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A Notorious Countess Confesses: Pennyroyal Green Series
A Notorious Countess Confesses: Pennyroyal Green Series
Price: 2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with some confusion, 1 Nov 2012
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I always enjoy Julie Anne Long books and this was no exception but a couple of points confused me.

1. In the previous Pennyroyal Green books Adam has been near mystical - this was alluded to and used as a plot device but was never really explored satisfactorily.

2. I have no idea what was going on with the titles for the Countess of Wareham or possibly Balmain...


The Marigold Chain
The Marigold Chain
Price: 3.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!, 12 Jun 2012
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**happy dance**

Stella Riley is publishing her books for Kindle - oh happy frabjous day!

Is the Marigold Chain my favourite Stella Riley? It's hard to pick a favourite because they are all so very, very awesome.

I love everything about this book - there's not a wrong note in it. As soon as I downloaded it I read it cover to cover and then wanted to read it again.

I am the fortunate owner of A Splendid Defiance (another of the Civil War series) so I might have to go and read that now to get my fix. I really hope that the other books are released soon.


How the Marquess Was Won: Pennyroyal Green Series
How the Marquess Was Won: Pennyroyal Green Series
Price: 3.59

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently high quality, 2 April 2012
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I do love Julie Anne Long books. They're lovely frothy reads with humour and well drawn characters. The developing H/H relationship in this book is a delight


The Scandalous Lord Lanchester (Mills & Boon Historical)
The Scandalous Lord Lanchester (Mills & Boon Historical)
by Anne Herries
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work, 2 April 2012
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I've read a number of books by this author and have enjoyed most of them but this, and the preceding book with featuring the hero's sister, are most definitely not her best work.

The hero and heroine are just dull. He seems to have some bizarre opinions about her based on precisely nothing and she's just dull - rich, beautiful and dull. It's a mystery why the H&H have fallen 'in love' because they're such thin characters that there's nothing to fall in love with. The plot manages to be both fantastical and unengaging and there are too many characters that add nothing

I struggled to finish it and that's very rare for me


Gentleman Never Tells
Gentleman Never Tells
Price: 3.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start but thin plot, 18 July 2011
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This book has potential but reminds me of reading first finished drafts and not the end product. Some flaws:

The investigation plot is INCREDIBLY thin - it's so thin it could masquerade as the famous wafer thin ham of Vauxhall Gardens.

The hero is pretty good but lacks effective back story which is not to say back story isn't provided but it's rushed through and adds little to his motives.

There are too many side characters with her sister, aunt, father and fiance and his brothers, random society characters, dogs and servants etc etc. Sadly some of the side characters are more interesting than the main story...

The heroine is just annoying after a while. Why she can't accept he's fallen in love after the 4th or 5th time of him pretty much saying so I have no idea. She seems inexplicable.

There are too many red herrings like the painting, the random threat from the fiance, the sister's motivation, the hero's brothers (who whilst potentially entertaining add virtually nothing to the plot), the conflict between the aunt and the father...

It just feels unfinished and it's a shame because the set-up has potential but the plot is too thin to carry reasonably insubstantial characters.


Pursuit of Midnight (Midnight Series)
Pursuit of Midnight (Midnight Series)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but needs an editor, 18 July 2011
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I wanted to like this book, I really did, but despite some initially good characters it went rapidly downhill. The initial characterisation wasn't followed through which meant characters lacked depth and context, the invesigation plot was thin, ill-explained and too quickly wrapped up, there were far too many characters some of whom could have been interesting but instead they all merged together, and finally it really, really, really needs proof reading and editing. There are so many misused homonyms, glaring typos and random words being used, as well as dreadful Americanism and lack of understanding of the cultural context of the times in which this was set.

So in short, good idea but needs revising and editing


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