Passion’s Rapture, Penelope Neri’s first book, is a bodice-ripper where the heroine falls in love with her rapist, the hero. The best thing said about her 1981 debut is that Neri could never write anything worse. 1.5 Stars
Category: Historical Romance
Historical Romance is a master category designation for romance novels/ books that are set in the past, prior to World War 2, and written after the period in which they are set.
Historical Romance Review: Captive Ecstasy by Elaine Barbieri
Captive Ecstasy, Elaine Barbieri’s first book, is unique in that it features four possible love interests for the heroine, and all the men are written with strong emotions.
Historical Romance Review: Dawn of Desire by Joyce Verrette
Dawn of Desire by Joyce Verette was written in 1976 when sensual historicals and bodice rippers were the hottest books in romance. Alas, this book qualifies as neither. 3 stars
Historical Romance Review: Ecstasy’s Conquest by Kay McMahon
Ecstasy’s Conquest, the second Zebra historical romance by Kay McMahon, is not the best book ever. It is, however, a far more enjoyable read than its prequel, McMahon’s first novel, Passion’s Slave. 3.5 stars
Historical Romance Review: Wild Western Bride by Rosalyn Alsobrook
Wild Western Bride by Rosalyn Alsobrook features an unconventional couple who form an unconventional family. It’s not a great romance, but Alsobrook fans should find it enjoyable. 2.5 Stars
Historical Romance Review: Sun Woman by Lindsay McKenna
Sun Woman, a Harlequin Historical by Lindsay McKenna, features a wonderful Native American heroine and an equally excellent American soldier who come together despite a world that seems determined to keep them apart. 4.5 Stars
Historical Romance Review: Meet the New Dawn by Rosanne Bittner
In Meet the New Dawn, the penultimate book of her “Savage Destiny” Western historical romance series, author Rosanne Bittner brings the reader to tears with lots of love, drama, and deaths.
Historical Romance Review: Bold Montana Bride by Karen A. Bale
Bold Montana Bride is set in western Zebra romance set in Montana. It is a paint-by-numbers effort for Karen A. Bale. 3 stars
Historical Romance Review: Love’s Reckless Rebel by Gina Robins
Love’s Reckless Rebel is yet another hilarious and wonderful romance by Gina Robins–aka Connie Finch. It’s one of Blue Falcon’s favorites! 5 Stars
Historical Book Review: When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke is a charming inspirational romance with an enjoyable love story for both genre fans and those new to it.
Historical Romance Review: Tender Ecstasy by Janelle Taylor
Tender Ecstasy, the fifth book in Janelle Taylor’s Ecstasy series published by Zebra, is not as fun as its predecessor, but still a worthy entry in the series. 4 stars
Historical Romance Review: Beloved Betrayal by Carol Finch
Beloved Betrayal, a standalone Zebra Lovegram historical, by Carol Finch is for readers who like humor to go with their romance novels. 4 Stars
Historical Romance Review: Wanton Splendor by Bobbi Smith
In this review, Blue Falcon rates Wanton Splendor by Bobbi Smith as an entertaining read, which is good for a Zebra romance. 4 Stars
Historical Romance Review: Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh
The heroine of Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh is a spinster who has put off romance but is searching for meaning in life. Through her chance encounter with the reclusive Lord Carew she finds friendship, love, and self-discovery. 4.5 Stars
Historical Romance Review: Waves of Passion by Casey Stuart
Blue Falcon reviews Waves of Passion by Casey Stuart, another subpar early-era Zebra historical. But at least it has a pretty cover! 1 Star