Historical Romance

D
Forever in Your Embrace

If you have ever found yourself wondering just what purple prose looks like in a novel, look no further. This books has all that more. You will find yourself in the midst of flashing orbs, rampaging lusts, and tenebrous - yes, tenebrous - gloom. The moon does not merely rise in the sky, it appears l ...

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. ...

D-
Whisper Always

There have been authors and readers who have suggested that we at AAR should only write nice things about the novels we read. I have a few nice things to say about Whisper Always: The hero became almost likable during the final third of the book. It takes place during the Victorian times - a ...

B
An Improper Proposal

An Improper Proposal is a sexy, action-packed, humorous book. This is not a book to turn to if you are looking for in-depth character analysis or tortured, soul-searching heroes; this one is just pure fun. While it's slightly flawed at the end, overall it provides for solid entertainment. Payt ...

F
The Last Pirate

Pirate stories are amongst the more maligned in the field of romance novels, so when I got a chance to review this offering by Marti Phillips, I jumped at the chance, hoping to find a rare gem among the stereotypical Pirate books out there. Alas, it was not to be. Adrian Wolfe is ...

F
Desire's Blossom

I first picked up Desire’s Blossom when I was ten years old. I was curious about the books with the ugly covers that my sister loved so much. I chose Desire’s Blossom because I read from the back cover blurb that it was partially set in China. I didn’t read another romance book for six yea ...

B
Tame Me Not

I got off on the wrong foot with Tame Me Not, and unfortunately, I suspect that a lot of other people will as well. The book starts off with Mignonne Saint-Sylvestre, a teenage heroine finishing up a night of work as a "highwayman." Mignonne, it seems is your basic too-feisty-to-live heroine. Like ...

B
September Moon

I haven't read too many historical romances that take place in Australia. At first, I thought September Moon was going to be just like those American Historicals that take place on the frontier - lots of hardship, wildness and danger. It is. And yet, it is different. Ms. Proctor brings all the stran ...

F
And Gold Was Ours

Rebecca Brandewyne used to be one of my favorite authors. Boy, have my tastes changed! At first, though I didn't buy into the reincarnation subplot, I enjoyed And Gold Was Ours as I might enjoy a campy movie serial. Then, I came upon the scene where the evil nun tried to force herself on the heroine ...

C-
Long Way Home

The blurb of The Long Way Home, the newest in Jove's Friends line, proclaims "When it comes to matters of the heart, you can always trust your friends." Wouldn't you say that sets up certain reader expectations? It's unfortunate this book was included in this new marketing strategy because none of t ...