Medieval Romance

B+
The Truelove Bride

An ancient legend, passionate emotion, and wonderful detail make The Truelove Bride a memorable tale. The climactic ending slips a bit into the unlikely, but the sheer power of the romance between two magnetic personalities left me sighing with satisfaction as I finished the last page. Lady Avalo ...

B-
Bartered Bride

Many medieval romances seem like they were written by authors who did all their research at the Medieval Times dinner-theatre show at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas. Luckily for me, Bartered Bride wasn't one of those books. The characters act like real people straight out of medieval society. As y ...

C
Damask Rose

I knew I was in trouble when, after having read a third of this book, my husband asked me about it and I instinctively answered: "Well, it is rather blah." When finished with Damask Rose, I realized it was still a blah read, and I'm not quite sure why. The setting could have contributed – the only ...

A
Bartered Bride

This is a book that feels like it was written according to my private list of preferences for medieval romances. It features a non-aristocratic hero who lives by his wits rather than by his brawn, a sensible heroine, a marriage of convenience and plenty of historical detail. Oh, did I mention that t ...

B-
The Maiden's Heart

The Maiden's Heart is a Medieval romance with quite a religious bent. The heroine is devoutly religious, and much of the plot involves Church politics. This gives the book a lot of authenticity, especially as the presence of religion in medieval life is sometimes ignored in romance. Although the her ...

C+
Night Fires

Did you ever wonder how King Richard Coeur de Lion came to be released from captivity? England, helped by Robin Hood, gathered a heap of gold, and paid the ransom, right? Not according to Night Fires, a book that provides the creative suggestion that the solution was not a purely monetary one. ...

D+
Charming the Prince

Before I start this review, I would like to state a personal bias. I am not a reader who is fond of children as main characters in romance novels. I always try to set aside any personal prejudices while reviewing books, but could not for this story, because there was not just one child as a main cha ...

B
Charming the Prince

Charming the Prince is going to be one of my favorite funnies for 1999. I found myself laughing out loud at the antics of the dozen children of Bannor the Bold - a man who can out-fight any enemy - a man who laughs at pain - a man who can besiege a castle while shrugging off arrows in his back and b ...

A
Candle in the Window

Since I like "sob stories," this is one book that plucked at my heartstrings. I'm a sucker for tales about maltreated heroines, in which the hero spends the rest of the book groveling to make amends. Yes, there are the usual problems that are inherent in every one of the romances by Ms. Dodd that I' ...

C
Wild Wind

Wild Wind insisted on playing peek-a-boo with me. Now you get it, now you don't. There were things I liked intensely about this read, just as there were things that were bordering on off-putting. If you like emotionally stimulating reads and have no problem with your gag reflexes, you might get this ...