Reconstruction era

D-
Luck of the Draw

I keep picking up western romances, hoping I’ll find one as good as those I used to read in the nineties. Since virtually all of them I’ve read in the last five years are terrible, I’m not sure if my behavior is optimistic, or just stupid. Sadly, Luck of the Draw is yet another of the terrible ...

N/A
His Dark Desires

His Dark Desires is set in Reconstruction Era New Orleans. Heroine Juliet Boucheron is still dealing with the after-effects of the war. Her husband disappeared with thousands of dollars in Confederate gold, and as a result, she and her son have been shunned by all of their friends. They also have li ...

B+
The Perfect Desire

Leslie LaFoy wraps up her Perfect trilogy in winning style, pairing the slightly reckless, danger-seeking private investigator Barrett with his “perfect” feminine counterpart. The result is a thoroughly engrossing relationship between two equally strong and self-sufficient characters. Bar ...

C-
Midnight Satin

I remember reading some of Laurie Grant's medievals back when she wrote for Harlequin Historicals and I initially looked forward to reading her again. Unfortunately, while the German immigrant community forming the setting for Midnight Satin sets it apart from many Western romances and gives it an i ...

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 ...

D
Crosswinds

Normally, I love big, gritty historical sagas since they are just the sort of stories that make me want to suspend disbelief and fall into the twists and turns of a larger-than-life epic plot. Crosswinds opens with the promise of just such a story, but, unfortunately, it failed to hold up. As Cro ...

C
Wild Desire

Phoebe Conn's Wild Desire is a readable western romance with some nice romantic moments and a lovely heroine. However, several of the other characters - including, unfortunately, the hero - are apparently inhabitants of some alternate dimension. In this dimension, the laws of logic are mystifyingly ...

C
Calico Queen

Self-published books can sometimes provide an interesting reading experience since the author herself is usually investing both her time and money into a book born simply out of her love for the story. It's obvious in Calico Queen that her love of writing and fascination with the people and settings ...

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 ...