Medieval Romance

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Defiant

Don't you love finding a new author to glom? I haven't read Kris Kennedy's first two books, but now that I've read her latest, I'm definitely going to shop for her backlist. I stopped seeking out Medieval romances a while back because the plots all seemed so hackneyed. Not so with Ms Kennedy's medie ...

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A Tapestry of Dreams

Imagine you’re watching the History Channel. They’ve got a lovely six-part miniseries about 12th century Northumbria just before the Battle of the Standard, and you decide, “Hey! I don’t know anything about that historical period, let’s check it out!” You’re enjoying the diverse cast o ...

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Never Kiss a Stranger

“The monkey ruined the feast.” When I read the unusual first line of Heather Grothaus’ latest medieval romance, Never Kiss a Stranger, I was engaged. I had, as the song goes, high hopes which, sadly, were dashed by the rest of the tale. This book has an insufferable teenage heroine, an overly ...

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Heart's Blood

What a lovely book to break me out of my reading slump. Juliet Marillier’s single-title offering is a Medieval Irish Beauty and the Beast fantasy, with a small dash of history, a medium dose of romance, and a whole heap of bloody good storytelling. Caitrin is an unusual and beautiful young woma ...

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Highland Master

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When it comes to stereotypical romance heroes, brawny Scotsmen are right up there with Regency rakes and billionaire bachelor tycoons. Many a romance heroine has lost her heart to a man in a kilt. Lady Catriona Mackintosh, heroine of Amanda Scott’s latest Scottish romance, is about to lose hers to ...

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Sin and Surrender

When it comes to historical romance, I usually stick to the Regency period. However, after reading Julia Latham’s Sin and Surrender, I feel inspired to delve into the world of medieval romance! The story was great, and Latham really managed to write some interesting personalities. The hero and her ...

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His Conquest

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His Conquest is an ambitious novel. The setup is rife for conflict, both internal and external. Unfortunately while the premise is good and the prose is not terrible, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The year is 1297 and Seathan MacGruder has been imprisoned and tortured b ...

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Captured by Desire

Captured by Desire is a Tudor romance set in Scotland, with characters who are both commoners: The heroine is a goldsmith’s apprentice, and the hero is a huntsman for a nobleman. This scenario was certainly novel enough to catch my eye. But while the idea is fresh, the prose really isn’t. The lo ...

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A Knight’s Enchantment

As books go, A Knight’s Enchantment is fairly typical option in the medieval genre. The plot is based on a Semi-Big Misunderstanding, the very average characters never truly caught my attention, and I left the book feeling slightly relieved that I was finally done reading it. Joanna ...

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Betrayed

Betrayed was both a hard book for me to read and a hard one for me to grade. With leads who tend toward feistiness and a mind-numbing overusage of Scots dialect, I found it difficult to read at times. And, since I loved the time period and found the history here fascinating, I have to admit that i ...