Medieval Romance

F
The Black Knight

The Black Knight is like a window to the past. Not to medieval times, but to the 1970s - when the prose dripped with purple, and the hero and heroine vowed to hate each other forever but hopped into bed two sentences later. Romance has long since moved past these conventions, but someone forgot to t ...

B+
The Baron

The Baron is an ambitious project, based on an idea that's so good I don't know why no one ever thought of it before. Tré Devaux is the Norman baron of Brayeton. The avaricious King John seizes his lands on a pretext because he (rightly) doubts Tré's loyalty. The King appoints Tré to the l ...

C+
Lily Fair

I love nothing more than what people call a "hidden treasure" - a book, movie, singer, actor, what have you, that not many people know about but that I cherish. This author's Gather the Stars, is one such book for me - one of those perfect, tortured love stories that makes me cheer at the happy end ...

B
His Wicked Ways

She's come a long way, baby! That's the first thought I had when I began reading His Wicked Ways. I first read and reviewed Samantha James in 1996. The book was Just One Kiss and while it featured some deft characterizations, it also featured angry, manipulative sex, as well as very cruel behavior t ...

D
Velvet and Steel

The conquering dark Norman warrior marrying the fair Saxon maiden by order of the King is not a new story, and despite a plot that could have come alive, this book sinks under leaden characters and much predictability. The story opens with William the Conqueror plotting to marry one of his kn ...

C
The Heiress

Claire Delacroix built her Bride Quest trilogy around three brothers and their individual attempts to find brides. In the third of these books, The Heiress, Rowan, the last unmarried of the three, attempts to win his brothers' dare and marry the wealthiest heiress in Ireland before the Yule. The fac ...

B+
Dawnflight

Dawnflight tells the story of how Guinevere and Arthur met. Only this isn't the Guinevere of legend. She is Gyanhumara (Gyan), the chieftainess of a fierce Pictish clan. Unlike the Brytoni women, Gyan wears clan tattoos and knows how to use a sword. To fulfill a treaty, Gyan must marry Urien, the ...

A-
Wicked

Wow! Not only is this the best book in Jill Barnett's Medieval series, this is the best Barnett book I've read, period. To be fair, I've yet to read Bewitching, which is a favorite with many. Nevertheless, this book is a real stand-out. It has an epic quality which I loved, a very special heroine, a ...

A
My Beloved

A few months ago, I had a brief online chat with author Karen Ranney after I had reviewed her last book, Upon a Wicked Time. She told me a bit about her upcoming release, My Beloved, and emphasized that she truly believed in the healing power of love to the point where her heroes always have some da ...

A
The Maiden and the Unicorn

Many historical romance novels are the literary equivalent of a Renaissance festival - diverting, but bearing little relationship to actual history. With good reason: most people are not interested in seeing or reading about the dark and gritty side of life when they are seeking entertainment and es ...