Historical Romance

A-
Sweet Release

Let me confess up front that I have a weakness for historical romances set in colonial Virginia. I've lived in Virginia most of my life, and for four of those years I lived in Williamsburg, the colonial capital. Not surprisingly, I've also long been fascinated with the history of colonial Virginia ...

C+
The Irish Bride

I've been a fan of Alexis Harrington for many years. A Light for My Love was my first Harrington read, and I fell in love with Jake Chastain and his story of unrequited love (later "requited," of course!). Other favorites include A Taste of Heaven and Harper's Bride. I was hoping The Irish Bride wo ...

A
My Lady Vixen

I first read Shirley Busbee's My Lady Vixen when I was 14 and became instantly obsessed with historical romances. It is my number one, all-time favorite novel. I have read and agreed with the other reviews of Busbee's recent offerings and I too found them predictable and plodding ...

D
White Tiger's Fancy

I knew this book was in trouble when I found myself rooting for the man-eating tiger to finish off the hero and heroine during their hunt for the beast. White Tiger's Fancy does win points for trying something different than the usual historical romance: the setting is mostly in India, and the des ...

B+
Perils of the Heart

Pity poor Evangeline Clemens. She was educated at a proper English academy where young ladies were taught "only to expect the conventional from life, and to be indignant when the extraordinary thrust itself upon them." Evangeline is headed for Boston to become a governess. Along the way, however, th ...

D
The Falcon and the Dove

If you like those Indian romances - you know the ones, where the chieftan hero captures and falls for the beautiful blonde heroine who then proceeds to bring the light of progress to his backward tribe - then you're sure to love this book, which is the exact same plot, transplanted on another contin ...

B+
The Dream Hunter

The first time I read The Dream Hunter, three years ago, I didn't like it. At all. I don't remember specific reasons, but I recorded a D as my grade for it in my personal reading log. I suspect I disliked the heroine and grew impatient for the slow-to-arrive resolution. My, how I have changed. I ...

D
Bliss River

A well-told erotic story can definitely be a good thing. However, just because a book is filled with sex acts and sex words doesn't mean that it doesn't still owe it to the readers to have a good plot, and most importantly, characters the reader can relate to or care about. In this case, Bliss Riv ...

D
The Impossible Bride

The Impossible Bride is apparently a sequel to this author's first book, The Impossible Texan. Since I didn't read the first book, I began this one at a loss, and it took me quite a while to recover. Not only did I not know who the heroine was - since much of her background was apparently establishe ...

D
Heart of the Condor

Sometimes you can jump in at the end of a series of connected books and just enjoy the one in your hands on its own merits. Unhappily, such was not the case here. Heart of the Condor is very much tied to its predecessors, it assumes that the reader is already familiar with so much background informa ...