Bland, meandering plot. Barely adequate writing.
Fans of the series will appreciate this latest release. As always, I found the characters entertaining and the plot light, predictable, and fun.
I enjoyed this light reading, it has all the charm of a typical regency romance. This is a quiet romance, with the primary conflict being the ups and downs of a new relationship. Fans of the series will enjoy reconnecting with previous characters.
This is another good one from this author. I nearly put it down about halfway, because there is a lot going on in this plot. Suffrage, murder, domestic violence, corruption, class strife. The author handled it well, even placing the story later in time than most Victorian historicals. This time adjustment does help explain the modern thought injected into the story.
I never expected a return to this series, but I really enjoyed it. It expands and enriches the previous world-building. I do wish I‘d re-read the preceding book to remind myself of previous plot points. This book brings back all my favorite characters, but never detracts from the main.
Throughout this series, I‘ve had some doubts about how purity/souls/auras are presented. But I think there might be a more satisfying reveal coming in future books.
Pros: This re-written fairytale gives a role to everyone, not just the heroine. Also, friendship is valued as much as romantic love.
Cons: I almost DNF‘d early on, because it‘s not an enjoyable tale at the beginning. I almost quit again, because the author hits you over the head repeatedly with the moral of the story. I kept going because the feminist themes warmed the cockles of my heart.
I DNF‘d midway. Stereotypes abound in this one. I maybe could have lived with that. But the heroine‘s dad is a jerk, and the hero stuck his nose into that. Not cool. Also, as soon as they get to the hero‘s house, all plot excitement just putters out. That‘s premature death to an action/romance.
Who is more interesting than the lead couple? Almost everyone else in this insipid tale. The debutante heroine‘s reputation is ruined by a lie. The hero slut-shames her for almost the entire book. He was a prize jackass for so long, no amount of apology could redeem him.
This is a surprisingly thoughtful tale masquerading as ‘just another cheap romance.‘ I loved how thoughtful our characters are, and how they interact with the world around them. The book felt authentic in a way that Victorian era historicals seldom do. One small quibble: the Yellow House plot line was resolved too quickly, and I suspect this is just to move the plot along. Still, I will likely read other books by this author.
I liked the heroine, but the hero was such a jerk. I believe the author was trying to keep the suspense going and show us a resourceful heroine. I enjoyed cameos from other characters in this highly enjoyable series. Actually, this is the only book in the series I would pass on.
The plot is rushed like all novellas, indeed this one is shockingly short. I found the quality of the writing to be acceptable if you‘re in the mood for something predictable and sweet. There is very little drama or angst. If you like historical accuracy and detail in regency novels, look elsewhere.
This book is an interesting treatise on healthy eating. It‘s a classic, I may consider re-reading. Sad times we live in when it takes a journalist and not a dietician to show us how to eat healthy.
Readers with an interest in architecture will enjoy this relatable tale crafted for the layman. It‘s shorter and not as pedantic as Bryant‘s “Home.” Readers of modest origins may find the final cost per square foot off-putting, but please don‘t dismiss this as a rich man‘s idle project.
This is well written, and it shows how narrow our margin of victory was. Still, this is history as we‘ve all been taught it. Over. And over. And over. If you did well in 4th grade, spend your time elsewhere.
This is the second book, and they should be read in order. This book makes a lot of clarifications on the first book, including folding illustrations and a few more tips. Both books are excellent.
Insta-love, the romantic bits weren‘t convincing. The plot feels kind of thin and predictable. I was on an airplane, otherwise I never would‘ve finished. The book references a lot of wider plot points I assume were covered in previous books. The writing is okay, so if you‘re determined to read the series, make sure you get the first book.
The writing is excellent, if you like fantasy elements you won‘t be disappointed. The tale is well embellished with imaginative world building. The characters really seem to come alive, well described and with believable motivations.
Still, I can only give a 7/10. The plot slows to a crawl in the middle of the book. In the last half, I got tired of the interaction of the heroine and the spirits/gods. The heroine does very little else.
I barely managed to finish this slow-moving and predictable romantic tale. The overstated source of conflict is the characters‘ own reservations about the nature of the relationship. This drags on to the second to last chapter, relieved only by information about characters to be featured in future novels.
