Medieval Romance

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The Rebel Heiress and the Knight

I have never seen a medieval cover before that accurately depicted a heroine with her hair covered, and that raised my hopes that The Rebel Heiress and the Knight would be an immersive, well-researched experience. I’m sorry to tell you that the cover is the only thing I can praise about this dull, ...

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Forbidden Warrior

Not too long ago, just as I was looking for more historical romance set outside the Regency, someone recommended I try Kris Kennedy.  I read Claiming Her (because that’s what my friend recommended), and I liked it.  A lot.  I proceeded to go through most of Kennedy’s back catalog, and I liked ...

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Uncovering the Merchant's Secret

Uncovering the Merchant’s Secret is a lot more tough-minded than the last two Hobbes novels I’ve read – and a lot darker.  It’s also very entertaining, with the most fascinating heroine I’ve read about recently, and is set in a period I’ve not often come across in historical romance. Wh ...

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The Dark Knight

As a fan of medieval romances, I’m so, so excited to have discovered this buried treasure. Venetian nobleman Dante Chiaveri’s parents were murdered by his grasping uncle, so Dante and his sister fled to England, where Dante grew up to fill the role of the King’s Assassin. Everything is in p ...

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The Princess

Elizabeth Elliott’s fine Montagues series follows another young woman through a new marriage in Medieval times in the aptly titled The Princess. The widowed-young Isabel Plantagenet of Ascalon, Dowager Countess of Rheinbaden in Germany, possesses a spine of iron – which is a good thing when s ...

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A Knight in Shining Armor (#40 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 8, 1997 Back when A Knight in Shining Armor first came out in hardcover, I bought it, read it, loved it, and immediately started reading it again. I was at a friend's house sitting by her pool one afternoon and was pronounced "anti-social" becaus ...

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Besieged and Betrothed

In Jenni Fletcher's Besieged and Betrothed, readers get to witness what happens when one king dies and two claimants to the throne fight for dominance. I’m reading for the romance rather than a history lesson, so I didn’t factcheck the story, but the history presented does give an interesting ba ...

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The Bride

The first time I read The Bride, I was captivated by Alec and Jamie's story. I refused to put the book down and I ended up reading it in record time. Wild horses could not have dragged me away from this book. Many people I've met still list The Bride as not only their favorite Julie Garwood, but the ...

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The Secret

I think most aspiring historical romance writers would like to be Julie Garwood when they grow up. I know I would. Her stories always give me a smile, a laugh and a tear. I love them all, but my favorite Garwood book has always been The Secret. This book grabs you from the first page and never le ...

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Honor's Splendour (#76 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 23, 2001 I discovered romance novels when I was 13 years old when my aunt gave me a large paper bag full of books. In this bag I found one book with pages yellowed from time and its front cover worn clean off. I decided this obviously well love ...