European Historical Romance

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Say You Love Me

A Retro Review originally published on November 1, 1996 If you're looking for a great Johanna Lindsey to read, look no farther. . .than your keeper shelf and re-read one of her older releases. Because Say You Love Me is not a keeper and will not be joining those other treasured Lindsey's in your c ...

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The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix’s Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. (originally published on June 19, 2013) When I first chose this book to review, I did not realize that it was a collection of short stories about the Bridge ...

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On the Way to the Wedding

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix’s Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. (originally published on June 25, 2006) On the Way to the Wedding, the final entry in Julia Quinn's popular Bridgerton series, started off with a great atte ...

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Rightfully His

A Retro Review originally published on June 3, 2002 Tracy Grant's newest release, Daughter of the Game, was not a keeper for me, but I did find it intriguing enough to seek out her backlist, and I'm glad that I did. Rightfully His was a most engaging read - exquisitely plotted, full of interesting ...

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The Wedding Night

A Retro Review originally published on April 23, 1999 One of the great things about being a reviewer is that every once in awhile you read a book that makes you think, "My God, what a fantastic book!" I am happy to say that The Wedding Night made me think just that. The year is 1858 and Mairey ...

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Home for the Holidays

A Retro Review originally published on November 26, 2000 Are you looking for some cozy, feel-good holiday reading? Johanna Lindsey's latest book, Home for the Holidays is a pocket-size hard cover with a Currier and Ives-esque cover that just might tempt you to give yourself an early Christmas pres ...

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The Pirate Prince

A Retro Review originally published on December 12, 2005 Four years ago I began reading romance and my first year of non-stop romances was by far the most fun I have ever had reading. The Pirate Prince was one of my favorites that year and when I reread it recently, I found myself once again mesme ...

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An Affair To Remember

a Retro Review originally published on July 2, 2002 I've been a bit worried about European historicals lately. In the past year or so I've run across far too many featuring ridiculously contrived cutesy plots, heroines for whom the TSTL designation is unquestionably an understatement, and, of cour ...

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Libertine's Kiss

A Blast from the Past review originally published on August 18, 2010 There are books I rather like and then, every once in a great while, there are books I love to the point of wanting everybody I know to go out and buy a copy. Libertine's Kiss is one of those rare books. This angsty historical is ...

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Splendid

A DIKlassic review! (originally published on January 25, 1997) Splendid is a splendidly, witty, wicked, and sexy read. I liken Splendid to Seinfeld. Just as Jerry, Kramer, Elaine, and George can spend a half hour entertaining us while doing essentially nothing, Julia Quinn''s debut novel is a deli ...