Reviews by Marian Perera

D+
The Shy Duchess

In Amanda McCabe’s The Shy Duchess, Lady Emily Carroll is expected to marry well because her parents have run out of money. Naturally, Emily is completely uninterested in social events because she doesn’t waste time on frivolities. So she hurries off during a ball and this happens : Emily lost ...

A
Poison

One of the most interesting things about fairytale retellings is seeing how authors use predictable elements in unpredictable ways, and Sarah Pinborough’s Poison is one of the best in that regard. The first in the Tales of the Kingdoms trilogy, it can be read as a standalone, but a twist in the en ...

D+
The Footman and I

Valerie Bowman’s The Footman and I is the first in a series where a group of friends - a duke, a marquess, an earl, you get the picture - pretend to be servants. I thought this was an unusual premise that had the potential to be either very good or very bad.Well. It was not very good.Lucas ...

A-
John Eyre

Here’s a six-word summary of this book: Gender swapped Jane Eyre with vampires.But before I begin my review of Mimi Matthews’ John Eyre, I have a confession to make. I never finished Jane Eyre, because Helen’s death was so sad I couldn’t read any more. So readers with more knowledge of t ...

B-
The Scoundrel's Daughter

In Anne Gracie’s The Scoundrel’s Daughter, Alice Paten was left with debts after her husband, Lord Charlton, died. He lavished his money on his mistress. But Alice has made economies, and at the age of thirty-eight, she’s finally able to relax a little. And then a man shows up, saying he’ll ...

C-
Hot Under His Collar

Andie J. Christopher’s Hot Under His Collar begins with event planner Sasha Finerghty in St. Bartholemew’s Catholic Church, making sure the wedding she’s coordinated is proceeding as planned, and mooning over Father Patrick Dooley. Sasha is the disappointing daughter in her family because she ...

B
Isn't It Bromantic?

So this is the Russian’s book.When I read the first two books in Lyssa Kay Adams’ The Bromance Book Club series, the humor involving this guy quickly wore out its welcome. I felt it was crass and narrow-minded for the only foreigner in the gang to not even have a name and to be the comic rel ...

D
Deceived by Desire

Marie Force’s Deceived by Desire, the second in her Gilded series, takes place in Rhode Island, at the turn of the twentieth century. It begins when Aubrey Nelson, having invited his friends to his parents’ seaside residence, arrives first and finds the place unfit for human habitation. The prev ...

C
Once Upon a Kiss

Jayne Fresina’s Once Upon a Kiss is the first in her Book Club Belles Society series, and I liked the idea of a historical book club, especially since the women in it are reading Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately, a well-written story with clever, humorous turns of phrase is saddled with the most ...

D+
The Reunion

I picked up Sara Portman’s The Reunion because the cover showed a pretty dress that isn’t falling off the heroine’s back, and because I hadn’t read this author before. While there were some entertaining moments, the romance was sadly lackluster and didn’t make me want to try the other book ...