Scotland

B+
Where Have All the Boys Gone?

As someone who regularly asks the question posed by the title of Jenny Colgan’s mid-2000s novel Where Have All the Boys Gone?, I don’t know if I’m comforted or horrified by the proof that women have been pondering this mystery for at least a decade and a half. Regardless, I’m quite glad that ...

C
Highland Jewel

As a big fan of May McGoldrick’s historical romances, I’m sad to say that Highland Jewel was a bit of a disappointment.  While the first book in the Royal Highlander series, Highland Crown, balanced romance and action perfectly, Highland Jewel loses its way, leaning heavily upon action sequenc ...

B+
Footsteps in the Dark

I had high hopes for this anthology when I saw two of the names attached to it (Dal Maclean and Josh Lanyon), and Footsteps in the Dark more than met my expectations, although in the end, all but one of my favorite stories were penned by new-to-me authors (yay!).  None of the eight stories are part ...

F
This Scot of Mine

Sophie Jordan’s Rogue Files continues with This Scot of Mine, the cliché-ridden story of a lady who fakes her own disgrace and a laird who struggles under a dire curse. The plot makes use of pretty much every Scottish Romance trope known to man, the characterization is mediocre, the hero and her ...

A-
A Duke by Default

I love a good meet cute/meet crazy and Alyssa Cole offers up a delectable new favorite in her latest novel, A Duke by Default. Funny, poignant and sweet this is a truly fantastic summer read. This is book two of the Reluctant Royals series by this author but you don’t have to read the first boo ...

D
The Highlander's Promise

The Highlander’s Promise is a Beauty and the Beast story between a laird and a gently-born lady. While the premise is not uncommon - an amnesiac heroine discovers love and passion with a strong alpha hero - the execution is poor. The characters are uninspiring and unimaginative and the interesting ...

A
The Prince

Katharine Ashe hits only high notes in this memorable fourth book in the Devil’s Duke series.  The Prince elevates two previously minor secondary characters - and my friends, the pairing is brilliant.  He’s an exiled prince of a fictional Mediterranean realm, hidden away in Scotland and biding ...

C
The Endless Beach

Jenny Colgan returns to the Scottish island of Mure, location of her book The Café By The Sea and one of the novellas from A Very Distant Shore, to give us another atmospheric, pretty, cozy (and sometimes a bit stereotypical) tale about life in the tiny summer town. The Endless Beach continues t ...

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My Lady's Choosing

If you were a fan of the old AAR Purple Prose Parody contests, with their send-ups of genre tropes and in-jokes, then have I got a book for you. My Lady’s Choosing is a mature-audience’s romance version of the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories of ‘80s childhoods, and I highly recommend it for ...

A
Outlander

Calling Outlander a time travel romance is like calling a Dove Bar ice cream on a stick. Mere labels can't possibly prepare you for the totally engrossing and sensual experience of either one. If you are ready for 850 pages packed with action, sex, life and death, then take the plunge. But then be p ...