Review: Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips

Perfect FlingTitle: Perfect Fling (Serendipity’s Finest #2)
Author: Carly Phillips
Release Date: 30 July 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 330 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN: 9781101624739
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4star
 

Erin Marsden thought she had seen the last of Cole Sanders after their one-night stand. After all, you can’t expect a long lasting relationship from a bad boy, can you? She resigned herself to living out a fairly boring life until she got two massive surprises is a short space of time. Fate had decided to throw her and Cole back together, for the short term at least. Continue reading

Review: A Duchess to Remember by Christina Brooke

A Duchess to RememberTitle: A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage #3)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 26 June 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 320 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921518843
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3star
 

Lady Cecily Westruther is happy to go along with the Ministry of Marriage’s plans and marry a duke. She craves independence and as the gentleman in question already has an heir and a mistress, she won’t have to spend any time with him. Now this is where things get a little silly but also a bit more entertaining. She wrote a damning letter about her fiancé when she ten and suddenly feels the need to retrieve it before her potential marriage can be destroyed. She dresses up as a footman and breaks into the house where she thinks the letter may be kept, only to encounter the owner Rand, Duke of Ashburn. Sparks fly between the two but Cecily refuses to break her engagement. Continue reading

Review: Mad About the Earl by Christina Brooke

Mad About the EarlTitle: Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage #2)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 25 January 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 340 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921518836
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2star

The Ministry of Marriage (MoM) is back and this time they are determined to marry Lady Rosamund Westruther (aka Beauty) to Griffin, Earl of Tregarth (aka the Beast). Rosamund has no problems with doing her duty and indeed waits three years for Griff to get his act together. He only decides to marry her in order to protect his sister and is genuinely surprised when she fails to follow his caveman-like edicts and toddle down to Cornwall to marry him. Griff has to court her properly before she will let him put a ring on her finger. Continue reading

Review: The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White

The Girl on Legare StreetTitle: The Girl on Legare Street (Tradd Street #2)
Author: Karen White
Release Date: 3 November 2009 (first published 1 September 2008)
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Page count: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101155646
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3star

Melanie has just got used to her Tradd Street house and her psychic powers but the arrival of her mother Ginnette after thirty-five years throws her into a tailspin. An evil spirit has emerged in Ginnette’s house and is quickly gaining strength. Melanie has to figure out what has upset the spirit and how to get rid of it. Continue reading

Review: Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke

Heiress in LoveTitle: Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage #1)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 28 June 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 368 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921518829
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3star

The Ministry of Marriage (MoM) is a select group of powerful men and women in Britain who arrange marriages between their houses. Marriage after all is a business and a desirable way to gain political or economic advantages. Love certainly never enters into things. Jane Westruther was the victim of the MoM’s meddling. She did her duty and married Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Dauntry even though they weren’t suited to each other. When Jonathon dies suddenly, Jane hopes she will be left free to live out her life as she wishes, caring for her adopted son Luke. Unfortunately, Jonathan has split his estate leaving the title, lands and guardianship of Luke to his cousin Constantine but the actual money to Jane. If Constantine and Jane can’t agree to marry then she will lose Luke and he will lose the estate. Continue reading

Review: London’s Last True Scoundrel by Christina Brooke

London's Last True ScoundrelTitle: London’s Last True Scoundrel (Ministry of Marriage #4)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 357 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921901669
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2star
 

Much like the Curate’s egg, there were parts that were excellent and other bits that left me cold. Hilary de Vere is used to discrimination because of her boorish family. She is fired from a ladies’ academy as their new patron doesn’t want a de Vere corrupting the girls. On her way home she comes across charming rogue Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport. She decides to travel to London with him so she can have her very first season and hopefully find a respectable husband. Continue reading

Review: The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson

The Weird GirlsTitle: The Weird Girls (Weird Girls #0.5)
Author:  Cecy Robson
Release Date: 4 December 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 99 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN:  9781101606919
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4star

The Weird Girls is an effective appetiser for the main meal Sealed with a Curse. As a prequel novella as it introduces our four heroines, showcases their kick-ass capabilities and drives home their strong bond. The four girls’ supernatural natures were the result of a curse that backfired. I would have loved to see them getting used to their powers but in this novella, they are fully functioning. Continue reading