Reviews by Rike Horstmann

B-
A Dark and Brooding Gentleman

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I freely admit I mainly asked to review Margaret McPhee’s A Dark and Brooding Gentleman because the hero is not a duke, but an actual untitled gentleman. Plus, the novel is set in Scotland. What could go wrong? In the end, reading the book proved a mixed experience, but all in all I can give it a ...

A
Reconcilable Differences

Sometimes I pick up a book on a whim: I have never heard of the author, nor has it been recommended by anyone, but there’s something about the description or the cover that strikes my fancy. Sometimes, I discover a gem this way, which is what happened with Reconcilable Differences by Elizabeth Ash ...

B
Soul Survivor

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While I don’t read many time travel romances as a rule, I was intrigued by the Native American setting of Misty Evans’ Soul Survivor. I discovered that I can enjoy a time travel story if the plotting is handled with sensitivity, as it is here, even if the novel was a bit uneven in other areas. ...

C+
With No Remorse

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One of the best traits of recent romantic suspense is the settings. In which other subgenre do you get romances set in places like Peru and Sierra Leone? With Cindy Gerard’s latest installment of her Black Ops, Inc. series set in both, I was very keen on reading With No Remorse. While I truly enjo ...

B
Redemption's Touch

I chose Ann Christopher’s Redemption’s Touch for review because I read very little African-American romance, and I was curious in which way the character’s racial background was going to be reflected in their story. From my perspective as a European reader, the answer seems to be in nothing re ...

C+
Outrageously Yours

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There are books which, even though they haven't anything majorly wrong or annoying about them, just don’t capture my interest. I open such a book, read a few pages, fall asleep over them, put it aside for a week, a month, and don’t miss a thing. Books like these are extremely hard to review, bec ...

B-
Badlands

Most of the present crop of steampunk romances can be divided into two subgroups: Steampunk set in a pseudo-Victorian England and steampunk using the American frontier experience as a backdrop. Badlands belongs to the second group, and the novella’s world-building is clearly one of its strengths. ...

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Lady Elizabeth's Comet

Heroines with a scientific bent seem a dime a dozen in historical romance at the moment; some of them are credible, others less so. One of the earliest and most convincing heroines of this kind that I know of is Lady Elizabeth Conway in Sheila Simonson’s Lady Elizabeth’s Comet, which was first p ...

C
Jaq's Harp

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I like science fiction romances; I enjoy the settings, the possibilities and risks that come with world-changing inventions, the societies that evolve. As a result, I am always happy to come across a book or story in this genre written by a new-to-me author. I am also very fond of fairy-tale varatio ...

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The Orchid Affair

The Pink Carnation series is one that I have been following with great pleasure for a number of years, but, as much as I have been enjoying the protagonists’ adventures in England, Ireland, and India, I was somewhat disappointed that after the first volume the action never returned to Napoleon’s ...