Some of them are good, some of them are so-so, and some of them are to be avoided. All of them are violent, some more than others. I think The Killing Floor is the best of them, but that may be because it was the first one I read and it was such a surprise. After that, Jack Reacher was a known quality. Both of the spoiler points you mentioned are pretty consistent. In some of the books, the logical leaps are downright insulting to your intelligence. rfisher is my canary in the mine; she always reads the new ones as soon as they come out and posts about them here. A list for you: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/15428.Best_Humorous_Historical_Romances?auto_login_attempted=true And a website: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/ I hope not.