do not recommend sweetest scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt. What could be a fun story is ruined by graphic details of sexual abuse when the heroine was a child. Very 1980s and destroys the fun. Also lazy on the part of the author. :(
Also do not recommend Only Beloved, Mary Balogh’s odd end to the otherwise cozy Survivor’s series. Really she should have just made it a novella or have it run through the rest of the series with the hero and heroine as secondary characters. Then she could have cut down the boring repetition of the cozy middle aged folks falling in love and removed the stupid sordid back story (which she telegraphed early on) and the stupidity of the heroine’s life being put unnecessarily in danger by the icky villain. The part that fits with the rest of the series drags. The “excitement” part doesn’t fit with the rest of the series given its ickiness. At least Balogh seems to have given up rape in the past decade.
how the duke was won by Lenora bell was fun ($1.99 on kindle!). Recommended only if you’re good at suspending disbelief and don’t get caught up on historical accuracy. It is a bit of The Bachelor Regency Edition. Her voice is similar to Sarah MacLean’s.
one night in London by Caroline linden dragged and was just kind of boring. A good editor would have cut it down by at least a third.
christmas revels four regency novellas by Kate Parker, Louisa Cornell, Anna Allen, and Hannah Meredith was fun.
Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas was great until the last couple/few chapters. She just did not stick the ending. The book would have been a lot better if she hadn’t decided to do the Elizabeth Hoyt thing and drag out the secondary story into the second book. Or maybe she could have handled that better without putting unnecessary drama in. Ugh. C’mon, stick the landing. Still, I guess I’ll be reading the second in the series even if I no longer plan to buy the first. At least our red state library seems pretty stocked with romances even if it has pretty much nothing else in adult fiction so I’ll still be able to try before I buy even though I won’t get off the wait list in time in Paradise.
The first Ribbon Ridge book by Darcy Burke, also not worth it. This is a modern romance (free on kindle). Without spoilering too much, the hero has issues and really needs a therapist before he can be in a relationship and it’s bizarre that the heroine doesn’t get creeped out about him acting like a creep most of the times they meet (really only the first meeting is him not acting creepy).
Read the first three Shelly Adina books. The first one is free for kindle, but it’s really like the first part of the second book, and has some boring bits to skip through plus you have to suspend a lot of disbelief. The second book is excellent and well worth having read the first. The third book is just not very good (thankfully it was a library book). I’m wondering if the fourth book is as good as the second or if it’s boring with bad stuff happening like the third…
Ugh. Got any recommendations for books that are light and don’t have super creepy heroes? Also please no rape, incest, child molestation, etc. *SIGH*
Ima reread To Say Nothing of the Dog now.