Georgian

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The Rose Garden

I have very few authors on my auto-buy list. Susanna Kearsley - who writes haunting, lyrical works which combine romance and history - is one of them. In her latest novel she mixes time-travel and history to tell us a tale of love and murder. It's a compelling story and one I am thrilled to be able ...

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 ...

C
An Unlikely Countess

An Unlikely Countess marvelously illustrates life in aristocratic Georgian England. The book tells the story of the relationship between titled Catesby Burgoyne and bourgeois Prudence Youlgrave. The novel teems with examples of how stratified life was in England at the time. The novel does not, howe ...

B+
Notorious Pleasures

Elizabeth Hoyt is a master -- her writing is almost unrivaled, and she’s one of my personal favorites. I was delighted when I got the opportunity to review Notorious Pleasures, the second installment in her Maiden Lane series. Not surprisingly, it was good-- very, very good. But unfortunately, it ...

B
Songs of Love and Death

Truth be told, I mostly got my copy of Songs of Love and Death because it features a story by Linnea Sinclair, an auto-buy author for me. There are stories by a lot of other authors in it that I admire or have heard good things about, so that was an added inducement. All in all it proved a very good ...

B
Wicked Intentions

Wicked Intentions is the first book in Hoyt’s new Maiden Lane series. Despite the author’s success, this is only the second book of hers I’ve read. And, while it will probably make me unpopular, I have to say that I wasn’t overly impressed with this one. It was good – certainly above avera ...

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Ruthless

I don’t think it’s too much to state that Anne Stuart’s House of Rohan trilogy comes with high, high hopes. This author has given readers some of the darkest, cruellest, and most successfully redeemed heroes ever, and her historical novels seem to have an especially devoted following, possibly ...

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The Secret Duke

There are too many “ifs” attached to The Secret Duke. If Jo Beverley was a consistent read for me. If I’d read the first two books in the trilogy, not to mention the entire Malloren backlist. If I gave a flying fox about the central couple. But the answer to all of the above is a resounding ne ...

D+
Siren's Secret

Have you ever wondered how the Indiana Jones movies would translate into book form? Me either – until recently. Siren's Secret had me thinking about it. "And then, this really scary and accomplished swordsman appeared and started brandishing his sword at Indy. He totally looked like a threat, bu ...