Review round-up: Australian women writers – Historical romance

Review round-up: Australian women writers – Historical romance

To kick-off #AWW2012, I thought I’d post a list of reviews we’ve previously posted for books written by Australian women. I’ve included a short except from each review to give you an idea of what we thought of each book.

If you’re on Twitter, I’ll also be retweeting links to these reviews because, in the era of e-publishing, there’s no reason why you can’t grab a copy of their books and try them yourself! Click here for a full list of our #AWW2012 reviews.

Claiming The Courtesan by Anna CampbellClaiming The Courtesan by Anna Campbell

I’d be hard-pressed to recommend this book to someone I don’t know. If you have issues with forced seduction, you’re better off giving it a miss. But Campbell takes great risks in this book, and for that alone, I’d say try it—even if you have to buy it secondhand or borrow it from the library … or get a friend to read it first.

The Taste of Innocence by Stephanie Laurens

The Taste of Innocence by Stephanie Laurens

The story is well-constructed, the characters are strong, and the romance is believable. If you’re willing to make the effort, Laurens’s writing is well crafted with enough detail of her characters’ clothing, surroundings and motivations to make you feel like you’re there with them.

Untouched by Anna Campbell

Untouched by Anna Campbell

If you like your heroes pure of heart, chivalrous, and without a skanky past, you’ll probably enjoy this book. If you’re wary of Campbell because of the controversy around Claiming the Courtesan, you’ll find Untouched a much safer bet.  It’s no wonder that this book won the ARRC award for Favourite Historical Romance for 2008.

My Reckless Surrender by Anna CampbellMy Reckless Surrender by Anna CampbellMy Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell

Although the bad guy is a caricature of sleaze and nastiness, Ashcroft and Diana are nuanced characters. Campbell balances Diana’s internal conflicts so that she comes across neither mercenary nor stupid. The climax of the story is dramatic, thrilling and, yes, a little over the top—vintage Anna Campbell.

A Most Sinful Proposal by Sara BennettA Most Sinful Proposal by Sara Bennett

Everything about this book was confusing. Characters made the oddest decisions and everyone moved at the whim of the external plot. Marissa does something so incredibly stupid at the end of the book, but by that time it was too late to DNF the entire thing.


  1. Kat says:

    My pleasure, Elizabeth. I have some new reviews coming up for #aww2012 and I think the challenge has actually given me my reviewing mojo back. Yay!

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