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The Iron Rose

Attention, readers in search of an exciting historical with a lush love story: have I got a book for you! Marsha Canham hits one out of the park with this gender-bending tale of pirates, spies, and love on the high seas. At the helm of her ship the Iron Rose on what's supposed to be a short shake ...

C-
Intrigued

Intrigued is the latest in Bertrice Small's Skye's Legacy series. The heroine, Autumn Rose Leslie, is the youngest daughter of another Small heroine Jasmine Leslie, now Duchess of Glenkirk, and the great-granddaughter of the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) Skye O'Malley. This i ...

B
Once a Cavalier

For somebody who doesn't normally pick up time-travel romances on her own, I've sure read my share of them since joining AAR. Like any other group of books, it's been a mixed bag, but I have to say that I had very few problems with Linda O. Johnston's latest, set in London just before the Great Fire ...

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The Accidental Bride

I'm happy to report that the latest offering from Jane Feather was just as enjoyable for me as most everything else I've read by her. An unusual setting, a strong hero who has some room to grow, and an endearing but not bubble-headed heroine made reading The Accidental Bride a real pleasure. Cato ...

C+
So Wild a Kiss

In Ireland in the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell's army is spreading terror throughout the land. It makes no difference if you are a descendant of the Normans or are pure Irish, if you have an estate you stand a good chance of losing it to Cromwell's profiteers. This possibility terrifies Eleanor Arc ...

C+
The Hostage Bride

Hostage Bride is the first in a trilogy by Jane Feather. Set during the English Civil War, each of these stories is linked by their heroines, Portia, Olivia, and Phoebe, who become "blood" sisters at a wedding attended by all three. Each young woman is unique, yet are united in their wish to never m ...

B
Met By Moonlight

Whew. When I finally finished this book, I felt I could finally breathe. It is intense. It is magical. It is emotionally draining, and I feel that I am better for having read it. Diana is a modern day Wiccan living in Salem, Massachusetts. On Samhain (or Halloween) she gets sucked back to the Eng ...

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Secrets in Satin

Secrets in Satin is an amazingly good read. It is exciting, filled with political intrigue and danger without drowning in it. It is romantic as well, although the romance is written less personally than I generally prefer. Overall, this is an excellent book that would have been a Desert Isle Keeper ...