Reviews by Charlotte Elliott

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 ...

C-
Met Her Match

Jude Deveraux’s baffling Met Her Match features two central mysteries. The first is what happened to the heroine’s mother. The second is What Genre Is This Book, which has the cover of a contemporary romance but confused me so much that I had to perform research to make sure that was correct. In ...

B+
Don't You Forget About Me

Don’t You Forget About Me reminded me a lot of Jojo Moyes’s work, especially her book Me Before You. Set in England, it features an underemployed heroine with a close family, an undeserving boyfriend, and who idolizes a specific piece of her wardrobe (this book’s heroine, Georgina Horspool, ad ...

C+
Well Met

Emily Parker is in a transition period. She’s fresh out of a dream-drowning relationship and is filling her time by living with and caring for her sister and niece in Willow Creek, Maryland, while her sister recovers from a car accident. Her niece wants to spend her summer doing the Renaissance Fa ...

D
The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After

This should have been my favorite summer read. Good girls and rakes are my favorite thing and Victoria Alexander’s The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After promised precisely that. I was entirely prepared to be delighted and happily rave about my new favorite read. Instead, I found myself mo ...

B-
The Wallflower Wager

Lady Penelope – Penny - Campion has a new neighbor. Penny has been living in London for years, kept company by one deaf old housekeeper and a menagerie of pets. She has a few friends in the area but no man in her life. That is, until her pet parrot flies into the house next door. Gabriel Duke ...

D+
The Bushranger's Wife

I was genuinely excited by the prospect of this book. Australia is not a hard sell for me – I associate it with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the movie Australia, and Colleen McCullough’s exasperating and excellent book The Thorn Birds. In The Bushranger’s Wife, it is 1861 and Prudence ...