Stuart Era Romance

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Violet

As I was reading this one I kept turning back to the beginning. The book is supposed to be Restoration Era, but it read more like a Regency-set historical, and one that is using the setting as wallpaper at that. And that's only part of the problem. The true problem is the bland niceness (or do I mea ...

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Intrigued

Intrigued is the latest in Bertrice Small's Skye's Legacy series. The heroine, Autumn Rose Leslie, is the youngest daughter of another Small heroine Jasmine Leslie, now Duchess of Glenkirk, and the great-granddaughter of the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) Skye O'Malley. This i ...

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Emerald

I don't know what's worse - a book that starts out badly and stays bad or book that starts out terrific and goes down hill. Emerald falls under the latter category; this book starts out wonderfully, right in the heart of the action with a chase scene. It even manages to keep the momentum going for t ...

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A Rogue's Embrace

I'm always on the lookout for a good romance set in an under-utilized period in history. Though this one is set in the not-enough-used Restoration period, it didn't quench my thirst for a good romance. Elissa Longbourne, a widow with a young son, has been summoned to London by Ki ...

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Amethyst

There were two things about Amethyst that led me to believe that I would really like it. One is the time period; I like books set in time periods outside the usual medieval-Regency-Victorian romance novel triumvirate, and this book takes place in the Restoration period of the 1600s. Secondly, the h ...

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Captor of My Heart

There was nothing to dislike about Captor of My Heart and to Donna Valentino's credit, she set this story in a time that is not often encountered in a romance novel - that of Oliver Cromwell's period as Lord Protector. The trouble was, there was nothing really exceptional about the book. It was comp ...

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The Accidental Bride

I'm happy to report that the latest offering from Jane Feather was just as enjoyable for me as most everything else I've read by her. An unusual setting, a strong hero who has some room to grow, and an endearing but not bubble-headed heroine made reading The Accidental Bride a real pleasure. Cato ...

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Unveiled

Unveiled takes place during the reign of Queen Anne (early 1700's) - a time I have not encountered in a romance novel before. The hero is Alexandre Rawlings, Earl of Carlton, known as the Devil Lord - a tall, dark and dangerous man (aren't they all?). Alex is on the fringes of society - his father w ...

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A Scoundrel's Kiss

I've always read that Regency England was one of most immoral times in Britain's history, but Margaret Moore's portrayal of Restoration London wins hands down in the 'no morals' category. A Scoundrel's Kiss is jammed packed with indiscreet liasions, lewd behavior and morally bankrupt characters - in ...

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The Hostage Bride

Hostage Bride is the first in a trilogy by Jane Feather. Set during the English Civil War, each of these stories is linked by their heroines, Portia, Olivia, and Phoebe, who become "blood" sisters at a wedding attended by all three. Each young woman is unique, yet are united in their wish to never m ...