Reviews by Marian Perera

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Melting Iron

When I came to write this review of Laurann Dohner’s Melting Iron, I realized that what I remember most about the reading experience is a sense of disappointment. You know why? Because when I read that the hero is a cyborg, I imagined mechanical body parts used in sex. Resistance is futile. The fa ...

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A Moment in Time

Bertrice Small’s A Moment in Time has some of the elements common to her other historical romances - the gorgeous heroine, the lush atmosphere, the sex, sex and more sex. On the other hand, it’s an odd duck in a couple of ways. For one thing, there’s the reincarnation angle, and for another, i ...

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Courting Miss Hattie

Pamela Morsi’s Americana romances always give me a cozy feeling when I pick them up, as if I’m about to wrap a quilt around myself and sip hot chocolate. Courting Miss Hattie, set in Arkansas in the early 1900s, was no exception when it came to the warm fuzzies, but something in the execution pr ...

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Bedding the Baron

With the exception of a moment I’ll mention later, Bedding the Baron, first in Alexandra Ivy’s Illegitimate Bachelors trilogy, was the most predictable book I’ve ever read. Warning : spoilers ahead. It starts with an intriguing situation. Fredrick Smith, the bastard son of a baron, meets wi ...

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The Little House

I’m familiar with some of Philippa Gregory’s historicals, but I recently discovered she’s written a psychological thriller. The Little House has the sort of title which suggests still waters that run deep, so I gave it a try. Most of the book held my attention, but the ending leaves me relucta ...

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Heaven Sent

Pamela Morsi’s Heaven Sent begins when Hannah Bunch, a preacher’s eldest daughter, decides she’s ready for a home and family of her own. Problem is, she’s been the responsible mainstay of her family for so long that they don’t seem to think she needs anything more. She’s a respectable sp ...

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The Girl in a Swing

The Girl in a Swing is part psychological thriller, part paranormal horror and part twisted love story. I picked it up because it’s by Richard Adams, the author of my favorite fantasy novel, Watership Down, but anyone looking for characters as likeable as Hazel and Bigwig should look elsewhere. Th ...

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Fevre Dream

Vampires on steamboats. This was one reason I picked up this book, the other being that it’s by George R. R. Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire novels. Fevre Dream is certainly a different take on vampires, set against a background so authentic I couldn’t get enough of it. Unfortunate ...

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Take Me Home

Dorothy Garlock’s Take Me Home caught my attention because of the hero described in the blurb - he’s a German PoW in 1945, escaped and hiding out in a small Wisconsin town. The premise reminded me a bit of a book which I read over twenty years ago but still remember, so I gave it a try. Take Me ...

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Domino

Anyone on the lookout for a slow-paced book where the heroine does a lot of wondering and pondering, have I got a recommendation for you. Unfortunately Phyllis A. Whitney’s Domino contains plenty of just that – and so didn’t work for me, which was disappointing because the setting is beautiful ...