Georgian

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Autumn Duchess: The Audiobook

Narrated by Alex Wyndham One of the things I really like about Autumn Duchess is the way in which Lucinda Brant has upended a number of different romantic tropes all in the one book. Firstly, her central couple are a bit older than usual – the heroine is (by my reckoning) forty-eight – and no ...

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Deadly Affair

Narrated by Alex Wyndham In Deadly Affair, the second book in Lucinda Brant’s series of Alec Halsey Mysteries, listeners are again immersed in the world of Georgian London so skilfully evoked by the author, whose love for and detailed research into the period shine through at every turn. Her de ...

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The Lady Meets Her Match

If AAR had a Special Titles Listing for “Books with no discernible plot in which 90% of the story is basically the protagonists lusting after each other”, then The Lady Meets Her Match would most certainly be on it. This is the second book in Ms. Conkle’s series of Georgian-set historical roma ...

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Seduction in Silk

While not terrible, Seduction in Silk is thoroughly undistinguished. The premise is unoriginal, the motivations of the characters are unclear, the hero is bland, the kindest possible word for the heroine is “prickly,” and the plot is meandering. Jo Beverley is a competent writer, but I need thos ...

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Thief of Shadows

Thief of Shadows is the fourth book in Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. Three of the books, including this one, feature siblings who run the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in the London slum of St. Giles. The hero of this book, Winter Makepeace, is by day a grave, severe man sob ...

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A Scandalous Countess

In 1763, England passed a law fixing the minimum age for marriage at 16, with parental consent needed for anyone under 21. During the Georgian Period, the average age of marriage was 27. Teenage brides were anomalous. One can understand why when reading Jo Beverley’s latest novel, A Scandalous Cou ...

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Devil's Kiss

I divide C reads into Mehs and Buts; this is a But book. No, it’s not a 370-page snapshot of posterior extremities (sorry); instead, it’s a book that epitomizes contradictions. It’s a story filled with “Yeah, but…” statements. It’s a novel that hits good points, some bad points, and al ...

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Ripe for Scandal

Lord save me from C reviews. Neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring, they take ages to read, ages to review, and generally leave me thinking What was the bloody point? Ripe for Scandal is a perfect example. It’s not a bad book. And it’s not offensive. Yeah, it does some things wrong, but ...

C
Ripe for Pleasure

Isobel Carr’s debut romance has an unusual heroine in Viola Whedon. Viola, an extravagantly beautiful woman with tumbling red-gold curls, has been one of London’s most sought after courtesans for the past decade. She is currently on the outs with her protector - he was incensed when he discovere ...

B+
A Sense of Sin

As I read Ms. Essex’s new historical romance, A Sense of Sin, I thought of words by Angel (he of the iconic show Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as he contemplates his intricate feelings for Buffy. He muses, “Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping...waiting...and though unwanted...unbidden...it will ...