Frontier/Western Historical Romance

D-
The Southern Devil

I picked up The Southern Devil with great optimism. It has many things that usually draw me to a book: a Western setting, steamy love scenes, a female who isn't delicate, adventure, and a childhood connection between the hero and heroine. Sadly, each of the things I looked forward to are seriously f ...

C+
Loner's Lady

In a romance book landscape littered with paranormals and inane Regency-set historicals, it’s nice to enjoy a Western Romance read. It’s like drinking a tall glass of cool, crisp water. Loner’s Lady turned out to be a lovely character-driven romance in which plot holes, unfortunately, mar its ...

A
Always To Remember

I can count on one hand the number of romance novels that have ever moved me to tears. Lorraine Heath's classic Always to Remember sits at the top of that elite list, head and shoulders above the rest. In the ten years since its initial publication, it has only gained power, as its themes seem even ...

D
The Mavericks

The Mavericks, Leigh Greenwood's recent novel set in the Old West, is the latest in The Cowboys series, stories about a family of a dozen adopted boys, most of whom have already been featured in books of their own. This one is unusual as it tells the story of two of these brothers, with each of them ...

B-
The Bachelor

The Bachelor is set in Calgary, Alberta in 1893, and the hero is a Mountie. The story is a good one and so are the characters, but it suffered from "Harlequin Historical" compression - there were lots of interesting points that were hurried over. If only it could have been longer! The Royal C ...

C+
Loving Mercy

They say that good things come in small packages and, in the case of Loving Mercy, this came so very close to being true. While this rather charming debut novel is still somewhat better than average, it did have its flaws. The author manages to pack an impressive amount of plot and emotional wrangli ...

C+
The Irish Devil

The Irish Devil would have been a lot better if it had not had so many sex scenes. I don't think there was a chapter where there wasn't one (or two, or three, or four) sex scenes. After I finished the book, I couldn't help but think it would have been a marvelous big, juicy historical novel if the b ...

B
At Twilight

I've read so many disappointing westerns lately that I am almost afraid to pick them up. But At Twilight's back cover copy sounded intriguing, so I gave it a shot - and I'm glad I did. It's easily the best western I've read in the last couple of years. Slow paced and thoughtful, it's a great charact ...

N/A
The Engagement

Dr. Virginia Waters was sure she was marrying the wrong brother! She wanted quiet, safe Andrew, but he had jilted her after a 6 year engagement. Andrew's brother, Inspector Zack Bullock, was a Mountie looking for a wife. A wife who would be busy with her own life and leave him alone to pursue his ca ...

C+
A Kiss to Die For

A Kiss to Die For is something of a rarity: it's a historical romantic suspense novel set in post-Civil War Abilene, Kansas. It's an intriguing combination, and the book had some aspects I really enjoyed. Unfortunately it was also quite a slow read, and I had trouble warming up to the heroine. An ...