Historical Romance

B+
The MacGregor's Lady

This latest offering from the very prolific Grace Burrowes (book three of her MacGregor series) is another well written story that fans will love. It has a few problems that kept it from being another DIK from this author, but a less than perfect effort by Burrowes is still better than most. The boo ...

B
Laird of Ballanclaire

This novel by Jackie Ivie is not what I expected. It is set in the years right before the Revolutionary War in America, but the hero is Scottish born and bred. I like that Ms. Ivie chose an unusual setting as well as an unusual matchup between the hero and the heroine. But the story was just a tad d ...

A-
Scandal in the Night

This is the first book by Elizabeth Essex I’ve read, and on the strength of it, will certainly be searching out more of her work. Scandal in the Night is part of a series, but works incredibly well as a standalone; and in it, Ms Essex has combined a sweeping and poignant romance with a thriller an ...

B
Daughter of the God-King

The Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz have always been guilty pleasures for me. Granted, the story line isn’t brilliant nor the acting critically acclaimed. The history undoubtedly has its flaws. But the story is so fun, the characters so charming that I can’t help but love t ...

B-
A Very Scandalous Holiday

Anthology
Even though we're still in mid-fall, I always start thinking of Christmas anthologies this time of year. When I saw that A Very Scandalous Holiday featured romances from a variety of time periods (and even a Hanukkah romance in the mix!), I knew I had to give it a try. Not every story worked for me ...

B+
At the Duke's Wedding

At the Duke’s Wedding is a set of linked novellas, each one written by a well-known author in the world of historical romance. Each of the stories takes place in and around the two weeks leading up to the wedding of the eponymous Duke, and one of the things I particularly liked was the way in w ...

C+
The Gilded Fan

Every so often a book comes along that seems like it’ll just pull you in…and it doesn’t. You open it up, read the first few pages or chapters, and then look at your TBR pile and go, “Nah. I’ve got plenty of other things to read that actually interest me.” It’s not that this book is bad ...

B+
I Married the Duke

I Married the Duke is the first in a trilogy subtitled “The Prince Catchers”, in which three sisters – Eleanor, Arabella and Ravenna – attempt to discover the truth about their family and find love along the way, and on the strength of this one, I’d say it promises to be a very enjoyable t ...

B+
The Lotus Palace

I've enjoyed Jeannie Lin's China-set historicals so far and I was thrilled when I heard she would be writing single title as well. I went into The Lotus Palace expecting some element of suspense in the plot, but otherwise I had no idea what I would be getting into. As it turns out, it was quite a t ...

A-
Lord of Secrets

Alyssa Everett is an author whose name on a cover is already guaranteed to make me take at least a second look, even though she has only (so far) published two books. I listened to the audio version of her earlier Ruined by Rumor a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the fact that it r ...