Books by Margo Maguire

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The Highlander's Desire

It's frustrating to read a book which could have been good, but isn't. That's exactly how I felt as I read The Highlander's Desire. The 18th century Scottish setting had potential - goodness knows this was a time of high drama in Scotland. The Cinderella aspect of the story had potential as well. A ...

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The Warrior Laird

Any time a book starts off with a unique twist, it starts off with bonus points from me. At that point, it is the book’s game to lose. Unfortunately, the promising start of The Warrior Laird soon lost its shine. Duncan MacMillan and his siblings survived the Massacre at Glencoe and Duncan becam ...

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Seducing the Governess

I’m predisposed to like governess books. In the eternal Jane Eyre v. Wuthering Heights debate, I’m firmly in the Jane Eyre camp, and I think most governess romances owe a little something to Jane. But Seducing the Governess is not all that noteworthy. Neither dreadful nor wonderful, it’s your ...

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Wild

I usually find Margo Maguire to be a steady and reliable writer, though it's been a couple of years since I read her. However, I found Wild, which read like a cross between Tarzan and Pygmalion, to be a disappointment. Anthony Maddox is the long-lost Earl of Sutton - lost when hi ...

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Temptation of the Warrior

Some of Margo Maguire's earlier books have a light, fairytale mood, so seeing her move into fantasy romance seems natural rather than forced. Unfortunately, Temptation of the Warrior contains too much hackneyed prose and too many tired cliches to work. While parts of the story are quite likable, t ...

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A Warrior's Taking

Some books successfully combine two or more genres. This book is definitely not one of them. Warrior's Taking reads at the start like a fantasy novel, then morphs into an historical romance with a fantasy slant that doesn't work. Did Maguire have so many ideas that she couldn't decide what to lea ...

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The Perfect Seduction

I loved Margo Maguire's novels when she wrote for Harlequin and when I heard she was going over to Avon, I was curious to see how she would do with the longer historicals. I enjoyed her first Avon release and this one was also a fun read. I wish that Maguire would use the extended length of her book ...

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The Bride Hunt

I discovered Margo Maguire last year when I read her two Victorian-set historicals. I enjoyed them enough to search for her backlist, but she wrote for Harlequin, which has notoriously low print runs, and so have had difficulty finding them. The Bride Hunt, a very good Beauty and the Beast story, is ...

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Not Quite a Lady

Harlequin Historicals has recently published a number of books quite different in setting and voice from the current run of Regency-set romances filling the rosters of most publishers. Margo Maguire's latest historical romance fits the Harlequin bill nicely: It's a refreshingly different, creative, ...