An okay story by Maxwell and an excellent story by Carlyle. The lead character of Christian in Carlyle's Hunting Season is very yummy(all tall, dark, and handsome) and is a bad boy with a troubled past. Elise is the very beautiful and naive female that of course changes his mind and finds the good guy inside the bad behavior. Very nice story.
Delos - reviewed Tea for Two: In a Moonlit Garden / Hunting Season on
I liked the shorter format, created by having the two writers' shorts stories together in one book. The first was more like a novel that was forced to run quicker, sacrificing details that would have probably made it more interesting and believable.
The second story was perfect for the length. Yeah, of course - it is going to come around, in the end, to a some cliches of the genre, but everything leading up to it was great. She's a great writer; she does a great job of spinning a gripping story within the narrow confines of the 'rules' of a historical romance.
I just found this on my bookshelf and will never get around to reading it.
Publisher's Weekly Review says:
While Carlyle (A Woman of Virtue) delivers a fast-moving, vibrant romance in Hunting Season, the second of two Regency-era novellas in this volume, Maxwell's (The Wedding Wager) trite offering, In a Moonlit Garden, lacks inspiration and originality. In the latter, Colonel Michael Sanson, naive about the woman he thinks he loves, allows himself to be pressured by her father into retrieving a scientific formula that has ostensibly been stolen from him. However, immediately upon meeting the supposed thief's niece, Jocelyn, Michael's affections shift, and he agrees to be a part of her plan to make her former beau jealous. Maxwell's protagonists are engaging in a familiar way, but her formulaic plot and transparent secondary characters make this a difficult draught to swallow. In contrast, readers will drink their fill of Carlyle's aptly titled Hunting Season, which is a play on the time of year as well as the Marquis of Grayston's pursuit of Lady Elise Middleton. Grayston is determined to destroy Denys Roth, the fortune-hunter who ruined his sister and led her to commit suicide, but Roth's new quarry, the beautiful Elise, may tempt Grayston to choose love over vengeance. Although both entries nicely convey the flavor of the period, it is Carlyle's heady and highly sensual romance that will slake the reader's thirst.