Reviews by Cheryl Sneed

D+
The Trouble with Moonlight

The Trouble with Moonlight had a silly set-up with very little follow-through, and a relationship that was all follow-through and very little set-up. The result is a lot of wheel-spinning alternating with great leaps that left me shaking my head. The females in Lusinda Havershaw's f ...

D
At the Bride Hunt Ball

At the Bride Hunt Ball turned out to be a difficult book to grade. I didn't like it, that was plain enough, but I didn't hate it either. In fact, the overall feeling I had while reading the book was, "eh…" A classic "C" reaction and I was all set to go with that. But then I got to the world's ...

B
His Dark and Dangerous Ways

I was afraid after reading Layton's last (and lamented) book, Bride Enchanted, that she was had joined the Paranormal Parade (though some of her novellas have paranormal elements to them, they are more whimsical than weird). Thankfully, His Dark and Dangerous Ways is a straight Regency-set historica ...

B-
Danger's Kiss

I really liked Danger's Kiss, most of it. The interesting leads - complete opposites - have a nice, slow courtship, each becoming a bit like the other, and there's a gleeful, larger-than-life villainess. And then it all fell apart in the last four chapters and went from a bordering on DIK territor ...

B+
A Sinful Alliance

A Sinful Alliance is set in the too-little used Renaissance period, featuring intrigue at Henry VIII's court between two non-English leads, one an assassin charged with killing the other. Fun! Marguerite Dumas is The Emerald Lily, a spy and assassin who has worked for the French crown since she ...

D
Bewitched

Sandra Schwab has received two B's here at AAR, and the blurb to Bewitched spoke of a klutzy witch having a London Season and falling in love with a rake. It sounded like fun, but all the fun to be had was contained within the three page prologue. It went downhill from there. Amel ...

C-
A Knight's Vow

For the most part, A Knight's Vow is an inoffensive Medieval. I know that may seem an odd thing to say, but that is what I was thinking during most of the book: "Well, it's a bit dull, but at least I'm not offended." Too many near misses between the hero and heroine, though, moved the book from be ...

B-
To Wed a Wicked Prince

To Wed a Wicked Prince features an enjoyable romance marred only by a marriage under false pretenses and a too-long page count.Lady Livia Lacey enjoys the independence she finds in owning her own home in London, a home left to her by an eccentric distant relation, Sophia Lacey. She lo ...

C
Kindred Spirits

In Kindred Spirits a Regency Miss is charged with saving the life of Lord Braddock by the ghost of his ancestor. An interesting premise, but my interest waned with the introduction of some very odd paranormal elements and an obtuse hero. China Nethercott is returning to her home in Yorkshire whe ...

B+
A Lady's Secret

A Lady's Secret, Jo Beverley's newest, is a fun, "nun on the run" road romance set in her Georgian Malloren world. And yes, Rothgar makes an appearance.Robin Fitzvitry, the Earl of Huntersdown, is returning to England after a visit to Versailles, when he sees a beautiful woman in a nun's habi ...