European Historical Romance

C+
What the Duke Desires

I started writing this review a day or two after I finished reading What the Duke Desires, and was poised to give it a B or B-. Then a couple of days went by, and I got back to writing this review, and... I had nothing. I didn't remember this book at all. And that was within a week of finishing it. ...

B
It Happened One Midnight

It Happened One Midnight is the eighth book in Ms. Long's Pennyroyal Green series. The hero is Jonathan Redmond, the youngest of the Redmonds.This fact alone made me consider downgrading this book. I and the rest of Ms. Long's fans have been impatiently waiting since I Kissed an Earl (#5) to learn w ...

C-
The Devil of Clan Sinclair

The Devil of Clan Sinclair is poorly named. The hero is, in fact, a very nice guy. Maybe a little too nice. He's quick to forgive the dishonest and easily manipulated heroine - something I'm not sure I could have done in his place. Virginia Anderson is an American heiress with an amb ...

B-
The Rose at Twilight

A Rose at Twilight is one of many historical romance titles from decades past which have been reissued by Open Road Media in digital formats. This re-issue of a title originally published in 1992 is set shortly after the Battle of Bosworth, which saw the demise of King Richard III and the ascent of ...

A
The Heiress Effect

Ms Milan’s novella The Governess Affair, which is the prequel to this series, was one of my favourite books from late 2012, and I’ve listed Hugo and Serena from that story as one of my favourite couples on my reviewer profile here at AAR. Oliver Marshall, the hero of The Heiress Effect is their ...

B
Stroke of Midnight

Fairy tale retellings seem to be constantly popular. Variations of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White are all over the place, just to name a few. Instead of retelling the story of Cinderella, Stroke of Midnight brings in that one piece of magic that make the HEA happen – the glass slipper ...

B
A Reputation for Notoriety

A Reputation for Notoriety was an enjoyable, quick read that was tightly plotted and well written. The hero and heroine were both pleasantly less stereotypical than your usual gorgeous alpha-male and widow-fallen-on-hard-times, and I felt that the emotional connection between them seemed honest and ...

D
One More Kiss

I really struggled to finish One More Kiss. Even though I hate to let a book defeat me, I’m almost sure that had I not been reading it for review, it would have been a DNF. Non-identical twin sisters Beatrice and Cecilia are the daughters of Abel Brent, a wealthy Midlands industria ...

A-
A Woman Entangled

This latest installment in Cecilia Grant’s Blackshear series is as different from the two titles that preceded it (A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone) as those two books are different from each other, but is every bit as good. Nicholas is the middle Blackshear brother and has been making his ...

D
Never Too Late

Never Too Late was one of those books where what could have been a decent premise was ruined by poor execution. I was initially intrigued by the fact that the more usual gender/age roles were reversed, with the heroine being forty and the hero twenty-six. Even now, a couple in which the woman is ...