I’ve been reading lots of historical romance lately, and with not much time on my hands, I thought I’d do a little mini review round up. Read on for Darcy Burke, Erica Ridley, Louise Allen, and more!
Content warnings: death of spouse/mother mentioned; hero has facial scars which are discussed by him and others negatively; hero is injured badly at one point; war and violent death discussed; kidnapping.
A Marquis In Want Of A Wife was a very sweet marriage of convenience story that had lots of heart. I loved how starkly practical both characters were, and their journey to falling in love after their marriage. Though at first they treat their marriage as a strictly business practice, with Ross gaining a mother for his son, and Prue gaining protection after a romantic indiscretion, they slowly warm to each other in a very fulfilling way. I did find that the plot got a little bit farfetched in places, once the war against Napoleon was brought in as a major plot point – I would have preferred the stakes to stay smaller, and have focused more on the emotional danger the two found themselves in, but that is my personal preference for most romance, and overall this was very enjoyable.
Also, it’s a small thing, but I appreciated the detail put into having a baby in the story – there is plenty of discussion of his nursemaid and wet nurse, which is not something you often see in historical romance, but certainly something that would have had to be considered for a baby without a mother! It helped to make the story feel more realistic for me, as I often find babies to be little more than window-dressing in these sorts of books; here, Jon is a real part of the family and having that realism made it easier to connect with both Ross and Prue’s love for him. Three and a half cats! Continue reading “Mini Romance Reviews!”
Succulents and Spells is an adorable f/f contemporary fantasy full of sweetness, magic and monster science!
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I really enjoyed Carlie Sorosiak’s I, Cosmo, even though I’m not a dog person (see my review of that here!), so when I saw her next book was cat-focused, I was over the moon!
Continue reading “Review: My Life As A Cat”
Today’s my stop on the Rhythm of War blog tour! I’m thrilled to be bringing you a somewhat unusual review – my thoughts on the first hundred pages, which I had a chance to sample early!
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A sweet and fluffy epilogue to my favourite Regency fantasy series, Frostgilded is absolutely perfect comfort reading!
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I adored Intisar Khanani’s Thorn, a whip-smart retelling of ‘The Goose Girl’ (see my review here!) and this bonus novelette is a perfect addition that gives you a glimpse into the main character’s history.
Continue reading “Review: Brambles”
This is the best kind of book: the surprise gift kind! I hadn’t heard of this book when the parcel from Nosy Crow landed on my doorstep, but I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for the other books in this time travel adventure series!
Continue reading “Review: A Christmas in Time”
Remember how much I enjoyed Handheld Press’s anthology of Weird fiction by female writers (review here if you missed it)? Well, there’s a second volume, and it’s just as fascinatingly eerie!
Continue reading “Review: Women’s Weird 2”
Garth Nix is most famous for his dark teen books, and Sabriel and sequels have been favourites of mine since I was a kid, but he also does a great line in light-hearted adventure fantasy (see my review of the criminally underrated Newt’s Emerald), and The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is exactly that!
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Take a search-and-find picture book with bright, fun art, and add history and cats, and I’m sold!
Continue reading “Review: Find Tom In Time – Ming Dynasty China”