Napoleonic wars

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The Laird

This is the final book in Ms Burrowes’ Captive Hearts trilogy, which has focused on three men who were profoundly affected by their experiences during the Napoleonic Wars. In the previous book, The Traitor, we learned that Michael Brodie, half-Scot, half-Irish, had been sent to protect Sebastian S ...

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The Traitor

Grace Burrowes sat just under my nose for a while before I finally discovered how great an author she was. She’s only been around for a few years, and yet she already has an impressive backlist, full of delicious reads. It comes as no surprise, then, that The Traitor should be as well-written as t ...

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The Game and the Governess

Certain authors have a confidence of voice that comes out in their writing, and I count Kate Noble among that number. In The Game and the Governess, she takes on what could have been an overly contrived setup, delivering both a comedy of manners and a touching love story. Readers meet Phoebe Bake ...

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The Black Hawk

In All About Romance’s review of The Black Hawk in November 2011, Jean Wan wrote, “Once in a while, during every reader's literary life, you encounter a book that reminds you why you are a reader. It renews your faith, if faith was lost; it rekindles your interest, if interest waned; and every ...

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The Captive

This book is another well written and compelling story by Grace Burrowes. I keep waiting for the book that indicates she is running out of steam, but I have not run across that book yet. This prolific writer just keeps scoring big in the romance department and I sincerely hope she has many stories l ...

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The Forbidden Rose

There has been a long delay between the release of the audio version of Ms. Bourne’s début novel, The Spymaster’s Lady, and audios of the other books in the series, but at last, we’re now able to enjoy this, the prequel to that book and can look forward to listening to the remaining books in ...

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Sweet Disorder

Sweet Disorder sees the very welcome return to the publishing world of Rose Lerner, whose two previous novels, In for a Penny and A Lily Among Thorns I enjoyed very much. This book, the first in a series set in the town of Lively St. Lemeston, presents us with a different take on the Regency Roma ...

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It Takes Two to Tangle

It Takes Two to Tangle is the first in a new series by this author, and is a wonderfully crafted, character-driven romance in which two intelligent, kind, and emotionally fragile people find each other amid the round of parties, balls, and shallow people that make up the ton and the circuit of socie ...

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The Wedding Ring Quest

You know what I like about Carla Kelly’s books? They have real people. I don’t just mean that she doesn’t pull out the marquesses and dukes, although she has eschewed the nobility in the last decade. I mean her characters act and speak like actual complex human beings. They don’t just shriek ...

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All Through the Night

Narrated by Alison Larkin Originally published in 1997, All Through the Night is often described as being quite dark in tone for a historical romance and it’s easy to understand why. The hero and heroine are both emotionally damaged and their relationship – at the outset - is based on lust an ...