European Historical Romance

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The Devil's Waltz

A Retro Review originally published on February 5, 2006 Tired of fake rakes and Sex and the City-ish young women in Regency garb? As someone who once had some degree of tolerance for wallpaper romances but who’s now had it up to here with the endless supply of “historicals” (air quotes inten ...

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Duchess for a Day

a Retro Review originally published on July 25, 1999 There are no two ways about it - Duchess for a Day is a book that defines the word "cheesy." The love scenes could be entered in the Purple Prose Parody Contest. The plot relies on contrivances like fake amnesia and an unrealistic marriage of co ...

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The Captain of All Pleasures

a Retro Review originally published August 8, 2003 Nicole Lassiter and Captain Derek Sutherland are natural enemies - he hates her father and she hates him. When Nicole's father is imprisoned, she takes her father's ship to sea for the Great Circle Race in hopes of saving his business. A sabot ...

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The Virtuoso

a Retro Review originally published on October 25, 2011 Music has never really been my thing. I enjoy listening to it, but don’t have the true appreciation of it that some have. Grace Burrowes, the author of The Virtuoso, is one of those people who really understands the emotions, depth, and mea ...

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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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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 ...