Paranormal Historical

C+
Best Laid Plaids

Best Laid Plaids is the first book in a new series of historical romances set in 1920s Scotland by début author Ella Stainton.  The blurb promised a romance between an eccentric former academic who trashed his career when he announced he could talk to ghosts and a war veteran turned PhD student wh ...

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Master Wolf

Master Wolf is the eagerly awaited second instalment of Joanna Chambers’ Capital Wolves duet and concludes the story begun in Gentleman Wolf, which introduced readers to the beautiful, elegant, devil-may-care Lindsay Sommerville and Drew Nichol, the rather dour architect with whom he falls head-ov ...

B+
Of Silk and Steam

For some reason I can no longer remember, I picked up Of Silk and Steam, the fifth book in Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series before reading the previous four (and didn't get around to posting a review here!), but fortunately enjoyed it sufficiently to want to go back and read those and then to ...

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Winterblaze

The storyline in Winterblaze, the third book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series, actually begins in book two, Moonglow, when Inspector Winston Lane of Scotland Yard CID is brutally attacked by a werewolf, and would have been killed were it not for the timely intervention of a mysterious, wi ...

B+
Gentleman Wolf

After a few recent forays into contemporary romance, Joanna Chambers returns to historicals and to the city of Edinburgh for her latest novel, Gentleman Wolf, the first in her Capital Wolves Duet.  As the title suggests, this is a story with a touch of the paranormal, although the paranormal elemen ...

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Spellbound

When I first heard about Spellbound, I couldn’t wait to read it.  Love.  Magic.  Queer.  Paranormal.  Suspense.  Prohibition-era Manhattan.  First in a series.  Friends, the author had me at “Love”.  I couldn’t ask our publisher for this book fast enough!   Ms. Therin, in her publi ...

B-
A Reflection of Shadows

A Reflection of Shadows is the third (and latest) book in Anne Renwick’s  Elemental Web Chronicles – part of her steampunk series set in an alternate Victorian London.  Each of the books features a different central couple and self-contained plot, and are thus designed to work as standalones; ...

B+
Heart of Iron

Bec McMaster has created a detailed and original world for her London Steampunk series, a steam-powered but recognisable version of Victorian London that is populated by humans, mechanoids and blue bloods and ruled over by the Echelon.  When I reviewed the first book, Kiss of Steel, I gave a bri ...

B+
Romanov

I knew going in that Romanov would be an emotional read. A fantasy novel about the Russian royal family’s incarceration told from the view point of Grand Duchess Anastasia, it could hardly be a cheery book; after all, the horrifying historical ending to that imprisonment is common knowledge. Howev ...

B+
Enchantée

Take magic and romance, mix in the tumult of Paris on the eve of revolution, and you’ll get the historical fiction delight that is Enchantée. Gita Trelease’s début young adult novel is an enchanting romp through the streets of Paris in 1789 in which magic literally winds through the city and t ...