Book Review Extravaganza

Dear Reader,

I read five books last week. Rather than splitting up my reviews so each book gets a dedicated post, I instead posted my reviews on Goodreads and am linking to them from here. They’re all some form of historical romance; three are Regencies and two are Victorian. I’m always surprised there aren’t more Victorian romances… it makes sense, I suppose, because society totally freaked at how loosey-goosey the regency was in terms of morals… but the fun thing about the Victorians is that they actually continued those loose morals… they just stopped talking about it as frequently.

As a quick ROW80 update… I wrote another chapter to The Rebel’s Hero, but I don’t like how it ended. So that needs a rewrite. I’m also keeping to my goal of writing 750 words a week… pretty much blasting that out of the water. So that’s cheering.

Enough of that. Onto the reviews!

His Sinful Secret (Notorious Bachelors, #3)His Sinful Secret by Emma Wildes
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Julianne and Michael are brought together by an arranged marriage, and they start their familial duty of producing an heir for the duchy as soon as possible. Through their entanglements in bed and the pillow talk after, they realize that it just might be possible to have that long-sought-but-rarely-found sort of marriage within the aristocracy: a happy one.

ImpulseImpulse by Candace Camp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As always, I love Candace Camp’s stories because she allows the hero/heroine to get to know one another, to feel confident that they have found a healthy match/complement in each other, before hopping into bed.

It’s just refreshing.

The BargainThe Bargain by Mary Jo Putney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think it’s Putney’s heroes that make me love her writing. Here we have David, who is very good at what he does, killing people efficiently to save his own skin. But the hardships of war didn’t dull his sensitivities toward a Jocelyn, beautiful woman who shies away from marriage the way a horse shies from a snake. He might have been a major, but David is a wonderful beta hero who kept me smiling and wishing he were real so I could take him home to meet my mother.

The Education of Mrs. BrimleyThe Education of Mrs. Brimley by Donna MacMeans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think what I loved most about this book was that even though Nicholas could have completely taken advantage of Emma, he always gave her a choice. Now, he could have been a true gentleman and not required Emma to pose for him, but then the story wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting. Talk about foreplay… the slow undressing of the heroine for months built up the tension between them like crazy.

The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters, #1)The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The story began slowly, and the description sometimes got in the way of the plot, I felt. At its heart, this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. We have the beast, Jason Cameron, a elemental wizard who got too big for his britches and tried a spell he didn’t know how to uncast. We have the beauty, an heiress who was working on her PhD when her father died and left her penniless.

A decent retelling of a familiar and well-loved fairy tale, I wish there had been a little less world-building and a little more relationship-building.

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10 thoughts on “Book Review Extravaganza

  1. Hey Belinda,

    Wow. Good for you reading five books and reviewing them.

    You've got to love those Victorians. Imagine talking all that talk about being proper, when folks were being very naughty.



    1. Thanks! I wish I had kept it up this week… I think I made my brain tired haha.

      It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for… you know… ladies in the street, freaks in the bed…

      Did I just reference Ludacris when talking about the Victorians? Why yes, I think I just did.


    1. No kidding! I couldn't believe it once I actually looked at my read pile vs my to-read pile. I think you'd enjoy The Bargain… though the hero isn't in uniform anymore, he still acts like he is. 😉


  2. I love Regency Romances, but they have to be funny. Hence, my love of Georgette Heyer. Never laughed so hard in my life as when I read Friday's Child.


    1. I really enjoyed The Bargain. I was chuckling because the hero was just so cute when he was snarky! Of the books I read, that was the funniest. Some people found the heroine really spoiled, but I think that's because those readers bought into the hero's younger sister, who was ridiculously biased against the heroine.

      The Grand Sophy by Miss Heyer had me absolutely rolling. I haven't read Friday's Child… adding it to my list!


    1. Me too! Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the reviews on Goodreads, though. So I thought I'd pull sections of my reviews out to share what I've been reading.


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