Reviews by Marian Perera

D+
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 ...

D+
The Duke of Defiance

I hadn’t read any of Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables novels, but the title The Duke of Defiance sounded intriguing enough to make me try the book. Sadly, it was a dull read with the exception of a single moment I’ll mention later. Mild spoilers ahead. Thanks to an accident that kills both of ...

B+
The Saint

I don’t read erotica. I also don’t start a series in the middle. But when I picked up Tiffany Reisz’s The Saint… oh, I did, I did, I did. The fifth in the Original Sinners series, The Saint was surprisingly easy to begin. I thought I’d have to keep a large cast of characters in mind, bu ...

C
An Unexpected Countess

By the time I was a quarter of the way through Laurie Benson’s An Unexpected Countess, I regretted offering to review it. It was turning out to be a death-of-a-thousand-cuts book, not one with a major stumbling block, but instead one that provides a fresh small annoyance on every page. I’d even ...

D+
The Runabout

Pamela Morsi’s Wild Oats was a delightful read that put a fun twist on the trope of a woman being delivered an indecent proposal, so I was eager to try the second book in the author’s Territory Trysts series. Unfortunately, The Runabout didn’t measure up to my expectations. Plain, outspoke ...

B
Family Blessings

LaVyrle Spencer’s Family Blessings is an older woman/younger man romance, which is the reason I picked it up. There aren’t many romance heroines in their 40s, and I’d already read Ms. Spencer’s other May-December pairing, Years, so I looked forward to this story. Although it has its flaws, i ...

C
Once a Courtesan

Once a Courtesan, the second in Liana LeFey’s Once Wicked series, is a novel I wanted to enjoy more than I actually did. Some aspects of it worked very well, but others fell flat. It’s one of those books with a great deal of potential and I admired the heroine immensely, but it’s not a romance ...

C-
The Scoundrel's Honor

I hadn’t read any of Christi Caldwell’s romances before I tried The Scoundrel’s Honor, and although it’s only the second book in the Sinful Brides series, initially I felt like a stranger at the party. The novel begins with several references to the scandalous romances of the heroine’s thr ...

A
Love Beyond Measure

I hadn’t read any of Elizabeth Boyce’s romances before I picked up Love Beyond Measure, fourth in her The Honorables series. Normally I’d avoid getting into the middle of a series, but this works as a standalone for the most part, plus the heroine of this story is half-Thai, and I like diverse ...

B+
The Gentleman's Madness

The Gentleman’s Madness has an incredibly gripping hook. One of the heroes is in a mental asylum because he’s gay, and the other is an attendant there. I don’t usually read ebooks, but I bought this one (and downloaded the software to access it) because after reading the synopsis, I had to fin ...