingly average. It's not the worst Regency in the world, but it really isn't fresh or new either. Di ...

B+
Miss Carlyle's Curricle

Miss Carlyle's Curricle could have been a dark and stormy book full of angst and hand wringing. Both the hero and heroine had very bad things happen to them as children, but they are both basically sunny-natured and not inclined to brood. If I have any complaint about Miss Carlyle's Curricle it's th ...

B+
The Reluctant Cavalier

Readers of Regency romances expect a dashing hero, preferably a member of the nobility, although a heroic military man will do in a pinch. In The Reluctant Cavalier, Karen Harbaugh, that wonderful breaker of Regency novel rules gives us a hero who is not dashing at all. Indeed, Parsifal Wentworth is ...

B+
Cupid's Kiss

Like Carla Kelly, Karen Harbaugh is pushing the bounds of the Regency sub-genre. But she's doing it in a completely different way. While Kelly's heroes and heroines are often common people, Harbaugh's are about as uncommon as you can get. In Cupid's Kiss, the final installment in Harbaugh's Cupid tr ...

B+
Cupid's Kiss

Cupid's Kiss is Karen Harbaugh's last book in the Cupid Trilogy. After having read it, I plan on grabbing the first two, Cupid's Mistake and Cupid's Darts, as soon as possible. Psyche Hathaway has turned down the latest in a long line of suitors, much to her mother's amazement. She has not been a ...