Georgian

B
To Rescue a Rogue

The Company of Rogues is finally complete. I’ve been waiting for Dare’s story for a while, along with every other fan of this series, I’m sure. Dare lived up to my expectations completely, although I had to warm up to his heroine, partly because she’s very young. Mara does mature (thankfully ...

B-
Awaiting the Moon

The good news is that Donna Lea Simpson’s Awaiting the Moon takes place in 1795 (Translation: Not the Regency) in a remote area of Germany (Translation: Not England). Even better, the author does a terrific job of making the reader feel as if she, too, is isolated in a mysterious castle in a forei ...

B
A Most Unsuitable Man

Remember when everyone was "waiting for Rothgar"? Well, he's back in a secondary role in Jo Beverley's newest Malloren book. Like its predecessors, it's set in Georgian England, when men were men - but got to wear really cool pretty clothes. I have to confess that I am a relative novice where Beverl ...

B
Winter Fire

Fans of Jo Beverley's Malloren series will be hard pressed to resist Winter Fire. The Mallorens return in a supporting role as their cousin finds love and a long-standing feud resolves itself. Genova Smith finds herself spending Christmas as companion to the elderly Trayce sisters - gr ...

A-
Lord John and the Private Matter

Diana Gabaldon writes in her introduction to Lord John and the Private Matter that she referred to the book as a "short story" until her agents (quite correctly) informed her that at 301 pages, a Gabaldon short story is the length of most books. That observation, I think, might be the key to underst ...

C+
Adam's Promise

A sweet story with an unusual setting that's mostly a pleasure to read, Adam's Promise unfortunately hits a groan-inducing plot development that nearly capsizes it. Madeline Oxley is stunned when her father informs her that Adam Coates sent him a letter asking for her hand in marriage. When s ...

C-
The Diamond King

In general, pirate ships duke it out with harems for the Most Implausible Setting award, so it's refreshing to read a pirate romance that seems a little more in touch with reality. Unfortunately, the reality of pirate ships seems to be long stretches of tedium interrupted by short bursts of activity ...

A
The Royal Physician's Visit

"On April 5, 1768, Johann Friedrich Struensee was appointed Royal Physician to King Christian VII of Denmark, and four years later was executed." I found myself fascinated by the above quote at the beginning of The Royal Physician's Visit - struggles for power can make for delicious reading. Bo ...

A
Voyager

Voyager, the third installment in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, is a sharp contrast to the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber. Whereas Dragonfly began and ended with Claire and Jamie separated for twenty years, Voyager, as the title indicates, is the story of Claire’s return to the past and ...

A
The Fiery Cross

When The Fiery Cross arrived in the mail, I knew it already had a leg up on the competition. I can't remember another time when I have been so excited just to open a package and hold a book. I had another book to finish the day it came, so I kept giving it fond, longing looks whenever it caught my e ...