Scarlet Pimpernel plot

B+
His at Night (#87 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 20, 2010 His at Night is the first Sherry Thomas book I've read since Private Arrangements, a book I liked but didn't love. To my mind, this one's better, and certainly worth the anticipation and buzz it's receiving. The hero and heroine are both ...

B-
Married for His Convenience

There are quite a few plot strands running through Married for His Convenience; in fact I’m not sure there aren’t a few too many.  As well as the convenient marriage promised by the title, we have the subplot of the hero’s search for his missing son, the parallel plotline of the heroine searc ...

B+
To Love a Wicked Lord

As a final addition to her lengthy legacy, the author couldn't have done much better than this. Everyone acknowledges that Pippa Carstairs is beautiful. But, living a cloistered existence with her grandparents in Bath, no one has ever bothered to look beneath the surface – including herself. So ...

C-
A Rebellious Bride

Quinn Peverill is the daughter of a wealthy American merchant. Her mother was of an excellent English family, which gives her an entrée into British society. Quinn's father is anxious for his daughter to be accepted by society, and it would be good for business if she made a respectable match. Quin ...

B-
The Bride Thief

"Who was that masked man?" A dashing nobleman doing good for the populace while hiding his true identity behind a mask - what a romantic theme! In Jacquie D'Alessandro's latest effort, Zorro meets Beau Brummell, but with decidedly mixed results. Having witnessed his parents' unhappy un ...

C-
Lady Polly

I like historical romances set in the regency period, and since I do, I always begin a new one hoping that I will find in it the right mix of societal maneuvering, bantering dialogue, and period feel. Nicola Cornick partially delivers this in her book, Lady Polly. Unfortunately, this book offers abo ...

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 ...

A-
Surrender To A Stranger

The French Revolution was, arguably, one of the most frightening national tragedies in history. Its excesses and corruption shocked contemporary observers around the world, including those who initially applauded the spirit of the Revolution. Surrender to a Stranger is the riveting story of a man wh ...

C
Indigo Blade

When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought: Oh, puh-leeze. And indeed, deep, this book is not. However, if you're looking for something rather frothy and generic, look no further. The Indigo Blade is the tale of a pre-Revolutionary War aristocrat who, by day, is the rather foppish, non-polit ...