Historical Romance

B+
Duke of Desire

In this final installment in the beloved Maiden Lane series, Raphael, the Duke of Dyemore is desperate to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and orchestrate their demise. He manages to work his way into one of their gatherings, where Lady Iris Jordan is an unwilling participant. Iris is not exactly a d ...

B-
Lady Charlotte's First Love

Anna Bradley continues her Sutherland Sisters series with a very readable but also very old school portrait of a reckless lady with a broken heart and the solider who loved her once upon a time. Lady Charlotte Hadley has been behaving in a gradually more madcap manner since her husband met a trag ...

C+
The Scotsman Who Saved Me

Hannah Howell combines two of her favorite subjects – life for pioneers in the 1800s and brave Scotsmen -  in this pleasant though not outstanding first volume of her Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen series, The Scotsman Who Saved Me. Fleeing from an upper crust English world to settle in the A ...

B+
The Scot Beds His Wife

I loved The Scot Beds His Wife.  It’s romantic, captivating, and the principal characters are charismatic and well-matched.  Readers familiar with earlier books in the series will enjoy a return to Wester Ross (in the Scottish Highlands), and getting to know Lord Gavin, the Earl of Thorne, whom ...

C+
Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer

I’ve read a number of books by Georgie Lee over the last few years, and while I’ve enjoyed some more than others, she has yet to write the book that wows me and turns her into an auto-read author.  Unfortunately, I’m still waiting, because although Courting Danger with Mr. Dyer, is a more tha ...

B+
A Dangerous Legacy

Clean drinking water. It’s something that the majority of people in the Western world take for granted but for many on Earth, it is a luxury that remains seemingly out of reach. In A Dangerous Legacy the history of water in the New York tenements comes to life amidst the backdrop of a scintillatin ...

A
Snowdrift and Other Stories

Before  you accuse me of giving an 'A' to Georgette Heyer and not to her work, let me hasten to assure you that each and every one of the stories in this collection is fabulous! I smiled from the first page to the last, so delighted to be enjoying my introduction to Heyer’s short stories - I had ...

C+
The Duke

I think it’s fair to say that all of us here at AAR review books because, well, we love books.  We love reading them, talking about them, hearing about them, writing about them and enthusing about them to others.  But when a novel you’ve really been looking forward to, written by an author you ...

A
His Mistletoe Wager

Virginia Heath’s winning streak of rich, thoughtful romances continues with her latest release, His Mistletoe Wager.  This holiday story is an early gift for readers and the season’s joy fills every moment as a young woman’s damaged heart is healed by the kind of man she swore never to trust ...

C+
A Christmas to Remember (anthology)

Note: A Christmas to Remember is a collection of four Christmas-themed novellas that have been previously published elsewhere. Anthologies are, by their very nature, a mixed bag, and I usually find they consist of perhaps one excellent story, one poor one and a couple in between.  In the case of ...