This is a well-written Regency that really grabbed me in the first chapter and brought tears to my eyes. It did have a predictable ending that didn't have the emotional intensity found at the beginning, but it was still a lovely read. Looking forward to more works from this author.
Quiet Viola has feelings for Leighton but he only seems interested in her vivacious twin sister, so she sets out to make him notice her at the masquerade birthday ball held for her and her sister. She succeeds in getting Leighton's attention, but her disguise doesn't make it readily apparent that she's the wallflower that Leighton has always overlooked. What a dilemma!
This is an enjoyable short Regency romance with a great plot. It's a quick read and I can't wait to read the other twin's story.
Eliza plans to marry Mr. Henry, providing the guardian she's never met will allow it. When Eliza meets her guardian, Lord Carlton, she's flustered by the handsome rake and she intrigues him, as well. Suddenly he removes Eliza, her aunt, and her brother to London; thus, separating Eliza from her suitor, Mr. Henry. Luckily, Lord Carlton knows his own heart and is bent on saving his wayward ward from the folly of marrying the wrong man. A delightful romp!
I have loved Chet's character since reading A SCANDALOUS WIFE, and I wanted to see him find a woman to win his heart. While this novella fills in the blanks as to why Chet was so reluctant to look for a wife, I didn't quite feel it gave him his due. Still, it's a good short story and I look forward to reading more of Ava Stone's wonderful romances.
Nell is a spunky heroine that you root for even though she doesn't quite live within the law. Carlisle is a bored aristorcat that is intrigued by Nell and her secrets. Have to say I really liked Nell because she'd had a challenging and unconventional life but wouldn't let herself become a victim.
Lucy Landon writes a twice weekly gossip column about the scandals of the ton so that she can earn money to escape the household of her less than loving mother. The Earl of Hamersley is featured in the column on two separate occasions, in short order, after Lucy twice spotted him carrying on with a young woman who is bethrothed to a duke. Shamed by his brother-in-law and confronted by the duke after the first column is published, the earl is determined to uncover the identity of the source of athe gossip -- a Lady who goes by the moniker Lady Libertine.
This is like a Jane Eyre short story with lots of chemistry, differences in social standing, and the dark, brooding presence of the moors. Ms. Chapman created a delicious tension between Charles and Ann that kept me reading to a pleasing finish. I can only say that I was absolutely spellbound until the very end!
Dominic, Duke of Roth, unwillingly on his way to visit his cold-hearted mother and her hand-picked candidates for his future duchess, runs across cold and penniless Annabel Cresswell. She is stranded with no where to go and Dominic has no trouble convincing her to pose as his fiancee so that he can remain single until he finds is own perfect candidate to be his duchess. After mere days in her company, he thinks Annabel could be the one.
Louise, a farmer's daughter who fell in love with a Baron's son, is distressed to learn that Felix, the man she's always loved, has returned from Waterloo in such a state that he is unaware and unresponsive. Fearing his father will place him in an asylum, Louise takes him into her home and brings about a miracle with her love and care. Very good!
A glimpse into the life of a young Victroian housekeeper who knows her place in the household and walks a fine line between distancing herself and being overly familiar with those for whom she works. Short, well-written, and totally engaging.
This is a short time-travel romance featuring a duke who, after visiting the water closet in the middle of the night at his host's county home, returns to his designated bedchamber only to find himself transported in time to the present day. He's in the same home, but it's now a museum, and his room is now a flat occupied by an attractive female currator. Have to say I loved the story!
A woman accepts a post as governess and brings a child along with her, while letting her employer assume she is a widow with a child to support. There is a spark of attraction, but the governess is not what she seems. When her employer acts upon the attraction without her consent, lives in the household are changed forever. This is a good story but some may find the sexual element disturbing.
This is a sweet Regency romance that is told from Lord Davingdale's point-of-view. It mirrors the novella A Husband for Miss Trent, which is from Miss Trent's point-of-view. I found this story short and enjoyable.
This was a very good Victorian gothic short story. The mystery develops in such a way to keep the reader reading just to find out the final resolution to the plot. I greatly enjoyed this and stayed up later than usual reading it.
This is a very good folktale told in narative form. I really enjoyed it, as it reminded me of the stories told around the campfire when I was a kid in Girl Scouts. Like many folktales, this story doesn't have a fairytale ending in which everyone lives happily everafter.
I have enjoyed several of Kate Harper's books, but this one was rather disappointing. The heroine, Alex, was mistreated by her mother and then is abandoned by her husband right after their wedding ceremony. Their arranged marriage is never consummated. Her husband, Seddon, lives it up in London for years having numerous affairs. After four solitary years in the country, he sends Alex a letter that truly makes her realize he has taken her for granted and that he assumes she'll be waiting when he decides to come home and take up his marriage vows to get an heir. An angry Alex impulsively heads to London with a scheme to make her husband fall in love with her newly created alter ego so she can give him a dose of his own medicine. However; this woman scorned storyline just never pans out to its potential.
From the book description, I envisioned this as a merry romp with a heroine who discovered newly found self esteem, but Alex never really makes her errant and inexplicably remorseful spouse pay as he should because she doesn't really have the stomach for it. She capitulates and falls in love with her husband, and he's never really remorseful enough to be a truly worthy hero. Overall, I found I was dissatisfied with the main characters, but I did like Alex's friend Sally's side storyline.
A bold young lady catches the eye of a young man with secrets. Their meetings lead to love, and their one sexual encounter leaves the young lady in disgrace. She is immediately sent away without being able to give an explanation to the young man and neither of the young people know the true identity of the other. Years pass and the two meet again but both now have secrets to hide that pose a dilemma to them ever being together.
This short story has a very sympathetic hero with a stuttering problem and a heroine who is able to see past what society would see as a defect in him. I give the author credit for using this plot device; however, the story is told in a rather simplistic way. Also the passage of five years was glossed over with little explanation of what the characters did in that time and occurred so abruptly that it was disruptive to the story's flow. Nevertheless, I plan to read Phillip Brunswick Is Getting Married, as I had purchased it at the time I purchased this story, and I am curious to read what the author has in store for Ephraim's brother Phillip (even though the title gives it away).
Unsuitable Suitors is a clean, engaging Regency romance featuring the daughters of an overly careless father. The eldest, Amelia, is burdened with how to feed and keep a roof over the head of her younger siblings after their father gambled away the last of their dwindling funds. Having two of her three sisters marriageble but un-dowered means Amelia must also bear the burden of detering the unsuitable gentleman that make their acquaintance in their new neighborhood. A pleasant way to spend some quality reading time.
This is a good Halloween short story, but by no means Jo Beverley's best work, as it really lacked the passion one is accomstomed to in her novel length books. Also, the end is a bit sad when you realize that two of the lovers can never be together.
This is a sweet Regency romance in which the hero and heroine have been best friends for years but do not realize that the other is their perfect mate. I enjoyed this story, but the plot isn't new except for the hero having a real rake train him on how to act rakish so that he will appeal to the most popular debutante of the season. Of course this is the heroine's idea, but she doesn't like the end result once she realizes her true feelings. There are quite a few typos in this story, but they don't detract from the plot at all.
If you enjoyed the Showtime series The Tudors, you will likely enjoy this lusty and exciting read, which is, according to the final page, to be followed with another installment. This one ends with a cliffhanger and was actually quite good despite some language that is too modern for the era.