Reviews by Marian Perera

C-
More or Less a Temptress

Anna Bradley’s More or Less a Temptress is an opposites-attract romance that wraps up her Somerset Sisters series. While the hero and heroine have their original sides, this potential is lost in a story that was too implausible for me to suspend disbelief. Hyacinth Somerset, the youngest of fiv ...

C-
Her Dark Knight's Redemption

Nicole Locke’s Her Dark Knight’s Redemption is a romance that runs on traditional tropes, and whether or not you’ll enjoy the story depends on how much you like the tropes. I hoped for a little novelty but since this is what it is, finally I just focused on seeing it through to the end. Rey ...

C+
Nightfall

The premise of Halpern and Kujawinski’s YA dystopian novel Nightfall is amazing, and it’s why I picked it up. The inhabitants of a certain island are preparing to leave it, because on their world, day and night exist in fourteen-year cycles. The fourteen years of Day are drawing to an end, the s ...

C
An Heiress at Heart

I’ve always been fascinated by Sommersby-type stories where someone pretends to be a person they’re not, only to find the deception has gone too far. Jennifer Delamere’s An Heiress at Heart is such a romance, with the twist that it’s not the hero who’s pretending, it’s the heroine. Lizz ...

C-
Loving the Marquess

I like trying historical romances by authors new to me, so I picked up Suzanna Medeiros’s Loving a Marquess because in it, the hero believes he’s suffering from a hereditary, terminal illness. Unfortunately this book wasted this potential and turned out to be a mediocre read. Down-on-her-luck ...

D+
Somewhat Scandalous

Pearl Darling’s Somewhat Scandalous succeeds asa demented soap opera, but fails as a romance. The characters careen through one bizarre situation after another, and while I had no interest in them on an emotional level, I couldn’t wait to see what nonsense they’d get up to next. Lord Henry ...

B
The Rogue to Ruin

Vivienne Lorret’s The Rogue to Ruin is the last in her Adventures in Matchmaking trilogy, but doesn’t suffer too much from sequelitis and can be read without any knowledge of the previous books. It focuses on the owner of a matrimonial agency and her rivalry/romance with the owner of a gaming he ...

B+
The Wilder Life

The Wilder Life, by Wendy McClure (who tweets as @HalfPintIngalls), is a tribute to her fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and life. I’ve read the whole original series, but until I picked up this book, I had no idea that the Little House phenomenon could be so entertaining, emotional ...

C
Texas Legacy

I loved Lorraine Heath’s Texas Glory, heartbreaking though it was at times, so when I discovered one more book to carry on the story told by her Texas trilogy, I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, while Texas Legacy often felt like a reconnection with old friends, it didn’t quite live up ...

C+
Surrender to Ruin

Carolyn Jewel’s Surrender to Ruin begins with the kind of premise I couldn’t resist. The hero of the story was deeply in love with the heroine’s older sister, who found her HEA in a previous novel with someone else. He’s still in love with her, but now has to marry the heroine. I had to see ...