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Just Reviewed Enoch’s “A Lady’s Guide to Improper Behavior” at SBR

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Folks, it’s Romance Saturday at Shiny Book Review (SBR), which is why I reviewed Suzanne Enoch’s Regency romance (with action/adventure and “coming of age” plotlines, all inclusive), A LADY”S GUIDE TO IMPROPER BEHAVIOR.  This is a good romance between Colonel Bartholomew James and Teresa “Tess” Weller — Col. James has been accused of making up an attack on his person by the Thuggee while he served in India and has come home scarred and in great pain, while Tess has denied herself all her life, pretending to be a social butterfly while writing an (anonymous) book on etiquette for Ladies of Quality.  But when Tess meets Col. James, sparks fly and things change for both of them.

I found this a realistic romance and enjoyed it thoroughly.  So if the thought of this book interests you — or if you’re just so bored you feel up to heading over to Shiny Book Review and reading all of my and Jason Cordova’s reviews — please head on over and read my review of Ms. Enoch’s interesting novel.  (Bon appetit — er, good reading!)

Written by Barb Caffrey

September 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Just reviewed Enoch’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes” at SBR

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Folks, A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RAKES by Suzanne Enoch is one of those books that just makes you want to scream if you have any knowledge of history at all.  This book is set during the Regency Era, just after the British defeated Napoleon; it was not a time when women could operate legal gambling dens inside their residences. 

That said, the romance here between Diane Benchley and Oliver Warren — both titled members of the English aristocracy — was actually good.  The dialogue, while somewhat anachronistic, was crisp and sharp.  I believed these two loved each other but really would’ve preferred not to do so, and enjoyed watching the sparks fly.

Basically, this novel didn’t pass the “smell test” — that is, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief long enough in this plotline to get past all the anachronistic elements.  But if it had been alternate history, where a strong-minded woman could’ve indeed opened up a legal casino inside her own residence, I’d have enjoyed it thoroughly.

The only way around such a problem is to discuss it head-on, which I did in my review, which is here:


Written by Barb Caffrey

May 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm