Regency Romance

F
Little Coquette

This book proudly declares itself to be a Regency Romantic Mystery. There was a Regency setting, I agree to that. Romantic? Not to me. Mystery? If mystery means the hero and heroine run about trying to solve a murder, a mystery it was. It is said that two out of three ain't bad. In this case, it was ...

A
The Fourth Season

Lady Bets Fortescue is idling through her fourth season in Regency London - to her mama's despair. The Fortescue's are desperately short of funds, something they are at pains to conceal from the rest of the ton. This makes it imperative that 23-year-old Bets marry well. If only she wouldn't be so te ...

A-
The Weaver Takes a Wife

Halfway through reading The Weaver Takes a Wife, I was tempted to stop and look again at the copyright notice, just to assure myself that I wasn't reading a long-lost and recently rediscovered work of Georgette Heyer's. This was a delightful read from start to finish, reminiscent of the writing that ...

D-
Marriage a la Mode

Halfway through this book, I rechecked the publication date. No, this book was not written around 1980. Or maybe it was, and spent the next fifteen years in a desk drawer. It certainly reads like it was. This is the story of two pointless marriages, almost mirror images of each other. One is ...

C+
The Poet and the Paragon

I'm predisposed to like Rita Boucher's work, but The Poet & the Paragon wasn't my cup of tea. While parts of the book were captivating, the rest degenerated into run-of-the-mill Regency clichés, with which I have little patience. In essence, this is a road romance. The main part of the book d ...

B
The Poet and the Paragon

I haven't been reading Regency Romances for very long and truthfully only began reading them by accident. Still, I have no problems making up for lost time and Rita Boucher's The Poet and the Paragon was a thoroughly pleasant read. At first, the thought of a heroine who writes tracts on proper moral ...

F
The Riddle of the Alabaster Royal

I've rewritten this review three times now. Trying to be fair both to the book and to its potential readers takes time when your fingers keep committing Freudian slides into the vitriolic. After all, this book was my runner-up for Worst Read of 1998. Captain Jack Vespa returns to England after h ...

C
Miss Lockharte's Letters

A few pages into Miss Lockharte's Letters, I was convinced I had found a keeper of the multiple hanky kind. Rosellen Lockharte's situation is so bleak it brought tears to my eyes, and I'm not the sentimental sort. But once things took a turn for the better for Rosellen, the book descended into a Reg ...

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 ...

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 ...