Historical Romance

B-
Red, Red Rose

Red, Red Rose is set primarily in Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars. With its rich historical and military detail, it is somewhat reminiscent of Mary Jo Putney's Shattered Rainbows. It has an exciting sub-plot involving spies and treason, and it's quite a good read. The only problem is that the ro ...

B+
Red, Red Rose

There aren't many books that haunt me days after I've finished them but Red, Red Rose did just that. It is a powerful and heart-rending story that's not easily forgotten. I also tore my hair out trying to rate it because the beginning and end of the story are desert isle keeper material; unfortunate ...

C+
Untamed Love

While reading Untamed Heart by Judy Veisel, something unexpected happened. I was only a few chapters in when I began to feel a friendship forming between myself and Caro, the heroine. I liked her. I cared about her. She was strong, resilient, capable of killing if necessary, but at the same time had ...

B-
Captured Hearts

Anthology
There are two reviews of this book. Let the reader beware! All the stories in Captured Hearts have been printed in earlier anthologies. So if you are a reader of anthologies, you might want to check the fine print at the beginning. That said, the stories in Captured Hearts were all new to me and ra ...

C+
Captured Hearts

Anthology
There are two reviews of this book. I'm not really sure why this anthology was published. All of these stories have appeared in anthologies before. If you have read A Regency Valentine, Dashing and Dangerous, or Rakes and Rogues, then you have already read one or more of these stories. That being s ...

A
Outlaw

Susan Johnson achieves emotional involvement along with hot, hot sexuality in this historical. Although we associate this author with the latter quality in all of her books, we rarely use the term emotional when describing her work. In Outlaw Johnson successfully portrays a deep emotional involvemen ...

C+
So Wild a Kiss

In Ireland in the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell's army is spreading terror throughout the land. It makes no difference if you are a descendant of the Normans or are pure Irish, if you have an estate you stand a good chance of losing it to Cromwell's profiteers. This possibility terrifies Eleanor Arc ...

D
Pirate

Most of us remember our first love with some clarity. Certainly we'd recognize him if we saw him again - even if many years had gone by. Imagine my surprise then, when the heroine in Connie Mason's newest release Pirate doesn't recognize her own husband because he's wearing an eye patch! Granted, he ...

D-
Sea Fire

Sea Fire is a re-issue of the Karen Robards historical novel that was first published in 1982. Did I really read things like this back then? Sea Fire is an old fashioned, pirates on the high seas, rape-fest complete with tall, dark and studly hero, golden-haired, feisty-as-all-get-out heroine and sl ...

F
Sea Fire

As I read Sea Fire, I tried to figure out why it was reissued. It's a continuation of the story which began in Karen Robard's first novel, Island Flame. Like that book, Sea Fire shows its age. The hero is domineering, jealous, and much older than the heroine. And this book is full of what someone on ...