Thursday, 13 July 2017

Review: Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides) - ARC



Author: Valerie Bowman
Original Title: Never Trust A Pirate
Release Year: May 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency Era
Series: 7th of Playful Brides


Vote: 7 1/2


So, it is a bit difficult for me to give an opinion about this novel. Which is certainly not a new "affliction" for me when it comes to Valerie Bowman.

I can safely say that I liked it, and in some occasions, while I was reading, I thought that I was liking it very much...however, reached the end, I confirm that I "just" liked it. Why?

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Review: Enchanting the Earl (Townsends) - ARC


Author: Lily Maxton
Original Title: Enchanting the Earl
Release Year: April 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Scotland, Regency
Series: 1st of The Townsends

Vote: 9 1/5




There is an historical romance that I love immensely, one of my favourite, and I read and read again all the time, and every time I do it, I adore it more. And this is a Lily Maxton's novel, The Improper Bride. 
And so I waited, and waited, for another story from the author and now, habemus librum.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Review: The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses) - ARC


Author:  Janna MacGregor
Original Title: The Bad Luck Bride
Release Year: May 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency Era
Series: 1st of The Cavensham Heiresses

Vote: 8 1/5







Let's start with a fact. I have a crave for stories where the hero does something he shouldn't to against the heroine and then tries his hardest to conquer her back. It's a strange fetichism, but here it is.
In Janna MacGregor's debut novel we have it. Yay!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Review: Last Night with the Duke (The Rakes of St. James) - ARC


Author:  Amelia Grey
Original Title: Last Night with the Duke
Release Year: March 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency Era
Series: 1st of The Rakes of St. James

Vote: 6 1/5
Author:  Kerrigan Byrne
Original Title: The Highwayman
Release Year: September 2015

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Victorian Era
Series: 1st of Victorian Rebels

Vote: 10 + (++++++) - See more at: http://ilprofumodellepergamene.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.nEjIfYQP.dpuf





I am not a big fan on insta-lust story. Yes, sure attraction is wanted, curiosity is wanted, but the idea that a man who sees me for the first time is immediately just thinking to strip me naked, would probably give me the creeps. Slow down man.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Review: The Scoundrel's Honor (Sinful Brides) - ARC


Author: Christi Caldwell
Original Title: The Scoundrel's Honor
Release Year: February 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency
Series: 2nd of Sinful Brides

Vote: 9





Adorable indeed.
I loved the novel, first of all because this type of storyline is probably my favourite (or anyway very high on the list), I have a weird fascination for historical gaming hells and especially the owners of them. It's Kleypas' "fault" I believe.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Review: A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless) - ARC


Author: Meredith Duran
Original Title: A Lady's Code of Misconduct
Release Year: February 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency
Series: 5th of Rules of the Reckless

Vote: 8




The novel is lovely. I liked the villain and all the secrets attached, it was very stimulating, well pictured and the introduction in the plot of whom I think might be the hero of the next story in the series (I can't wait!) was very entertaining.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Review: Only A Duke Will Do (To Marry a Rogue) - ARC


Author: Tamara Gill
Original Title: Only A Duke Will Do
Release Year: February 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Regency
Series: 2nd of To Marry a Rogue

Vote: 8 1/2




I love second chances love stories.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Review: The Duke (Victorian Rebels) - ARC


Author:  Kerrigan Byrne
Original Title: The Duke
Release Year: February 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Victorian Era
Series: 4th of Victorian Rebels

Vote: 9
Author:  Kerrigan Byrne
Original Title: The Highwayman
Release Year: September 2015

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Victorian Era
Series: 1st of Victorian Rebels

Vote: 10 + (++++++) - See more at: http://ilprofumodellepergamene.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.nEjIfYQP.dpuf







I must admit it's difficult for me to accept that The Duke lacks the undoubtedly magnificence of the previous three.

I've stated numerously time that this is by far the best HR series written in the recent years (yes, there are others I love as much, but the Victorian Rebels has a depth that I've hardly found in others).
So let's be very clear here. THIS IS A GREAT ROMANCE. This cannot be contested as far as I'm concerned. But at this point I'm accustumed to, pretty much, perfection when it comes to Kerrigan Byrne...which means that everything even just a tad below that is very noticeable. However still very beautiful.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Review: Waiting for an Earl Like You (Masters of Seduction) - ARC


Author: Alexandra Hawinks
Original Title: Waiting for an Earl Like You
Release Year: January 2017

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Victorian Era
Series: 3rd of Masters of Seduction


Vote: 8






Let's start with a short preamble. Marriages in the middle of the plot are a big turn off for me. Very big. I don't like that two people who share developing feelings are pushed in a forced marriage. As far as I'm concerned, it weakens the romance. I prefer the proposal to be a untangled decision and not a imposition, also and especially if there are already some feelings between the protagonists.
That said, here there was an attenuating aspect, the hero and heroine had been "friends" since they were very young. That, on the other hand, I like. 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Review: The Highlander (Victorian Rebels)


Author:  Kerrigan Byrne
Original Title: The Highlander
Release Year: February 2016

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Scotland and England, Victorian Era
Series: 3rd of Victorian Rebels

Vote: 10
Author:  Kerrigan Byrne
Original Title: The Highwayman
Release Year: September 2015

Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, Victorian Era
Series: 1st of Victorian Rebels

Vote: 10 + (++++++) - See more at: http://ilprofumodellepergamene.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.nEjIfYQP.dpuf





Obviously I loved it. I have also to say that the heroine is certainly one of the best character ever created in HRs; not necessarily because of her personality, which nevertheless I loved, but mostly because of how stupendously the author pictured her person and her story. Her struggles, her thoughts, her fears, her emotions are the most poignant. Nothing, like her story touched my core. The first chapters, that most of the time are a bit slow and "boring" in most books, in The Highlander are among the most beautiful, they are so full of emotions, they give the reader a boisterous rush of empathy and admiration for the heroine.