Review: Back in Your Arms by Cecily French

Julia Fleming never forgot her old lover Gareth McNair, or his betrayal. Years later, he’s back from the Napoleonic Wars—the newest Duke of Harrow—rekindling an old passion. Julia’s only defense against her treacherous feelings is to cling to the sting of heartbreak.Gareth did not expect to run into his past in a ballroom his first night back in London. Seeing Julia again awakens painful memories of how she left him to unexpectedly marry another. Now she’s widowed, and more desirable than ever.When Julia must enlist Gareth’s help to save her sister from a forced marriage, they find themselves forced confront the love they once shared—a love that never really died.
Back in Your Arms by Cecily French
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Page Count: 104
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Julia Fleming never forgot her old lover Gareth McNair, or his betrayal. Years later, he’s back from the Napoleonic Wars—the newest Duke of Harrow—rekindling an old passion. Julia’s only defense against her treacherous feelings is to cling to the sting of heartbreak. Gareth did not expect to run into his past in a ballroom his first night back in London. Seeing Julia again awakens painful memories of how she left him to unexpectedly marry another. Now she’s widowed, and more desirable than ever.

When Julia must enlist Gareth’s help to save her sister from a forced marriage, they find themselves forced confront the love they once shared—a love that never really died.


Review: Back in Your Arms is a moderately enjoyable historical romance set in the regency era.

The plot of Back in Your Arms had a lot of potential; however it just wasn’t developed enough for it to reach this potential. This caused it to become overly predictable as there weren’t any surprising developments or shocking revelations that weren’t completely obvious from the start of the novella; the plot just sort of plodded along to the inevitable conclusion.

The main characters are likable enough, but without the proper development they came across as overly genetic. There were, however, some extremely interesting secondary characters, such as William and Dash, who outshined both the main characters in interest factor. In fact, the inclusion of these two characters was the best component of the novella. It probably would have been worthwhile to delve into their lives a bit more, since they had the potential to invigorate the novella.

It was because of all this potential that it was so disappointing that the novella felt like just one among many regency novellas without anything to make it stand out from the numerous written works set in that era, when if done right it could have been superb. However, despite its faults, fans of regency era romances should still like the novella.

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