Reviews by Evelyn North

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A Most English Princess

When I opened up A Most English Princess to begin I was a little miffed at myself. Over 500 pages on Princess Vicky (eldest daughter of Queen Victoria) - what was I thinking to pick this book to review!?! Well it turns out to have been a good decision after all. A Most English Princess is a most fas ...

B+
Someone to Romance

I have thoroughly enjoyed Mary Balogh’s Westcott series and Someone to Romance is no exception. This is book eight of the series and our Wescott heroine this time is Lady Jessica Archer. Lady Jessica is now twenty-five years old. Eight years earlier, when it was discovered that her best friend ...

B-
Who's That Earl

Who’s That Earl turned out to be a fun read that surprised me – in good and bad ways - along the way. The good - I really liked the hero and heroine and their witty banter and sexual tension. The bad - the intrigue is too easily solved and the villains too easily vanquished. But in the end I did ...

C-
Everything a Lady is Not

The Prologue for Everything a Lady Is Not is, sadly, the highlight of the book. Everything that happens after that was so puzzling that I had a hard time getting lost in the story and enjoying the romance. The idea was appealing but the plot felt like a slice of swiss cheese - yummy in parts but too ...

B-
Murder in the East End

I love historical mysteries with a good romance thrown in. That’s why I picked up Murder in the East End to review. But I made a critical error - the historical mysteries that I love are series mysteries that build on the story and add some new information to the character development with each bo ...

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Musical Chairs

This book was so much fun to read! Amy Poeppel’s Musical Chairs is a delight and I highly recommend adding it to your summer TBR pile. Fifty-something single mom Bridget Stratton is looking forward to a romantic, sexy summer with her  boyfriend Sterling. She has escaped from NYC and is settlin ...

B
About a Rogue

I love the premise of this series - an ailing duke suddenly without a successor, the search for potential heirs on a sparse family tree and the challenge to the heirs from the elderly duchess to start acting like ‘duke material’. In book one of the series, About a Rogue, Maximilian St. James ...

B-
The Scoundrel's Bartered Bride

The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride, while still better than many of the historical romances released in the past few years, struggles somewhat with plot and character development and so earns only a mild recommendation from me. Ten years earlier Lady Lydia Barton fell hard for a stable boy on her e ...

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Storybound

Imagine you could jump into your favorite book world and hang out with your number one book boyfriend. That’s what happens to Edie in Emily McKay’s creative Storybound. It’s a fun premise, nicely executed and will appeal to fans of YA Fantasy. Edie Keller has moved nine times in the past si ...

C+
Shy Queen in the Royal Spotlight

Shy Queen in the Royal Spotlight is book three (of eight) in the Harlequin Presents Once Upon a Temptation Series. The series seeks to retell and modernize fairy tales - in this case The Ugly Duckling. While it was a fast read with likeable characters, it sadly did not bring anything new to the stor ...