Medieval Romance

C-
Knight's Prize

Knight's Prize stands as proof that an enjoyable hero and heroine alone do not a good book make. Rand la Nuit is a thoroughly engaging hero and sweet, bright Meriel of Rivenloch a perfect match for him. Unfortunately, the rest of the story is such a trainwreck that the romance becomes quite di ...

B-
Notorious

As historical fiction, I really liked this book. As a historical romance, however, I was somewhat disappointed. Notorious is set at the time of the turbulent reign of Edward II, a period of great political strife and intrigue, and revolves around the relationship that develops between Brianna d ...

A
Winterbourne

I wanted to do something special for my 50th review for AAR. After reading Susan Carroll’s magnificent Winterbourne (originally published in 1987), I knew this was that something. The Medieval Romance is one of my favorite sub-genres, and they are few and far between. Good ones are hard to find.. ...

B
Knights of the Round Table: Geraint

A warrior heroine in historical romance is one plot element that makes me look the other way when choosing my next read. That doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed a few of those heroines in the past but after reading Gwen Rowley’s latest featuring one very appealing fighting woman who can match, if ...

C
The First Princess of Wales

Historical romances have always seemed more incredibly romantic to me than any other subgenre because there is just something about a big meaty historical saga that fires my imagination. However, a good historical must have not only a well-told story but also must have characters who capture the rea ...

D-
The Knight Before Christmas

The title is a bit goofy and the cover is cheesy, but none of that matters in light of the fact that the story is downright awful. Myles Donal, powerful warrior and eldest son of the laird of the Donal clan, is reluctantly making his way through a snowstorm to marry the heiress of E ...

B-
Twilight Magic

Twelfth century England has always been one of my favorite historical time periods, so when I saw that Twilight Magic was set in 1145 during the civil war between Empress Matilda and King Stephen, I thought it was probably worth a shot. Fortunately, Anton's latest is a good romance, as well as an hi ...

C+
The Warrior Trainer

The Warrior Trainer is the 2006 winner of the American Title Contest, a kind of romance novel American Idol competition sponsored by Dorchester Books and Romantic Times Magazine. While Russell shows some promise, there were some fundamental writing problems that really pulled me out of the story. ...

C+
Lord of Seduction

Lord of Seduction is a Medieval with a childhood friends storyline and a road trip thrown in for good measure. Each of those worked in the book's favor, but while I was predisposed to enjoy it, it left me wanting and in the end I wish I'd liked it more. Six-year-old Lady Tanon Risa ...

B+
Until the Knight Comes

Okay, I have to admit that I’m a sucker for historical romances. And, if you throw in a slight paranormal twist, you pretty much have me from the beginning. Even so, Sue-Ellen Welfonder’s Until the Knight Comes is a great read and truly lives up to the promise of her previous work. Although I li ...