Hello, and welcome back! I'm almost completely through my stack of February releases, with only a handful left, but the March books are beginning to stack up on the desk, along with April, May, and June stories as well.
If you haven't poked around the site lately, then you don't know I've been doing a little rearranging again. I added a Tea Shop to rest of our shops here, so you can all enjoy some yummy beverages with your reading material, too. I've also added a few more authors to the section listing reviews by author name, for some of the authors I've reviewed here multiple times.
First up this week is Nicole Byrd's Vision in Blue (Berkley), with Gemma Smith searching for the family she's never known. Matthew Fallon happens to be looking for his lost sister as well. Between the two of them and the menagerie of companions they collect along the way, they have quite a lot of adventures before discovering their respective families and reaching their happy ending. It's a fun tale, engaging and light, and it's earned three and a half arrows.
Next is Barbara Metzger's The Duel (Signet Eclipse). Ian, Earl of Marden, has made a real mess of things, dueling and injuring an innocent boy, but what's worse is that he brought the boy's unmarried sister Athena Renslow to stay with them during the boy's recovery. So many rules and required propriety in the Regency era. Of course, in this case, they form the basis for much of the story, the requisite marriage proposal, the secrets. If you're a Regency fan, no doubt you'll love this. If you're not, you may want to give it a pass. I'm giving it only two and a half arrows.
Finally, we have the latest from Jo Beverley, A Most Unsuitable Man (Signet), which was marvelous! Damaris Myddleton's newly-acquired inheritance has turned her life upside-down, and made her much more attractive to marriage-minded men. But if she has to marry, it may as well elevate her position in society as high as possible. Too bad the man she finds most interesting is poor. Very poor. Hugh Fitzroger's duty to his friend and their friends puts him in constant close contact with Damaris, who isn't quite what he'd expected from the first time they'd met. But he has nothing to offer her, and he knows his place. Good thing the heart doesn't always listen to the head. Along the way, someone is trying to kill Damaris, and Fitz will do his best to prevent that. Along with revisiting characters from some of her recent tales, this one will keep you engrossed. It also displays, yet again, Ms. Beverley's knack for making you wonder how on earth this pair can possibly be together, no matter how they feel. I'm giving this one four and a half arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!