Georgian

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To Taste Temptation

I’m not certain I can put into words how To Taste Temptation, the first installation of Elizabeth Hoyt's new Legend of the Four Soldiers series made me feel. I’ve never read the author before and I don’t know how this book stands up next to the others she’s written. I only know that I loved ...

B+
A Lady's Secret

A Lady's Secret, Jo Beverley's newest, is a fun, "nun on the run" road romance set in her Georgian Malloren world. And yes, Rothgar makes an appearance. Robin Fitzvitry, the Earl of Huntersdown, is returning to England after a visit to Versailles, when he sees a beautiful woman in a nun's habi ...

B+
Queen of Dragons

Favorite books are funny things. Much like relationships, they are never perfect - they just have to be perfect for you. Shana Abé works for me. I recognize the problems in her books, but, for the most part, I just don’t mind. Take Queen of Dragons, for instance, the third and lates ...

B+
The Parfit Knight

The Parfit Knight by Juliet Blyth is an old favorite. Rereading it for this review, I was delighted to find it as charming as I did 20 years ago when it was published. In the prologue, the author describes an accident: a girl plays catch with her brother in a country lane as a carriage carrying a yo ...

B
The Dream Thief

It's a given, for me, that any book Shana Abe creates will be a beautifully written, lyrical story that captures all your senses. She could probably turn my grocery list into some type of poetry. But is that enough? No. If there isn't enough plot and character dimension, all the lush descriptions wo ...

B
A Most Unsuitable Man

Remember when everyone was "waiting for Rothgar"? Well, he's back in a secondary role in Jo Beverley's newest Malloren book. Like its predecessors, it's set in Georgian England, when men were men - but got to wear really cool pretty clothes. I have to confess that I am a relative novice where Beverl ...

B
Winter Fire

Fans of Jo Beverley's Malloren series will be hard pressed to resist Winter Fire. The Mallorens return in a supporting role as their cousin finds love and a long-standing feud resolves itself. Genova Smith finds herself spending Christmas as companion to the elderly Trayce sisters - gr ...

C+
Adam's Promise

A sweet story with an unusual setting that's mostly a pleasure to read, Adam's Promise unfortunately hits a groan-inducing plot development that nearly capsizes it. Madeline Oxley is stunned when her father informs her that Adam Coates sent him a letter asking for her hand in marriage. When s ...

B
The Heart Queen

After finishing staying up late into the night to finish The Heart Queen, I found myself wondering why Patricia Potter isn't talked about more. While none of her books have been Desert Isle Keepers for me, I have enjoyed every single one I've tried, which is why she makes my buried treasure list. ...

B+
The Black Knave

Readers who are familiar with The Scarlet Pimpernel will undoubtedly recognize the main elements in The Black Knave: A seemingly foppish, ineffectual young nobleman fools everyone around him, including his wife, into thinking he could never be the man responsible for aiding in the escape of persons ...