Georgian

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Devilish

Maybe it was the build-up. I know all of Jo Beverley's fans have been breathlessly waiting for Rothgar. I can't think of another book in the last few years whose arrival has been so eagerly anticipated. But while I enjoyed many aspects of Devilish, I've got to confess that it left me j ...

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Devilish

This month we are reading Devilish, the much-awaited Rothgar book (on sale April 10th) from Jo Beverley. This is the fifth book in the Malloren series and gives us the love story of the Marquess of Rothgar (Beowulf Malloren) and Diana, Countess of Arrandale. Rothgar was first introduced in My Lady N ...

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The Golden Chronicles Series

Practice to Deceive This is the first book in the fantastic Patricia Veryan series, the Golden Chronicles, and early on shows all the promise that make every novel in this six-book series a Desert Island Keeper for me. I read it in a matter of hours when I first bought it and now I re-read it at le ...

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The Changeling Bride

The moral of this story is: be careful what you wish for. In my case, I wished for a great book to read, and I found it! This book was so much fun, even with some plausibilty problems that weren't really noticed until after the book was finished. I laughed throughout and even shed a tear at the end. ...

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The Black Angel

Historical romances often seem to exist in a vacuum. Generally the writer seldom bothers with the social attitudes and problems of the society at large. After a reader has finished an historical novel, she does know a bit about the manners and mores of the ton, but what of the world outside that lit ...

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Heartless

Have you ever read a book and been enthralled? I mean wrapped up to the point where you are lock-yourself-in-the-room-stay-up-all-night-I've-got-to-find-everything-this-woman-has-ever-written enthralled? A couple of years ago I picked up Heartless, the first book I had ever read by Mary Balogh and w ...

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Secrets of the Night

Excited! That's what I was when I saw Jo Beverley's newest book, Secrets of the Night, sitting in my mail box. Never having read the author, but hearing nothing but raves about her work, I was confident I was in for an enjoyable story. Then I made the mistake of reading the back blurb and groaned. I ...

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My Lord Protector

A marriage of convenience is supposed to be beneficial to both parties. As a marriage in name only, it is supposed to provide not only security, but freedom not normally allowed within the confines of a conventional marriage. Both husband and wife are free to conduct their lives as they wish with no ...

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Upon a Wicked Time

There are so many twists and surprises in Upon a Wicked Time, my synopsis of it must be brief - I don't want to spoil anything for you. Generally speaking, Tessa Astley marries Jered Mandeville. Tessa's the daughter of an earl; Jered's a duke. She has feisty, indulgent, in-love-with-each-other paren ...

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The Blood of Roses

I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover. A blue plaid kilt in the background and an ornate sword with roses tied to it gave me the impression this would be a story of battles and love won and lost. Happily, that first impression was right on the money! The Blood of Roses is the sequel t ...