Paranormal Historical

C+
My Secret Protector

My Secret Protector is a romance novel that entertains in spite of the romance, rather than because of it. This is a time-travel fantasy with some intriguing ideas and a story that gains momentum as it goes along. It also happens to work best when the love story is shoved into the background, which ...

C
Catching Midnight

Catching Midnight features the upyr, an immortal, shape-shifting, blood-drinking race. Although written about by no less than Tolstoy, Emma Holly first introduced the upyr to romance readers in 2002's Fantasy anthology. As a fan of Ms Holly's work, I had high hopes for a book that combines two sub-g ...

C+
Heart of Fire

Heart of Fire is a paranormal romance about a fictitious country dealing with real historical events. Josie Litton did something similar (in concept, not in execution) with her Dream Island series. Heart of Fire, like Dream Island, owes much to Regency-set Historicals, even though its setting is ima ...

C
Dream Island

Josie Litton’s latest book stars the descendants of her first series, which I refer to as the Me books (Dream of Me, Believe in Me, and Come Back to Me). This story features a missing relative, a stowaway on a voyage to a mysterious island, and the secret of what really happened to the lost kingdo ...

C
Secret of the Wolf

Though this is the much-awaited next installment in two paranormal series by Susan Krinard, I had a hard time getting through it. Quentin is a uniquely dark hero with unusual demons to slay, but his character is just about the only thing you can look forward to in this slow-moving and clichéd story ...

B+
Midnight Bride

Kate Fitzleger has been in love with Dr. Val St. Leger since she first laid eyes on him. There’s only one problem: the legend of his family is that any St. Leger who marries someone other than the person chosen for them by a Bride Finder will find tragedy. The current Bride Finder has announced th ...

C+
Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules is a different sort of Regency Romance. It is set in a small village and is mostly a fantasy in which the main characters find themselves recreating the lives of the characters in The Dream of Macsen Wledig, a Celtic manuscript which the heroine in translating. Even though this is ...

B
Bewitched

If I had only word to describe Bewitched it would be romantic. While most romance novels rely heavily on action-driven plots, poor communication or lusty whirlwind relationships Bewitched instead takes another route. It brings together two people who become friends long before they are able to becom ...

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Bewitched

Bewitched worked for me - for the first two chapters. Sympathetic hero, dark and mysterious setting, deep secrets from the past. Once the heroine made her entrance, however, everything changed - and not for the better. Instead of a potentially pleasant story about a man learning to stare his demons ...

B-
Catch a Fallen Angel

Reading this book was a lot like putting on an old well-washed pair of blue jeans. Maybe there were a few small holes, and story may have been a little worn, but overall it fit well, felt very comfortable, and was just the thing I felt like reading at the time. The story begins in a wa ...