Welcome to the wrap up for August and September for romance, romantic suspense and erotica (although to be fair we don’t seem to get a lot of reviews for the last of those categories).

Over the last couple of months there have been several authors who have been reviewed more than once. In some cases this was where one book was reviewed more than once and in other cases it is where there have been multiple books from the same author.


Let’s start with the author and book that was reviewed most and that is The French Prize by Cathryn Hein, an author who normally writes rural romance novels but this time brings us a story from Provence. I have long had a thing for France so my attention is already captured!

Bree from All the Books I Can Read says of the book:

The French Prize has a little of everything – romance, mystery, action, food and fun. It’s taken Cathryn Hein out of the rural romance box and proved that she has a lot more to offer readers with a complex and enjoyable story. I’ve always loved her rurals but I have to say, I love this one just as much!


Rachael Johns has been a challenge favourite for the last couple of years and this year is no exception. There have been two reviews of her novella Tease Me, Cowboy and one of her latest book, Outback Ghost. Rachael Johns is another author who has moved away from her more familiar rural romance roots to give us a story with a different setting, this time in America with cowboys.

Over at Sam Still Reading there was a ringing endorsementof the story and change of setting:

Fantastic story with excellent characterisation and a cracking plot that has made me rethink my opinion of cowboys!


Helena from Reading Romance has reviewed two stories from Bec McMaster over the last month. The first was the full length novel My Lady Quicksilver and the second was the novella The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace. Both books are part of the London Steampunk series which is something  a little different to the normal books that I talk about in these wrap ups. Helena says of the series

The London Steampunk series is a must read for anyone who enjoys steampunk, paranormal romance, smoking hot heroes and heroines who kick ass.

sunnyvale girls by fiona palmer

Not all of our rural romance authors are moving away from their familiar settings. Fiona Palmer has, however, combined her normal rural setting with an Italian twist and thrown in a historical thread as well in her new novel The Sunnyvale Girls. Sounds like my kind of read. Shelleyrae from Book’d Out enjoyed the book saying

A lovely rural romance, with appealing characters, a strong storyline, and a historical twist, The Sunnyvale Girls is another enjoyable novel from Fiona Palmer.


I thought I would finish with Jenny Schwartz’s review of Moonstone: A Little Gems Anthology which features fourteen short stories by authors who are members of the Romance Writers of Australia. I must confess I haven’t read a lot of short romance stories about new to me characters which really work but an anthology like this could be a fab way to find some new authors to try! To read some of the short thoughts that Jenny has shared about each of the stories click here.

That’s it for this month but be sure to take a look at some of the other romance reviews by clicking on the Weebly pages where new reviews are always being added.


Marg has long been an avid reader of all genres, with the most books read being in the romance genre. Marg has been blogging about all different genres and other things at Adventures of an Intrepid Reader for more than 8 years. You can tweet to her@margreads.