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by Julie (julielu)

I read a bunch of romances to get me through the stressful holiday period! At the same time, I made it to my 100 books challenge goal. I'm sure many of you will recognize these titles, I'm making my way through Lisa Kleypas' backlist as well as Celeste Bradley and Julia Quinn.



Devil in Winter
By Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Victorian/Historical
Series: Book 3 The Wallflowers
Rated: B
A really entertaining reformed rake's tale. A different plotline and not too much angst. I really enjoyed it.
Review.

An Offer From a Gentleman
By Julia Quinn
Genre: Regency/Historial
Series: The Bridgerton's
Rated: B
I started out not sure if I was going to like this Cinderella storyline in a Regency, illegitimate daughter of nobleman falls for eligible bachelor Benedict Bridgerton - but it worked! I wound up loving it! This is one of my favorite series of romances.
My review.

The Pretender
By Celeste Bradley
Genre: Regency/Historical
Series: Liar's Club
Rated: A
Another Regency romance, and I simply loved it! It was funny, sexy, adventurous, mysterious - what a ride! First of the Liar's Club Series, I can't wait to read the rest!
My review

Someone To Watch Over Me
By Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Regency/Historical
Series: Bow Street Runners
Rated: C+
So-so and melodramatic Regency romance. First one her books I haven't really loved. This is the first in the series about Bow Street Runners and an amnesiac beautiful woman and mistaken identity.
My review.

Saving Grace
By Julie Garwood
Genre: Medieval/Scottish Highlander
Rated: C+
Not one of my favorite Garwood Highland medieval romances, but it wasn't bad. This one focused a lot on the theme of women and their plight, with some romance thrown in for good measure.
My review.

My Darling Caroline
By Adele Ashworth
Genre: Regency/Historical
Rated: A-
I really loved this thinking woman's regency romance. A gifted female botanist finds love in her arranged marriage to a complex earl.
My full review

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride
By Helen Halstead
Genre: Regency/historical P&P fanfiction
Rated: B
I really enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice sequel (fanfiction). I felt it was well written, believable, touching at times and an entertaining read although Darcy's character was barely developed. More centered on Elizabeth and her sisters and Georgiana. One of the better one's I've read.
My review.

The Imposter
By Celeste Bradley
Genre: Regency/Historical
Series: Book 2 Liar's Club
Rated: C+
It was pretty good, about spies during Regency times. Not as good as the first book in the series, since this was similar and not as fresh.
My full review

Charming the Prince
By Teresa Medeiros
Genre: medieval historical
Rated: C+
Romance set in England that was so-so. Handsome lord has 12 kids that are driving him nuts so he must get married and find a wife who will help take care of them and manage them. The only problem is she's beautiful, and he wanted a homely wife so he wouldn't be tempted to have more children! It wasn't as bad as it sounds, but it wasn't great either.
Review

Scandal in Spring
By Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Victorian/historical
Series: 4th of the Wallflowers
Rated: A-
I think this was my favorite of them, I loved it! A very quick read! Her books are consistently entertaining and well written, one of the best romance authors out there.
My review

The Immortal Highlander
By Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Scottish/time travel/contemporary/paranormal
Series: Scottish Highlanders
Rated: C
Not as good as some of the previous others in the series, but not bad. The last three have all sort of ended the same way, I'm getting a bit weary of the same ending.
Review

A Wallflower Christmas
By Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Victorian/historical
Series: Sequel Wallflowers
Rated: B
I can't say it was as good as some of the other previous ones in the series, this was a very short romance (213 pages) and I felt it was a little rushed, not as much development and detail, but it was still good!
Review.

A Time for Dreams
By Jen Holling
Genre: Elizabethan/historical/time travel/Scottish
Rated: B-
A better than usual time travel historical romance set around the time of Mary Queen of Scots and an attempt to prevent her beheading. It kept me interested, but the character development of the actual hero and heroine was lacking, but it was still a pretty good read.
Review.

Romancing Mister Bridgerton
By Julia Quinn
Genre: regency/historical
Series: The Bridgerton's - Book 4
Rated: A
A great book, by one of my favorite romance authors. So well done, and I ate it up in one day! One of the best written series out there. Highly recommend!
Full review


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