European Historical Romance

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Lord of Scoundrels

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on May 15, 1997 Lord of Scoundrels held the #1 spot in our Top 100 polls in 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, and 2000. It was #7 in our first poll, in 1998. We're about to do a new one...  One of the greatest thrills about reading, for me, is to ...

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Devil in Winter

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on February 28, 2006 Let me begin by stating that Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, wins the award in my book for most anticipated future hero. As I finished reading It Happened One Autumn, I was stunned to discover that extreme bad boy Sebastian woul ...

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The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (#4 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on April 18, 2009 When you’re reading a book that is a step or two – or six or seven – above the norm, you know it almost immediately. Such is the case with The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. The characters here are so complex and so rea ...

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Flowers From the Storm (#6 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on April 07, 1999  If you want to read a book that comes as close to perfection as any historical romance, then pick up Flowers from the Storm. The story, the language, the emotional intensity: this book has everything. It's Laura Kinsale at the ...

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Slightly Dangerous (#7 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 22, 2004  To put my assessment of this book in perspective, I haven't loved every book ever written by Mary Balogh and I've found the Slightly series to be more uneven than it seems many readers did. With that said, though, I most assuredly do l ...

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Dreaming of You (#8 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on September 30, 1998  He was born in a drainpipe, abandoned by his mother and raised by prostitutes until he was old enough to work as a climbing boy cleaning chimneys. He gave himself a name as he was born without one. He does not know how old he is ...

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (#9 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on December 8, 2000 If an author has done her job, I will be swept away into another world and introduced to people I would like to know in real life, and when I leave this fictional world I will have been moved in some way. With The Viscount Who Loved M ...

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (#10 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 7, 2002 While reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton was great fun, reviewing it is no picnic. Especially since readers at AAR expect a nicely detailed first-half of the book plot summary with every review. Well, in this case, I just can't do it ...

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The Spymaster's Lady (#11 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on January 11, 2008 I almost passed on reviewing The Spymaster's Lady. The cheesy cover (open ruffle-shirted hunk - yawn) and even cheesier title (oh, no - not another spymaster!) led me to believe that it would be yet another boring, cookie-cutter, Rege ...

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What I Did for a Duke (#13 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 18, 2011 Genevieve Eversea, of Pennyroyal Green, has been in love with Lord Harry Osborne for three years. Harry is all that Genevieve wants in a man — he’s funny, handsome, shares her knowledge and love of Italian art, and makes her smil ...