Reviews by Carolyn Esau

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Master of Torment

Master of Torment by Karin Tabke is the most enjoyable historical romance I have read in some time. I liked it so much that I was sorely tempted to buy the first book in the series, Master of Surrender. Only the sorry state of my bank balance prevented me from doing so. The story had adventure, intr ...

C
Phantom's Touch

Early in Julie Leto's Phantom's Touch I thought I was mistakenly reading an erotica novel, not a paranormal romance, for the hero and heroine barely said "Pleased to meet you," before they were rolling around naked. I was not ready for their relationship to progress so far, so fast - it made me fee ...

B-
Dangerous Prey

In December, I caught a rare glimpse of a falcon in my neighborhood. The bird was perched on rooftop of a building just across the street from the parking garage. As the rooftop and the level on which I was parked were the same, I got a really good look at one of these magnificent birds. The reaso ...

F
Her Secret Lover

If you choose to read Sara Bennett's Her Secret Lover, save yourself some time and start around Chapter 27. Shortly thereafter, the hero and heroine have the conservation that should have taken place long before. Don't worry, everything you really need to know is revealed and you will save yourself ...

B
Scandalizing the Ton

Scandalizing the Ton is the third book in series of intertwining characters. It was the first Diane Gaston book I have read and I was pleasantly surprised. The story was well written and I was drawn into it quickly. I did raise an eyebrow having the first sex scene on page 17 but it turned out to ...

B-
Mischief Becomes Her

Mischief Becomes Her by Kasey Michaels is the second novel in the Sunshine Sisters trilogy. Within a few pages I knew I wanted to read the stories in order, so I went out and bought the first novel, Dial M for Mischief. I am glad I did so, as it provided greater background for this story, and the s ...

D
Sword of the Highlands

I will just start with the few elements I actually liked about Veronica Wolff's Sword of the Highlands: the Scots setting, the nicely bad villain (though I did have a problem with his comeuppance), and the escape sequence near the end. However, I had issues with the hero, the heroine, the plot, th ...

C+
Highland Knight

I really enjoyed Cindy Miles' first book, so I looked forward to reading her latest work, Highland Knight. While I did enjoy the story, I had the feeling of déjà vu, of having read the book before, as some of the plot devices seem to have been recycled from Spirited Away. Ethan M ...

A-
A Most Unconventional Match

I don't how I have missed Julia Justiss's previous novels, but it is an oversight I will have to correct soon. A Most Unconventional Match was an excellent introduction to her work - maybe too good. The hero is simply wonderful, the heroine's growth is visible and the plot is believable. ...

B
The Scandalous Life of a True Lady

I have been fan of Barbara Metzger ever since I read Bething's Folly back in 1980s. She is one of the few authors I buy on name alone because she always succeeds in amusing me. The Scandalous Life of a True Lady did not disappoint in that regard, though it was not as laugh out loud funny as her o ...