Reviews by Charlotte Elliott

D-
My Great Ex-Scape

Shortly after finishing My Great Ex-Scape, I texted a friend that I had “escaped” the latest book I’d been reading. That’s really all you need to know about this one. Nonetheless. . . Rosie Jones, through a series of events, is dragged from the mundanity of her life in Manchester when she e ...

C-
All Fired Up

I have a confession to make. A large percentage of why I chose to read this book is because the heroine has my name. There aren’t a lot of Charlottes anywhere in literature, and the prospect of seeing a Charlotte in a romance novel, hopefully having a rollicking good time, was a real draw. Sadly, ...

C-
Unspoken

Kelly Rimmer’s Unspoken is a marriage-in-trouble, second-chance romance that left even this romantic certain that divorce has a place in this world. Paul Winton is naked in front of his wife. Tragically, this isn’t a prelude to sex. He’s at their vacation home, which she’s taking in the d ...

D+
The Beast of Beswick

Amalie Howard’s The Beast of Beswick was a first for me. Never before have I reviewed a book in which the first fifty pages convinced me it was going to be getting at least a B+, and which then plummeted down, down, down, before leveling off in D territory, leaving seething due to its completely h ...

C
Seduced by the Soldier

Seduced by the Soldier is just fine. It’s fine in the way you’re fine at the end of the day when absolutely nothing of note happened. It’s fine in the way you’re fine when someone asks you in passing how you are and there’s nothing to report. However, since this is a review, I’ll be a li ...

C+
Win Big

I have a strange relationship with hockey romances. I love the idea of them – I like contact sports, and alpha males, and contemporary romance – but I’ve struggled to find any that really ring my bell. Kelly Jamieson’s Win Big, with its abysmal dialogue, hot sex, and a hero with the stranges ...

B+
Beard Necessities

It’s hard to be objective when your heart’s involved, and Penny Reid definitely got my heart involved with her Winston Brothers series (not to mention my feet, which occasionally danced me across my bedroom floor when she wrote something so wonderful that I just had to get up and wriggle with al ...

B-
The Giving Heart

Something of a ‘warts and all’ reading experience, Toni Blake’s The Giving Heart challenged me as a reviewer. If you want a Christmas romance, and are willing to persevere through a baffling beginning and settle for a HFN over an HEA, than this may work for you. It - sort of - did for me. L ...

B
The Devil in the Saddle

Sometimes you just need a book to be good. You sit down, and you hope that the author knows what they’re doing because you’re too tired to make the effort to try and be entertained. You just want to be entertained and not end up mentally bracing yourself for the next dreadful line of dialogue li ...

F
To Tempt the Wolf

Grrr. If you happen to have heard a growl outside your house recently, odds are that it was not a lupus garou (apparently a version of the French for grey werewolf, and the favored term of author Terry Spear), but I, Charlotte, growling in frustration as I waded through this overlong book that false ...