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Friday, 28 December 2012 21:35

Review: The Lady Most Willing . . .

willing 350“The Lady Most Willing . . .” by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway (historical, Avon, January 2013, $7.99, 384pp)




At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.


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Sunday, 16 December 2012 16:45

Review: A Bluestocking Christmas

BluestockingChristmas MBurn-200x300“A Bluestocking Christmas” by Monica Burns (historical, self-published, November 2012, $3.99, 198pp)


As a young man, Simon, Viscount Wycombe learned the painful truth that a tradesman’s daughter is suitable only for liaisons and nothing more. But Ivy Beecham is a far cry from his preconceived notions, and he’s determined to have her. But when she rejects him, it only increases his determination to seduce her into a world of sin and pleasure.

Ivy Beecham knows first-hand that handsome aristocrats like Simon can’t be trusted. But the intellectual scoundrel is hellbent on making her his mistress, using every means at his seductive disposal. When she refuses to give away her heart on Christmas Eve, a ghostly specter shows her in one night why her surrender can be the greatest gift of all.


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Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:13

Review: Season for Surrender

Season-for-Surrender-186x300Season for Surrender” by Theresa Romain (historical, Kensington, October 2012, $6.99, 368pp)




Series: Book 2 in the Seasons Quartet


Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation - for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party - and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible - he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver's protector. Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier's invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues' gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring.


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Monday, 26 November 2012 20:13

Review: The Importance of Being Wicked

ImportanceWicked“The Importance of Being Wicked” by Miranda Neville (historical, Avon, December 2012, $7.99, 384pp)




Series: Wild Quartert, book 1


The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love....


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Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:21

Review: Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady

Wicked-Nights-with-a-Proper-Lady-183x300“Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady” by Tiffany Clare (historical, St. Martins, November 2012, $7.99, 336pp)


Series: 1st book in Dangerous Rogues series



Leo Harrow, Earl of Barrington, is a regular subject of the scandal rags. Once an unrepentant pleasure seeker, he knows that young ladies are warned to look the other way when he enters a room. But when he comes face to face with a woman from his past—the one that got away—he will do anything to keep the rumors about him at bay. Or risk losing her forever…

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Monday, 12 November 2012 12:12

Review: Bianca

Bianca“Bianca” by Bertrice Small (historical, Berkley, October 2012, $16.00, 432pp)


Series: The Silk Merchant’s Daughter


Florentine silk merchant Giovanni Pietro d’Angelo and his wife want nothing more than to marry their daughters to wealthy men of distinction. But when their son’s dangerous indiscretion implicates him in a tragic accident, it is their eldest daughter who must pay the price. Blackmailed by the powerful and debauched Sebastiano Rovere, the Pietro d’Angelos must give beautiful Bianca in marriage to Rovere to buy his silence.

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Monday, 29 October 2012 18:09

Review: Twelfth Night Secrets

Twelfth_Night_Secrets“Twelfth Night Secrets” by Jane Feather (historical, Pocket, October 2012, $6.99, 272pp)



While others dance and flirt, Lady Harriet Devere has a secret life, assisting her older brother Nick with his duties as a British spy. When Nick is killed, however, Harriet assumes that her work passing coded messages to the Ministry of War will cease. Instead, she is charged with a vitally important mission: spend Christmas determining if Julius Forsythe, Earl of Marbury, is a double agent for the French.


Harriet expects danger, just not to her heart. . . . As the hostess of a holiday house party, she is perfectly placed to closely observe her noble guest—his elegant clothes, his penetrating dark eyes, his virile athletic build. But when passion flames between them, Harriet realizes that only a holiday miracle will allow her to find true love—in the arms of this spy who has come for Christmas.


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Sunday, 28 October 2012 12:43

Review: Lord Gray's List

lordgrayslist“Lord Gray’s List” by Maggie Robinson (historical, Brava, November 2012, $14.00, 352pp)


Series: The London List, book 1


From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears, filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn–and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch.


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Monday, 22 October 2012 11:40

Review: Captive Bride

Captive_Bride“Captive Bride” by Katharine Ashe (historical, self-published, October 2012, $1.99, 232pp, ebook)


Sensible, practical Beatrice Sinclaire has two secret passions: gothic novels and Lord Peter Cheriot, the man her beautiful sister left heartbroken years ago. When Bea’s scapegrace twin brother begs her help to rescue a maiden from a haunted castle, Bea seizes the chance for real adventure. If only Lord Cheriot didn’t insist on protecting her! How can she maintain a clear head in the face of terrible danger when all she wants is to be in his arms?


Lord Cheriot may be the catch of the London season, but he has only ever loved one woman, Bea Sinclaire. And he’s determined to have her. He doesn’t count on a meddling ghost whose demand for a virgin bride threatens Bea in the direst manner. But the specter has a deadline, All Hallows Eve, and it’s fast approaching. In the race to capture the heart of one daring lady, it’s every man—and ghost—for himself.


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Saturday, 20 October 2012 11:05

Review: His Mistletoe Bride

His_Mistletoe_Bride“His Mistletoe Bride” by Vanessa Kelly (historical, Zebra, October 2012, $6.99, 352pp)


Blame It On The Mistletoe--

When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl's granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn't long before she is challenging his rules--and surprising him in and out of bed--

Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas's stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she's more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly--


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