European Historical Romance

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The Raven Prince

A DIKlassic Review originally published on January 19, 2007   The Raven Prince is classic romance. It is the type of book that reminds me why I love this genre. Elizabeth Hoyt’s debut novel brings emotion, sensuality, and wit to the forefront, blending it all together with a deft hand. T ...

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All Through the Night

A DIKlassic Review originally published on March 19, 1998 Imagine yourself a young boy trapped in a wretched existence. A demon appears and offers you a hideous choice. A choice so vile that if you did what you knew was morally right, you would be left behind to surely decay and die. But, if you s ...

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London's Perfect Scoundrel

A DIKlassic Review originally published on May 29, 2003 This is such a wonderful and engaging book! I always forget how much I enjoy Suzanne Enoch until I read another of her books. London's Perfect Scoundrel features two incredible lead characters who change for the better over the course of the ...

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The Hampshire Hoyden

How I love this book! I have read and re-read it until my copy is falling apart. Michelle Martin’s writing sits solidly in the traditional Regency milieu with a lot of witty repartee thrown in. She wrote scarcely a handful of such books, and while they’re all superb, The Hampshire Hoyden is the ...

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Once a Soldier

Once a Soldier is the first book in Mary Jo Putney’s new Rogues Redeemed series. This book begins with Major Lord Will Masterson regaining consciousness locked in a French cellar after being knocked out by the enemy.  He and several other prisoners are scheduled to be hung the next morning as ...

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Because of Miss Bridgerton

There can’t be many people in Romancelandia who haven’t at the very least heard of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. Through eight books (not including the subsequently published set of Second Epilogues), we followed the eight Bridgerton siblings as they found love, romance and their happily ev ...

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A Gentleman Never Tells

In this deftly crafted and expertly plotted novella, Eloisa James demonstrates her ability to know her characters and build them quickly. This particular tale involves Oliver, a gentleman who lives with regret over a youthful indiscretion, and Lizzie, who lives with shame regarding her first marriag ...

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Return of the Runaway

Return of the Runaway is a book which I wanted to enjoy far more than I effectively did. For one thing, last year's A Lady for Lord Randall by the same author was both unusual and utterly gripping, and I couldn't wait to read more by her. For another thing, Sarah Mallory has the courage to leave the ...

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You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want

Ah, the age old family feud! It’s such a great way to add drama to a romance, just look at Romeo and Juliet, or Pyramus and Thisbe. You Can’t Always Get the Marquess You Want takes the enemies-to-lovers trope to a new level. Unfortunately, while the “lovers” part was great, the “enemies” ...

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'Til Death Do Us Part

I know Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz' Arcane Society books had lots of fans. I never could get into that series, but I do love her writing, so I was happy to see 'Til Death Do Us Part show up. This standalone novel features a couple I really enjoyed and a gothic-tinged mystery that completely captu ...