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The Warlord's Wife

I've read more than a few books that started off well, but floundered as I moved along. However, The Warlord's Wife follows a less common path. The first half or two-thirds of this book is painfully terrible, so awful in fact that I found myself wondering if F- might possibly be a grading option. Bu ...

A-
The Irish Warrior

So far I’ve been impressed with Kris Kennedy’s historical romances: I enjoyed The Conqueror and I completely fell for The Irish Warrior. The latter is a rich, meaty, action/adventure historical with a non-jerk alpha male and a gritty, smart heroine – almost an old-school romance with nary a ri ...

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 ...

B
Rivals for the Crown

While the title Rivals for the Crown adequately captures the major historical backdrop for this book, it somehow does not do complete justice to the rich tapestry formed by the lives of Isabel de Burke, Rachel de Anjou, Henry de Boyer, Rory MacGannon, and Kieran MacDonald. From the opening scene in ...

A
Winterbourne

I wanted to do something special for my 50th review for AAR. After reading Susan Carroll’s magnificent Winterbourne (originally published in 1987), I knew this was that something. The Medieval Romance is one of my favorite sub-genres, and they are few and far between. Good ones are hard to find ...

B
Desiree

Unquestionably, the author's Roselynde Chronicles are considered a classic in the genre and are well-loved by many readers. Though the story of Alinor, Simon, and those who came after them already seemed complete, when Gellis wrote a new novel set during the gap in time between Roselynde and Alinor, ...

C
Hidden Honor

I'm not sure what happened with Anne Stuart. Her books used to be fabulous, but her latest efforts have been quite disappointing. Hidden Honor is better than some of Anne Stuart's more recent books, but still not up to par with my old favorites. This one was done in by the heroine. Normally I enjoy ...

B
My Forever Love

The best word to describe Marsha Canham's My Forever Love would be solid. Considering how hard it is to find good medievals these days, that should be taken as a ringing endorsement. It's nothing earth-shattering and is a little on the slow side, but it's also well-written and vivid, with an interes ...

A
A Dove at Midnight

I have always read romance novels and the Medieval period of history has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. When I realized there was an entire sub-genre of romance novels set in this period, I was truly in heaven. I have followed the genre faithfully through the years, and have been pleas ...

A
Masques of Gold

I was never much of a history student. Dry text books just didn't hold my interest. Because of my love for adventure, intrigue and romance, much of what I've learned about medieval England has been gleaned from historical romances. I believe Roberta Gellis is one of the best at producing vivid and a ...