Reviews by Robin Uncapher

B-
A Glimpse of Heaven

A Glimpse Of Heaven is mostly enjoyable. Its main characters are well developed, and the premise is definitely out of the ordinary. Some of its scenes are breathtakingly haunting, and, although marred by a rushed opening and a conclusion that is somewhat unsatisfactory, this book is worth reading. ...

B
A Perfect Scoundrel

The Perfect Scoundrel isn't really an historical romance set in the Regency period. It's more like a Regency Romance with sex and more pages. I liked it quite a lot and if the Signet Lords of Love series produces other traditional Regencies livened up with a bit more sex, and the depth that extra ...

C-
A Worthy Wife

This traditional Regency Romance gets off to such a cracking start I thought I had a keeper on my hands. In the opening chapter Aurora McPhee stands at the altar with her handsome groom. Just as the vicar is saying "If anyone here knows just cause why these two should not be joined," in runs Kenyon ...

A-
Surrender To A Stranger

The French Revolution was, arguably, one of the most frightening national tragedies in history. Its excesses and corruption shocked contemporary observers around the world, including those who initially applauded the spirit of the Revolution. Surrender to a Stranger is the riveting story of a man wh ...

D
Handyman

One thing that makes romance novels different from literary fiction is that they seldom have a serious message. The new light contemporary Handyman has one and, much as I disliked this book, I happen to agree with it. Handyman's premise is, in a nutshell: men may be from Mars and women from Venus, b ...

A
Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements In Historic Houses

Almost every historical romance you read has a bathing scene. In it, the heroine climbs into a big copper tub filled to the brim with steaming water and thinks about the trials of having a fabulously wealthy earl, or marquis or duke in relentless pursuit. Often she's in the hero's house. He has perf ...

B
Strangers at Dawn

Lately, in historicals, we've seen a lot of families headed by heroines. There was the desperate family in Jo Beverley's Forbidden Magic, the needy family in Julia Quinn's How To Marry A Marquis, the witty Shakespeare-quoting family in Jacquie D'Alessandro's Red Roses Mean Love and the irresistibly ...

D+
To Tame A Highland Warrior

Sometimes on Saturday mornings I sit with my kids, and watch one of the live action shows, produced for children and teenagers, that breaks up the ususal schedule of cartoons. These dramas are heavy on the fantasy and have names like The Lost World. Some are time travels set in the dinosaur age, oth ...

B
Miss Darby's Duenna

Miss Darby's Duenna is a funny, clever story and beautifully written to boot. In spite of this, it was a tough book to grade. Despite its delightfully dry wit and elegent manner, it's not very romantic. At times it seems as much a takeoff on a Regency Romance as it is a Regency Romance. The hero is ...

C-
The Fulfillment

This is my first LaVyrle Spencer book and I have a feeling that I started out with the wrong one. This was a difficult book to grade because, while it's not a bad book, it fails completely as a romance. The Fulfillment is really the story of three people, the heroine, her husband and his brother. It ...