European Historical Romance

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Escaping With Her Saxon Enemy

Second in Sarah Rodi’s Rise of the Ivarssons series, Escaping with Her Saxon Enemy features Lord Ashford – Ash - Stanton and shield maiden Svea Ivarsson. Ash once robbed Svea of her chance for revenge against Lord Crowe, the man who assaulted her and changed her life forever, and she has despise ...

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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 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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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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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 ...