Reviews by Enya Young

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Thankless in Death

I came into Thankless in Death from a slightly odd perspective: With two exceptions, I haven't read a single book in months, which is a very long sabbatical for me. When I came back in to read the latest Eve Dallas, the re-entry shock almost gave me whiplash. You see, I've read every single one of t ...

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Any Duchess Will Do

At this point, I will go out on a limb and call Tessa Dare (along with Julie Anne Long) the FedEx queen of romance. Like, half the time I don’t actually believe that FedEx can get my packages to Hong Kong in 24 hours; nor do I believe, truly, that anyone can meld souls, minds, and bodies in less t ...

B+
Miss Whittier Makes a List

Have I mentioned how happy I am for indie presses, self-publishing, and the internet lately? I am. I really am. Normally, in the old days, I’d have to scour the internet for those old Carla Kelly Signet Regencies, and save up for outrageous amounts. But reprints are fantastic (especially once you ...

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That Scandalous Summer

Ever since drunken, screwed up Liza first appeared in Bound By Your Touch, mewling after her unfaithful lover, I wondered if she would have her story. After all, sexual sophisticates are catching on in historicals, but real, hero-finds-heroine-snoring-in-the-rose-bushes flaws? Less so. So the bigges ...

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Once Again a Bride

All in all, I’m not sure what the author was trying to accomplish. But I’m not impressed. At all.         There’s a maid, a mistress, and a murder, not necessarily in that order, but definitely in that order of descending interest. The maid is one Lucy Bowman, who has been wit ...

C
The Autumn Bride

Older spinster sister to three younger sisters. Heroine who was badly burned romantically. Quirky situations and a crotchety older ham who takes sisters under their wing. Sound familiar? Well, beyond the usual Regency series description, yes, it is very familiar to Ms. Gracie’s fans – it’s alm ...

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Dating and Other Dangers

Well, at the very least this book made me think, and react. Not always in a good way, mind you, but I’m not indifferent to it. That said most of it is bad news, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that on many levels, this is a troubling book. Too much analysis for a Harlequin Presents? I say ab ...

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The Night Circus

The buzz around this book has been insane, so I didn't know what to expect going into the book. Something about magic, a romance certainly, and judging by the flowery cover and even more flowery synopsis, a complete lack of humor. Turns out I was right on all counts. Is that bad? Certainly not, and ...

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Fool for Love

I like going into books blind, because then at least I haven’t (to the best of my abilities) pre-judged the book. And who wants to put their reading list into a pigeonhole, anyway? So, yeah, I didn’t know going in that the first book in Ms. Ciotta’s new Cupcake Lovers features small towns, cup ...

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The Way to a Duke's Heart

Over the two months it took to read this book, one question kept running through my mind: How? How could a book so straightforward, interesting enough in premise, and well written be so ridiculously dull? I don’t have an answer, really. I found it painfully slow; others will find it just the right ...