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Review: The Paper Princess by Marion Chesney

The Paper PrincessThe Paper Princess by Marion Chesney
My rating:

A fun, light read laced with some gentle satire – society believes Felicity’s masquerade because no-one wants to risk looking stupid by admitting they’ve never heard of ‘Brasnia’ or its royal family. Several characters – the stepfather, the butler, the stuck-up fiancée – deliberately lean towards caricature, and Miss Chubb(inski) is clearly living her best am-dram life. The hero is aware of Felicity’s secrets pretty much the whole time, so there’s barely any conflict caused by that.

All in all, it’s cheerful braincandy, and well worth a read if you’re looking for a light-hearted Regency romance.

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Review: My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

My Fake Rake (Union of the Rakes, #1)My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh
(Union of Rakes #1)
My rating:

Oh, those oblivious nerds-in-love. Their dorkiness made me grin, I enjoyed their chemistry, and I even liked their obstinate insistence on sticking to the plan and thus making themselves miserable. It seemed in character.

I think what I liked most about this book was the equal weight it seemed to put on the various friendships, alongside the romance. It was that more than anything that would make me pick up another one of this series.

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“Jane looped her arm through Grace’s. “Come. Let us seek out two things that never fall short of our expectations.”
“Books and cakes?”
“Precisely.”

– My Fake Rake, Ch 10

Review: Lady Sparrow by Barbara Metzger

Lady SparrowLady Sparrow by Barbara Metzger
My rating:

This was a fun read. It has plenty of those little tongue-in-cheek moments and wry asides that I like about Barbara Metzger’s books. It’s not all fluffy braincandy, but even the more serious subjects are kept fairly light. Not so much that it glosses over them, though.
Will probably read again one day.

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Review: Never Tempt a Rogue by Christy Carlyle

Never Tempt a Rogue: A Rogues' Rulebook NovellaNever Tempt a Rogue: A Rogues’ Rulebook Novella by Christy Carlyle
My rating:

I vaguely remember reading this when I first bought it, and I’m fairly sure I enjoyed it then. This time… ehhh. I just wasn’t feeling it. Quick read (in terms of actual reading time!), nice HEA ending. Don’t expect I’ll read any more of this series, but I do tend to prefer a regency setting.

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Review: In the Bed of a Duke

In the Bed of a Duke
In the Bed of a Duke by Cathy Maxwell
My rating:

I quite enjoyed that – I’m in the mood for undemanding braincandy, and that’s pretty much what I got. It wasn’t the longest book, and I think I’d have liked to see some more interaction between the twins, and a longer build up to the romance (!) but the chemistry between the characters was pretty good. I suppose there’s more of the twins getting to know each other in the rest of the series, but I’m not so interested that I’ll track them down.

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Review: Emily Goes to Exeter

Emily Goes to Exeter
Emily Goes to Exeter by Marion Chesney
My rating: 

A fun read – definitely a nice bit of braincandy, and one I hadn’t read before. I have read others in this series, so I liked seeing how it started out. Thanks, e-library! (How I love being able to borrow books without even leaving the house. So lazy. So awesome.)

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Review: Winning the Wallflower

Winning the WallflowerWinning the Wallflower by Eloisa James
My rating:

This was a lovely fun little novella with some great one-liners. I did have a déjà vu moment where it suddenly seemed very familiar, but I think I must’ve read the preview on EJ’s website at some point! Anyway, well worth a read, especially for the price.

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Review: An Angel for the Earl

An Angel for the Earl
An Angel for the Earl by Barbara Metzger
My rating:

Lovely light-hearted fluff with a slightly unusual angle in that the heroine is in a coma / almost-ghost-state for the majority of the book. Her mission, should she choose to accept it, is to reform the hero’s lifestyle. Fun and games ensues!

I enjoyed this one, and it was a definite change from the more usual Regency formula.

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