Medieval Romance

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Prisoner of My Desire

A Retro Review originally published on June 24, 1998 Now here's a book you can't judge by its cover, or rather, by its title. Yes, it's about desire, more like ire and desire. . . The story starts with a beating, the one of a mother before the eyes of her daughter; the ultimate test of power of ...

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Lion's Legacy

A Retro Review originally published on February 1, 1996 Lion's Legacy is the fitting finale to a Scottish medieval trilogy written by Suzanne Barclay. This book is a quick, but exciting romance that sets treachery and betrayal against the wildness and isolation of Scotland. Set in the 1300's ...

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Untamed

A Blast from the Past review: originally published on May 30, 2001 Untamed was one of those books I just couldn't put down. I stretched breaks at work, and prolonged my lunch period as much as I dared because I couldn't bear to stop reading. Whenever that happens, I know I've found a keeper. When ...

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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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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 ...