European Historical Romance

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The Marriage Wager

I think you're really going to enjoy The Marriage Wager. It is one of the finest marriage of convenience stories I've read, and features, as do many historicals these days, a widowed and adult heroine as opposed to a nubile teenager. This is the Regency-era historical of Lady Emma Tarrant, whose ...

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The Deception

The Deception is told in the first person narrative, from the heroine's point of view. Because many of us read romance for the heroes, this is a problem. For we get to see the hero and learn about him through the eyes of his heroine and younger brother, but never get to really know him ourselves. ...

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Midsummer Moon

Midsummer Moon is an intriguing read. Not a book to pick up and leaf through at odd moments, it requires some effort on the part of the reader to grasp what the author offers in the way of characterization, theme, and complexity of plot. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; ...

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Then Came You

I first read Then Came You in 1993, shortly after discovering romance, and it is one of the reasons I fell in love with the genre. Different than most of the romances I'd read, it featured a heroine more tortured than the hero, a so-called "fallen" woman with a wicked reputation. Perhaps I fell in l ...

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Castles

Castles is Julie Garwood at her best. It is witty, sexy, romantic, and has enough danger to keep things moving quickly. In fact, the only thing I don't love about this book is that I finished it too quickly. But that's alright too, because I've read it over and over and over again since first readin ...

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Minx

Julia Quinn writes wonderfully witty, sexy books that work best when there isn't a plot, or a traditional "villain." That's why Splendid is one of my all-time keepers. That's why I liked Dancing at Midnight less than Splendid, and why I like Minx better than Dancing at Midnight. Minx is the d ...

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You and No Other

You and No Other is a reasonably well-written Regency-set historical that tells the story of a widow whose feckless brother-in-law has gambled away her house. Lady Caroline Pearson is determined to get the deed to her home back from current owner James Farrington, a self-made man who also happens to ...

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Winterburn's Rose

Winterburn's Rose is much like a delicate flower growing in a garden. It is different in color, texture, and tone than most other flowers. But it isn't going to fully bloom, although the author uses a fairly unique green thumb to help it along. Winterburn is Leigh Nash, the Earl ...

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Prince of Swords

Some of the books I've read lately have made me wonder whether or not I might be suffering from a terminal case of "First as Favorites" syndrome. In fact, after reading Prince of Swords, I sat down with A Rose at Midnight, an earlier book by Anne Stuart, to make sure it was as wonderful as I had rem ...

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Miranda

Miranda is a tautly-crafted, finely-tuned Regency-era historical filled with spies, suspense, amnesia, and two men vying for the love of the heroine. There are lovely lords, ladies, lairds, and madwomen, Bedlam and the Highlands. The problem with this book is the heroine. Perhaps because she ...