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Forever Princess

I have been an avid follower of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries since 2001, when I came across the first two volumes in a bookstore and read them in one sitting. Since then, I have bought each volume as soon as it came out, usually paying full price for the hardback. Forever Princess, together with P ...

B-
The Dragonfly Pool

I've heard good things before about Eva Ibbotson, and I am partial to tales set during World War II, so I thought The Dragonfly Pool looked like fun. For the most part it was. Tally Hamilton is a special girl, the kind who likes to help, who cares for others, and who sees what could be clearer th ...

B+
The Dangerous Mr. Ryder

After writing a number of very enjoyable stand-alone titles, Louise Allen has embarked on telling the stories of the members of a large family. In her case, it’s not a set of siblings, but of cousins. A family tree is printed right at the front of the book, which is a shame, because it contains a ...

B+
The Desert Prince's Proposal

Every now and again I'm in the mood for a quick, breezy read and a well-written series romance fills the bill quite nicely. The Desert Prince's Proposal is a delightful fairy tale, and does a near perfect job of whisking one away from the everyday. Bria Green grew up in wealthy Australian soc ...

B-
To Wed a Wicked Prince

To Wed a Wicked Prince features an enjoyable romance marred only by a marriage under false pretenses and a too-long page count. Lady Livia Lacey enjoys the independence she finds in owning her own home in London, a home left to her by an eccentric distant relation, Sophia Lacey. She lo ...

C+
The Stolen Princess

Lately, I’ve been in something of an average book slump. Books have excited me with very strong, interesting beginnings, convincing me that I finally found one to pull me out of the ditch. Then, small but consistent problems chip away at potential greatness, leaving something that is…well... pre ...

B-
Notorious

As historical fiction, I really liked this book. As a historical romance, however, I was somewhat disappointed. Notorious is set at the time of the turbulent reign of Edward II, a period of great political strife and intrigue, and revolves around the relationship that develops between Brianna ...

B
My Favorite Earthling

It’s been along time since I read a science fiction (as opposed to fantasy) romance. Not having read the first book in Susan Grant’s series I was a bit lost, but after a few chapters I got my bearings. Jared Jasper’s family has been prominent in California politics for years and held up ...

B+
The Winter Prince

In The Winter Prince, Cheryl Sawyer turns her research and writing skills to the tumultous years of the English Civil War. Her story focuses on Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, and Prince Rupert of Bohemia (also known as Rupert of the Rhine). As Charles I's ward and nephew, both Mary a ...

C
The First Princess of Wales

Historical romances have always seemed more incredibly romantic to me than any other subgenre because there is just something about a big meaty historical saga that fires my imagination. However, a good historical must have not only a well-told story but also must have characters who capture the rea ...