Reviews by Cheryl Sneed

D-
When a Lady Misbehaves

Debut author Michelle Marcos serves up a mixed bag with When a Lady Misbehaves. It has an original storyline with some good dialogue, but the improbability of the plot and the huge number of historical inaccuracies left me with an incredibly poor overall impression. April Jardine i ...

D
The Secret Hunter

The Secret Hunter could easily have been renamed A Regency Miss and her Pug: A Love Story for I felt more of a connection between Gwenllian and Oliver (the pug in question) than with Daniel, the hero.Gwenllian Lloyd and Daniel Wyckliff "meet cute" in Sydney Gardens, Bath when Oliver c ...

F
The Art of Temptation

The Art of Temptation is the final book in a trilogy, and, unfortunately, it reads like it. Couple this with an historically inaccurate premise and plodding writing, and you have a mess that took me more than a week to get through. Sean Delaney is an Irish self-made millionaire whose sister Dier ...

B
The Return of the Prodigal

The Return of the Prodigal is the sixth book in Kasey Michaels' Romney March series. I have not read any of the previous books, but I will be reading the next one. Rian Becket was gravely injured at Waterloo, losing his left hand and forearm. In the four months since he has been recuperating a ...

B
Sin and Scandal in England

Despite its horrible title (Sin and Scandal in England) and cover (a shirtless man and a dress-falling-off-her-bare-back woman standing in the snow!) this is a good historical romantic suspense novel. Bethany Munroe is a science teacher's assistant at the London Conservatory for You ...

B
Lessons of Desire

Lessons of Desire is the second book in Hunter's Rothwell Brothers series and details the complex relationship between the scholarly Elliot and Phaedra, the scandalous daughter of an even more scandalous mother.Phaedra is the daughter of the infamous Artemis Blair, a brilliant Roman scholar ...

D-
Bride for a Knight

This is my first - and my last - Sue-Ellen Welfonder novel. There might have been a good story lurking somewhere in the pages of Bride for a Knight, but it was buried beneath clichés and a writing style that was at first amusing but quickly became incredibly annoying. Jamie Macphe ...

C+
Just Wicked Enough

Just Wicked Enough starts with an unusual and riveting scene, but unfortunately, the rest of the book does not live up to its initial promise. We've all read romances where the aristocratic hero bemoans the fact that he has to figuratively "auction" himself and his title in marriage ...

B-
The Novice Bride

The time of the Norman Conquest is a setting rich with history. There is a built-in conflict between an invading conqueror hero and an indigenous heroine. Carol Townend puts a slight twist on these two prototypes, making them less stereotypical and giving them a nice external conflict.Lady Cecil ...

C
Scandal's Daughter

Scandal's Daughter is the first book of debut author Christine Wells (the book won a Golden Heart Award last summer). I like reading first books - there are no preconceived notions about the author or the style, and there's an excitement that comes from delving into the unknown. But there is nothi ...