Historical Romance

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Beguiled by Her Betrayer

Louise Allen makes excellent use of both an unusual setting and some interesting historical detail as the backdrop to this enjoyable romance between an English spy and the widow of a French army officer. Beguiled by Her Betrayer is set in Egypt in 1801, shortly after Bonaparte’s d ...

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What a Lady Needs for Christmas

Grace Burrowes has gotten some great buzz here, which led me to request her book for review. I’m happy to say that I agree with previous reviewers - she’s a great author, and her characters and their relationships are interesting and well developed. A few things hold this book back, but this cro ...

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Night of a Thousand Stars

You know how sometimes you read the opening line or two of a book, and not only does it hook you immediately, but you can just tell it’s going to be a great read? Well, Night of a Thousand Stars is one of those books. It opens with Penelope Hammond, step-daughter of a rich American industrialis ...

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My Beautiful Enemy

When one reads a lot and in a specific genre, after a while, there is seems to be a sameness about books that makes one almost indistinguishable from another. So when I picked up Sherry Thomas’ My Beautiful Enemy, I immediately knew this book was out of the ordinary. Think Crouching Tiger, Hidden ...

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An Inconvenient Kiss

Do you like a little adventure with your romance? An Inconvenient Kiss definitely fits that bill. The leads take a little too long to clear the air between them, but I'd heard this book compared to the movie Romancing the Stone and I can definitely see the action-romance parallel. ...

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Where the Horses Run

This latest effort by Kaki Warner is a little bit of a departure from her previous books as the majority of this novel takes place in England rather than the American West, but the west does not entirely disappear as a majority of the characters are Heartbreak Creek residents traveling to England. T ...

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The Captive

This book is another well written and compelling story by Grace Burrowes. I keep waiting for the book that indicates she is running out of steam, but I have not run across that book yet. This prolific writer just keeps scoring big in the romance department and I sincerely hope she has many stories ...

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Walking on Air

I picked this book up and put it down at least five times before I read it straight through. The initial premise put me off and at the time I was fixated on working my way through the backlist of another author and really did not want to read anything else at the time. I thought that if I had to for ...

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Sweet Disorder

Sweet Disorder sees the very welcome return to the publishing world of Rose Lerner, whose two previous novels, In for a Penny and A Lily Among Thorns I enjoyed very much. This book, the first in a series set in the town of Lively St. Lemeston, presents us with a different take on the Regency Roma ...

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My Lady, My Lord

I have to start this review by saying that, enjoyable though this book is, it’s definitely not one for you if you insist upon a certain amount of realism or historical accuracy in your reading. The story is, in essence, an enemies-to-lovers one, but the plot device Ms. Ashe has chosen to use in or ...