Historical Romance

B
True to her Heart

For those who have been griping that all romances are cookie cutter with the same settings and time periods, I highly recommend picking up this little gem by Martha Schroeder. It is part two of her Angels of Mercy trilogy about three Englishwomen, from varying backgrounds, who follow Florence Nighti ...

D
Lilies on the Lake

This book started out so well. The exotic beauty of Egypt, dramatic events of life and death on the river Nile, the hint of a strong and likable heroine. And then it all went downhill. The exotic locale gave way to the comparably bland English countryside. The drama slipped into mind-numbingly bland ...

B
The Sheik

The Sheik was an instant best seller when it was first published in 1921, and it gave Rudolph Valentino his best known movie role. It also spawned a multitude of imitators - sheik books are being published even now - and it was the grandmother of all the sweet/savage romance novels where a feisty, p ...

C
Once an Angel

If the heroine, Grace Fisk, had not been working so hard to achieve Too Stupid to Live status, this story could have been a must-read, if not quite a keeper. Grace Fisk is the youngest of three sisters who became pirates in an attempt to save their homes from being destroyed in the Seven Year ...

B+
The Lady and the Lion

A little over a hundred years ago, there was a tremendous interest in all things Egyptian. Archaeology had advanced to such a degree that important finds were being discovered on a regular basis. Who wouldn't find fascinating a culture that had flourished on the desert five thousand years earlier w ...

F
My Lady Pirate

For a short time I thought My Lady Pirate was going to be an out of the ordinary pirate book. It opens with a scene where pirate captain Marques is complaining about newspaper articles that portray him and his men as nasty, dirty and stinking. After all, he does bathe. But when Marques boards the sh ...

C+
Enchant Me Not

When early in a book the hero is thinking, "He rather liked this woman. Pig snout and all," you know you're in for a fun read. I also liked that along with the 17th Century Versailles setting, our hero and heroine were the palace gardener and a maid. About halfway through the book, however, you r ...

B-
In Praise of Younger Men

Anthology
As you may guess from the title, these stories all have heroes who are younger than their heroines. Intriguing, to say the least, I thought, and for the most part I wasn't disappointed. ...

D
The Infamous Bride

In writing workshops and classes everywhere, one of the most repeated instructions is this: Show, don't tell. The Infamous Bride by Kelly McClymer is a frustrating example of how badly things can go wrong when that rule is ignored. Juliet Fenster is a flirtatious English beauty w ...

B-
Notorious

Katherine Sutcliffe's new Victorian romance, Notorious, has a troubled hero, a feisty heroine, and lots of derring-do on the high seas. It should appeal to those who miss the "old style" of romance discussed this fall at AAR. Lord Jason Batson is one of the top agents in the British secret se ...