Paranormal Historical

C+
Tempted by the Night

Tempted by the Night is the second book in Boyle’s Marlowe series, a paranormal historical series centered around a mystical ring that grants the wearer a wish. I went into this book not expecting a paranormal (it looks like a typical historical), so it took me a little while to shift gears. Onc ...

D+
Dark Embrace

I now feel like I’ve read a soap opera. Dark Embrace is part of The Masters of Time series, but is also the first book of a trilogy within the series involving the Rose women. This is the first book by Joyce I’ve read and I don’t think I’ll be reading another. Every single aspect of this ...

B-
Hallowe'en Husbands

Anthology
I've reviewed many a Christmas anthology in my time, but Halloween anthologies are not as plentiful. Given my generally favorable stance on holiday stories, I was eager to give Hallowe'en Husbands a shot, and for the most part I wasn't disappointed. One story was a bust, but the other two were quick ...

B+
Soul of Fire

In addition to romance, fantasy and historical fiction are both great loves of mine. In Soul of Fire, Sarah A. Hoyt blends both quite artfully into an unforgettable adventure story. Though set in a Victorian world that never was, I almost wish it could have existed. For a tale populated with flying ...

C-
Mystic Rider

Though Mystic Rider features a fantastic setting and an intriguing premise, the thin characterization and uninspired meandering of the story quickly show the reader that this will be merely an average read. The story glimmers with promise at its best points, but the the flaws ultimately outweigh th ...

B
When Twilight Burns

I’ve been a fan of this series from the beginning and the fourth book in the author’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles certainly keeps the momentum going. I have a big problem, however: I can’t really reveal much about the plot without spoiling the previous books in the series and, since I’m all ...

D+
The Trouble with Moonlight

The Trouble with Moonlight had a silly set-up with very little follow-through, and a relationship that was all follow-through and very little set-up. The result is a lot of wheel-spinning alternating with great leaps that left me shaking my head. The females in Lusinda Havershaw's f ...

D
Bewitched

Sandra Schwab has received two B's here at AAR, and the blurb to Bewitched spoke of a klutzy witch having a London Season and falling in love with a rake. It sounded like fun, but all the fun to be had was contained within the three page prologue. It went downhill from there. Amel ...

B-
Highlander Ever After

Highlander Ever After has a very leisurely plot for about the first two thirds of the book, then in the last third it takes off like a rocket. Even though there’s not a lot of action for much of the book, the very likable characters make it a fun read. Zarabeth is a member of a ...

C
Kindred Spirits

In Kindred Spirits a Regency Miss is charged with saving the life of Lord Braddock by the ghost of his ancestor. An interesting premise, but my interest waned with the introduction of some very odd paranormal elements and an obtuse hero. China Nethercott is returning to her home in Yorkshire whe ...