Reviews by Elizabeth Cimaglia

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Tempting the Bride

There is a certain formula for a Sherry Thomas novel that involves one part exquisitely beautiful prose, one part heartwrenching emotion, and one part crazy Old Skool tropes revisited. I am not quite sure of the ratios involved, but, for me, this formula has always resulted in a profoundly beautiful ...

D-
Return of the Viscount

In Gayle Callen's Return of the Viscount, the villain perpetrates a series of potentiality fatal attacks against the heroine, hoping to kill her and make it look like an accident. And frankly, as a reader, there were moments when I hoped the villain would succeed.         Our heroine, ...

C+
The Spymaster's Daughter

The Spymaster's Daughter is an elegant portrayal of the machinations and dangers of the late Elizabethan Era court. As a depiction of an historical setting and mood, it is masterfully done. The story and characters, however, left me slightly cold, and I found myself reading on mostly to enjoy the sc ...

B-
Jasmine Nights

At the end of Julia Gregson's Jasmine Nights, the hero remarks to the heroine that, in flying a plane, taking off is easy. It's the landing that is tricky. In this novel, the opposite is true. The beginning of the story drags – ponderous and tensionless, though exquisitely written and fairly poign ...

B
The Taming of a Scottish Princess

Picking up the last book in a series without having read the earlier stories is a bit like showing up to a party populated by friends-of-friends. It can be fun, but part of you is distracted by the need to work out the backstories and interrelationships of the other guests. Reading The Taming of a S ...

B-
Bedding Lord Ned

Sally MacKenzie's Bedding Lord Ned is a sweet, prosaic sort of love story with a single sour note running insidiously throughout. Though I enjoyed the slow-burning friends-to-lovers romance between the hero and heroine, as the hero comes to notice his old friend in a new light, I ultimately found my ...