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The Last Tudor

Philippa Gregory – author of the White Queen and White Princess novels, and of The Other Boleyn Girl – needs no introduction from me. This somewhat disastrous fifteenth tome in her series chronicling the lives of the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties sweeps us from the reign of Edward I to the exe ...

B-
Claiming His Desert Princess

Claiming His Desert Princess is the final book in Marguerite Kaye’s Hot Arabian Nights quartet of historical romances set in Arabia in the early 1800s.  Contemporary romances abound with gorgeous sheikh heroes, but they’re not so often found in historicals, and neither are there that many regen ...

B+
Edge of Power

Rejoice Wulf fans! In Edge of Power we get his story and an enjoyable and satisfying conclusion to the sexy, futuristic Edge series (at least for now).  The self-professed King of the West gets the comeuppance he so richly deserves - ending the overarching four book plot, while Ms. Crane rewa ...

C
Royally Matched

Sometimes I want to read a decadent, implausible love story that is pure entertainment , and nothing satisfies this craving quite like the tale of a prince form a fake country who sweeps a girl off her feet. This is exactly what I got in Royally Screwed, the first book in Emma Chase’s Royally seri ...

B+
Bride by Royal Decree

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want a really good Harlequin Presents read. I want the tropes to be laid on thick, I want to laugh at the outrageousness of most of it, and I want to lose myself in a world of pure imagination. When I don’t want that itch scratched, HPs are annoying a ...

C
Royal Scandal

Okay, petals, let me get this out of the way immediately; Royal Scandal requires a level of suspension of belief usually reserved for fantasy novels. I’m convinced anyone’s ability to enjoy it is based on how much you buy into the main conceit, and ultimately, it’s frothy and far-fetched, alth ...

B+
The Undying King

I recently read this, and as usual, Draven does not disappoint. The tale is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast trope, except in this case, both characters carry their own curses. The maiden Imogen has been cursed with the touch of death, and wants to be rid of it; the King Cededa’s enchanted immo ...

C+
Christmas Baby for the Princess

I have a soft spot for Harlequins about royals, and Barbara Wallace is a solid writer, so I gave Christmas Baby for the Princess a try. It’s a mild, sweet, and predictable Christmas story with two flat leads. If you want something harmless to pass a Christmas themed couple of hours, it’s fine, b ...

C+
Twisted Palace

It’s hard to know where to start this review.  On the one hand, I enjoyed the series as a whole and could never have skipped Twisted Palace.  Unfortunately, this instalment - after all the double crosses, angst, murders and red herrings - was anticlimactic.  As usual, the story entertains and I ...

C
His Royal Secret

There’s something about royalty falling for us “normal” folk that is endlessly entertaining. From the (fairly) recent The Prince and Me to wonderful Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, the fantasy has been kept alive for years. Plus, it has real-world examples – look at William and Kate, or go ...