Ireland

D-
My Wild Irish Rose

My Wild Irish Rose suffers from an idiot plot. An idiot plot is one that is kept in motion solely because all the characters in it act like idiots. If the characters in this book ever asked a question, or talked to each other or acted instead of assuming, all would soon be cleared up - but then we'd ...

C+
The Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle is the fourth and last novel in The Heirs of Cahira O'Connor series, following The Silver Sword, The Golden Cross, and The Velvet Shadow. The format is familiar - one story interwoven with another from the distant past. Destiny is the theme, as an ancient prayer is fulfilled in the ...

C
The Heiress

Claire Delacroix built her Bride Quest trilogy around three brothers and their individual attempts to find brides. In the third of these books, The Heiress, Rowan, the last unmarried of the three, attempts to win his brothers' dare and marry the wealthiest heiress in Ireland before the Yule. The fac ...

A
Uncertain Magic

Uncertain Magic was first published in 1987 and is currently in its seventh printing. This was the first Laura Kinsale book I ever read so I didn't know what to expect. I just pulled it off of Borders' romance shelf because of its pretty cover. What a wonderful surprise to discover this author on a ...

C-
Mistress of the Waters

To work well, a time travel romance needs both a compelling fantasy story with a plausible reason and device for the time travel to occur, and a compelling romance, with all the usual ingredients that requires - likable hero and heroine, believable conflicts, and a reasonable expectation of a happy- ...

A
Reforming Lord Ragsdale

Lord Ragsdale is an intelligent and witty man who is bored. He squanders his talents on careless amusements, and surrounds himself with people who have not one half of his insight and wit. His accounts are a mess. His estate is neglected. This fascinating man has no one with whom to hold a worthwhil ...

D
Defiant Captive

When sitting down to write this review, I sincerely wished someone else could have done it in my place. I'm terribly sensitive regarding Viking romances, and the book just might have fared a little better in the hands of another reviewer, someone not Scandinavian. The King of Meath has captur ...

B
The Damsel

The Damsel is the second book in the Bride Quest series, which follows the adventures of three brothers who each must search for and win brides. I have not read The Princess, the first book in the trilogy, but The Damsel stands clearly on its own and I had no problem following what most likely occur ...

C+
Lady Moonlight

Unlike many other paranormal romances, Lady Moonlight works as both a fantasy and a romance, because the faeries are integral to the plot. Unfortunately, the main characters don't get to interact often enough. Though there is no big separation, there are many shorter ones. Also, the stubborn behavio ...

C+
Lady Reckless

Some romances (and other fiction, for that matter) surround the plot with detail - describing surroundings, people, customs, and quirks to make the story true to the location. Admittedly if not done carefully, this can bog a book down, but done right, it can sweep a reader into the location of the b ...