Reviews by Jessica Langlois

C+
Jewel

The rather implausible premise of Jewel is mitigated somewhat by the chemistry between the main characters, and the level of detailed historical information on the black press in America. The Marriage of Convenience is my favorite plotline; I have seen many variations on the theme, but even for all ...

B
One Night Stand

I was apprehensive about this book at first, since the blurb indicates that the hero and heroine have a one night stand after meeting at a wedding, then manage to build a relationship out of barely knowing each other. I was pleased to find that One Night Stand was more than just that, featuring wel ...

C-
Anatomy of a Boyfriend

Anatomy of a Boyfriend wants to be like Judy Blume’s Forever, but it just ends up being a kind of boring novel where the reader gets the sense that the author is only writing in order to describe a sexual relationship. Dominique is a senior at a private school and has never met ...

B+
Let Sleeping Rogues Lie

I have never so enjoyed a book with such an unlikely plot. Even though I had to work really hard to suspend disbelief throughout Let Sleeping Rogues Lie, it was definitely worth it. Madeline teaches mathematics and natural history, an unusual subject for young ladies, at an exclusiv ...

D-
The Privateer

The intriguing introduction to The Privateer held the promise of well-described settings and dynamic characters. Unfortunately, the book soon devolved into a series of clichés and wooden writing. Lark, the daughter of an earl, is thrown into debtor's prison after her father's suicide. She is so ...

B-
Yellow Rose Bride

The hero and heroine in Yellow Rose Bride have a long and interesting history, which makes this inspirational romance quite touching. I enjoy inspirational historicals like Lori Copeland's because they usually lack the contrived conflict and drama that occasionally occurs in other romances, especia ...

F
Satin Sheets

With many books, despite having reservations about wholeheartedly recommending them, I can at least point out an audience that might find some aspect of the book enjoyable. For example, the marriage of convenience plot is a favorite of mine, and I can usually enjoy a less than stellar book with this ...

B
Pleasure for Pleasure

Pleasure for Pleasure is an adorable Regency-era story, charmingly written, and although it's the final in a series about four sisters, the reader new to Eloisa James (such as I) will have no trouble following the characters or plot. Josephine Essex is the youngest of the sisters, and has rec ...

C
Do-Over

Do-Over is the third book in a series about Valerie Winslow, a fifteen-year-old girl living with her father in the fictitious European country of Schwerinborg shortly after her parents' divorce. Although it's not vitally important to have read the previous books, it would help to know more about the ...

D-
Literacy and Longing in L.A.

Literacy and Longing in L.A. is one of those books that I was glad to finally finish. While going through the long slog reading it, I continually eyed my TBR pile and had to convince myself those books would have to wait. That strategy only worked because I realized that if I picked up a different ...