Frontier/Western Hist Romance

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A Taste of Heaven

AAR started posting reviews online in January of 1996! This is one of the very first reviews we ran on January 1, 1996.    A Taste of Heaven is a wonderful mail-order bride romance, set in the fictional town of Heaven, Montana, in the 1880's. Our lovely heroine, the widowed and destitute ...

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A Touch of Frost

A Touch of Frost is, quite simply, a cracking good yarn. Jo Goodman takes us back to the old west in this amusing, emotionally intense, sensual and absorbing tale about a clever woman, the man bound to protect her, and the love that waylays their neatly formed plans. The first time Phoebe Apple s ...

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Breathless

I have read very few novels that feature African Americans as both hero and heroine, and I know very little of Black U.S. history after the Civil War, so I was keen to read Breathless, which is set in the Arizona Territory in the 1880s. The novel is the second volume in a trilogy, but everything yo ...

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Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

I truly enjoy historical novels where I’m not only entertained by a well-written story, but I also learn about a part of history of which I had no prior knowledge. So I really appreciated seeing a bibliography at the end of three of the stories in this anthology – a welcome first, because I’m ...

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Rainbow’s End

an IDKlassic (It's Dreadful) originally published on November 27, 2000   While reading Rainbow’s End by Rebecca Brandewyne, I mentally played a little game called “Who Would I Throttle?” Would it be the hero, who seems not to be able to perform sexually unless he threatens and domina ...

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Snowflakes and Stetsons

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I’m usually not an anthology junkie, but when Christmas rolls around, I just can’t get enough Christmas stories. As a result, I have quite a stash of holiday anthologies.  While there wasn’t any one story that hit it out of the park, I more or less liked everything I read here so I’ll defin ...

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Texas Tall

In any given month, there are scores of historical romance novels released that are set in England within a decade or two of the Napoleonic Wars.  The number of American historical romance novels is  dwarfed by those set in Europe, which is surprising considering the vast majority of popular roman ...

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Redeemed

I loved Redeemed, even with its dark subject matter and deeply flawed characters. Ms. O’Keefe has a masterful touch and capably leads the reader out of the darkness and into the light as the story concludes. Though I’m often frustrated by short stories, this is lush with detail and engaging from ...

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Calico Spy

This is the third book in Ms. Brownley’s Undercover Ladies series and like the other two it turns the Wild West into a fun, funny and romantic place to be. Of course, there’s plenty of danger and hard work as well as serious subjects such as homicide. However, the writing and main events of the ...

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Texas Destiny

Texas Destiny received an A at AAR a while back and was selected for the NPR Top 100 Romances list, which I'm reading my way through. I had high hopes for it, but ultimately, it let me down. The hero wallowed in bitter self-loathing, and the heroine’s mix of genteel martyrdom and ability to save t ...