Dark Ages

B-
Conveniently Wed to the Viking

I want to find a Viking romance that immerses me in the setting and blows me away. Conveniently Wed to the Viking is competent, which makes it stand out in this subgenre, but not exceptional. Sandulf Sigurdsson is on the trail of the assassin who murdered his sister-in-law, whose death led his wi ...

B-
Her Viking Warrior

Her Viking Warrior is an interesting blend of old school romance ideals (home and hearth and the power of alpha manhood are celebrated) and new school ones (so is the power of female ingenuity, toughness and fitness for leadership in battle).  The book does a fairly good job balancing these two dif ...

B-
So Wild a Dream

Reading Beautiful Wreck in 2014, I was blown away by Larissa Brown’s dreamlike writing style and the romance within. When I read the first part of the follow-up in 2016, I enjoyed the story but wasn’t left with that lovely breathless feeling I craved. Luckily, while I wasn’t floating weightles ...

B+
So Wild a Dream

Two years ago, I declared Larissa Brown’s Beautiful Wreck was one of the Best Books of 2014. Last year, we raved about her novella, Tress. And I was so excited to read So Wild A Dream, set in the same world as Beautiful Wreck, that when I got the chance to review it, I was literally breathless. Ma ...

A-
Beautiful Wreck

First things first - don’t judge this book by its cover. From the official cover, I was expecting something a bit childish - definitely with Vikings, but still childish. This is the author’s first work, after all, and it’s unusual to read a first romance that fully moves the reader. Well, cons ...

B-
City of Jade

Have you ever read that book that was completely different from what you expected? This was that book for me. It stayed pretty true to the book description, but it was still not what I thought it would be. Gallienus, former soldier and current gate guard for the grand city of Constanti ...

B-
The Viking's Sacrifice

In history books I've read, the Medieval mindset in some ways seems quite foreign to the modern American way of thinking. The veil between the physical world and the supernatural feels a bit thinner; it's a world where curses and magic coexist with daily life. The Viking's Sacrifice is not a paranor ...

C+
The Norse King's Daughter

While reading this book, I alternated between liking it and…not. The book is light-hearted, more of a romantic comedy, in a style similar to G.A. Aiken. If you aren’t prepared to laugh at the hero seeking out the heroine's “woman-channel” as his “sap runs thick and hot” on the seventh pa ...

A
Dream of Me

Narrated by Josephine Bailey Dream of Me was the first true romance I read and therefore holds a special place in my list of romance favorites. I was enthused to discover it in audio format but after listening to Josephine Bailey’s excellent performance, I was absolutely enthralled. Now a comfo ...

B-
Captured

Though she has started to get more attention, I still consider Helen Kirkman to be something of a buried treasure. Her distinctive style fits her chosen time period well, and every time I pick up one of her books, I feel transported back to the Dark Ages and the clashes between various English peopl ...