Victorian

B-
Someone Irresistible

Someone Irresistible was an interesting and very sensual read. I suspect that Ashworth fans will not be disappointed in this latest offering. Professor Nathan Price suffered an extremely humiliating setback to his career two and a half years ago. An up-and-coming paleontologist, Nathan expected t ...

C-
A Bright Idea

Now that Scotland’s been done to death, it looks as if it’s time to read romances set in Ireland. A Bright Idea takes place in Victorian Dublin, and while I commend Cindy Harris for not overdoing the setting to the point of caricature, or going to the other extreme by pretending that the setting ...

B+
The Indiscretion

What a good writer Judith Ivory is! The Indiscretion neatly divides into two parts, and if I could have graded simply the first part, it would have been an A+. It is in this part of the book that main characters Sam Cody and Lydia Bedford-Browne are forced to spend time on the moors in Dartmoor. The ...

B
The First Time

This was the first romance starring a Mountie that I’ve read, and I liked it enough to wish there was much more of it. The historical setting is well-depicted, and the characterizations range from good to exceptionally fine. A fairly standard gentleman-meets-wild-child setup is enlivened by unusua ...

N/A
Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement is the second book in Christina Dodd's series about the Distinguished Academy of Governesses. It follows Rules of Surrender. Here we find Devon, Lord Kerrich, who must become respectable or risk losing large sums of money that Queen Victoria has deposited in his family's bank. He ...

C-
Diamonds and Desire

In Diamonds and Desire, Constance Laux's latest novel set during Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, a titled jewel thief meets his match in a spunky tabloid reporter. Aggie O'Day and her brother were left without funds, so the pretty redhead got a job as a reporter with a scurrilous rag called ...

A
The Proposition

The Pygmalion myth gave George Bernard Shaw the idea for his play Pygmalion which was turned into the wonderful musical My Fair Lady. Judith Ivory takes this story and gives it a twist, (and a lot more romance than grumpy old GBS did). Edwina Bollash, linguistics expert and tutor of gauche young lad ...

C-
Fairest of Them All

In Fairest of Them All, Josette Browning has written an updated nineteenth century potboiler, reminiscent of Edgar Rice Boroughs' Tarzan of the Apes with a Pygmalion twist. This highly unusual romance novel imitates a Victorian popular novel including its sensibilities about sex and social rank. The ...

A
Zemindar

In love with her cousin Emily's husband, Laura Hewitt travels to India in the winter of 1856-1857. She does not want to travel with Emily and Charles on their honeymoon trip, but family pressure and family affection compel her to accompany the newlyweds as Emily's companion. Laura is, above every ...

B+
Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart has a most unusual romantic premise … and a hero who is not only heroic, but endearing as well. Patricia Gaffney's writing is virtually word perfect, and simply glows. This is a very, very nice book. It's 1893 Chicago, site of the World's Fair. Sydney Darrow (I just loved her name ...