Reviews by Megan Frampton

B-
Dance of Seduction

Most European Historicals begin in medias res, with some dramatic moment playing out throughout the rest of the book. Dance of Seduction seemingly starts out with such a scene, but what is revealed there is ultimately of little importance to the rest of the book. It's as if Jeffries's characters ran ...

A
Here's To The Ladies: Stories Of The Frontier Army

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, then writing about Carla Kelly's writing is like trying to describe a breathtaking rainbow to a colorblind person: It can be done, but it definitely loses a lot in the translation. There is no one who does poignant as well as Kelly, no one w ...

C+
The Marriage Campaign

If writing traditional Regency Romances were an Olympic sport, Susannah Carleton would get a 10 for technical proficiency and a 5 for artistic impression. The Marriage Campaign has a lot of excellent details, but because of the short length required in this sub-genre, the details are hastily display ...

C-
Improper English

Helen Fielding has a lot to answer for. With the success of Bridget Jones's Diary, a myriad of authors have felt free to trot out the insecurities, dirty laundry and occasionally messy love lives of their heroines with impunity. Katie MacAlister, though her writing is very clever and adroit, doesn't ...

C+
Scandalous Again

If alpha males came in a supersize package ("I'd like mine Extra-Virile, please!"), Christina Dodd's usual heroes would be toting an extra-large drink as they rolled into town. So if you don't enjoy reading sex scenes with a struggle for power and men who act and behave like men, you most likely wil ...

A-
To Wed a Stranger

Although To Wed A Stranger is a sequel of sorts to Edith Layton's "C" series, it's not necessary to have read those books to thoroughly enjoy this one, nor does Layton lazily repeat the action in the previous stories to propel the action of this one along. Edith Layton is one of my favorite Regency/ ...

B-
Secrets of the Heart

There are times when good writing can lift the reader above plot weaknesses and discrepancies and there are times when the writing just isn't enough. Candace Camp's Secrets of The Heart has good writing throughout, and most of the time it is enough to ignore the other problems. Sometimes, however, i ...

F
Rosamund

Bertrice Small's Rosamund is a romance novel only insofar as the author obviously assumes that we will all presumably fall in love with its eponymous heroine. Its storyline, incredible research and the promise (or threat?) that Rosamund's story will be continued in the next book all speak of a famil ...

B+
The Golden Feather

Traditional Regencies, as all familiar with the sub-genre know, usually limit the characters' sexual interaction to "kisses;" any more than that would be contrary to the period, and traditional Regencies are nothing if not accurate to their time. That said, however, a lot of Regency authors make the ...

B-
Secrets: Volume 8

Anthology
There are two reviews of this book. Secrets: Volume 8, like its predecessors, features four distinctly different authors who nonetheless share a common goal: to write erotic romance that is more than just descriptions of coupling. And, like every other anthology, some of the authors succeed better t ...