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Confessions“Confessions from an Arranged Marriage” by Miranda Neville (historical, Avon, April 2012, $7.99, 384)




Series: The Burgundy Club

  1. “The Wild Marquis” – the Marquis of Chase & Juliana Merton
  2. “The Dangerous Viscount” – Diana Fanshawe & Sebastian Iverley
  3. “The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton” – Celia Seaton & Tarquin Compton
  4. “Confessions from an Arranged Marriage” – Minerva Montrose & the Marquis of Blakeney


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Sunday, 18 March 2012 12:22

Review: Heiress Without a Cause

HeiressWithoutCause“Heiress Without a Cause” by Sara Ramsey (historical, SpencerHill Associates, February 2012, $3.99, 340pp)


Series: Muses of Mayfair

  • “Heiress Without a Cause” – Lady Madeleine Vaillant & William “Ferguson” Avenel
  • “Scotsmen Prefer Blondes” – Lady Amelia Staunton & Malcolm MacCabe (to be released March 29, 2012)
  • “The Marquess Who Loved Me” – Ellie & Nick (to be released June/July 2012)


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Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:24

Review: Lucky Penny

Lucky_Penny“Lucky Penny” by Catherine Anderson (historical, Signet, January 2012, $7.99, 432pp): “Lucky Penny” is another Coulter family historical novel by Catherine Anderson. This book shows exactly how far a woman will go for her child. Brianna and David, the two main characters, are brought together by a fictitious story that Brianna tells to protect her daughter. Over time, she finds out how hard it is to keep the truth hidden.


In 1891, there were very few jobs available for a young mother. Brianna found one taking care of a widow’s son. When this man made advances, she kindly informed him that she was married. A bit later, he wants Brianna to write her husband and ask him to come get her and their child. He is about to remarry and has no use for Brianna’s services anymore. With her back against the wall, Brianna starts sending letters to David Paxton; a man she doesn’t think exists. For six years, Brianna and her daughter, Daphne, continue writing letters to the fictitious David. Over time, Daphne takes the story to heart and wishes that her papa would come to their rescue.


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Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:49

Review: The Husband Hunt

husbandhunt_150“The Husband Hunt” by Lynsay Sands (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 384pp)



  1. “The Countess” – Christiana & Richard
  2. “The Heiress” – Suzette & Daniel
  3. “The Husband Hunt” – Lisa & Robert


Hmm. I’m having a difficult time trying to process by thoughts on Lynsay Sands’ “The Husband Hunt.” It is the final book in a trilogy about the three Madison sisters. Christiana found her true love in “The Countess” and Suzette in “The Heiress” – two books that actually take place at the same time. I love both of these books. They were extremely funny and sweet. I was so anxious for the third book, especially since Lisa has been pining for Robert since the start of the series. While parts of the story surpassed my expectations, others made me want to yell loudly (and throw things).


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Monday, 27 February 2012 15:15

Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name

RogueByAnyOtherName1“A Rogue by Any Other Name” by Sarah MacLean (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 400pp)



There are books I like, books I love, books I hate, books I enjoy, books that move me, etc. Then, there are those books with which I connect on such an intense level that they are destined to hold positions of honor on my exalted shelf of romance-novel favorites. I can’t even pretend that Sarah MacLean’s “A Rogue by Any Other Name” isn’t already firmly ensconced on that shelf. From the moment that Bourne, its hero, appeared (on page 1, I believe), I was captivated. I know that I mentioned on Twitter the first time I read this book that Bourne had conquered my heart and that he was vying for the title of favorite hero with Han Solo (from “Star Wars”), Devil Cynster (from Stephanie Laurens’ “Devil’s Bride”) and James Mallory (from Johanna Lindsey’s “Gentle Rogue”).


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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:22

Review: Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel

MissHillarySchools“Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel” by Samantha Grace (historical, Sourcebooks, February 2012, $6.99, 412pp): How do I talk about “Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel,” Samantha Grace’s debut historical romance? I don’t really know. I had a very difficult time reading this book. While it had a strong setup and characters I thought were great together (well, at first), the central source of conflict between the hero and the heroine was The Big Misunderstanding – ok, really The Big Misunderstandings that happened again and again and again. The story showed such promise but that promise was not realized.


Miss Lana Hillary is in her second season – and is still unwed. Her mother is obsessively worried that Lana has no prospects and is pushing less than desirable men at her daughter. Lana catches the attention of Lord Andrew Forest, a younger son of a duke who is rake, scoundrel and pleasure seeker. Yet, something about Lana calls to Drew, so much so that he cannot stay away from her – despite his brother’s explicit order to leave the innocent woman alone.


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Monday, 13 February 2012 13:55

Review: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

EARLfrontcoversmaller“The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae” by Stephanie Laurens (historical, Avon, January 2012, $7.99, 496pp)




Series: The Cynster Sisters’ Trilogy & 18th Cynster book

  1. “Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue” – Heather Cynster & Viscount Breckenridge
  2. In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster” – Eliza Cynster & Jeremy Carling
  3. “The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae” – Angelica Cynster & the Earl of Glencrae


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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:13

Review: Not Wicked Enough

nwe_h“Not Wicked Enough” by Carolyn Jewel (historical, Berkley, February 2012, $7.99, 320pp)




Series: Seducing the Scoundrels

  1. “Not Wicked Enough” – Lily & Mountjoy
  2. “Not Proper Enough” – Ginny & Fenrith (to be released in September of 2012)


Published in Book Reviews
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 19:18

Review: The Rogue Pirate's Bride

rogue-pirate-200“The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” by Shana Galen (historical, Sourcebooks, February 2012, $6.99, 352pp)


Series: Sons of Revolution

  1. “The Making of a Duchess” – Julien Harcourt, Duc de Valere & Sarah Smith
  2. “The Making of a Gentleman” – Armand Harcourt, Comte de Valere & Felcity Bennett
  3. “The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” – Sebastien Harcourt, Marquis de Valere & Raeven Russell


“The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” by Shana Galen is the last of three books about the Harcourts, a family of French aristocrats that was pulled apart and devastated by the French Revolution. This one is the story of Sebastien Harcourt, a man who made his way in the world by becoming a privateer on the open ocean. Known as Captain Cutlass, Bastien has spent his life trying to forget his past and making a notorious name for himself. But, he meets his match in Raeven Russell, the daughter of an admiral in the British navy. Raised at sea, Raeven is no debutante. She is a woman on a mission – a mission to make Captain Cutlass pay for his sins.


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Sunday, 05 February 2012 14:04

Review: Secrets of an Accidental Duchess

Secrets_Countess“Secrets of an Accidental Duchess” by Jennifer Haymore (historical, Grand Central, February 2012, $7.99, 432pp)


Series: The Donovan Sisters

  1. “Confessions of an Improper Bride” – Serena and Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford
  2. “Once Upon a Wicked Night” – bridge ebook between “Confessions” and “Secrets”
  3. “Secrets of an Accidental Duchess” – Olivia and Max
  4. “Pleasures of a Tempted Lady” – Captain William Langley and Meg Donovan (to be released August 1, 2012)


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