Reviews by Charlotte Elliott

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A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

To anyone who wants to read A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem after this review, I hereby issue a warning to ‘mind the gap’ as they say, the gap being the logic gap that pervades much of this disgruntled-acquaintances-to-lovers tale. Lady Katherine – Kate - Bascomb is a blue-blooded w ...

B+
The Jane Austen Society

Narrated by Richard Armitage This past spring, in the early days of the pandemic, I read the complete works of Jane Austen, which, I thought, made me rather suited to taking on a review of the audiobook version of The Jane Austen Society, a gentle, quiet, sincere story that is an homage to the wo ...

C
The Midnight Bargain

Women’s fiction hides under the guise of fantasy and romance in The Midnight Bargain, a sometimes clever but disappointingly never wise, novel. Beatrice Clayborn is in town for bargaining season in Chasland, aka The Season in Regency England + Magic. She wants books not a husband, because a hus ...

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The Flapper's Scandalous Elopement

Nothing really roars in The Flapper’s Scandalous Elopement, a Roaring Twenties romance that is exceptionally wholesome and traditional considering it’s set in an era defined by its hedonism. Jane Dryer is the last flapper standing. Her sisters have gone off and married happily, leaving Jane a ...

D+
London's Most Elusive Earl

London’s Most Elusive Earl is like a house with good bones (the romance) that gets lost beneath the dizzying and repetitive wallpaper that covers every inch of every room (the writing and plot). Jonathan Cromford, Earl of Lindsey, has inherited from his deceased father two clauses - sire a legi ...

B
In a Holidaze

Christina Lauren’s holiday romance In a Holidaze is like a carousel: the tale goes smoothly around and around, up and down, at a nice speed until it drops the reader off an efficiently short time later. Maelyn Jones and her “chosen family” of her brother, parents, their college friends, and ...

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Tools of Engagement

I never would have thought one of my rare DIKs would go to a romance with kids in it, but 2020 has just been That Kind of Year. Tessa Bailey’s Fix Her Up, the first in her Hot and Hammered trilogy, was my Best Romance of 2019 pick, and while Tools of Engagement doesn’t displace it in my heart, i ...

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Chance of a Lifetime

There are two sad scenarios as a reader: one is when I realize I’m reading the final installment in a wonderful series and the other is when I realize I’m reading the first installment in a series that shouldn’t be a series. I had the latter experience reading Chance of a Lifetime, which I do ...

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Paris is Always a Good Idea

Paris Is Always a Good Idea, and reading this book could be too if you’re willing to accept some truly preposterous scenarios and assertions to get to an enjoyable romance. Personally, I felt the view didn’t quite justify the climb.. Chelsea Martin is thirty and a fundraiser for the American ...

D
A Good Duke is Hard to Find

Spoiler alert: a good duke is hard to find, and you won’t find one in A Good Duke Is Hard to Find, the lack of which is the straw that breaks the back of this exhausted camel. Er… book. Peter Ashford is an Englishman born, but American made, having become a successful Boston businessman after ...