Reviews by Evelyn North

B+
The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage

This is the third Marguerite Kaye book I’ve read in 2019 and, once again, I am impressed by her mastery of story-telling. Ms. Kaye captivates her readers from the first few pages and keeps the spell going throughout the novel. In The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage, we begin in Florence, wit ...

B+
The Bromance Book Club

The Bromance Book Club is great fun - a sweet, easy read spiced with some hilarious scenes. This is the first book in a series featuring a group of Nashville alpha males determined to save their relationships through an outrageous plan - reading romance novels to better understand their wives. Ga ...

C+
Reckless in Red

This might be the toughest time I’ve had grading a book to date! Reckless in Red is a well-written historical mystery with an intriguing plotline but it was hard to see the forest for all the trees thrown in the way. There is a good story here but it’s hidden by too many characters and a few too ...

B-
The Bookworm Crush

The Bookworm Crush is a light-hearted YA novel about a bookworm (Amy McIntyre) and a surf god (Toff Nichols) joining forces to win a social media contest in which the prize is meeting Amy’s favorite romance author. Amy has been secretly crushing on Toff since kindergarten. He’s everything she ...

B
The Outlaw's Heart

In Amy Sandas’ The Outlaw’s Heart, Evelyn Perkins has made a desperate attempt to escape an abusive marriage by sneaking away and catching a train to the western states. In Wyoming, her train is boarded by outlaws. Evelyn assumes they are coming for her and gives a false name, the name of the se ...

B
Invitation to a Cornish Christmas

An Invitation to a Cornish Christmas is brought to us by Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott. The stories take place in Porth Karrek, Cornwall during the 1822 Christmas Season and revolve around the same cast of characters. The Captain’s Christmas Proposal by Marguerite Kaye Grade: B+      ...

B+
The Awakening of Miss Henley

Julia Justiss delivers again with The Awakening of Miss Henley, the first book in her Cinderella Spinsters series. While at school, Emma Henley and her two friends make a pact to eschew the marriage mart and establish a home together as single women performing important charitable and political work ...

B
Heiress Gone Wild

Fourth in  Laura Lee Guhrke’s Dear Lady Truelove series, Heiress Gone Wild takes a different direction to the earlier books and features a heroine looking to be a wife and make a home. Marjorie McGann is done being left behind and is taking charge of her future, hoping to find a husband and a hom ...

D+
A Lady Never Tells

This book sounded so interesting. Six aristocratic siblings raised in China to someday be of service as spies to the English Crown - swordplay, Kung Fu, acrobatics, espionage. And parts of it were interesting - or at least entertaining. But Lynn Winchester’s A Lady Never Tells sadly falls on its o ...

C
Seduction on a Snowy Night

Seduction on a Snowy Night contains three novellas by some of the best known writers of Historical Romance - Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo Putney. Sadly, only one of the stories is worthy of recommendation. A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter Grade: B  Sensuality: Warm ...