Reviews by Marian Perera

D+
Lord Bredon and the Bachelor's Bible

In Mia Marlowe’s Lord Bredon and the Bachelor’s Bible, Edward Lovell, Lord Bredon, owns an estate in dire need of money. Fortunately for him, he discovers The Bachelor’s Bible, which reveals the dowries of eligible girls, so he decides to marry Miss Martha Finch’s eighty thousand pounds. ...

B
The Disgraceful Lord Gray

Virginia Heath’s The Disgraceful Lord Gray is a pleasant read with some awesome moments, all of them courtesy of the hero. It doesn’t offer anything new plot-wise, but the energy of the dialogue and the excellent writing stand out. Lord Graham Chadwick (aka Gray) and his superior, Lord Fennim ...

C-
A Lord Apart

I slogged through Jane Ashford’s A Lord Apart by promising myself I could do whatever I wanted when the book was over. Then I remembered it had to be reviewed, so I’m holding off on eating lunch until that’s done. This wasn’t even a bad book, just a stupefyingly dull one. Daniel Frith, Vi ...

D+
London's Best Kept Secret

London’s Best Kept Secret began as a C read, but rose to a B because the story improved after a lagging start. Then the hero revealed he’d done something unforgivable - which everyone forgave him for - and the grade took a nosedive. I’d try another of Anabelle Bryant’s books, but this one is ...

A
Slammerkin

A slammerkin is a loose dress, and also a loose woman. Emma Donoghue, author of Room, based this book on the true story of a girl who was executed in 1763 for murdering her mistress, and who apparently did it from a longing for ‘fine clothes’. While this wasn’t exactly a pleasant read, it was ...

B
One Night with the Major

Bronwyn Scott’s One Night with the Major has a wonderful start that turned to a pleasant but not exceptional read. Although this book is part of the Allied at the Altar series, new readers should have no difficulty leaping in here. Pavia Honeysett is a woman with a mission most possible: losing ...

B-
Garters

In the town of Vader, Tennessee, the Crabbs are the poorest family, so Esme Crabb plans to find a prosperous man to marry. Cleavis Rhy not only owns a store filled with delicious foodstuffs but lives in a big house, which makes the decision easy for her, and Pamela Morsi’s Garters begins with Esme ...

B-
Miss Bingley Requests

Pride and Prejudice told from the perspective of one of the villains of the piece sounded interesting, so I picked up Judy McCrosky’s Miss Bingley Requests. It was an unusual read that actually made me feel for the main character (can’t exactly call her a heroine) and I kept wondering how it wou ...

C+
The Scoundrel in her Bed

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Rich girl falls for poor boy. Surrendering to teenaged passion, they make love, then plan to run off and marry. But at the designated hour, girl’s father shows up and tells boy she’s changed her mind. Boy leaves, vowing to hate girl for ever, and girl f ...

B-
The Last

Tawna Fenske’s The Last opens with a great scene. Sarah Keating is celebrating her thirtieth birthday at home with a few of her closest friends, all of them in comfy pajamas. It’s the kind of party I could imagine clearly and wouldn’t have minded stepping into at all. Sarah is single while ...