Books by Rexanne Becnel

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Old Boyfriends

Rexanne Becnel becomes the latest historical romance author to try her hand at contemporary women's fiction with Old Boyfriends. Part of the new Harlequin Next series fiction line for "older women" (older than 35 that is), it's a decent read, if a little too uneven for me to recommend wholeheartedly ...

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The Heartbreaker

The Duke of Slut is such an oft-reviled character that many romance readers have taken to avoiding these so-called heroes like the plague. However, when a Duke of Slut is drawn with a touch more depth and subtlety (a bit of shame and humility don't hurt either) and if he meets a heroine who confront ...

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A Dove at Midnight

I have always read romance novels and the Medieval period of history has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. When I realized there was an entire sub-genre of romance novels set in this period, I was truly in heaven. I have followed the genre faithfully through the years, and have been pleas ...

B
The Bridemaker

It's not often that I come across a hero to die for, but Rexanne Becnel certainly has created a doozy in the person of one Adrian Hawke, the dark and handsome by-blow of a prominent Scottish family. And, frankly, for me he made this book. Heroine Hester Poitevant is a bit more ch ...

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The Troublemaker

What is it with 19th century Americans who show up in romance novels? They talk about sex to English virgins. In watching Bostonian hero Marshall MacDougal take advantage of heroine Sarah Palmer I felt like an elementary teacher who asks the naughty little boy, "Does your mother let you talk like th ...

B+
The Matchmaker

I like Rexanne Becnel. I've read a few of her books, and I liked them. So, when I was assigned The Matchmaker, I expected to like it as well. The dialogue between her hero and heroines has always been well done, something I appreciate in a love story. And though her books are far from frivolous, ...

C
The Mistress of Rosecliffe

The Mistress of Rosecliffe succeeds in providing plenty of Medieval flavor set against the backdrop of the Welsh-English conflict. This well written tale, with an interesting although familiar plot, makes for the final installment in Rexanne Becnel's Rosecliffe trilogy. Isold ...

C
The Knight of Rosecliffe

For a while when I started The Knight of Rosecliffe I felt like a newbie who had been plunked down in the middle of an X-Files conspiracy episodes marathon. "Who are these people and what are they talking about"? I wondered. Happily, I was able to glean enough of the previous story to figure out w ...

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Dangerous to Love

Dangerous to Love is a book that gets off to a great start. The premise is interesting, and the characters seem exciting and different. But halfway through the book the lead characters begin to behave stereotypically. Another promising book becomes a disappointment. The hero is I ...

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The Maiden Bride

The Maiden Bride is a Medieval romance in all its glory. The feel is there, the taste, the smell, the war-hardened men, the superstitions, the love, and the hate. In order to protect her beloved twin sister from marriage to a brutal Norman lord, Lady Linnea, doomed since birth as a "devil child," ...