Books by Melody Thomas

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This Perfect Kiss

As a reviewer, I aim to be fair. But true fairness implies a lack of context for each book and I doubt I am quite that impartial. I tend to read debuts with greater charity; I suspect I am harder on authors I’ve read and loved. Melody Thomas falls into the latter category. Her Donally family serie ...

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Claimed by a Scottish Lord

Melody Thomas is fast becoming my go-to author for sober, emotional historical romances (and I did not say angst). Despite a predilection for slow beginnings, her books usually deliver solid, heartfelt stories with intricate subplots and Claimed by a Scottish Lord is a good example. ...

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Beauty and the Duke

You’ll have to forgive me. This review for Beauty and the Duke appears later than it should have; I simply couldn’t make myself read it any faster. Christine Sommers is a spinster with ambitions to become a great paleontologist. She has spent most of her life following her f ...

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Passion and Pleasure in London

Passion and Pleasure in London features a Victorian female Robin Hood whose Merry Men give the new (but good) Sheriff of Nottingham a run for his money, while the evil King John hovers threateningly over all. However, we spend next to no time in London. Just saying. Since Winter A ...

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Sin and Scandal in England

Despite its horrible title (Sin and Scandal in England) and cover (a shirtless man and a dress-falling-off-her-bare-back woman standing in the snow!) this is a good historical romantic suspense novel. Bethany Munroe is a science teacher's assistant at the London Conservatory for You ...

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Wild and Wicked in Scotland

Unquestionably, Melody Thomas is the best of Avon’s newer writers and she continues her winning streak in her latest release. This, book, though, isn’t without its challenges. During the first fifty pages or so, I was afraid that Wild and Wicked in Scotland was going to be on ...

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Angel in My Bed

I discovered Melody Thomas last fall when thoroughly enjoyed A Match Made in Scandal and eagerly volunteered to review her latest. Although Angel in My Bed contains the spy-suspense aspect I try to avoid, its romance did not disappoint in the least. This is how I like my romance served: an alpha ...

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A Match Made in Scandal

It is obvious that Rachel Bailey loves her work as a civil engineer in Victorian England. She is ostracized by most social circles and must struggle in obscurity in Ireland with her work turned in under the name of a male engineer in her firm. Even so, Rachel, a shareholder in her father's firm of ...

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Must Have Been the Moonlight

Lawrence of Arabia meets Sylvia Pankhurst? Though this is the Victorian rather than the Edwardian era, the idea of a be-robed English soldier and fiery suffragist falling in love in Egypt is undoubtedly an intriguing one, and one ably executed by Melody Thomas. Brianna Donally, a photographer, an ...

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In My Heart

With a first half considerably more dynamic than the second, In My Heart marks an auspicious debut for new Avon author Melody Thomas. Also writing under the names Laura Renken and Lori Morgan, the author's first effort for her new publisher isn't without flaws, but interesting characters and an unus ...