Reviews by Rike Horstmann

D+
Texas Wedding for Their Baby's Sake

Texas Wedding for Their Baby’s Sake by Kathryn Albright is one novel where a reviewer doesn’t need to worry about spoilers. In essence, the novel’s entire plot is summarized in its title, leaving very little to a reader's imagination. Whoever comes up with such a title? Right now, for the sake ...

B
The Sword-Edged Blonde

Just to make it clear: Alex Bledsoe’s The Sword-Edged Blonde is not a romance. Instead it is a mixture between a hardboiled detective story and a sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel, with a lot of sword and very little sorcery. The hero, Eddie LaCrosse, gets a happy ending of sorts, or rather a happy ...

B-
Her Ladyship's Companion

When I came across a (semi-)affordable copy of Joanna Bourne’s Her Ladyship’s Companion online, I found myself unable to resist. When else do you get a chance to read an early book by an acclaimed new author, published 25 years before her current releases and yet is a sequel to the present seri ...

C
His Reluctant Mistress

I chose His Reluctant Mistress by Joanna Maitland for reviewing because of its setting. Vienna is an entirely magical place at all times, but I imagine the splendor and grandiosity and all-around political intrigues during the Congress in 1814 must have rendered it even more glamorous. I collect nov ...

B-
The Greatest Knight

I’m a great fan of Elizabeth Chadwick’s early medieval romances, especially The Wild Hunt, and I liked William Marshal a lot when I came across him in Roberta Gellis’s Roselynde Chronicles. (So I do get most of my fascination with history from reading romances. Sue me.) I was delighted to find ...

C+
Since the Surrender

Usually I like Julie Anne Long’s books a great deal, so I am rather sad at how disenchanted I am with Since the Surrender. It’s not all bad; it’s just that it doesn’t quite work at various pivotal moments, and as this is from an author with whose work I have been so immensely pleased in the ...

A
Alinor

I first read Alinor, the second volume in the Roselynde Chronicles, when I was a student in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. I came across volumes one to three in a used book store, and was in romance heaven. (It took me almost eight years to track down volumes four to six.) When I reread Alinor for reviewi ...

C+
Mr. Malcolm's List

With the demise of the traditional regency lines at Signet and Zebra/Kensington, it is smaller publishing houses that offer most of the trads coming out at present. I was very interested therefore to review Mr. Malcolm’s List, subtitled A Farce of Historic Proportions, by Suzanne Allain. I found ...

B+
Girl From Mars

So I was a female nerd during my twenties: watching every Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, meeting for role playing evenings (and nights) sometimes several times a week, and spending one night per week playing darts with my mates, always in the same pub. As you can imagine, I could relate ver ...

A
Make Me Yours

Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn is a perfect example for how a short, even slight, romance can just work. In the introduction, the author says that writing it “was the most fun I’d had at the keyboard in years”, and you can sense that in every page you read. The book is my second Blaze Historica ...