Romance/Historical

Not a Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane series #10)

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Note to self: You liked this mostly for Val. The way he was written, the anti-hero’s devolution, the way his redemption was earned…all fell nicely in line with what we already knew about his flexible moral compass from previous books.

And the great thing is that Val doesn’t change by the end of the book, he simply meets someone he loves very much and does not want to disappoint. He’s almost a child in his deep and unhesitating need to be loved.

He also has certain moral lines that he hasn’t crossed yet, but without Bridget’s presence in his life he would probably (eventually) end up crossing them in his drive to gain more power. He simply doesn’t see why he shouldn’t. You liked this story because it didn’t give him a redemption arc, it gave him a reason to not cross those last lines that would squarely put him in the villain category. (more…)

Review: The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m fresh off Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series and utterly tired of great plot promises consistently undelivered in her books. I can only name one in the series, Duke of Sin, that kept me relatively hooked until the end.

So, it was with some surprise that I found Raven Prince in my to-be-read pile marked — Highly recommended! I don’t know whose recommendation got me that excited, but something made me give Hoyt one more chance. And this time, I wasn’t disappointed.

The story starts slow as an ill tempered earl hires a respectable widow as his secretary. Their attraction takes root almost immediately, though both know that they can’t act on it. (more…)

Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Note to self: You liked Phoebe and James for the first half of the book where their relation transitioned from blind sister to Duke and the bodyguard who restricts her movements to friends who have feelings for each other. You really liked that Phoebe was happy to go exploring the physical side of her feelings, even though James was having Noble Idiot conniptions. He could only resist her for so long. BUT, once the story moved from London to Cornwall, (more…)

Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sherlock Holmes as a woman working under a man’s name. It’s brilliant in this quiet, understated way, and I loved it. It has none of the flash of recent, tv Sherlock adaptations, but feels perfect set in the original time period. Also, one of the things I loved in this (and had always disliked in tv versions) is that the police were allowed to do their job. They weren’t props to make Holmes look brilliant.

She is brilliant, but she isn’t a one woman police force, showing up Scotland Yard as incompetent despite their years of investigative experience. I love it, did I mention? =D And so, what happens when a smart mind is brought up in a woman’s body, in a family of upper class respectability? (more…)

Review: Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cord and Anne are my favourite fictional couple. Their relationship is serious #lifegoals for me. I’ve searched high and low for a book that is as gripping, as warm, as pulsing with life as this one, but Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold remains my only find in this genre that I can read a hundred times and still feel the tug of a dozen emotions as if I’m reading every scene for the first time. (more…)

Merely A Mister (An utterly biased review)

Merely A Mister by Sherry Lynn Ferguson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To begin, let me say that Ms Ferguson penned one of my favourite regency romances a few years ago and so bought my loyalty for all eternity. It was the charming Lord Sidley's Last Season (Avalon Romance) Lord Sidley’s Last Season, which I would recommend to most regency lovers.

In three related but independent books, Ms Ferguson tells us the tales of three men, three brothers who are all descendants of dukes and all very stubbornly different from each other.

In Merely A Mister, the third and possibly final book in this series, we read about Lord Hayden, the eldest son and the heir to the Duke of Braughton.

Through Quiet Meg (Avalon Romance) (Avalon Romance) Quiet Meg (Avalon Romance) and Major Lord David Major Lord David I have known the dutiful, solemn side of the Marquis. I have also seen him come to his brother’s aid in a most unconventional way. It is easy to say that he puts family and honour before all personal happiness – he has sacrificed much – but he isn’t a push over. He challenges his father’s outdated ideas as he advices the Duke on matters of politics and admits to himself that it would take time and a lot of patience to usher in changes through his father. But as perfect a son and Marquis as Lord Hayden is, there are those in the ton who think him too serious, too much given to grim duty. And the same voices dub him ‘His Resplendence’ for certainly one of the duties of the heir to Braughton is to give in to the strict dictatorship of a demanding valet. (more…)

India Grey’s The Fitzroy Legacy (Double Review)

It’s been a while since I last read a contemporary romance from the Harlequin set and unless it’s Grey writing, it’ll probably be a while before I pick up another one again. Here’s a review of the two part Fitzroy Legacy…

Craving the Forbidden by India Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I was about nineteen when I pretty much stopped reading category romances. I still liked them, but none of the blurbs really called me to pick the books up.

I read this book because I had time and nothing else to do in it. Strictly speaking if I were to compare the writing, the technique, the character development and so on to many authors I’ve recently read in other genres I would end up giving it a hopeful 3 stars. But I’m not comparing.

I was feeling restless and grim and India Grey gave me a story light enough and sweet enough to bring me out of the doldrums and get interested in where her characters end up.

That’s a winner.

The story is stock. A girl helping out a friend, pretends to be his girlfriend while he figures out how to come out to them about his sexual orientation. She meets her friend’s half brother on the train and unwittingly earns both his interest and distrust. The brothers happen to be the sons of a very rich earl. The half brother, sexy and cynical, spends the weekend trying to expose her as a gold-digger but ends up falling for her. There is the moral dilemma of wanting your brother’s fiance and not being able to forget her. There is her dilemma of wanting to tell him the truth but not being able to betray her friend. In the end it comes down to trust. (more…)