Reviews by Emma Leigh

F
Lessons From a Courtesan

The back of Lessons From a Courtesan sounded very promising, and I eagerly started reading when the book arrived. One chapter in, though, and I realized I was in for an incredibly painful ride. Justin Talbot, Earl of Baybary, just entered a marriage of convenience with Victoria Reed. He weds and ...

B
Pleasuring the Pirate

Don’t judge this book by its cover. Ignore the torrid display and the alliterative title and jump right in; you’ll have a ton of fun. Jacquelyn Wren really wants to kill a man. Not any man, but the new lord who is coming to take possession of her home, Dragon Caern Castle. Unf ...

B-
Into the Shadow

Into the Shadow is the third book in Christina Dodd’s Darkness Chosen series. While I didn't care at all for the first two books, this one is an improvement, yet still doesn't quite make the grade. Karen Sonnet is a construction manager, building hotels in far-off, exotic locations for traveler ...

C+
A Highlander Never Surrenders

A Highlander Never Surrenders frustrated me. At times it bored me, at others, particularly when the author explores the historical backdrop of Scotland in the 1650s, I was intrigued. The primary romance didn't really work, but a secondary one did.Scottish rebel Claire Stuart has two goals: to sa ...

B+
Fire and Ice

We first met Reno in Ice Blue, introduced as Takashi O’Brien’s punk Japanese cousin, complete with piercings, tattoos, and bright red, waist-length hair. While I was amused at the bits of comedic relief he provided in both that book and Ice Storm, I wasn’t sure how Ms. Stuart could transform h ...

B-
The Darkest Kiss

Riley Jensen's latest case is complicated from the start: a high profile politician has been murdered, and his socialite prostitute is also dead. It only gets more twisted when she is asked to look into a BDSM-related death that seems to be suicide, but turns out to be only one of many murders commi ...

B+
Lovers and Ladies: Deirdre and Don Juan

The RITA-award winning Deirdre and Don Juan is a sweet read. When he was twenty years old, the Earl of Everdon - nicknamed “Don Juan” for his rakishness and his exotic looks - married for love. Shortly after, his beautiful wife left him for another man and shattered his dreams of true love and ...

C+
Lovers and Ladies: The Fortune Hunter

The premise of The Fortune Hunter is simple: the de Lacys are a respectable family, but dreadfully poor. The eldest daughter is too plain to possibly attract any wealthy men, and the youngest is, well, too young. It is up to the beautiful middle daughter, Amy, to ensnare a rich husband to support he ...