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A
Untamed

Untamed was one of those books I just couldn't put down. I stretched breaks at work, and prolonged my lunch period as much as I dared because I couldn't bear to stop reading. Whenever that happens, I know I've found a keeper. When it happens after eight years of re-reading a book, I know it's an Eli ...

D-
Circle of Stones

When a reader opens a history textbook, it is expected to be rather flat and unemotional. I expect more from a historical novel. This book was packed full of interesting historical facts and detail, but the delivery left much to be desired. I learned some new things, but did not enjoy myself along t ...

C
The Heiress

Claire Delacroix built her Bride Quest trilogy around three brothers and their individual attempts to find brides. In the third of these books, The Heiress, Rowan, the last unmarried of the three, attempts to win his brothers' dare and marry the wealthiest heiress in Ireland before the Yule. The fac ...

A
Keeper of the Dream

If I had to choose one author whose books I would take to a desert island, it would probably be Penelope Williamson. Her books really are buried treasures and, without exception, keepers for me. Her characters are explored in depth, her stories excel through the richly textured historical background ...

B+
The Truelove Bride

An ancient legend, passionate emotion, and wonderful detail make The Truelove Bride a memorable tale. The climactic ending slips a bit into the unlikely, but the sheer power of the romance between two magnetic personalities left me sighing with satisfaction as I finished the last page. Lady Avalo ...

B
The Damsel

The Damsel is the second book in the Bride Quest series, which follows the adventures of three brothers who each must search for and win brides. I have not read The Princess, the first book in the trilogy, but The Damsel stands clearly on its own and I had no problem following what most likely occur ...

B+
The Princess

If you want to hearken back to a time of knights and damsels, of chivalry and bards and tales of true love, The Princess is the book to take you there. Ms. Delacroix spins a lyrical, whimsical story worthy of a bards tale. It's a wonderfully fun read and it simply made me smile. When Princess ...

B
The Princess

Medieval Ireland -- castles, princesses, and knights! I can never resist medieval romance novels, so I had high hopes for Claire Delacroix's The Princess, first of the Bride Quest Trilogy. And I wasn't disappointed! Delacroix combines interesting dialogue, engaging characters, and a new twist on a c ...

A
Prisoner of My Desire

Now here's a book you can't judge by its cover, or rather, by its title. Yes, it's about desire, more like ire and desire. . . The story starts with a beating, the one of a mother before the eyes of her daughter; the ultimate test of power of a greedy, blood thirsty 12th Century, when women were ...

A
Lord of Midnight

The first book I read by Jo Beverley was The Shattered Rose. I loved it, and was hoping Lord of Midnight would be as good. I was not disappointed, and you won't be either; this is a first-class read. Ms. Beverley really knows how to tell a story, how to keep a reader interested, and she doesn't flin ...