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Proper Scoundrels

Allie Therin’s Magic and Manhattan series concluded earlier this year with Wonderstruck, leaving Rory and Arthur in a good place, disposing of the evil Baron Zeppler and nicely tying up the major plotlines.  Despite a few quibbles, I enjoyed all three books, so I was pleased to learn the author w ...

C+
The Sign of the Raven

Opening around a year after the events of the previous book (The Wedding Night Affair), The Sign of the Raven, the second book in L.C. Sharp’s series of historical mysteries set in Georgian London sees husband and wife Ash and Juliana looking into the suspicious death of a nobleman at a firework d ...

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Battle Royal

Lucy Parker has another winner on her hands with Battle Royal, the first book in her new Royal Insiders series and also her first novel published under the Avon Imprint.   I’ve enjoyed all her books so far and have loved quite a few of them; they’re stylish and engaging and wonderfully romanti ...

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What the Devil Knows

This sixteenth book in C.S Harris’ series of historical mysteries featuring aristocratic sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr is an entertaining page-turner which sees Sebastian investigating a number of particularly gruesome murders in and around London’s East End.  As always with these books, the histori ...

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The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting

KJ Charles revisits Regency England in The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting, a frothy, wonderfully trope-y, Heyer-esque romp that, while light-hearted, is underpinned by the author’s customary insight into the workings of the society of the day and a very sharp-eyed look at the importance of security ...

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Hot British Boyfriend

Hot British Boyfriend is a bubbly little book that will likely delight younger teens with its romance-centered focus and girlish gushing.  Older teens, however, will likely be bored by its simplistic themes. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Nichols has one social goal this summer – becoming Andy Keating ...

B+
The Lady Brewer of London

I started The Lady Brewer of London on an afternoon where I had just a few minutes of free time between errands - a grievous mistake. This is an epic, set in fifteenth-century England, and not easy to put down. Between the romance, intrigue, and historical detail, there's a lot to enjoy in this stor ...

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Murder on Cold Street

Murder on Cold Street, the fifth book in Sherry Thomas’ acclaimed Lady Sherlock series picks up immediately where the previous book (The Art of Theft) left off, so if you haven’t read it yet, then you might want to wait to read this review until you have.  In fact, there will probably be spoile ...

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Boyfriend Material

Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Material is quite possibly the best romantic comedy I’ve ever read.  Almost every page produced a smile, a grin, a snort or a full-out belly-laugh – and I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book that produced full on giggling of the sort that made my fami ...

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Blue on Blue

Note:  There are spoilers for the previous books in the Bitter Legacy series in this review. Lately, my favorite books are contemporary, queer, and full of romantic suspense.  And very few authors do this as well as Dal Maclean.  The Bitter Legacy novels are smart and clever, chock full of twi ...