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Dangerous Masquerade (April Kihlstrom)

4 out of 5 stars

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I’m going to admit that I first read this book years ago, reread it, and liked for reasons that were half enjoyment and half nostalgia. This is a good, “old-fashioned”/not terribly sensual/overly dramatic-at-times regency romance: the believably terrible villain, the quiet yet strong hero, the quick-on-her-feet and easy to relate to heroine… if you delve too deeply into any one character or plot point, things might start to fall apart, and it takes itself very, very seriously (no flashes of humor that are so common in more recent historical romances)… and yet, it’s a good read, well done within its self-imposed constraints and enjoyable even now, years later.

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A Proper Companion (Candice Hern, The Regency Rakes Trilogy #1)

1.5 out of 5 stars

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An interesting-enough beginning, as well as a well-fleshed out cast of characters, are wasted on this slow, meandering book that felt, at times, more like a synopsis than an actual story. Too often, instead of seeing her characters interacting and falling in love with one another, we were instead told they really got along, or watched as others observed and commented about how well-suited they were. Halfway through the book, the lack of forward momentum really starts to show, and an evil villain, along with an eye-roll-inducing series of “twists” help lead us through the back half of the novel. While there were interesting scenes every now and again, and, again, the characters were interesting (and at times, quite witty), there just wasn’t enough to keep my attention, and finishing it was a bit of a chore.

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The Five Kisses (Karla Darcy, Sweet Deception #1)

1 out of 5 stars

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This is more of a plan for a novel than an actual novel.  Told over five short snippets, this novella follows the relationship between an absent-minded professor’s daughter and an earl’s young son.  They are children when they meet, and though we’re told that they seem to have gradually grown to care for each other, there’s very little in terms of actual interaction between the two to prove this. There are some touching ideas sprinkled throughout the story, but just not enough character and relationship development to make it feel like an actual love story.
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