The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll

Readers in recent years have complained that the rich, interesting historicals of the past are vanishing. As a reader, I certainly have found myself buying fewer books overall as the meaty historicals I loved started to be replaced by and large with homogenized wallpaper comedies. Fortunately, there are still some good and interesting historicals out…

On The Scent by M.J. Rodgers

On the Scent is a thoroughly original and wonderfully different romantic mystery. It features M.J. Rodgers’s trademark intelligent characters and creative touches. Most of all, it’s just a lot of fun. Diann Torrey is the head chemist for the American perfume company Man to Woman. While in Paris for the International Fragrance Fraternity’s annual symposium,…

Personal Assets by Emma Holly

If you’re not familiar with Emma Holly’s name, you should be aware that her books are a bit different from other romance novels. Before moving into the historical romance arena, she wrote straight erotica for Black Lace, among other publishers. Classifying this book is difficult as it is more sexually explicit than just about anything…

Courtesan by Diane Haeger

In the France of olde, Diane de Poitiers returns to the court of Francois I after an informal exile of five years. The two were involved in a scandalous relationship then, and though he’d like to start it up again, she wants to begin anew. She is thirtyone, beautiful, and clever. She is also strong,…

Forever His by Shelly Thacker

Forever His by Shelly Thacker

Celine Fontaine, a panic-attack-prone American heiress, is whisked away from her family’s ancestral French chateau and back in time by a lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve, 1993. Winding up in the Artois Region of France in the year 1300, she immediately encounters Sir Gaston de Varennes. To be more specific, she encounters him in…

Forbidden by Susan Johnson

Forbidden by Susan Johnson

No doubt some of you are wondering why so many of us keep buying Susan Johnson’s books year after year. For me, at any rate, Forbidden is one of the most powerful reasons. After all, anyone who could write such an intelligent, lush, erotic, and three-dimensional love story once could certainly do it again. The…

Beast by Judith Ivory

Beast by Judith Ivory

Beast by Judith Ivory is one of my two all-time favorite romance books and also simply one of the best books I have ever read. When I read books or watch movies, afterwards I have a certain feel for them, a textural sensation. Beast has left me with one of the richest, most voluptuous “feels”…

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