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By Love Unveiled

Normally I'm a fan of re-releases. So many romantic novels have entirely too short a shelf life, and I've been able to read some wonderful books I missed the first time around. However, there are some books that probably deserve to stay in the past, and By Love Unveiled is certainly one of them. In ...

B
The September Queen

I'm sometimes reluctant to read historical fiction about real people, mostly because so few of the people worth writing about have happy endings. Such is the case of Jane Lane, the heroine of The September Queen, and Charles II, the would-be King of England. It's a fascinating story, and one that I ...

A
Libertine's Kiss

There are books I rather like and then, every once in a great while, there are books I love to the point of wanting everybody I know to go out and buy a copy. Libertine's Kiss is one of those rare books. This angsty historical is heartrendingly beautiful, featuring beautiful language and a fantastic ...

B
Transgressions

Transgressions is one of the first in the Running Press line of male/male romances. While I had some issues with viewpoint switches, I was impressed, especially by the sense of history - England's Civil War is too rarely seen in romances. However, this book is not for the squeamish as the dark side ...

B
The Rossetti Letter

Conceptually, The Rossetti Letter is similar to Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series: Both tell the modern day stories of doctoral candidates in Europe, searching for a mystery lost in the crumbling papers and bound books of the past, and at the same time recounting the historical story about the ...

C+
Master of the Highlands

Like a moth to a flame, I couldn’t resist the lure of another time travel romance set in Scotland. Maybe I’m looking for the Holy Grail of Romanceland (read: Diana Gabaldon writing under a pen name to fill time between Outlander novels). Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. I wouldn’t ...

B+
The Winter Prince

In The Winter Prince, Cheryl Sawyer turns her research and writing skills to the tumultous years of the English Civil War. Her story focuses on Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, and Prince Rupert of Bohemia (also known as Rupert of the Rhine). As Charles I's ward and nephew, both Mary a ...

B
The Abducted Heiress

The Abducted Heiress takes place in Restoration England, a too little used setting, and the Great Fire of London plays an integral role in the novel. I enjoyed the fantastic setting in this charming and appealing romance, even though the charm of the heroine dimmed a little for me during the course ...

C-
Earthly Joys

This book wasn't what I expected. The cover promises a story "[that] witnesses the making of history, from the Gunpowder Plot to the accession of King Charles I and the growing animosity between Parliament and court." OK, this sounds fascinating to me! I haven't read a really rich historical novel i ...

B+
Puritan Bride

The 17th century is a fascinating time and it's rather sad that more novels aren't set in the period. In her debut novel, Anne O'Brien carries readers back to Restoration England, but instead of focusing on Charles II's glittering Court, she shows readers how the political aftermath of the Civil War ...