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The Unexpectedly Serious “Study of Seduction”

25814323The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries
Pocket Books: March 22, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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The Study of Seduction is a surprisingly heartfelt historical romance. Normally, when I pick up a Sabrina Jeffries book I expect something light and romantic. While The Study of Seduction is romantic, the themes explored were unexpectedly serious and dark. That’s not to say that Study of Seduction isn’t a signature Jeffries’ book, it is, but it also explores some pretty serious stuff as it relates to the couples romance.

Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough has been charged to look after his friend’s cousin (and sister’s best friend), Lady Clarissa Lindsey. Clarissa has had some trouble with a persistent suitor who seems unable to comprehend the fact that Clarissa is not going to marry the man. Clarissa’s cousin Warren is required to travel to the Continent; however, he wants to ensure that Clarissa is protected from the determined Frenchman. Edwin reluctantly steps in to escort Clarissa and her mother to social events, and before he knows it, the pair of them are engaged. (more…)

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On the Road Romance: “The Rogue Not Taken”

23617709The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
Avon: December 29, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Review Source: Free from publisher.

Outstanding Adventure!
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I’ve been a big fan of Sarah MacLean’s historical romances ever since picking up Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake just when I was finishing school and getting back into the genre fiction game. Before reading her latest, I would have told you that Nine Rules is my favourite MacLean book, closely followed by A Rogue By Any Other Name. In my opinion, MacLean has out done herself with The Rogue Not Taken, it is, hands down, my new favourite. Not only is this book fun, but it also offers readers a deeply felt romance between two characters that initially have nothing good to say about each other (and let’s be honest, Sophie and King can be quite cutting to one another). Throw in a road trip, some cross dressing, and a gunshot wound, you have a recipe for a fantastically fast-paced and exciting romance. (more…)

New Series from a Favourite: “A Good Rake is Hard to Find”

22293526A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins
St. Martin’s Press: March 31, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

I’d go there again!
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A Good Rake is Hard to Find kicks off a new series from one of my favourite historical romance authors, Manda Collins. This new series is obviously inspired by Sons of Anarchy, since it revolves around a notorious curricle racing club, Lords of Anarchy. Perhaps you might think this is a ridiculous set up, and I would agree, but only if you mean ridiculously awesome!

When Miss Lenora Craven’s brother, Jonathan, dies in an “accident” while racing with the club, Lenora refuses to believe that her brother didn’t have help in arriving to his fatal accident. If Lenora wants to infiltrate the club and discover the truth she’s going to need help, unfortunately the man that she trusts to help her, Lord Frederick Lisle, is none other than her former fiancé, who was none too pleased when she broke things off. (more…)

Getting into the Holiday Spirit with “Once Upon a Christmas Kiss”

22495917Once Upon a Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins
St. Martin’s, October 14, 2014 (Historical Romance)*

My rating: I’d go there again! (4/5)

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of holiday themed novels, especially romances. They’re just all kinds of adorable. So when I came across this holiday themed novella, I thought to myself “Why yes, I am ready for Christmas.” It’s October after all, I’m sure Costco will breaking out the Christmas decorations soon, if not already.

When Sir Lucien Blakemore decides to accept his cousin’s invitation to celebrate Christmas he does so mainly because his neighbour’s governess will be elsewhere for the holidays. Lucien has no idea that the very governess who’s company he’s missing will also be at his cousin’s house party.

While visiting her sister, Winnie attends a house party to even out the numbers. Winnie and her sister aren’t high society but apparently they’ll do in a pinch even if some guests are put out by their presence. Like Lucien, Winnie does not expect to see her friend at this house party; however, it soon becomes evident that he might be only person she can turn to when she begins to receive threats from one of the other guests. (more…)

A Short and ‘Illicit Engagement’

13183322An Illicit Engagement by Cecilia Gray (The Gentlemen Next Door #2)
November 30, 2011 (Historical Romance)*

My rating: The view was nice, but the food was bad (2/5)

This is going to be a quick and short review today, because this book was also quick and short.  An Illicit Engagement is Cecilia Gray’s second novella in The Gentlemen Next Door series. This is an entire series of novellas and finishing this one, I have now read the entire series.

I picked up book 1, A Delightful Arrangement as a freebie and quite enjoyed the quick, romantic tale. I tend to enjoy novellas, especially when I’m strapped for time. A Delightful Arrangement proved to be quite a lot of fun, as did the other novellas in the series; however, I do feel that Delightful Arrangement was the best of the bunch and the one that I felt told the most complete romantic story. (more…)

Spies, Vampires, and Stoats: Another Great Pink Carnation Book

18693637The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Wilig (Pink Carnation #11)
NAL Trade, August 5, 2014 (Historical Mystery; Historical Romance)

My rating: Outstanding Adventure (5/5)

This latest installment in the Pink Carnation series reminded me of what I love about this series so much. It’s intellectual, funny, and just plain entertaining. This one is zany and it tackles the absurd with wit and sly historical references. It may not show the true experience of spies during the Napoleonic Wars, but if it did, I doubt I would be reading it. I like history, but it needs to be captured in an engaging way for me to enjoy it, and that is certainly true of this book.

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is Sally Fitzhugh’s story. Readers of the series will remember Sally from The Mischief of the Mistletoe, where her brother, Turnip, routed out some spies at a young ladies academy while falling in love with one of the teachers, Arabella. Sally made her debut a year ago, and now into her second season, she’s, well, she’s bored. Luckily, excitement ripples through the ton with the return of the Duke of Belliston, reputed vampire.

Naturally, Sally doesn’t believe that nonsense about Lucien being a vampire, but she is certain that he needs some assistance in making his way in the ton: (more…)