Genre: Historical Romance

Book Review: Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson

Posted November 14, 2016 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson

I’m kind of weirded out by this book, but also I really enjoyed the story. It’s a conundrum for sure. What drew me to read this, first off, was the unique premise. Annie’s Song is about a young deaf woman who, due to negligence, has been mistakenly identified as a moron for her entire life. She is raped and, because of reasons, her rapist’s brother marries her, then discovers she’s […]

Book Review: Conor’s Way by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted November 11, 2016 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Conor’s Way by Laura Lee Guhrke

Okay okay okay. Suspiciously green 90’s book cover aside, Conor’s Way is not a book to be missed. Trust me, you need this book in your life. This novel takes on everything I love about the romance genre, and Laura Lee Guhrke executes everything to perfection. This, right here, is why I read romance novels and why I love them so damn much. So let’s lay the scene. In the […]

Book Review: Stormfire by Chrstine Monson

Posted May 12, 2016 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Stormfire by Chrstine Monson

For many readers who’ve invested time into the romance genre, Christine Monson’s Stormfire needs no introduction. It is the quintessential Bodice Ripper, dating from back when the genre was darker, more violent, and, well…a lot more problematic. Books like this are what give romance novels their bad name, though it’s worth pointing out that Stormfire is, at this point, more that 30 years past its initial publication. Progress has been made, […]

Book Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Posted September 8, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is always an author I can count on for the sweet and charming side of the romance genre. When a Scot Ties the Knot is extremely cute, and it has a lot of what protagonist Maddie would call “squish” on the insides. This whole book is just made of squishable perfection, revolving around just one question: what happens when your imaginary fiancé comes to call and brings devious […]

Book Review: Delicious by Sherry Thomas

Posted August 27, 2015 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Delicious by Sherry Thomas

This is my second novel by respected author Sherry Thomas, and I think my favorite (thus far, of course). Delicious is a charming, sexy romance novel about fairytales, second chances, and love in disguise. The relationship between leads Stuart and Verity was wonderful, slightly unconventional, and full of chemistry—I definitely loved that both characters were in their thirties and had more experience in all areas of life. Sure, some aspects […]

Book Review: Unraveled by Courtney Milan

Posted June 26, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Unraveled by Courtney Milan

It’s interesting (and lucky) to note that a “bad” book by Courtney Milan is really rather good by other standards. I must confess that Unraveled was by far the weakest installment of the Turner series for me, as well as being one of my least favorite novels by Milan, but it was nevertheless an enjoyable experience overall. By and large, Unraveled is just vastly different than any other romance novel […]

Book Review: Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

Posted June 18, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

Time and time again, Courtney Milan absolutely kills it with her novels. I think at this point it’s safe to say she’s my favorite romance author of all time. Every book of hers that I’ve read is gold. Unclaimed, this second book in the Turner series, far surpasses the first book or the half-step novella that came in between. And surprisingly, this is a book that deals with tropes I […]

Book Review: Unlocked by Courtney Milan

Posted May 20, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Unlocked by Courtney Milan

Even in an abbreviated form, Courtney Milan knows what’s up. Unlocked is a truly delightful story about second chances, forgiveness, and absolving for past mistakes. Even a tricky romance like this, between a woman and the man who bullied her mercilessly, comes out all right when written by this author. Lady Elaine was first introduced in Unveiled as a sort of unlikeable friend to the protagonist, but now in Unlocked, […]

Book Review: Unveiled by Courtney Milan

Posted May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Unveiled by Courtney Milan

There is a reason Courtney Milan is my favorite historical romance author, and I think Unveiled really proves that. I’ve yet to dislike any of her books, of course, but by rights I should have disliked this one—it having quite a few romance tropes I’m really not a fan of (like a character lying about their identity to their romantic interest). But, of course, Milan knows her stuff, and though […]

Book Review: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Posted April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Up until this point, I haven’t read (or cared to read) many romances that were published prior to 2010. This is partly because I haven’t read widely enough in the genre to have had the opportunity to do so, and partly because older romances have me suspicious of rape romanticization and other objectionable things. However, Flowers from the Storm is widely considered to be one of the greats, and it certainly […]

Book Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Posted March 27, 2015 // 5 Comments
Book Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Oh, happiness! Say Yes to the Marquess is delightful (and quite aptly titled). This is without a doubt one of Tessa Dare’s better novels, and though it doesn’t make its way into favorite territory, it was an utterly adorable and enjoyable reading experience. I’m so pleased with this story and how everything turned out. I mean, this is just a perfect situation. Clio, after waiting around for her wayward fiancé […]

Book Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Posted March 25, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Izzy Goodnight has been left penniless after her exploitive father died, but when she finds out her godfather has left her a bequest, she rushes off to a ruined castle in Northumberland to receive her inheritance. Except. The ruined castle is her inheritance. And the duke who rightfully owns it is in residence. And he’s not letting the castle go without a fight. This, I think, is certainly one of […]