road romance

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The Iron Duke

This is the first book I have read by this author, and for the first half or so, I read it with rather mixed feelings, mostly delighted but thoroughly exasperated at certain passages. Fortunately it turned out to be an excellent read overall, and most definitely a series to follow. Let’s begin ...

B-
Hidden Honor

My stack of books is much more varied than it used to be, but it still leans heavily toward historical, category romance and romantic suspense.  Rather than dither over it, I just pulled out a historical romance at random and we were off to the races.  The book in question? Hidden Honor, a 2004 re ...

B+
The Wedding Journey

Carla Kelly’s The Wedding Journey is the story of a marriage of convenience made during wartime in order to protect the heroine from the threat of being sold off in marriage to pay her father’s debts.  In the hands of this author, however, the story is so much more than the story of two people ...

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A Dangerous Deceit

I am at a loss to understand why Alissa Johnson doesn’t seem to get the same kind of attention afforded to the ‘big-name’ authors of historical romance.  Every book of hers I’ve read has been superbly written, featuring well-drawn, three-dimensional characters, a well-constructed plot, subt ...

B+
Perfect Kind of Trouble

The first book in Chelsea Fine’s Finding Fate trilogy, Best Kind of Broken, was nearly a DIK. So when I finally found the time to jump into the second installment, Perfect Kind of Trouble, I had very high expectations. To be sure, I thoroughly enjoyed Daren and Kayla’s story and can easily recom ...

B+
King's Warrior*

I’m a big fan of medieval romances and have enjoyed all of Kris Kennedy’s full-length stories. She has a great grasp of the medieval psyche and behaviors, and she backs it up with meticulous research. Her stories are fast-paced and peopled with alpha heroes in tender romances; and while there is ...

B+
Beautiful

I’m a big fan of Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) and their Beautiful series. The first book in the series (Beautiful Bastard) didn’t quite have me at ‘hello,’ but not long after I finished the final page, I one-clicked book two, Beautiful Stranger, and never looked bac ...

C
A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart is my second Sonali Dev novel;  I enjoyed The Bollywood Bride, and had high hopes for this one.  Unfortunately, the misleading categorization (women’s fiction) and my assumption that like its predecessor (which is linked to this story), it was a romance, left me confused about ...

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Overexposed

One of the best things about this stellar book is the fact that it’s told from Levi Grainger’s PoV. Hiking the Appalachian Trail in honor of his sister, who was recently killed in action, Levi runs into all sorts of issues expected of a novice hiker. He also runs into Thad Connors, a withdrawn b ...

B
Once Upon a Moonlit Night

I love the Maiden Lane series, though I thought Sweetest Scoundrel was a bit of a misfire. But then came Duke of Sin. Easily my favorite of the series, I tore through it in one evening. So when I heard Ms. Hoyt was releasing a novella to tie up loose ends from Duke of Sin, I couldn’t wait to read ...