Stuart Era Romance

C+
A Highlander Never Surrenders

A Highlander Never Surrenders frustrated me. At times it bored me, at others, particularly when the author explores the historical backdrop of Scotland in the 1650s, I was intrigued. The primary romance didn't really work, but a secondary one did. Scottish rebel Claire Stuart has two goals: to sa ...

A-
Laird of the Mist

I’m definitely for new spins on the old romance formula, something to shake up the genre. But I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside when an author comes along with an old fashioned love story. Add a great plot, just enough historical detail, and a lovable cast of characters...well (sig ...

D+
Lady Merry's Dashing Champion

I love romances set during the Restoration - the bawdy court of Charles II, The Plague, The Great London Fire - there is lots of scope for the imagination in this too-rarely used historical period, and Westin has obviously done her research. However, she also has improbable and annoying leads intera ...

C+
The Vagabond Duchess

Temperance Challinor is a tradeswoman who inherited her linen draper business from her father. The Plague has been bad for business, but in 1666, things are beginning to look up. Just in time for the Great London Fire. Temperance meets John Bow, a poet and troubadour, who is singing in a tave ...

B
The Abducted Heiress

The Abducted Heiress takes place in Restoration England, a too little used setting, and the Great Fire of London plays an integral role in the novel. I enjoyed the fantastic setting in this charming and appealing romance, even though the charm of the heroine dimmed a little for me during the course ...

C+
Lady Katherine's Wild Ride

Let’s start off with the good news: Lady Katherine’s Wild Ride does not take place in the Regency, but instead is set in Restoration England. Now for the bad: It is very melodramatic. To be fair, I’m usually not fond of over-the-top antics – well, unless they are told in a ...

B-
Lady Anne's Dangerous Man

I find the 16th and 17th centuries fascinating and it's gotten quite difficult to find a good historical romance set in these times. When I learned that this novel takes place during the Restoration, I was quite excited to try it. Though the story is way over the top and the plot doesn't always flow ...

B+
Puritan Bride

The 17th century is a fascinating time and it's rather sad that more novels aren't set in the period. In her debut novel, Anne O'Brien carries readers back to Restoration England, but instead of focusing on Charles II's glittering Court, she shows readers how the political aftermath of the Civil War ...

C
The Destiny

Historical romances set in Scotland run a certain gamut: there's the light and funny kind set in a fantasy Scotland, and there's the more serious, dramatic kind set in a historically-grounded Scotland. The Destiny by Kathleen Givens is the latter kind, which is good – that's what I like. But while ...

D-
Lily

Lily features an odd combination of negative traits. There were many times during the course of the book when I shook my head and wondered how on earth it was published, and who the target audience could possibly be. One thing's for sure: it doesn't include me. When Lord Rand Nesbitt sees Lil ...