Paranormal Historical

B+
Deep Magic

Nash's Druids of Avalon series is neatly ticking off the trappings of the Arthurian legend. The first book - The Grail King - dealt with the Holy Grail, of course, while Deep Magic explores the creation of the sword Exchalybur and how it wound up in that lake anyway. While this new twist on the lege ...

C+
Taken by the Night

Taken by the Night is the third book in a paranormal historical series featuring warriors who became vampires after drinking from a cursed chalice six hundred years ago. Smith’s writing style is solid throughout, but I couldn’t help thinking that I would have liked the book better as a straight ...

C
Silken Shadows

Just three years ago, Jennifer St. Giles was a welcome breath of fresh air with her American-set historical romances featuring classic Gothic overtones. My oh my, how the mighty have fallen. So, just how do you take a good thing and pretty much ruin it in three short years? First of all, you mov ...

C
Warrior's Bride

Warrior's Bride is the quintessential C read. I've struggled for some time to write the review, because I felt that the sentence "this book was okay" more or less summed it all up. I didn't like it, and I didn't hate it, and there just isn't much more to it than that. Izzy was born ...

B-
Chasing Midnight

As I began my first vampire/werewolf romance, I was a little skeptical. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the setting, plot, and characters Susan Krinard creates in Chasing Midnight. Allie Chase was the belle of Long Island society until she was stricken with a debilitating illnes ...

A
Bride of the Rat God

On rereading Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God for the purpose of writing this review, I was surprised once more by what a truly superb novel it is. On rereading, I found new details to savor, ones that I had overlooked before because I had been too caught up in the excitement of the plot. I sti ...

C+
The Devil's Possession

For a debut novel, Heather Waters’ The Devil’s Possession isn’t bad at all. The writing is well done and the plot nicely developed. However, I found the characters weak - weak enough to make me put the book down at certain points in frustration. Faith Maitland stands to becom ...

D
Bride Enchanted

Edith Layton is no newcomer in the field of paranormal historicals, having written stories in the sub-genre before - the novellas Hounds of Heaven and The Last Gift (in A Regency Christmas VIII and A Regency Christmas Present, respectively). So when I picked up Bride Enchanted, I hoped that in the h ...

B+
Caressed By Ice

What is it about emotionally distant men that make my inner heroine stand up and take notice? Inner masochism? Love of a challenge? Bone-deep belief in the power of love? Whatever it is, it was on high alert through Nalini Singh’s third installment in her Changeling/Psy/Human world - Caressed by I ...

C-
The Reinvented Miss Bluebeard

I had this vague impression that Minda Webber wrote light-hearted paranormals. Little did I know that meant encountering bad jokes and glaring historical liberties in her latest book, The Reinvented Miss Bluebeard. Eve Bluebeard, the daughter of, yes, the notorious pirate Captai ...