Historical Romance

C-
Romancing the Pirate

Once upon a time, it seemed like pirate romances were all the rage, but then they practically disappeared. When I picked up this one, I hoped for a warm reunion with a swashbuckling, daring romance. Much to my disappointment, the book started out incredibly strong, but fizzled completely toward the ...

B+
With Seduction in Mind

I always enjoy Laura Lee Guhrke’s books and With Seduction in Mind is no exception. The characters were a delight to meet – witty, intelligent and well matched. The story had a bit of a silly misunderstanding at the end, but for the most part I had a wonderful time reading this one. ...

F
Pirate in My Arms

I started reading Pirate in My Arms with high expectations. It was my first Danelle Harmon, and based on the gushing reviews I’ve read for her other books, I hoped this book would be a keeper. Unfortunately, not so. Maria Hallett is a gentle, sheltered girl living in the Puritan ...

A-
Cherished

I love Elizabeth Thornton’s writing for one important reason: her heroes trust their women. There are no ridiculous scenes of jealousy or accusations, and when her heroes are wrong, they actually (gasp) apologize. There are no drawn-out, big misunderstandings here – and that’s a very good thin ...

A
Not Quite a Husband

If you want to read Sherry Thomas's third novel, Not Quite a Husband, choose a moment when you have some time to yourself, because this is a book not so much to devour, but to savor at leisure, like a glass of excellent wine. A short prologue provides us with a glimpse of the deep unhappiness Bry ...

B+
Across a Moonlit Sea

Memory does play funny tricks on you. I bought Across a Moonlit Sea at a UBS because I remembered loving it a few years ago. After reading it, I realised that, although it was still really good, something had changed and it sure as hell wasn't the book. Mind you, it's still a wonderful ...

A-
Silk and Secrets

The romance genre is a funny thing. It is the only genre that I know of whereby, of the three narrative components (plot, setting, and character), reader expectations limit and predicate two: Plot and character. The plot limitation is, of course, the Happily-Ever-After. But the character limitation ...

D+
Siren's Secret

Have you ever wondered how the Indiana Jones movies would translate into book form? Me either – until recently. Siren's Secret had me thinking about it. "And then, this really scary and accomplished swordsman appeared and started brandishing his sword at Indy. He totally looked like a threat, bu ...

C+
Mastering the Marquess

Mastering the Marquess is Vanessa Kelly's first book and it's a decent, although not exceptional debut. The story is pleasant and the characters are too, but the book was not one to linger in my mind. Meredith Burnley and her half sister Annabel are in a very uncomfortable situation ...

C+
Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark

Something about intrepid heroines, brooding heroes, remote estates, and rumors of dark doings will always have a special place in my heart. The best gothic romances I've read have a certain spark about them that gave me the shivers - but in a good way. With Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, Donn ...