Reviews by Megan Frampton

C
Borrowed Dreams

Borrowed Dreams has a lot, a lot, going for it, but ultimately its story gets bogged down in its own intricacies, its flawless heroine, and its wildly divergent points of view. It shows remarkably good effort, but the result is not as richly satisfying as it could have been. Mill ...

B
Carrie Pilby

We've all known at least one of these people at some point in our lives (and some of us are related to one): People who are too smart for the world around them and are made to suffer for it. Carrie Pilby is a chick-lit book, so its ending is not much in question, but the way author Caren Lissner tak ...

C+
To Marry the Duke

While To Marry the Duke was a reasonably enjoyable read and author Julianne MacLean took a slightly different than usual situation and turned it even more on its head, overall the book was not compelling and some of its characters and situations were far too familiar. It was fun, but also forgettabl ...

B-
The Pretender

The Pretender, first in a series following the members of The Liar's Club spy organization, features very fresh writing and a delightfully joyous heroine. It's a blast to read, even though there are also some clumsy plot devices and an historical inaccuracy or two. You may have to suspend your disbe ...

B+
Slightly Married

Is it fair to Mary Balogh that she's just so ridiculously good? At her best she is able to convey her characters' overwhelming anguish of despair coupled with the deep determination of love when they love but believe their love is not returned. At her less than best, you still feel the anguish and l ...

C
The Blessing Stone

The Blessing Stone makes those sprawling intergenerational sagas and inscrutable epics seem like rank amateurs with the sheer scope of its coverage spanning over 100,000 years. Barbara Wood is an engaging writer, but her themes, played out in the history of a precious stone, are not. Her research is ...

B+
The Ungrateful Governess

Mary Balogh's traditional Regencies are, as often as not, not "traditional" as Regencies are usually defined: kisses only, mannered, well-behaved ladies and gentlemen falling in love under mildly titillating situations. Instead, Balogh's Regencies are traditional only in that they are shorter than t ...

B+
Cut to the Quick

In addition to creating the Regency sub-genre, Georgette Heyer also wrote modern mysteries, usually peopled by characters from the same upper class featured in her Regencies. Ms. Heyer did not combine the two genres into one (there are some slight mysteries contained in the Regencies, but nothing th ...

D
Pleasure For Pleasure

A long time ago, a co-worker snorted in derision as he tasted his Chinese take-out: "This soup is neither hot nor sour," he proclaimed. I'd like to paraphrase him in reviewing this book because Pleasure For Pleasure is neither an interesting love story nor a good bit of erotic guilty pleasure. Inste ...

C-
Impostress

Reading Impostress was like taking a lukewarm bath: not particularly enjoyable, but not exactly painful, either. And like a lukewarm bath, it was hard to get too excited about it, or even really remember much about it afterward. This book is one of the most generic romances I've ever read, despite b ...