arranged marriage

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The Heiress Gets a Duke

The Heiress Gets a Duke is a wonderful, character-driven novel about the gray area between family responsibility and duty to self. It’s the first book I’ve read by Harper St. George (more known for Viking and Western romance) but it certainly will not be the last. New Yorkers August Crenshaw ...

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The Princess

Elizabeth Elliott’s fine Montagues series follows another young woman through a new marriage in Medieval times in the aptly titled The Princess. The widowed-young Isabel Plantagenet of Ascalon, Dowager Countess of Rheinbaden in Germany, possesses a spine of iron – which is a good thing when s ...

B-
The Heart of the Dragon

As a reviewer, one runs out of ways to say "this book wasn't bad". Offer too little praise and you're shortchanging an author who did a decent job, too much and you're building unrealistic expectations. So, hey readers, this book was OK/not bad/nice/readable/alright/(any other phrase meaning pleasan ...

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In Pursuit of the Green Lion

There are defining texts in many of romance’s subgenres for me: Novels that may be among the first I read in a subgenre, but, more important, encompass for me all that is fascinating about the subgenre. For historical novels (or romances) set in the Middle Ages, among these texts are the Margaret ...

B+
Gentle Conquest

I miss Signet Regencies. One day when I had a hankering for a quality Regency, I did something I'd been longing to do but never got around to: I went down to the library and parked myself for three hours with an old Mary Balogh I'd never before read. By page 45 I was panicking. Was I seriously re ...

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The Legacy

Where does Medallion Press find its debut authors? This is the second time in a fortnight I have read a debut novel published by this house, and each time I have been overwhelmed by the quality of the writing, by the fascinating characters, and by the authors’ happy disregard of the usual formulas ...

B
How to Abduct a Highland Lord

I’m sick of rakes! I say this to myself every time I read the opening scene of a Regency era romance where our hero is fleeing the jealous husband of his current mistress. This is how we find Jack Kincaid, lying in the mud after being flung from his horse during a storm. He is soon trussed up and ...

B
Stealing Heaven

Ah, there's nothing like a good conflict. I knew I had come upon a satisfying one when I read these lines in the second chapter: "Hell." He barely breathed the word. He had been commanded to marry Genith, a sweet, innocent virgin. But he had almost made love last night to her older sister, Nesta. ...

C+
His Betrothed

Despite plot problems, character inconsistencies, and a carload of anachronistic language, I ended up liking His Betrothed more than I thought. The quote on the cover vaunts this as a riveting emotional read. While it's neither riveting nor emotional, it's a quick read with a hero and heroine who re ...

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By Arrangement

Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn is offended to discover that her guardian, King Edward III, has betrothed her to a merchant. If she knew the whole story behind that betrothal she'd be a lot more than just offended, I promise you. By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter is a rather dark, deeply romantic tale of ...