Wicked Temptation features main characters who are just too capable to the point that the story lacks compelling suspense.
The romance is fine, the pacing is solid, the premise is good… but the plot! Where’s the suspense?
With Siren of Gaul, we’re moving right into old-school Bertrice Small-type historical bodice rippers. Oh joy.
Zachary Black: Duke of Debauchery! He’s dumb, cruel, and melodramatic… just perfect for the histrionic idiot martyr heroine.
Easily one of the dumbest stories I’ve read, and worst of all, now I can’t get a Taylor Swift song out of my head.
Christine Merrill’s The Truth About Lady Felkirk is almost a great, complicated read. Maybe if it has more pages? It’s very readable, but missing something.
Christmas anthologies tend to be more misses than hits, unless you’re soused on alcohol, that is. Wild West Christmas is no different. Nothing wild here.
Ooh, Renaissance Italy! The scenery is lovely, and the narrative is pretty engaging. But this is a revenge plot with so little emotional pay-off, so… eh.
Falling for a nerd in 1908 is a wild, exuberant, insane rush. I’ve no idea how true is that, but The Songbird’s Seduction makes me a convert to the faith.
Our charming heroine gets an upgrade from Slave Girl to Barbarian’s Concubine, getting into trouble because she can’t keep them together for even a second.
Slave Girl, the start of an erotic series set in a time when Romans and Franks are big boys with bigger swords, does exactly what it set out to do. Nice.
Fake engagement is a staple of the genre, but it still needs to make sense. And Vivienne Lorret’s Daring Miss Danvers makes no sense at all, so… fail?
Winning Miss Wakefield has a plot that shouldn’t work, but the author pulls it off well. Too bad the plot requires the heroine to be clueless.
Saved by the Viking Warrior is like a Medieval Fair that only gets good during its last legs. It has some solid moments, but it’s also utterly artificial.
A socially awkward hunk and a pragmatic heroine stuck in a practical marriage. Cute. Lord Havelock’s List by Annie Burrows is a such an unexpected fun read.
Lots of melodramatic passion and intense secrets in The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee – the right ingredients for a book that is unexpectedly awesome.
Oh, an accidental pregnancy story. Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney is almost a return to former glory. Almost, not quite, and ain’t that a shame, sigh.
How cute, How the Scoundrel Seduces is patterned after the ramblings of a Tumblr social justice warrior. No? I’ll have to revoke the “Genius!” card then.
Predictable Castle of the Wolf reminds me of better medieval romances. Still, nostalgia ain’t bad when there is hardly any such books around.
It’s a spy romance where nobody acts like a spy, a historical thriller without any thrills, with a talented spy heroine who spends all time needing rescue or sexual healing. Wait, what is this thing again?