Books by Mary Reed McCall

B+
Sinful Pleasures

a Retro Review originally published on May 26, 2006 I'm a sucker for tortured heroes and heroines, as well as rich, even intense, historicals, so Mary Reed McCall's latest novel was a must-read for me. Her tale of love and healing set against the violent dissolution of the Templars is absolutely b ...

B
The Templar's Seduction

The Templar's Seduction is the first Mary Reed McCall novel I've read, though it is the last book in her Templar Knights series, and, rumor has it, her last book for a while. Sir Alex de Ashby is "a man bound by his own instincts for self-preservation above all else." He was drummed out of th ...

C+
Beyond Temptation

I'm really sorry I'm not giving Beyond Temptation a better grade. The author, Mary Reed McCall, wrote a wonderful segment for a recent ATBF column. Also, she took a chance on an unusual conflict of honor between the hero and heroine. Unfortunately, that conflict didn’t work for me; it just kept ...

C+
The Sweetest Sin

While this was an easy, engaging read for me, the book suffered both from a surfeit of cardboard villains and too much fighting between hero and heroine for it to be a truly satisfying read. Most times, it's hard for me to pinpoint exactly where I stop enjoying a book. Sometimes the events of the bo ...

D
The Crimson Lady

Sometimes I'm tempted to come up with a Letterman-type top ten list when I'm reading a book for review. Something like "You know it's a bad sign when..." I'm sure you could fill in the blank with any number of romance clichés. Maybe because I had hoped for something else, Mary Reed McCall's latest ...

C+
The Maiden Warrior

Everyone knows the legend of King Arthur, the once and future king, who will rise again to defend Britain. Here there is a twist. The Britain of the legend is Wales, and when Arthur returns he is reborn as a woman - or so the Welsh rebels think. Aidan de Brice, the Scourge of Wales, remembers wha ...

B-
Secret Vows

Medieval romances aren't usually my favorite sub-genre, but for one reason or another I have found myself reading more of them than usual this year. Secret Vows appealed to me because I found the conflict interesting: The heroine is forced by her evil brother-in-law to marry his sworn enemy. Not onl ...