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Johanna Lindsey’s HEARTS AFLAME – Superb Viking-Saxon Romance—a Keeper!

Hearts Aflame is the second in the Haardrad Viking family trilogy, but it can be enjoyed…

Norse longships and West Highland Galleys by Regan Walker

  January is Viking month on Historical Romance Review so travel back in time for some…

Kresley Cole’s THE CAPTAIN OF ALL PLEASURES – High Seas Romance at its Best—a Favorite Heroine and a Keeper!

This is one of my favorite romances set on the high seas with a daring sea…

Joanna Bourne’s THE BLACK HAWK – Hawker! Great Hero in the Spymaster Series!

The fourth installment in Bourne’s Spymaster series brings us Adrian’s (Hawker’s) story. We met Sir Adrian…

The Medieval Christmas Feast

  Not surprising, food was a major part of a medieval Christmas. The holiday came during…

Emma V. Leech’s TO WINTER AT WILDSYDE – Brilliant Writing and a Good Story but Choppy with Other Women’s Stories Interjected

Set in the Highlands in 1814, this is the story of Miss Ruth Stone, a wealthy…

Best Historical Romance Trilogies

  It takes talent to write a great historical romance novel, but to write three in…

Christine Monson’s SURRENDER THE NIGHT – Wonderful, Witty Victorian Romance with a Handsome Prince in Italy, Switzerland and Hungary!

You are lucky if you have this in paperback as it’s difficult to find. Set in…

Somerled’s Castles by Regan Walker

Summer Warrior, which begins in 1135, tells the story of Somerled, the Norse-Gael who forged the…

Elizabeth Kingston’s FAIR, BRIGHT AND TERRIBLE – A Rich Tapestry of Emotions in this Story of Love after England Conquered Wales

  Set in the late 13th century, this is the second in a wonderful series, a…

Miriam Minger’s WILD MOONLIGHT – Well-told installment in the Medieval Irish brides series

This is book 3 in the O’Byrne Brides series and I recommend you read them in…

Autumn in the Highlands

  “Autumn in the Highlands would be brief—a glorious riot of color blazing red across the…

Sharon Kay Penman’s WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT – History of 12th Century England Brought to Life

This story of England and France in the time of the Civil War between Stephen and…

Elizabeth Chadwick’s THE GREATEST KNIGHT – Splendid Story of a Historical Knight and his Lady Love in the time of the Plantagenets

This is the second in the William Marshall series (see list below). Set in the 12th…

Cheryl Bolen’s WITH HIS LADY’S ASSISTANCE – A Fun Regency Romp!

Set in 1813, this tells the story of Captain Jack Dryden of the 14th Light Dragoons,…

Lorraine Heath WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED – A Steamy Regency Well Told

Lady Grace Mabry’s large inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor…

Victoria Cornwall’s THE THIEF’S DAUGHTER – Smuggling on the Cornwall Coast in the Georgian Era

Set in Cornwall in Georgian England, beginning in 1779 (with a prologue set in 1765),  this…

Mary Jo Putney’s THE RAKE – Reforming an Alcoholic Rake Takes a Good Woman

September is Georgian and Regency month on Historical Romance Review and I’m starting with a good…

Best Historical Romances Set in Exotic Locales

Lausanne-Castle, Switzerland It’s the end of August and you’re home and you’re bored. You want an…

Brenda Joyce’s SPLENDOR – Unique Romance Between a Russian Prince and an English Girl

Another well-written story from Joyce but with a few ingredients that make it unique, including a…

Victoria Holt’s THE DEMON LOVER – Gripping Story of a Tumultuous Love, a Victorian Bodice-Ripper set in England and France

Just so you know, this is not your ordinary Victoria Holt gothic murder mystery. Set mostly…

Judith E. French’s FORTUNE’S MISTRESS –Exciting Pirate & Privateer Saga Set in the Caribbean!

Set in England and the Caribbean in 1672, the story begins as Lacy Bennett, marked as…

Parris Afton Bonds’ MOOD INDIGO – Wonderful Story from Pre-Revolutionary War America, Rich in Historic Detail!

The story begins in England in 1774, the year after the Boston tea party, and soon…

Janelle Taylor’s FORTUNE’S FLAMES – Exciting Privateer Adventure in New Orleans!

Set during the War of 1812, this is the story of Maren Jones, an American, sailing…

Betina Krahn’s PASSION’S RANSOM – Absorbing American Revolution Story of a Smart Heroine who Becomes a Pirate Captain’s Woman

This is a “keeper” that blends the period of the American Revolution and the pirate/privateer culture.…