Historical Romance

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Because You're Mine

As comfort reads go, this one is near the top of my list. Every time I read it I groan, and sigh in exasperation, and roll my eyes at the dramatic hijinks of Maddy and Logan. And every year, without fail, I borrow it from the library and read it again with pleasure. Go figure. Madeline Matthews w ...

C+
The Soldier

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Ah, the joys of anachronism. I’ve read historicals so charming that I totally ignored the fact that the heroines talked like me. And I’ve read books that ended up unfinished back at the library, or worse, heaved against a wall. Ms. Burrowes’ sophomore title tries really hard to be the forme ...

B-
A Tapestry of Dreams

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Imagine you’re watching the History Channel. They’ve got a lovely six-part miniseries about 12th century Northumbria just before the Battle of the Standard, and you decide, “Hey! I don’t know anything about that historical period, let’s check it out!” You’re enjoying the diverse cast ...

B
Wild Desire

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You may not realize it from the cover or back cover copy, but Wild Desires is a rather intense historical romance set in India with a fairly prevalent paranormal element. I wasn’t disappointed to find this instead of the road trip romp I had expected as it remains a thoroughly enjoyable journey of ...

B
Never a Gentleman

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If you are a reader who wants the hero to be a sensitive, chivalrous gentleman who falls in love with the heroine in the first chapter and treats her like a goddess (minus a few Big Misunderstandings), you will most likely have issues with Diccan Hilliard. However, if you prefer characters who aren ...

B
The Perfect Mistress

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With few exceptions, I don’t like ghosts as characters in novels, and The Perfect Mistress features one fairly prominently. At first I wasn’t happy a bit, but as the story continued I thawed out and found myself charmed by the characters and the story. When Lady Julia Winters ...

B-
A Harlequin Christmas Carol

Anthology
My annual Christmas anthology orgy continues with A Harlequin Christmas Carol. The premise of this one is that three guardian angels need to help their charges find true love during the Christmas season, or they will remain wing-less apprentice angels for another hundred years. Their charges all bel ...

B-
The Surrender of a Lady

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I initially picked up Surrender of a Lady because it was one of those books I wanted to like. It's set in the Ottoman Empire and the heroine is a harem girl. The author explores some unusual themes and gives readers a picture of a very exotic time and place. However, the romance at the center of ...

D
Seducing the Duchess

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I’ll just put my cards on the table right now. I really, really did not like Philip and Charlotte Burgess, the Duke and Duchess of Rutherford. Seducing the Duchess, features an estranged couple who find their way back to each other – a plot I normally like very much – but Philip and Charlott ...

A
The Accidental Wedding

Maddy Woodford is the Regency version of the woman who does too much. She cares for her orphaned half-siblings as if they were her own children, she keeps her modest house spotlessly tidy, and she helps the needy in her community. But Maddy doesn’t dream of having it all—she’s given up on find ...