Greetings, Faithful Reader! Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy small-town romances?? Because I really do! I don’t have a fuzzy, idealized vision of what small-town life is like – hometown population? 3,000. So I know most romances set in small towns show all the best aspects and quirks and ignore the rest. But do I care? NOPE. Add in a favorite author and I am there. Let’s go!
I have mixed reactions to this author. Most of her books I like. A lot. But then on occasion I read one to which I have a very negative reaction. Much of the time it’s because I have issues with the heroine. So it’s almost with a sense of adventure when I start a new Sawyer Bennett book. This book turned out to be a positive reading experience.
I absolutely adored KJ Charles’ The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal and would have loved to see more short stories, or even a full-length novel, in that exact same world. While the granting of neither of those wishes would appear to be forthcoming, a series of novels set in Feximal’s world, but some years later, and featuring a new cast of characters (some whose existence was hinted at in the earlier works) is also a Very Good Thing Indeed. Feximal’s story ends more or less with the First World War, and his successors are those who have come through that conflict and are now dealing with its aftermath.
Vivian Arend’s new series spins off from the long-running Six Pack Ranch Series and sets up a passel of ranching brothers who are about to find love, whether they’re looking for it or not. Caleb Stone is finding it difficult to juggle being the head of his family, running their ranching operation, and raising his young daughters. He’s hoping that bringing a full-time nanny on will relieve some of the pressure. It’s too bad the undeniable sparks between himself and strong-willed Tamara Coleman threaten to upset his peaceful world.
This is a delightful romance, which reads like a contemporary romance set in an historical period.
Before we get started, I have only two words for you: WINTER MAKEPEACE. And no, this book isn’t about him, but he does (swoon!) make a brief cameo near the end. Haven’t read Thief of Shadows? Get yourself to a bookstore, NOW! But…on to the tale of Mary, Henry, and multiple mistaken identities.
Gabriel Bishop, Mr. T-Rex himself, is hands down one of my favorite contemporary heroes. Does his brother Sailor measure up? Read this book to find out how he and Isa compare to T-Rex and Little Mouse.
I was really enjoying the continuing adventures of the Black Knights, right up until the action moved to the UK. The first book set over here got a slightly hesitant pass from me, thanks to its whirlwind plot and engaging characters, both of which allowed me to overlook some of the more blatant plot holes and assumptions that we do things just the same as they do them over there, albeit with a rather ‘quaint’ accent at times. I had a few reservations about the one British member of the team, however, and was crossing my fingers that the mismatches between his word choices and mannerisms, and his supposed background, would all be explained when we learned a little more of his backstory. This, then, is his book, and I approached it with caution, especially since the previous adventure ended with the away team still stuck in the south of England.
When I find a new or new-to-me author and I’ve really enjoyed their books, I tend to go and pick up their back list if they have one. But once in a while the author falls between the cracks and that is what happened with Emma Scott. A while ago I read and adored How to Save a Life and didn’t do any follow up for some reason. And since my memory is crap these days, I can’t remember how she came to my attention again. I’m sure it was by pursing friends’ reads on GoodReads, but however or whoever brought her back to the forefront, I’m forever grateful. I did purchase her back list, some of them, and have been making up for lost time. At this point I have to say that they are most excellently priced at Amazon, so a good reason to try one out.
LynneC’s Review of Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal (Scandalous Regency Widows, Book 1) by Amy Rose Bennett
Historical Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 7 Sep 15
As a debut book, this might have worked, except that the author did not do her research, and the editing was not thorough. I hate doing this to new authors, but she has quite a bit of experience with the RWA and entering competitions. However, if nobody tells her, then she’ll continue. The best time to change is early in the career, before habits get entrenched.