Tag Archives: 2000s

The Perfect Rake, by Anne Gracie

18 Jul
Cover for THE PERFECT RAKE: On a white field with faint silver swirly designs, a pair of 1800s white women's shoes, with a little bouquet of white roses and a men's pocket watch are grouped near the bottom. There's a cover quote from author Stefanie Laurens: "For fabulous Regency flavor, witty and addictive, you can't go past Anne Gracie"

The Perfect Rake is the first of the Merridew Sisters books by Anne Gracie.

I mentioned long ago that I had liked this book very much, and I still like many things about it. However, it suffers in the re-read, because I have a lot less patience for some tropes than I once did.

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Whistling in the Dark, by Tamara Allen

15 Jun
Cover for Whistling in the Dark; an old photo album, showing a couple of young men looking at each other. Some music sheets, and a coffee cup.

The most lovely Marilyn recommended this book on twitter when it was on sale, and I’m very glad I caught it. And hey, look, it fits this month’s theme for SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge!

Reader beware: both of the main characters suffer from PTSD; there’s also alcohol abuse, mentions of suicide ideation, grief and death of loved ones, and some violence on page, .

This book was originally published in 2008, and was re-released by the author this month.

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Lady Sophia’s Lover, by Lisa Kleypas

21 Feb
Original cover or Lady Sophia's Lover, with a stepback; on the cover, a white woman wearing a pink dress, with a man standing behind her, his bare arm around her shoulders.

In for a penny, yadda yadda, here’s another re-read. The second in the Bow Street Runners trilogy, we finally learn more about Sir Ross Cannon, the magistrate and leader of the Runners. Not coincidentally, it sets up the last book in the trilogy.

Beware of quite a bit of graphic sex, explicit language, stillbirth, maternal death, and references to child sexual abuse.

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Gone Too Far, by Suzanne Brockmann

4 Feb
Cover for Gone Too Far; a couple running towards the right side of the cover, on a road in the middle of nowhere, at dusk. The lights of a car are visible ominously in the distance behind them.

For years I’ve been convinced that at some point I wrote a review of Gone Too Far. I even remember a paragraph from said review! And yet, I can’t find it anywhere. After wracking my brains, I finally realized that I did, in fact, write a review shortly after the book came out in 2003. Only, I wrote it as a post to Ms Brockmann’s reader board, which was hosed at least a decade ago.

What’s a reader to do, but indulge in a re-read, and write a new version of that review? Maybe that way it will stop haunting me!

Reader, beware: on the page there’s explicit sex, explicit language, violence, racism, alcoholism, some Islamophobia, and references to off-the-page child abuse.

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