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?
Two very interesting characters in an interracial romance set in Victorian England… should have been something to read and remember, right? Alas, it just has to be a novella.
Normally Zoë Archer can deliver a kick-ass story full of excitement, but this one is rather flat. Still, the heroine is actually kick-ass, and the hero can be pretty charming for a big dumb lug.
Suffragettes are tricky character to handle, as conventional romance tropes often make them look like wannabes or fickle flakes who jettison the cause the first moment they get a man to look their way. Here, things are actually pretty good.
This Western romance started out really good, but it soon becomes apparent that the heroine is robotic in her persistent obstinacy and paranoia. Oh, and she doesn’t want to be a whore. You’d be hearing that one a lot.
Why is it that every story that claims to have a scandalous or notorious heroine always end up serving a heroine who wants desperately for people to believe that she’s a good person? Sigh.
Pro: this one is set during World War 1. Con: it’s a collection of three short and very forgettable stories.
This Western romance offers many delights: cookies, cakes, happiness, star-crossed romance, and type II diabetes.
This entire story is a pretty rationalization of a silly young woman’s determination to have sex with some guy she has the hots for, without any thought of the music she has to face once he withdraws and goes on his merry way. True love, isn’t it glorious?
She’s crazy, he has a stick up his rear end, and they get along so fabulously well together. This Regency-era historical romp is all about the cray crazy (mostly on her part). It’s a train wreck, but I really like it.