Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

C+
The Heiress's Deception

Christi Caldwell’s engaging series about a group of young pickpockets who form a lifelong bond, open a gambling hell and marry into the upper strata of English society continues apace with the The Heiress's Deception, a story featuring the Hell and Sin Club’s second in command. Lady Eve Pruit ...

C-
The Duke Knows Best

Jane Ashford adds a middling chapter to her Duke’s Sons series with The Duke Knows Best, the story of a  lordling vicar and the improper young lady who falls in love with him. Often called the handsomest of the Duke of Langford’s six sons, Lord Randolph Gresham is between parishes taking a h ...

A
Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Elizabeth Hoyt celebrates the holidays with the final entry in her delightful Maiden Lane series, this time in a novella about the curmudgeonly Adam and the somewhat stiff-necked Sarah. Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, hates Christmas, which often serves to remind him of his dysfunctional child ...

C
Bad Princess

“He’s a lumberjack and a computer programmer?” “Well, it’s hard to make a living as a lumberjack.” – the royal sisters of Estau The two sisters who head up the novella Bad Princess are both aware of and yet participatory in the ridiculous yet heartfelt curveballs the narrative thro ...

D
Melting Snow

Winter “Winnie” Snow is alone for the Christmas holiday.  With her lively roommate out of the country for two weeks, she’s feeling less than enthusiastic about this holiday and as always, she’s volunteered to work, going to her job cleaning up a mall after hours. Will Holliday is a firem ...

C
Enchanted by the Highlander

Lecia Cornwall’s Highland Fairytales Series – about the enormous MacLeod clan – adds another volume with this story of star-crossed Scottish and English lovers in Enchanted by the Highlander. Shy Gillian MacLeod longs for romance and adventure – something that she’s rather too timid to ...

B-
The Bride Who Got Lucky

Oh, I do love an intellectual heroine!  Janna MacGregor writes a complicated one with some rather facepalm-worthy qualities in The Bride Who Got Lucky the second in her Cavensham Heiresses series. This  tale of a headstrong bluestocking and an independent earl who meet their match in one another, ...

B
The Scot's Bride

The latest MacGregor boy gets his bride in this charming and adventuresome but uneven addition to Paula Quinn’s Highland Heirs series, The Scot’s Bride. Patrick MacGregor – the latest Devil of the Highlands – is having a great time carousing his way across Scotland on his way to see his ...

B-
The Modern Woman’s Guide to Finding a Knight

Anna Klein pours on the charm with her The Modern Woman’s Guide to Finding a Knight, a goofy romantic comedy-cum-caper thriller about secret identities, the private lives of renaissance fair attendees, and the power of friendship. Connie Manning leads a dual existence.  During the week, she cy ...

B-
Lady Charlotte's First Love

Anna Bradley continues her Sutherland Sisters series with a very readable but also very old school portrait of a reckless lady with a broken heart and the solider who loved her once upon a time. Lady Charlotte Hadley has been behaving in a gradually more madcap manner since her husband met a trag ...