Medieval Romance

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The Irish Warrior

So far I’ve been impressed with Kris Kennedy’s historical romances: I enjoyed The Conqueror and I completely fell for The Irish Warrior. The latter is a rich, meaty, action/adventure historical with a non-jerk alpha male and a gritty, smart heroine – almost an old-school romance with nary a ri ...

C+
Breath of Heaven

When a somewhat rakish knight travels to a faraway castle to answer a summons, repay a debt of honor, rescue a damsel in distress, and fall in love in the bargain, what do you get? Well, funny you should ask. On the surface, it all sounds promising, but then I started reading. Breath of Heaven def ...

D+
Desiring the Highlander

It’s tough to read a book when you feel that the story is solid and could be really, really interesting, but the storytelling just isn’t there. For me, that basically sums up Michele Sinclair’s Desiring the Highlander. The storytelling keeps what might have been a good book from being a memo ...

C-
The Highlander’s Sword

The Highlander’s Sword started off well, but quickly spiraled down into an extremely frustrating read centered on my least favorite plot device: the Big Misunderstanding. Aila Graham has been destined for the church since she was a child and expects no more out of life. Suddenly ...

C
Viking in Love

Sandra Hill may have changed publishers, but one thing certainly hasn’t altered: When you open a book by the author, you know exactly what you’re going to get.  Her books are broad, ribald jokes. And completely and totally over the top in every way possible. This one sticks entirely to the a ...

B
Scoundrel's Kiss

Ever since I read What a Scoundrel Wants, I've been wanting to see what happened to the heroine's horrid sister, Ada. In Scoundrel's Kiss, Ada, our villain, shows a more nuanced side and gets a story of her own that features a fantastic web of plot and some of the morally intriguing characters I'm ...

D
Taming the Highland Bride

Taming the Highland Bride was a difficult book to review because it was a difficult book to finish. From the first page to the last, its plot, its characters, and writing style meandered through mediocrity. This is worse than when a book is of such poor quality that you are impelled to keep reading ...

C-
Knight of Pleasure

Knight of Pleasure started out as a promising read; the heroine seemed interesting and a little different, the conflict looked intriguing, and the historical details appeared to be authentic. Unfortunately, the book failed to deliver on its promise. Instead, it descended into Cliché-land. The detai ...

D
Vow of Seduction

I always like reading debut novels because sometimes I discover wonderful treasures. Other times, however, I find books that required work they didn't get before hitting shelves. Sadly, Angela Johnson's Vow of Seduction is one of the latter. Underneath all the clunky narration, mo ...

B-
To Tempt a Knight

I love adventure, and I love Medievals, so To Tempt a Knight was a winner for me in many ways. Though not for those who like their history strictly realistic, this book entertains and tells a very action-packed and romantic story. Following the dissolution and killing of the Temp ...