Historical Romance

B-
On a Long Ago Night

On a Long Ago Night is the type of romance you can really sink your teeth into. It's lush, exotic, and passionate - in a good way. It's primarily set in England in 1838 (around the time of Queen Victoria's coronation), but there are frequent flashbacks to Algiers in 1830. Partly because so much of t ...

C+
Night Secrets

Although I can't give it an unqualified recommendation, Night Secrets is an entertaining book. Unfortunately it includes one of my major pet peeves, a heroine who is much, much too young for the hero. As a result, I often squirmed, even as I was whizzing through it. It doesn't help that the hero tak ...

B
Ship of Dreams

I hope I won't need my fire extinguisher, but here goes - I found the romance in Titanic to be contrived and artificial. So when I began this book, a romance set aboard another real life doomed sea voyage, I wasn't sure what to expect. Thank goodness Brenda Hiatt created the characters of Kent and ...

C-
The Maiden's Revenge

The Maiden's Revenge offers two bigger-than-life characters, an overdose of lust, and a modicum of action as pirate meets merchant, neither ever to be the same again. Although the book is competently written and possesses an intriguing story concept, the characters lack the multi-dimensional quality ...

C+
The Orchid Hunter

I've always said that a good writer can pull anything off, but some plots are harder to swing than others. One of the very hardest is the "wild child" story where one of the two main characters has been raised in a "primitive" culture. This goes double when the country of origin is imaginary. All th ...

D-
A Pirate's Love

Either Johanna Lindsey has changed her style of writing since 1978 or I've grown as a reader since the early 1990's when I began to read her books. It's got to be one or the other, or there would be no other explanation for why I've enjoyed some of her later books, in particular, Prisoner of My Desi ...

C+
Tell Me Lies

Check out this cover. The man with the pirate bandana on his head looks exactly like David Duchovny. He is staring up at the breasts of a woman who is bound to the mast of a ship with her arms stretched up over her head. She has a very smug look on her face. This may not be a very good cover, bu ...

C
My One And Only

Every once in a while you come across a book where the hero and heroine are brave and gorgeous but somehow you don't quite believe in them. That's the way My One And Only hit me. The hero and heroine should have been compelling but are not, perhaps because neither one is completely convincing. ...

B+
Simmer All Night

Geralyn Dawson's latest offering, Simmer All Night, is a wonderful concoction of Texas swagger and English sensibilities, with much of her trademark humor to warm up a chilly winter day. The book opens when Cole Morgan finds out that one Christina Elizabeth Delaney has just been cro ...

C+
Christmas Kisses

Anthology
Anthologies have always been a mixed bag for me, and Christmas Kisses was no exception. There was a fairly good story, a terrible one, and one that nearly knocked it out of the park for me. ...