Musings

anna_head.jpgDauntless Roving Reporter Checks in! Hello, RNTVers! How are things? I wish you could all be here. It’s so exciting to have such great talent all together under one roof – and all, as you can imagine, TALKING! I seriously think the decibel level last night at the signing was higher than ten jet planes taking off at the same time!

I’ve been in San Francisco for a couple of days playing the tourist but last night I had to put on my writer hat. It was wonderful to meet all the readers, particularly when I was clutching two large blue flags saying ‘RITA finalist!’. In fact, I believe there may even be a photo or two where I pretend to be King Tut and cross them across my chest. …

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Reviewed by Kati Dancy

4 stars

hughes_lordrev.jpgI’m going to say this up front, I think Kalen Hughes might be among the brightest new authors out there. In her second novel, Lord Scandal, she demonstrates a veteran deftness with characterization, description, and dialog. Lord Scandal is the story of Imogen Mowbray, the portrait divorcee, who was summarily divorced by her husband, a rising star in British politics, when she had a mildly scandalous portrait painted.

Allegations of adultery and licentiousness followed her for ages, and she was divorced by her husband and disowned by her family. Her life takes a drastic change when she meets Lady George Somercote, who invites her to move into the dowager house on her estate. George runs with a bit of a fast crowd, including the …

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Reviewed by Andrea Williamson

4.5 stars

jordan_surrenderreview.jpgSophie Jordan is an author to watch. She is one of the fastest rising stars in historical romance today, making the USA Today bestseller list with only her second book! Talk about remarkable! And speaking of remarkable, her latest release, Surrender To Me, is precisely that.

Lady Astrid Derring has not lived the easiest of lives. Her mother ran off with Astrid’s dancing instructor leaving her with an impossible father who eventually married her off to the disreputable Duke of Derring. To avoid the hangman’s noose for forgery, her husband takes off for parts unknown leaving Astrid penniless, alone and the subject of vicious gossip. For five long years, she has gone to great lengths just to survive, unsure of and indifferent to …

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Reviewed by Kati Dancy

4.5 stars

gleason_twilightreview.jpgI’ve never made any bones about the fact that I’m a huge fan of Colleen Gleason’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles. There are a lot of reasons for this: they are historical paranormals, which we don’t see a lot of, the heroine, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy is strong, smart and a natural leader, and Gleason has created one of the most intriguing love triangles in romance.

When we last left our heroine, in the previous book, The Bleeding Dusk, she had sustained a bite from one of the most powerful vampires in the world. She’d been rescued, but whether she’d succumb to the bite, or come back changed was definitely in question. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to tell you that Victoria …

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Reviewed by Andrea Williamson

4.5 stars

maclean_diariesreview.jpgJulianne MacLean is an author that I discovered in the middle of a series. Actually, it was the last book of the series. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Surrender to a Scoundrel, the last of her American Heiress series. Like many other readers, I’m very picky about wanting to read a series in order, but I couldn’t resist and sat down to read it. I wasn’t even 100 pages in and immediately hopped online and ordered the other five books in the series. Yes, I was hooked. The Mistress Diaries is the second in Ms. MacLean’s Pembroke Palace series, following In My Wildest Fantasies.

Lady Cassandra Montrose met Lord Vincent Sinclair at a ball immediately upon coming out …

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Reviewed by PJ Ausdenmore
5 Stars, A recommended read

medeiros_wickedreview.jpgShe’s back and she’s better than ever. It has been 22 months since the publication of The Vampire Who Loved Me and fans of Teresa Medeiros have been wondering just how long we would have to wait for another book from this NYT Bestselling author. Take heart, faithful readers. Some Like it Wicked, a historical set in England and the Scottish Highlands during the early 1800’s, is being released July 29th and is well worth the wait.

Catriona Kincaid is the heroine of this story and I adore her. A proud, feisty and fiercely loyal Scot, she has been living with her English uncle’s family since the age of ten when her parents were killed by redcoats and her fifteen …

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