Books by Lauren Royal

F
The Art of Temptation

The Art of Temptation is the final book in a trilogy, and, unfortunately, it reads like it. Couple this with an historically inaccurate premise and plodding writing, and you have a mess that took me more than a week to get through. Sean Delaney is an Irish self-made millionaire whose sister Dier ...

B
Tempting Juliana

Sometimes first impressions can be deceiving. Because Juliana Chase does not favor dark-haired men and longs for a husband who will "love her to distraction", she immediately writes off James Trevor, the Earl of Stafford, when she meets him. Not only is he dark, but he practices medicine and actuall ...

D-
Lily

Lily features an odd combination of negative traits. There were many times during the course of the book when I shook my head and wondered how on earth it was published, and who the target audience could possibly be. One thing's for sure: it doesn't include me. When Lord Rand Nesbitt sees Lil ...

D
Violet

As I was reading this one I kept turning back to the beginning. The book is supposed to be Restoration Era, but it read more like a Regency-set historical, and one that is using the setting as wallpaper at that. And that's only part of the problem. The true problem is the bland niceness (or do I mea ...

C+
Amber

Amber was a pleasant enough historical romance with a couple of very likable lead characters. It had a Restoration setting (a nice change of pace), and some unusual and very welcome touches. But it suffered from pacing problems and an overabundance of plot. Amber started off with a bang, took a wild ...

D
Emerald

I don't know what's worse - a book that starts out badly and stays bad or book that starts out terrific and goes down hill. Emerald falls under the latter category; this book starts out wonderfully, right in the heart of the action with a chase scene. It even manages to keep the momentum going for t ...

C-
Amethyst

There were two things about Amethyst that led me to believe that I would really like it. One is the time period; I like books set in time periods outside the usual medieval-Regency-Victorian romance novel triumvirate, and this book takes place in the Restoration period of the 1600s. Secondly, the h ...