Historical Romance

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The Flame and the Flower

It was with some trepidation that I began The Flame and the Flower. On one hand, I had heard many readers say that their love of the romance genre started when they read this book. On the other hand, I had heard people talk with scorn about "those romances of the seventies." Since I was two when it ...

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The Flame and the Flower

Avon refers to Kathleen E. Woodiwiss as "The Goddess of Romance" for good reason. Her groundbreaking historical romance, The Flame & the Flower, is a cherished keeper - one that resides prominently on many all-time favorite romance lists, including mine - despite the fact our beloved genre has c ...

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The Tiger's Bride

Retired Air Force Colonel Merline Lovelace is quite prolific, writing full-length suspense, contemporary, series, and historical romance. Until now, my favorite book by her was the medieval, Lady's Ransom. What struck me so much about that book was the sense of honor and responsibility the hero and ...

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Calypso Magic

Calypso Magic is a truly incredible book chock full of suspense and spice and hilarity. The characters are outrageously witty and the pacing is so fast you can't bear to put the book down until you reach the last page - and then you're so disappointed it's all over. Coulter is an absolute master at ...

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The Panther and the Pearl

Check out the cheesy cover and read the overblown back-cover blurb. I know what you're thinking. "Oh no, not another buxom blonde sold to a panting pasha story!" Well not exactly. This book is more like Katherine Hepburn meets Spencer Tracy in a harem. If you like books where there is a clash betwee ...

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The Wild Swan Series

Celeste De Blasis was ahead of her time in her portrayal of strong romantic heroines who took control of their own lives and demanded equal footing with their men. Give Heather from (Kathleen Woodiwiss') The Flame & the Flower her due, but she would have been knocked on her butt by any of De Blasi ...

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Night in Eden

I don't get a chance to eat out at elegant restaurants much, so when I go, I invariably choose a dish I've had before. I don't want to waste my time, dollars, and calories on a meal I've never tried and that I might not like. Then I'd be disappointed and wish I hadn't experimented. ...

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The Shadow and the Star

When I read Laura Kinsale's unique and startling first novel, I remember thinking either it was a fluke or I had just come across one of the best writers in the history of the romance genre. Her subsequent works proved that she was no fluke, but in my opinion it wasn't until The Shadow and the Star ...

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The Windflower

Merry Patricia Wilding was sitting on a cobblestone wall, sketching three rutabagas and daydreaming about the unicorn." So begins one of the most beloved historical romances and my personal favorite. When it was first released in 1984, The Windflower was a revelation to me - a many-layered, multi-t ...

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Just Once

Just Once tells the tale of Jemma O'Hurley, who switches identities on a rainy New Orleans night rather than enter into an arranged marriage with a man she's never met. Wanting desperately to experience something of life, she begins her adventure by running down outdoorsman Hunter Boone, and convinc ...