Historical Romance

D
The Duke is But a Dream

The Duke is But a Dream is wholeheartedly cheesy and appealingly silly. Its romance is cute but moves far too quickly, and while its characters aren’t that switched-on in the brains department, they’re good people.  Thus, I must confess that as nonsensical, ahistorical and ridiculous as it was, ...

A-
Star Dust

With the recent fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, it was about time that I caught up on the Fly Me To The Moon series, which fictionalizes the astronauts, techs, and families of 1960s NASA into the imaginary American Space Department (or ASD). I’m completely thrilled that I did. In ...

B-
The Wallflower Wager

Lady Penelope – Penny - Campion has a new neighbor. Penny has been living in London for years, kept company by one deaf old housekeeper and a menagerie of pets. She has a few friends in the area but no man in her life. That is, until her pet parrot flies into the house next door. Gabriel Duke ...

B
The Duchess in His Bed

A Duchess in His Bed, the fourth installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for all Seasons series, features a recently widowed Duchess planning a great deception to save her family’s status within the ton. Selena Sheffield, the Duchess of Lushing, has to make a quick decision - can she get herself wi ...

B
A Noble Captive

Set on Crete during the days of the Roman Republic, A Noble Captive by Michelle Styles was definitely an unusual historical and largely an enjoyable one as well. Tribune Marcus Livius Tullio is captured on the high seas with his men and brought by pirates to Crete. When the pirates come to pay tr ...

D+
The Bushranger's Wife

I was genuinely excited by the prospect of this book. Australia is not a hard sell for me – I associate it with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the movie Australia, and Colleen McCullough’s exasperating and excellent book The Thorn Birds. In The Bushranger’s Wife, it is 1861 and Prudence ...

C+
Knave's Wager

I had a love-hate relationship with Loretta Chase’ Knave’s Wager. Loved the heroine, hated the hero. Loved the writing, disliked the tropes. I didn’t want to put the book down, but not for the reasons anyone would keep reading a romance. That made it a difficult book to grade, but at least it ...

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The Bewildered Bride

A lot of elements go into a book, and some of the hardest books to review are ones where one element is terrific and the rest are borderline gibberish. That’s The Bewildered Bride, which has an exceptional rendition of a heroine with a sight disability and trauma-induced panic/anxiety, but plot th ...

B+
The Deserted Bride

Mary, Queen of Scots, was the subject (both knowing and unknowing) of many Catholic plots to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I. Aware of this, and with new rumors afoot, Andrew, Earl of Exford, is assigned to monitor Mary’s visit to an English spa town. Luckily, he has a cover. Ten years ago, when he wa ...

D+
How to Tame a Willful Wife

Christy English’s How to Tame a Willful Wife is the first in her Shakespeare in Love series, and on the whole, I would rather read Shakespeare. This was a forgettable romance - bland, insubstantial, and always, always choosing the most predictable path through the plot. Caroline Montague, the d ...