1920s

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These Violent Delights

Stunning prose, a pulse-pounding romance, and unexpected twists upon Shakespeare’s familiar tale of youthful but doomed love make These Violent Delights a high-quality read for anyone who likes a good gangster tale with a heavy skosh of romance thrown in. It’s Shanghai in 1926, and a war betw ...

C-
The Flapper's Scandalous Elopement

Nothing really roars in The Flapper’s Scandalous Elopement, a Roaring Twenties romance that is exceptionally wholesome and traditional considering it’s set in an era defined by its hedonism. Jane Dryer is the last flapper standing. Her sisters have gone off and married happily, leaving Jane a ...

B+
The Flapper's Baby Scandal

Speakeasies, rouged knees and the Charleston are finally old enough to get their due as subjects for Harlequin Historicals, and The Flapper’s Baby Scandal sucks the reader back into the 1920s with a dramatic and fun tale about a G-man and the girl he loves. Betty Dryer and her sisters are searc ...

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The Sugared Game

Note: The Will Darling Adventures is a trilogy with overarching storylines and in which character and relationship development takes place throughout, so it’s advisable to read the books in order.  There are spoilers for book one, Slippery Creatures, in this review. K.J. Charles’ trilogy of ...

B
Starcrossed

Allie Therin’s Magic in Manhattan series continues with book two, Starcrossed, which begins shortly after the climactic events of the previous book (Spellbound) and finds Rory and Arthur facing off against a powerful and terrifying enemy intent on forcing Rory to unlock the secrets of an incredibl ...

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Slippery Creatures

K.J. Charles’ new series, The Will Darling Adventures, is a set of three rip-roaring adventure yarns in the style of 1920s pulp fiction, so readers can expect thrilling adventures, clever mysteries, dastardly deeds, and evil villains pitted against tough, tenacious and upstanding (well, mostly) he ...

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A Single Thread

A Single Thread is a different sort of love story – the story of a woman’s love for the peace of a cathedral and the order of religion in a world filled with bloodshed and violence. Thirty-seven year old Violet Speedwell is a so-called ‘surplus woman’.  Left behind by the wracking cost o ...

B+
Nobody's Sweetheart Now

If you have any kind of fondness for Nick and Nora Charles, then you’re probably going to get a kick out of Maggie Robinson’s Lady Adelaide  series of cozy mysteries. If you try not to picture Adelaide as Carole Lombard,  you won’t be able to avoid it! Lady Adelaide Compton is in a bit of ...

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Time After Time

Dizzying time loops, fascinating human stories, and a really lovely romance captivate in Lisa Grunwald’s Time After Time.  To tell the reader too much about its plot is to reveal too much about its central mystery; this is the kind of book that requires the retention of a little of the element of ...

B+
The Edge of Nowhere

Originally published in 2015, C.H. Armstrong's The Edge of Nowhere is a historical novel loosely based on the life of the author's grandmother. The novel offers the reader a peek into a time and place in American history not usually captured in today's fiction, and I’m glad I chose to pick it up. ...