Most of Ruth Ann Nordin’s stuff is pretty bad– heroes trapping women into marriages by kissing them against their will in public. Not cool (also not believable–this regency world has different rules than most). Oddly most of her heroes are otherwise sweet usually virgins. But taking away a woman’s agency is still awful. One exception that was readable (this hero accidentally traps both himself and the heroine into marriage) but not buyable was a most unsuitable earl.
Carole Mortimer is really into spanking. All her heroines seem to be naughty naughty girls. Many of her books seem to start out with plot, then just kind of forget to have any substance after the spanking. I am embarrassed to admit that I read 5 of them in one day– more novellas than novels and not very good at that. Kind of like eating 5 regular somewhat stale Krispy Kreme in one sitting.
I read the highest rated Christi Caldwell, To redeem a rake, so that you don’t have to. Amazon has been pushing them on me for years and no library seems to carry them. It was fine. Meh and derivative with lengthy repetitive parts that dragged. A library read if you were bored and if libraries carried it, which they don’t. I’m trying to decide whether or not to delete it from my kindle. It doesn’t “spark joy” but I’m sure I will have forgotten it entirely by the time I am desperate for reading material on a delayed flight. Still, wouldn’t rereading Candice Hearn for the 20th time be a better use of my time?
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles definitely sparks joy. Unputdownable even though it is episodic. Wonderful.
the marriage gamble is rather sweet. Marina Oliver’s books that I’ve seen are a bit dated and a little slow, but I do not regret reading them.
I enjoyed Rules for Reforming a Rake by Meara Platt (not to be confused with a similarly titled more excellent book by Sarah MacLean). If you’re a stickler for historical accuracy, this one is not for you. Suspension of disbelief FTW! All the books in the series are pretty enjoyable– not perfect books, but the family of young women and their suitors are fun to get to know. I think I may buy the set.
Couldn’t finish any of the Ella Quinn I tried.
I did enjoy The Mysterious Marquess by Eileen Ramsay, though not enough to buy.
I liked the latest Lenora Bell, Blame it on the Duke, though not as much as I liked the second in that series, despite the bluestocking/rake pairing which is one of my favorite tropes. It was a bit thinner than her earlier two works. I don’t regret buying it and I will no doubt read it again. Again, Lenora Bell is most fun if you don’t really care about historical accuracy.
What have you all been reading? Any great summer reads to recommend? Also: What am I going to do when I run out of the alphabet in my regency ebook sweep?