Let’s hear it for the aunts

It probably says a lot about me that I found the most entertaining characters in Elizabeth Boyle”s book If Wishes Were Earls to be the three (or maybe four) aunts of the hero. They are charmers in a Dame Maggie Smith, dowager countess kind of way. I want to be them when I grow up. Oh, wait. Maybe I already am. I think I can master the repartee. All I need is a castle.

The plot itself was a bit predictable although there were a couple surprises near the end. It was also a bit choppy in the use of flashbacks.

All in all though, it was a good read with a heroine who was far more resourceful than her hero.



Making up the rules as you go along

The second book in Maya Rodale’s Wallflower series, Wallflower Gone Wild, is every bit as delightful as the first. Lady Olivia has always followed the rules, and where has it gotten her? I can relate. The poor girl has done everything expected of her for so long that she has completely lost touch with her own preferences and, dare we say it, desires. Now she’s forced to wed a man everyone supposes is mad and violent. Even such a fate is less severe than having to finish one more season a spinster.

Oh, Phinn has a temper all right. But he’s not mad, just preoccupied. And a little clueless about women and prone to take the advice of a friend who is no Dr. Phil.

Olivia’s escapades as she throws off the rules with a vengeance are fun to read. I can’t wait for the third wallflower to have her turn at love. Thanks, Avon, for allowing me to acquire a review copy of this book.


Only the name’s the same

Big Girl Panties By Stephanie Evanovich

As an Avon Addict, I had the opportunity to read this book for free. When I saw the Evanovich name, I assumed there was some connection to Janet. There is–Stephanie is Janet’s niece.

I liked the premise: overweight widow gets in shape with the aid of a personal trainer who predictably (this IS a romance, after all) falls for her after a life of dating supermodels. The book, however, was a bit on the kinky side and too explicit for my tastes. The cast of characters, other than the heroine Holly, was not particularly appealing.

I think I will stick with Aunt Janet’s books.