Stephanie Laurens: The Bar Cynster Series Guide

Stephanie Laurens is always a bit hit or miss for me, but I really enjoyed several of the books in this series.  Most particularly, I love the twins Amanda and Amelia and highly recommend their stories On a Wicked Night and On a Wild Dawn. Harper Collins has also produced a 53 page guide to “The World of Stephanie Laurens” for all those of you … Expand

Mary Balogh: The Ideal Wife

The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh

I admit I took a peek at the title page to confirm my suspicions that this was a re-release. First published in 1991, The Ideal Wife has only gotten a facelift. And unfortunately, it was pretty apparent that it was one of Balogh’s early books (or fortunate for her that her writing has grown up since the early nineties!). As always, I love her detailed … Expand

Shannon Drake: Beguiled

Beguiled

Purchased on a daring whim, I quickly fell in love with Shannon Drake (pen name for bestselling author and vampire genre master Heather Graham). Drake’s precise, no nonsense approach to romance will be appreciated by lovers of hist-ro as a refreshing change of pace and die hard history buffs who love political intrigue will enjoy Beguiled. Interspersed with romance, a highwayman, and an independent heroine, … Expand

Loretta Chase: Lord of Scoundrels

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This beautiful reissue (or will it be as dated in 10 years as the 90s cover) caught my eye in the supermarket, so I picked it up.   Not having read Loretta Chase before, I was impressed by the high accolades she has received. This is a fan favorite, but one I had a hard time swallowing.  Overall it was well crafted, but I didn’t … Expand