Books by Virginia Henley

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The Irish Duke

The Irish Duke was my first Virginia Henley. I say this like I would say “This was my first Bertrice Small.” I have heard many love/hate stories about Henley, so what I expected was a very old-fashioned romance with oversexed people. I did not expect an awkward, quasi-factual account of a real-l ...

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The Decadent Duke

The Decadent Duke by Virginia Henley fails to quite an amazing degree. In its conception, it is actually quite an ambitious and potentially interesting project. Instead of making up the umpteenth Duke of Ravenhawk, his brother Lord Devlin Hunter and the beauteous Lady Samantha de Vere, desired by bo ...

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Notorious

As historical fiction, I really liked this book. As a historical romance, however, I was somewhat disappointed. Notorious is set at the time of the turbulent reign of Edward II, a period of great political strife and intrigue, and revolves around the relationship that develops between Brianna ...

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Infamous

By sheerest coincidence I was just finishing Virginia Henley’s A Year and A Day when I received Infamous to review. The books were published eight years apart, and it seemed from the back cover blurb that this sequel was to have continued Marjory de Warenne's romance with Robert Bruce after being ...

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Ravished

Ravished is an anomaly; a larger-than-life romance featuring elegiac sex, preposterous plot twists and turns, and a hero and heroine who are as close to perfect - and colorless - as those found in any 70's or 80's bodice-ripper. In addition, Virginia Henley peppers her story with loads of historical ...

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The Border Hostage

The cover blurb for The Border Hostage by Virginia Henley calls it “exuberantly written.” Exuberant is almost an understatement. Henley flings you right into the story with a torrid sex scene between two horses, told from the stallion’s point of view. Heath Kennedy is the ha ...

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The Marriage Prize

Virginia Henley has been writing historical romance since the early 1980s. She continues to write the larger-than-life, old-style romance she is famous for. For this reviewer, The Marriage Prize features a potentially engaging plot that is undermined by prose that can only be described as the deep ...

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A Woman of Passion

In A Woman of Passion, Virginia Henley introduces us to the life and loves of Elizabeth "Bess" Hardwick. Born into a life of poverty and kicked out of her home, Bess vows that she will do all it takes to gain security and success and rise to the top of English society. We follow Bess through four ma ...

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Seduced

Some readers avoid Virginia Henley because they believe she uses too much purple prose. I've read all of her books and this one does not have that problem. In fact, this book has an exuberance about it, a sense of humor even, unlike any other Henley I've ever read. Seduced has a cross-dressing based ...

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A Year and a Day

I have seldom met a Scottish romance I didn't like. All good streaks must come to an end though, and I must admit that A Year and a Day was really not my cup of tea. Although I enjoyed Enslaved, an earlier romance by author Henley, the language in this book very nearly intolerable, especially since ...