Impulsive Butterfly by Kay Gregory features, quite frankly, a rather skeezy romance where an engaged owner of an employment agency tries to find work for a woman he’s attracted to. 3 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: Reckless Heart (aka Elusive Love) by Lois Arvin Walker
Readers who like “sweet, clean romances” may find something to like in Lois Arvin Walker’s Reckless Heart. Those of us who like a lot more will have to look elsewhere. 2 Stars
Gothic Romance Review: My Name is Clary Brown by Charlotte Keppel
My Name is Clary Brown by Charlotte Keppel (nee Ursula Torday) was first published in 1976 under the title When I Say Goodbye, I’m Clary Brown. Diamond is an actress of little renown and loses her “protector’s” patronage. She returns to her home village where she finds many of her childhood friends have died. There are dark forces that seem directed at her. Could she be the next victim in a long string of murders? 5 stars
Historical Romance Review: Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey
With her 14th book, Lindsey was on a roll, writing blockbuster romance after blockbuster romance. Hearts Aflame was the sequel to Lindsey’s third book, Fires of Winter.
Category Romance Review: Dark Fire by Elizabeth Lowell
Dark Fire by Elizabeth Lowell, a 1988 Silhouette Desire takes us on a trek through the jungles of Peru. 4 stars
Classic Romance Review: The Sheik by Edith M. Hull
The Sheik by Edith M. Hull, published in 1919, is as influential to the modern romance genre as Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps, even more so.
It was a blockbuster of a success, despite its many detractors. While some modern readers may cringe at its depiction of women, sexual roles, and racial attitudes, The Sheik remains a compelling read one hundred years after its publication. 5 stars
Category Romance Review: The Honey Is Bitter by Violet Winspear
Violet Winspear’s bestseller, The Honey is Bitter, was originally published in 1967 by Mills & Boon. Paul, a Greek tycoon, blackmails Domini into marriage. 4 stars
Historical Romance Review: Secret Fire by Johanna Lindsey
Secret Fire was the second Johanna Lindsey romance I read and cemented her works among my favorites. This romance set in Russia and Victorian England was released during Lindsey’s peak years of output. 5 stars
Historical Romance Review: Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain
Moonstruck Madness was Laurie McBain’s second and, in my opinion, her best book. It is a thrilling read. 4.5 Stars
Category Romance Review: Tiger, Tiger by Robyn Donald
Harlequin Presents #1931 Tiger Tiger by Robyn Donald two people who look alike are attracted to each other. 3.5 stars
Historical Romance Review: A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey
In A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey Courtney hires Chandos to help her trek across the west to find her father and instead she and Chandos find love. 4.5 stars