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Sunday, 01 April 2012 19:50

Review: Master of Sin

masterofsin200x300“Master of Sin” by Maggie Robinson (historical, Kensington, April 2012, $14.00, 305pp)

 

Series: The Courtesan Court

  1. “Mistress by Mistake” – Charlotte & Michael
  2. “Mistress by Midnight” – Desmond & Laurette
  3. “Mistress by Marriage” – Edward & Caroline
  4. “Master of Sin” – Andrew & Gemma

 

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Saturday, 31 March 2012 11:10

Review: The Duke's Perfect Wife

TheDukesPerfWife_Front200“The Duke’s Perfect Wife” by Jennifer Ashley (historical, Berkley, April 2012, $7.99, 320pp)

 

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Series: Mackenzie brothers

  1. “The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie” – Ian & Beth
  2. “Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage” – Mac & Isabella
  3. “The Many Sins of Lord Cameron” – Cam & Ainsley
  4. “The Duke’s Perfect Wife” – Hart & Eleanor
  5. “The Seduction of Elliot McBride” – Elliot & Juliana (to be released January 2013)
  6. “The Wicked Deeds of Daniel of Mackenzie” – Daniel (to be released October 2013)

 

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:19

Review: How to Ravish a Rake

home_cover3“How to Ravish a Rake” by Vicky Dreiling (historical, Grand Central, April 2012, $7.99, 400pp)

 

Summary:
SCANDALOUS DESIRES . . .

Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security—if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate—and irresistible—attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .

 

DEVILISH DELIGHT

When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton’s shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . . .

 

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 19:08

Review: The Seduction of Lady X

seduction-small“The Seduction of Lady X” by Julia London (historical, Pocket, March 2012, $7.99, 400pp)

 

Series: Secrets of Hadley Green

  1. “The Year of Living Scandalously” – Declan O’Connor & Keira Hannigan
  2. “The Revenge of Lord Eberlin” – Lily Boudine & Tobin Scott
  3. “The Seduction of Lady X” – Harrison Tolly & Olivia Hastings

 

Summary:
Suffering from a cold abusive marriage, the one bright spot in Lady Olivia Carey’s life is her husband’s steward Harrison Tolly, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Ashwood and rightful heir of his father’s estate.  Trapped in her marriage, she encourages the engagement of Tolly to her sister who returned from a tour of Spain pregnant.  Soon thereafter, Lady Carey begins to regret the match as she uncovers Tolly’s feeling for her and realizes hers for him.  That combined with her husband’s death leads to dilemmas on all sides.

 

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

 

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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)

 

Series:

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

 

Review:
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)

 

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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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