Tripleheader: Carina Press Historicals

A Dream Defiant by Susanna FraserA Dream Defiant by Susanna Fraser

  • Title: A Dream Defiant
  • Author:  Susanna Fraser
  • Series: N/A
  • Genre(s): Historical (Regency)
  • Publisher: Carina Press, July 2013
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Length: ~85 pages
  • Trope(s): Forbidden Love, War Heroes and Widows, Family Matters
  • Quick blurb: Black soldier delivers spoils of war to new widow and marries her for her protection
  • Quick review: Too much story for the short format.
  • Grade: B

He caught her hand. “Wait.” He slid his hands to the back of her neck, fumbling for the necklace’s clasp. He undid it and held the chain of rubies up, red and gold in the flickering candlelight. “No shackles for us,” he said, “no matter how rich.”

Loved the characters and premise, and Fraser managed to get a lot of emotion into less than 100 pages. But this story deserves more than a novella to avoid the rushed romance and resolution.

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Hero’s Redemption by Georgie LeeHero's Redemption by Georgie Lee

  • Title: Hero’s Redemption
  • Author:  Georgie Lee
  • Series: N/A
  • Genre(s): Historical (Regency)
  • Publisher: Carina Press, July 2013
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Length: ~98
  • Trope(s): War Heroes and Widows, Evil Relations
  • Quick blurb: Tormented war hero marries widow of captain who saved his life
  • Quick review: Flat and lifeless.
  • Grade: C-

The truth would not destory them. He wouldn’t let it.

One of those “not painful, but not much there” stories – the lack of relationship-building made for a pretty boring read, and the over-the-top villains turned an angsty setup into a bit of superficial fluff.

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Beguiling the Barrister by Wendy SolimanBeguiling the Barrister by Wendy Soliman

  • Title: Hero’s Redemption
  • Author:  Georgie Lee
  • Series: N/A
  • Genre(s): Historical (Regency)
  • Publisher: Carina Press, June 2013
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Length: ~200
  • Trope(s): War Heroes and Widows, Evil Relations
  • Quick blurb: Tormented war hero marries widow of captain who saved his life
  • Quick review: Cardboard characters in a predictable plot with a lot of telling instead of showing.
  • Grade: DNF

He continued to arouse her with his fingers, while agitating her clitoris with his thumb.

I made it halfway, and didn’t really care what happened to anyone, most likely because of the intrusive use of cliches and Regency slang. I also didn’t have much patience for the flighty ingenue heroine or the supposedly brilliant barrister who seemed rather clueless about his profession, and I think the quote above speaks for itself regarding the cringe-inducing sexytimes.

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