Georgian

D
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 ...

B
Darling Beast

Narrated by Ashford MacNab Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series is, I think, her only one where I’ve not read any of the books, but have listened to all in audio format instead. Normally with long-running series, I find I do a bit of each – read some, listen to some (and in some cases read a ...

A-
Duke of Midnight

This book is the sixth in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series and in my opinion the strongest to date in this 18th-century storyline. Of course, I must confess I have not read Winter’s story yet, and if that novel is better than Duke of Midnight then it would deserve a solid A because it was ver ...

C+
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 ...

A
The Prince of Midnight

Narrated by Nicholas Boulton It’s finally here. Romance listeners have eagerly awaited The Prince of Midnight, the first audio release from Laura Kinsale’s fascinating backlist. Earlier this year, Ms. Kinsale announced that her entire backlist (twelve titles) would be released in audio during ...

B-
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 ...

B
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 ...

C+
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 ...

C+
Scandalous Desires

Elizabeth Hoyt's latest is like a glass half filled with water. Some people are able to see redemption, reformation, and the power of love. Others, like me, see Stockholm syndrome, blackmail, lack of character, and honor with no restitution or punishment for past transgressions. On a whim, “Cha ...

C-
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 ...