Medieval Romance

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The Iron Warrior Returns

The Iron Warrior Returns is one of a number of medievals I’ve seen slowly making a comeback at Harlequin Historicals (new full-length mass market medievals remain elusive). Unfortunately, it isn’t a good example of the genre. Lord Robert of Penrith, his illegitimate half-brother Piers, and th ...

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Masques of Gold

A Retro Review originally published on December 30, 1999 I was never much of a history student. Dry textbooks just didn't hold my interest. Because of my love for adventure, intrigue and romance, much of what I've learned about medieval England has been gleaned from historical romances. I believe ...

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The Last Arrow

Although The Last Arrow can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for earlier books in the Robin Hood trilogy in this review.   In Through a Dark Mist, Lucien Wardieu (aka the Black Wolf; aka Lord Randwulf de la Seyne Sur Mer, champion of Queen Eleanor of Aqu ...

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In the Shadow of Midnight

Note: Although In the Shadow of Midnight can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for Through a Dark Mist (Robin Hood #1) in this review.   ItSoM begins with a prologue.  After a failed attempt to reinstate himself as a claimant to the throne of England, Ar ...

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Through a Dark Mist

I'm currently having a love affair with medieval romances, and two recent blog posts (HERE and HERE) only fueled the fire.  Friends, I’m also squarely in the Shana Abe camp: ... if you insist upon immersing yourself in the nitty-gritty of everyday medieval life (and let me warn you, it isn’t p ...

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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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Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight

I picked up Jenni Fletcher's Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight because of the setting (1215, amidst the uprisings by the barons to force King John into signing the Magna Carta). Ultimately, while there are some absolutely wonderful and refreshing rejections of tropes in this book, the setting itself - a ...

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Desire Lines

The Welsh Blades series is darker and significantly more complex than most of the historical fare I read; its heroines are strong and powerful - far from cookie cutter in every way.  Clever, complicated and thought-provoking, each of the novels in the series has engaged my heart and mind in equal m ...