European Historical Romance

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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 ...

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Vice

(originally reviewed on November 11, 1999) I have read all of Jane Feather's books from the '90s and some from the '80s. This book is her finest because she goes into her material with a depth and complexity her other books lack. While all of her books are entertaining, this one is not only enterta ...

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The Lady Rogue

Jenn Bennett evokes classic movies and stories of derring-do in her latest novel, Lady Rogue. Set in Europe in 1937, this fun twist on the treasure hunting tales of yore is laden with romance, adventure, and just a touch of magic. The last time Theo (Theodora) Fox saw sexy Irish hunk Huck Gallagh ...

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Never Deny a Duke

He is the last duke standing . . . the sole remaining bachelor of the three self-proclaimed Decadent Dukes. Yet Davina MacCallum’s reasons for searching out the handsome Duke of Brentworth have nothing to do with marriage. Scottish lands were unfairly confiscated from her family by the Crown an ...

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A Scandal to Remember

It would be hard to choose the worst problem facing Lieutenant Charles Dance in his new peacetime posting, a scientific expedition on board the HMS Tenacious. Is it the ship’s state of disrepair and leaks? The drunken captain? The vicious bosun? The purser who ran off with the entire budget? Or is ...

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A Breath of Scandal

Antigone Preston’s father has barely been laid to rest when her mother announces Antigone’s betrothal to their older and creepy neighbor, Lord Aldridge. This will offer the chance for Antigone’s stunningly beautiful older sister to move in more rarefied circles and snare a financially secure h ...

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The Dark Knight

As a fan of medieval romances, I’m so, so excited to have discovered this buried treasure. Venetian nobleman Dante Chiaveri’s parents were murdered by his grasping uncle, so Dante and his sister fled to England, where Dante grew up to fill the role of the King’s Assassin. Everything is in p ...