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The Improper Playwright by Margaret Summerville

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The Improper Playwright by Margaret Summerville

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
(Romeo and Juliet, 2.2.121-2)


Margaret Summerville gives her books a lighter touch (or the ones I've read) this is another gentle and farce story with two characters that seem at odds but have more in common then they both think.

Lady Verity de Lacy is a playwright in secret, she writes many plays but doesn't have the courage to send any of her works until her recent play, and with a little push from her maid, she sends off her play the the top playwright and ex-actor Lord "Brutus" Ranley.

Ranley worked as an actor for many years, becoming well known after his portrayal of Brutus cemented his name in his acting glory. Once his uncle passed and with no other male heir. Ranley became a peer losing himself in the glitter filled world of the ton. Causing him to lose touch with his actor friends and lett…

The Ramshackle Suitor by Nancy Butler

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The Ramshackle Suitor by Nancy Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was another winner from Nancy Butler! Not only did she pen down another wonderful story, she added just the right dash of evil stepbrother, a tragic mystery and a ramshackle gentleman/sorta knight in shining armor into a great mix.


Lucy Parnell is out to find her lost niece her stepbrother covered up when her sister died. Now with a few clues she off to find the truth and perhaps a niece in need. Along the way (in a ditch) she meets with Roderick Kempthorne (who was chased into the ditch by crazy demon ram) comes across like a very ramshackle fellow, who just seems to worm his way into Lucy's life and her troubles.

I really loved both characters as they played well off of the other. Lucy works as a governess and is very serious and the trials life has put her through has made her tough. On the other hand we have the playing fool Roddy who may play the fool but he's not really fooling anyone with his caring…

Lord Rathbone's Flirt by Gayle Buck

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Lord Rathbone's Flirt by Gayle Buck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



With the death of Verity Worth's father and her oldest brother and heir at war overseas. Leaving the Worth family at odds and without any money at their disposable, their force to pinch pennies until the return of the heir. In order to help Verity takes on the post of companion to a brat of a young miss that places her in the path of Lord Rathbone that will have dire temptations.

Lord Rathbone along with his mother have been waging a war against Uncles. With a push by his mother, Rathbone is out to wed and begot an heir in order to put the final stroke on the family war. Out to look over a distance cousin he comes across Miss. Verity Worth whom he overhears not giving him a very flattering (but truthful) view. He goes out to get a little revenge on someone he thinks is well below him in rank and what starts off as revenge becomes something very different along the way.

I was torn with rating this book. I had no t…

The Traitor's Daughter by Elizabeth Powell

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The Traitor's Daughter by Elizabeth Powell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I love me some good espionage in my historicals. And "The Traitor's Daughter" had be riveted to the story. Not only did it have lively and realistic characters in Amanda Tremayne and Captain Sir Jonathan Everly, the whoduntit was already known, it was why and trying to catch him that keep you reading.

Amanda is on the brink of losing what little she has left. Her father sentenced to death falsely accused as a traitor. With her knowledge and letters her father sent her, she's out clear her father's name and find the true traitor. In her search she meets Captain Everly, a man who was on the bench and sentence her father to his death. Everly is also on the look out for the true traitor, unable to go back to sea until his injury heals, he's been sent out to find any information and proof. He's surprised at Amanda and her courage in going into danger. Even when he tries to make obstacles in…

Provocateur by Elisabeth Fairchild

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Provocateur by Elisabeth Fairchild

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Set with the backdrop of the Spa Fields riots of 1816 and the Blanket March of 1817. Fairchild paints a far more gritter piece of history then in her other books. Placing the reader in a time of unrest and uneasy, you get a good taste of what an Agent Provocateur job was with a dash of paranormal thrown into the mix.

After one a faithful meeting Dulcie and Roger seem to always be drawn to the other and with Dulcia gifts of seeing auras and a glimpse into the future and Roger's job in the government throw these two together in a dangerous world where they can only rely on each other.

The word epic seem to pop into my mind as I read this book. Spanning over eight years, you see how Dulcie and Roger's paths cross time and again with their attraction and feelings toward the other always lingering longer and longer. I liked this as it's been many of years since I read a romance with the story spread out through many yea…

The Rakehell's Reform by Elisabeth Fairchild

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The Rakehell's Reform by Elisabeth Fairchild

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Out of the Ramsey siblings story, I was looking forward to read Jack's story. Losing everything his family held dear to cards I wanted to see how he can redeem himself.
Does he redeem himself? Somewhat. Jack fights through the book his gambling addiction, and like an addiction one can fall of the wagon before getting up dusting themselves off and trying again. Jack doesn't get well overnight and the road is a hard one as he falls in his music, playing on the cello and the open eyed wonder of Selina Preston.

Selina being the daughter of a mushroom aka: tradesman. She takes her hits but her wonder of nature and drawing things down make her almost ideal for Jack. The attraction between the two is like a flash in the pan. Jack has nothing to offer and Selina isn't willing to risk her heart. She does see him being able to rebuild himself into a better man, if only Jack believed it.

The thing about …