Mistress

A-
Restored

Reading Restored was like a balm to the soul.  It’s a beautiful – and beautifully written - story of love, forgiveness and second chances that I practically inhaled and which left me with a warm glow and a book hangover of the best kind.  It’s book five in the author’s Enlightenment series ...

A
Death Angel

Narrated by Joyce Bean Back in 2008, I hesitantly picked up the print version of Death Angel wondering if I could enjoy a romance featuring a cold-blooded assassin and a mistress to a drug lord. My curiosity combined with faith in Linda Howard and an appreciation for edgy heroes rewarded me after ...

B+
A Gentleman Undone

When I started reading A Gentleman Undone, I could tell almost immediately - within a page, really - that the writing was simply a cut above. It’s just that good. It’s not necessarily my favorite premise (war-scarred, ex-military hero meets and falls in love with life-scarred, ex-prostitute/curr ...

A-
Pleasure Me

Monica Burns' latest is an excellent read about two characters with problems that have been intensified by the cruelty of those around them. I greatly enjoyed this character and dialogue-driven novel and was certainly able to sympathize with the main characters as well as share in their triumph of f ...

A
Death Angel

Earlier this year, there was a lively discussion about Death Angel, my favorite book for 2008, on our books forum. When I recently realized there was no AAR review, I felt both compelled and eager to share my fascination with this book. It is difficult to give many plot details as I don’t want ...

B
A Practical Mistress

I'm not sure how I've managed to miss Mary Brendan. I picked up A Practical Mistress at the bookstore, thinking that the plot sounded interesting – but not really daring to hope that it would actually be good. My Regency reads of late have nearly all been disappointing. Happily, this one was a nic ...

A
Courtesan

In the France of olde, Diane de Poitiers returns to the court of Francois I after an informal exile of five years. The two were involved in a scandalous relationship then, and though he'd like to start it up again, she wants to begin anew. She is thirtyone, beautiful, and clever. She is also strong, ...

N/A
No Man's Mistress

No Man's Mistress the sequel to Balogh's More Than a Mistress, features Viola Thornhill, an independent woman with a mysterious past, and Ferdinand Dudley. Ferdinand wins Viola's home in a card game and when he arrives to take possession, Viola swears the home is rightfully hers and should never hav ...

C+
No Man's Mistress

I would call myself a tentative Balogh fan. One of my favorite romances is Heartless. I read that book and then, in a frenzy of excitement, snapped up a good deal of her backlist. Unfortunately, I have not found another Balogh that I felt equalled Heartless, and there have been three of her books th ...

A
His Lordship's Mistress

His Lordship's Mistress is a marvelous book. I had a copy several years ago and lent it my sister Anne, who true to her title as The Pickiest Reader In The World did not like it. Then she lent it to someone else who lost it. Thank goodness it has been reprinted. I read it for this review and it was ...