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The Importance of Being Wicked & Lord Stillwell’s Excellent Engagements by Victoria Alexander

The Importance of Being Wicked is a romantic comedy of manners of the “you are everything I never knew I always wanted” variety. Victoria Alexander’s dialogue is wonderfully droll. I should have loved the book and yet it took me forever to get through. As my romance total climbs, I sometimes think I am losing interest in …

Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen – edited by Andrew Bolton

God bless my public library. I finally got around to seeing if maybe, just perhaps, they had some of the books I’ve kept on my Amazon wish list waiting for a gift card and look what I found! Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen, edited by Andrew Bolton. It is the companion book to the 2011 McQueen …

Love with the Proper Husband by Victoria Alexander

And with that the Victoria Alexander historical romance experiment is over. I’d read a novella and a novel and decided to give her one more go with her highest rated book on Amazon: Love with the Proper Husband. There’s a woman, Gwen, whose sister ran away when she was young and then her parents died, but …

The Prince’s Bride by Victoria Alexander

There is a prince, there is a bride, there is ACTUAL BODICE RIPPING! What more could a historical romance reader ask for? The Plot: Attempted murder. Marriage of convenience. Obscure European royalty. Jocelyn Shelton needs glasses and likes big words, plus her given name is one I am in no position to object to. As a child in genteel …

Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover by Victoria Alexander

New author! Victoria Alexander’s latest book, The Importance of Being Wicked, has quite good reviews and I liked what I perused* when I picked it up at a book store, so I decided to give her a test read. Because my never-ending quest for a new historical romance writer has resulted in disappointment, after disappointment, after …

Mary Balogh Reading List

Every time I read or review a Balogh romance, I say the following: If Mary Balogh’s publisher made her back catalogue available $4 or less each, I would stockpile it. Balogh writes Regency romances about sensible people finding love. Themes: Love moves one out of one’s comfort zone, and one needs to in order to …

Escorted by Claire Kent

Prostitution plots are the exception to my preference for marriage of convenience stories and Escorted features the first one I have read in  long time. There are some interesting ideas in this contemporary romance novel, but despite the rounds of contemplation about the oldest profession it inspired in me, Escorted wasn’t really anything special. Lori is …

The Worst Romance Novels I Have Ever Read

I just hated them so much! I recommend none of them. There can be no doubt, Kresley Cole would have more entries had I continued reading her novels. Sarina Bowen, Penny Reid, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips have the dubious distinction of being both on this list AND my recommendations list. Andre, Bella The Way You …

Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel by Sawyer Bennett

Sawyer Bennett ‘s contemporary romance Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Book 1) may deserve more of a review, but I didn’t like the novel and was, in fact, frequently vexed by it, so it’s getting the cursory treatment which, being honest, takes about the same amount of time, but it’s …

The Complete Reading List by Author

Short Version: Recommended books are in bold, reviewed books are linked, these are ruthlessly streamlined recommendations lists – So You Want to Read a (Historical) Romance… Ten Great Romance Novellas to Get You Started Plus just for funsies: The Worst Romance Novels I Have Ever Read I have more content based lists over there on the right  …