Reviews by Evelyn North

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Not the Kind of Earl You Marry

Not the Kind of Earl You Marry is the debut novel by Kate Pembrooke and I’m happy to say that Ms. Pembrooke is a promising new author. There are a few hiccups but overall it’s a delightful, easy story about two loveable characters. Our story starts quickly when William Atherton, the Earl of N ...

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Totally Folked

Well, I have fallen in love with another man from Penny Reid’s Green Valley and I did not expect it to be Jackson James - small town deputy sheriff whose previous appearances in the Winston Brothers and Solving for Pie series did not leave me feeling all that bubbly. In fact, I thought of him as k ...

B
The Gentleman's Daughter

Historical mystery with a strong side of romance is my catnip so I was happy to pick up The Gentleman’s Daughter by Bianca Schwarz. It’s a well-written, if somewhat slow, dark mystery with an emphasis on romance. This is book two in the series, The Gentleman Spy Mysteries, and I had no trouble c ...

D+
Outrageous

Outrageous, the second book in Minerva Spencer’s Rebels of the Ton series, left me feeling unsatisfied. I had a hard time buying the romance and it seemed as though there were actually two stories and two heroines in the book - although there were only one of each. Eva de Courtney, daughter of ...

B+
Just Folking Around

What??? A surprise release from Penny Reid??? Yes, that’s right! Ms. Reid is releasing a surprise prequel to Totally Folked (due out July 20). Just Folking Around, gives us the background story to the romance in Totally Folked featuring Jackson James and movie star Raquel Ezra. Readers who are eag ...

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The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

When I opened The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels for the first time and read the Table of Contents, I thought to myself ‘this is either going to be awesome or a hot mess.’ Fellow readers, it was awesome! This book is packed with hilarity, romance, and adventure topped with flying houses, ...

B
A Rogue's Company

I’m a big fan of historical mystery so I was happy to pick up the latest A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery by Allison Montclair. A Rogue’s Company is the third volume of the series and I hate coming into a mystery series in the middle. So, I listened to the first two books in preparation for thi ...

B+
Lizzie & Dante

Lizzie & Dante has all the elements of a great romance - a woman on vacation in Italy, a hot Italian chef with great moves in and out of the kitchen, days on the beach, and nights under the stars. But it also has one element of a great tragedy - Lizzie is sick with cancer. Lizzie Delford, a S ...

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One Last Stop

Casey McQuiston’s debut novel, Red, White, and Royal Blue was an enormous hit and I, like many readers, was anxiously awaiting McQuiston’s second book. One Last Stop is a terrific sophomore effort that McQuiston fans will enjoy. I mostly loved it but a few things kept it just shy of a perfect re ...

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The Soulmate Equation

So if a DNA-based matchmaking company promised to match you with your dream partner based on your DNA, would you do it? No more left and right swipes, no more guessing and hoping for the best. In The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren, Jessica Davis decides to give it a try and ends up with a nea ...