Napoleonic wars

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My Love, My Enemy

A great book is a always a welcome find but one recommended by a friend is even better. My Love, My Enemy is this kind of book. When her name was first mentioned to me, I thought, "Jan Cox Speas - who"? Now I think, "Jan Cox Speas - great author"! Everything about her writing is a joy. The main char ...

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Devil's Wager

Devil's Wager is the third in a trilogy by Mary Spencer (following Dark Wager and Lady's Wager). Set in England during the Regency period, Devil's Wager is Lad's story, who was introduced to us in the earlier books. Lad, an American who has his own prosperous property in Tennessee, has inherited an ...

B+
Lady Cat

If you're familiar with my reviews, you'll know that I have never found the topic of adultery to be romantic and that I've emphasized my dislike for it as a theme several times. Having said that, it seems there is one possible exception to that rule - and I've found it in Lady Cat. Say you were a ...

B-
Red, Red Rose

Red, Red Rose is set primarily in Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars. With its rich historical and military detail, it is somewhat reminiscent of Mary Jo Putney's Shattered Rainbows. It has an exciting sub-plot involving spies and treason, and it's quite a good read. The only problem is that the ro ...

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Summer Campaign

I just finished Carla Kelly's Summer Campaign and have to spread the news to the few who haven't had the joy of meeting Onyx and Jack; those of you who've already read it can sit back and say, "what took her so long?" Simply put, there has seldom been a hero and heroine who more deserved their HEA t ...

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The Bride's Bodyguard

Though The Bride's Bodyguard didn't sell well, it's one of those books I feel is a hidden gem. I hope you'll do yourself a favor and search this one out; it'll be worth the hunt. The Bride's Bodyguard is the romance between Ross Trevenan, personal assistant to Alexandre Beaupre, and Tessa Lori ...

C+
Splendor

Splendor wasn't bad. I hadn't heard of Brenda Joyce before picking up the book, so I didn't have any particular expectations (like I do before starting a Julie Garwood). Although the characters and the situation were not entirely believable, the book was packed with lots of conflict, action, and int ...

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The Lady's Companion

Regency romance. Lords and Ladies. Elegance, glitter and the haute ton. Been there, read that. Not if it's a Carla Kelly Regency you haven't. The Lady's Companion flouts the conventions of a regency romance and tells a wonderful story in the process. Susan Hampton is waking up in a bare, cold hou ...

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With This Ring

Since Mary Balogh is no longer going to write traditional regency novels, Carla Kelly is now the regency author whose books I am going to prowl the stores for. Whenever I hear anyone sat that romance novels are nothing but tripe, I feel like giving them a copy of With This Ring and saying, "Read thi ...