Excellence in writing and plot. This beauty and beast retelling is fresh and original. The heroine treads a thin line between heroism and foolishness. The plot is really well executed. But the hero‘s characterization suffers because the author is setting us up for the next book. The hero‘s guard friend Grey was a much more compelling character, and many other readers preferred him to the hero. Still, a highly recommended book.
Pros: Can‘t miss! This is excellent writing. Our heroine is a talented female doctor for a heroine. The hero is equally talented. I enjoyed cameos from other characters in the series. I even enjoyed a rather shameless few chapters devoted to setting up the next book. Cons: I‘m not sure what Hamlet has to do with anything. It‘s either a moral lesson I missed, or a plot point yet to be revealed. Pokie wasn‘t impressed.
The plot was exciting, it had fantasy elements. The heroine has a mental health condition, which I felt was handled well. The hero was likeable, almost too few flaws. Both main characters came with tragic backstory.
Cons include some slow spots in the plot. Also, some convenient money and circumstances. It felt like instant love rather than chemistry and build-up of sexual tension.
Cars, Russians, FBI, twins...all shaken not stirred. This isn‘t a particularly coherent story. I was promised a heroine with agency. I wanted much more from the heroine, more skills, more action, more ideas. The writing is very ‘second novel ever.‘ Try Jay Crownover instead if you‘re looking for this kind of contemporary romance.
Best I‘ve read this year. Impeccable writing and well researched. I couldn‘t put it down. Original plot, relatable characters with believable motivations. The deaf culture part of the plot is so well done. The romance is very sweet, lots of nice build up. The villains are pretty awful people, but that‘s part of the plot, a hazard of withdrawing from society rather than choosing your company. Highly recommend!
I‘m accustomed to formulaic romance. I‘d even go so far as to say I find predictability comforting, relaxing even. But this is formula without the ‘feels.‘ It‘s comes off as sappy, overwrought, unoriginal, and just poorly written. I DNF‘d, and I‘m not sure I would have finished even if stranded in an airport.
The second in the series is better still. Original plot, lots of action. Good use of humor. A diverse set of characters (yay!). Lots to love here, looking forward to the next book. One quibble: I prefer consistency in magical rules, there seems to be some inconsistency in that children are never permanently changed to wolf if caught in wolf form under an ‘iron moon‘, just adults. But at what point does a kid become an adult?
The plot is set in an era where suffering was the norm for the lower classes. It features a damaged hero and a delicate but courageous heroine. If this is your catnip, the writing is impeccable. Fans of the series will enjoy the appearance of previous characters. For me, the author heaped so much bad luck on the hero, I had trouble believing he‘d survived it at all, much less achieved his aims. Plus convenient amnesia? Crazy sauce.
It starts out strong, and then slooows down. Uneven pacing, a tiny bit of magic, side plots that are left loose. It wouldn‘t surprise me if this were a debut novel. I feel like the lead couple get shorted to set up the sequel. It felt like a happy-for-now rather than a one-in-a-lifetime.
4th in the series, and the overall plot is just heating up. The novels stand alone well enough that I started at #2 and I chose not to read the first one. I‘d say the stage is fully set. Having enjoyed other books by the author, I expected paranormal elements. But no monsters so far. This series appears to be murder mystery fiction. As such, there is some violence, but I didn‘t find it overly descriptive or gratuitous.
This is a pretty great summary of the treasure hunt thus far. The author does a great job of remaining neutral and factual. Towards the end, there‘s a great deal of speculation as to who might have left the treasure, which was less interesting. I was more interested in the history discovered thus far.
This was one of the best philosophical books I‘ve ever read. If you feel introspective, but aren‘t particularly religious, this is a great read for you.
Fans of Estep‘s books will love this, #1 in an new series. The world building is exquisite, and so are the characters. The heroine wins friends by her actions. Light romantic elements leave us wanting more..just wait patiently for the plot to unwind. The villain here is a little too purely villainous. I prefer my villains to be more complex, a little less black and white. Still, this is an excellent book, well worth devouring in a single sitting.
I wasn‘t wild about the Red Tent. I think the historical and cultural details were well done (I‘m no expert). It certainly was well written. I liked the plot centering on women. Still, I wasn‘t particularly interested in the biblical tale. Also, life was brutish and short, and not much fun to read about.