Books by Brenda Joyce

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Dark Embrace

I now feel like I’ve read a soap opera. Dark Embrace is part of The Masters of Time series, but is also the first book of a trilogy within the series involving the Rose women. This is the first book by Joyce I’ve read and I don’t think I’ll be reading another. Every single aspect of this ...

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Dark Rival

I am a huge Brenda Joyce fan. So I was more than happy to review her latest novel, Dark Rival, the second installment in her Masters of Time series. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to her previous one. Master Black Royce is sent from his world in the year 1430 to New Yor ...

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The Perfect Bride

Heroes and heroines face a lot of obstacles in romance novels, but failing sanity is not one that could be considered run-of-the-mill. In The Perfect Bride, Lady Blanche Harrington faces just that. This book is also somewhat unique in that the romance is based more on mutual respect than physical ...

D
A Lady at Last

Sweeping is a word I often use to describe the last few Brenda Joyce romances I have read. As the storyline of A Lady at Last sweeps from one country to another (with some pirate adventure thrown in along the way), the one thing that remained utmost in my mind as the plot swerved here and dipped th ...

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The Stolen Bride

The Stolen Bride is the third book in Joyce's deWarenne Family series, a family formed when Eleanor deWarenne's father, an Irish earl, married Sean O'Neill's mother, the widow of a prominent Irish landowner who was killed by the British. Together they blended a large family of siblings, but Elle ha ...

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Deadly Kisses

In Deadly Kisses Brenda Joyce continues the saga of the investigating career of socialite Francesca Cahill. Francesca is engaged to Calder Hart at the beginning of the book, but they are both immediately plunged into a murder involving his former mistress which threatens their lives and love. Cal ...

C
The Masquerade

Long separations, an immature self-sacrificing heroine, and the big misunderstanding are all plot elements I try to avoid when reading romance. And then there is the register somewhere in my head that counts the number of times I roll my eyes in frustration as I read a particular book, gradually r ...

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The Prize

Let's start off with the good news: Brenda Joyce returns to historical romance with a big, meaty story of a scope rarely found these days. Now for the bad: The book is filled with far too many retro elements, including an 18 year-old terminally spunky heroine and a hero whose behavior towards her bo ...

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Deadly Promise

Brenda Joyce's latest novel is a strangely compelling blend of mystery and melodrama. This is the kind of book where analyzing its pros and cons wouldn't really describe the overall effect of reading it. For all its flaws - and there are plenty of them - it remains a compulsively readable story. ...

C
Deadly Caress

New-to-me authors and series are always fun to try, so I looked forward to Deadly Caress, which had the added attraction of being set in New York in 1902, a different and interesting setting. Brenda Joyce creates a world that's easy to get sucked into, but my enthusiasm waned considerably because of ...