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Marian

“A girl can do plenty of things besides get married and pop out babies.” “Of course she can,” Marian said. “And if you don’t want to have a husband, you shouldn’t.” One of the aspects I love most about this lesbian retelling of Robin Hood is its refreshing view on women and gender ...

B+
The King's Man

Narrated by Nicholas Boulton A couple of months ago, Laura Kinsale announced on her website that although Nicholas Boulton had finished recording all her books (boo!) he was going to be recording some more historical romances (yay!) - “recent titles that I've loved and appreciated for their qua ...

D
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 ...

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Defiant

Don't you love finding a new author to glom? I haven't read Kris Kennedy's first two books, but now that I've read her latest, I'm definitely going to shop for her backlist. I stopped seeking out Medieval romances a while back because the plots all seemed so hackneyed. Not so with Ms Kennedy's medie ...

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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+
What a Scoundrel Wants

I have loved Robin Hood books from a variety of authors ranging from Parke Godwin to Marsha Canham, and I am so happy to see a book that sits well alongside them. While the publisher, for reasons unknown, elected to punish this month's debut author with a stupid title and a hideous cover (you can ac ...

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
House of Memory

NOTE: This book is out of print. Isn’t it amazing what tiny details one remembers from one’s school days? Whereas whole years of chemistry and physics seem to have left my brain remarkably untouched, I couldn’t help thinking of a short quote from Oscar Wilde while I was reading Michaela Aug ...