Western romance

B+
Strong, Silent Type

A sexy marriage-in-trouble story, Strong, Silent Type is a quick but satisfying read. Misunderstandings have pushed librarian Libby and rancher Quinn McKay apart, but grappling with infertility is the root cause of most of their issues. It was nice to read a marriage-in-trouble story that didn’ ...

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Courting Carrie in Wonderland

Are books read on vacation just better? While I wouldn't say an awful book would suddenly become riveting when read in the shade of a palm tree, I do have some particularly fond memories of vacation reads. I read Courting Carrie on a cruise ship, on my honeymoon. So, you know, it's kind of hard to t ...

B
Diablo

If you like Jo Goodman, you’re probably wishing there were more Wild West stories in the same vein. Fortunately for you, back in 1996, Patricia Potter wrote Diablo. Kane O'Brien (known as 'Diablo’) can best be described as ‘white-trash Confederate’: not a former slave owner, he joined up ...

B
Texas Tall

In any given month, there are scores of historical romance novels released that are set in England within a decade or two of the Napoleonic Wars.  The number of American historical romance novels is  dwarfed by those set in Europe, which is surprising considering the vast majority of popular roman ...

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Rocky Mountain Devil

Rocky Mountain Devil is book number ten in the Six Pack Ranch series.  Luckily, for those who haven’t yet discovered this Canadian Rocky Mountain set series, each book is easily read as a standalone without a broad continuing story arc (other than some weddings and babies  for previously profile ...

B
Calico Spy

This is the third book in Ms. Brownley’s Undercover Ladies series and like the other two it turns the Wild West into a fun, funny and romantic place to be. Of course, there’s plenty of danger and hard work as well as serious subjects such as homicide. However, the writing and main events of the ...

C-
Texas Destiny

Texas Destiny received an A at AAR a while back and was selected for the NPR Top 100 Romances list, which I'm reading my way through. I had high hopes for it, but ultimately, it let me down. The hero wallowed in bitter self-loathing, and the heroine’s mix of genteel martyrdom and ability to save t ...

B
Beautiful Criminal

Beautiful Criminal by Shady Grace is a short erotica story about a young man who crash lands his plane in the Canadian Rockies. I found myself wishing it had been longer as I would have enjoyed spending more time with these characters. Mima Etu lives a quiet life in the rugged Rockies. She hunts ...

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This Gun for Hire

The vast majority of historical romances that I read are set in Regency England…because the vast majority of historical romances that are written are set in Regency England. However, my two favorite time/place settings are Medieval Europe and American Westerns. It is just very hard to find any rec ...

B+
Softly Falling

Even if I do not always come away from a Carla Kelly book thinking it is one of the best books I have ever read, I always come away satisfied with a good story. I also have to watch myself in grading because I have read so many books by Ms. Kelly that I expect her books to be good and if they fall s ...