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Bride of Hearts

In Bride of Hearts by Janet Lynnford, romance grows amidst the gossip, danger, and political maneuverings of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Matthew Cavendish, Baron Graystock, is a successful sea captain and a widower. Upon returning to England after two years at sea, he spies a lovely woman, Co ...

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The Water Nymph

Some books can almost be summed up in a single word. For Michele Jaffe's The Water Nymph, that word would be convoluted. Picture a rough draft of an Amanda Quick novel with the pages all mixed up, and you have The Water Nymph. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID ...

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Only In Your Arms

At times, I wanted to throw tomatoes at the hero of Only in Your Arms. (This bad boy was so bad he was good.) At times, I wanted to pelt the heroine's father with onions. Sometimes, the plot of seemed too busy. But darn it, I enjoyed this book, and recommend it heartily, flaws and all. Lady J ...

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Once and Forever

I’m a picky reader. There, I’ve admitted it. When I pick up a book, I want professional writing, a plot that makes sense, interesting dialogue and characters that behave in a psychologically believable manner. Once and Forever has a fairly interesting plot. That, however, may very well be the on ...

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Beauvallet

Think Georgette Heyer, and you automatically think Regency. And for the most part that's a valid association. This remarkable storyteller penned many of the best-loved Regencies of all time, yet we often forget that she used other time periods, as well. And she did just as outstanding a job in bring ...

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Lady Gallant

Lady Gallant by Suzanne Robinson very much changed the way I look at romance novels. Tautly crafted, well researched and psychologically riveting, this book knocked my socks off. Be forewarned, however; this is no hearts and flowers love story. It is tense, gritty, but ultimately a very satisfying r ...

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Green Darkness

Whenever a group of romance writers turn to the subject of influential books, certain writers and books come up over and over again. Regency writers will pick out Georgette Heyer. Romantic suspense writers point to Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. Western historical romance writers often confess an e ...

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Lord of Misrule

Lord of Misrule is a tale of revenge and dark love set in the Elizabethan era. The heroine, Catrienne Lyly, born of noble blood, has grown up a street urchin after seeing her beloved family killed in a political plot. The hero, Nicholas D'Avenant, is a scandalous nobleman working as a spy for his Qu ...