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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.…

Judith E. French’s FIREHAWK’S BRIDE – Fascinating Love Story from the Early American Frontier!

He was only 7 years old in 1600 when John Fire Hawk, grandson of the great…

Linda Colwell’s TOWARD THE SUNSET – Great Wagon Train Adventure!

No date is given but since this concerns a wagon train leaving out of Independence, Missouri…

Charlene Raddon’s TO HAVE AND TO HOLD – Love on the Utah Frontier

Set in Utah in 1888, this is the story of Tempest Whitney, a widow struggling to…

Brenda Joyce’s THE DARKEST HEART – Exciting Western with a Half-Apache Hero

I was really excited to read this story as I loved Joyce’s Fires of Paradise. In…

Catherine Coulter’s THE SCOTTISH BRIDE – Utterly Charming Regency Love Story of an English Vicar and Scottish Lass

Set in 1815 in England and Scotland, this is the story of Rev. Tysen Sherbrooke, an…

Jayne Castel’s THE BEAST’S BRIDE – Great first in the Brides of Skye trilogy!

Set in 1346, this is the story of Rhona MacLeod, the headstrong daughter of a clan…

Shannon Drake’s THE QUEEN’S LADY – Get Swept Away to 16th century Scotland!

This Scottish historical by Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham) is set in 16th century Scotland and…

Jennifer Roberson’s LADY OF THE GLEN – Superb Storytelling and a Keeper—a Highland Love that Survives the Massacre of Glencoe!

May is Scottish Historicals month on Historical Romance Review and I’m starting with one that is…

Virginia Henley’s THE DRAGON AND THE JEWEL: Enthralling 13th Century Love Story

A classic that is well worth the re-read. Virginia Henley is one of my very favorite…

Jennifer Blake’s THE STORM AND THE SPLENDOR – Captivating Adventure with a Mysterious Ship’s Captain Sailing From New Orleans to London to Algiers!

Set in 1818, three years after the Battle of Waterloo, this is a sweeping saga that…

Karen Robards’ ISLAND FLAME – Classic & an Exciting Bodice Ripper with Pirates—very well done!

It’s Classics & Bodice Rippers month! Did you know some of the very best historical romances…

Laurie McBain’s WHEN THE SPLENDOR FALLS – Sweeping Saga of Southern Life Before the Civil War and New Mexico Territory After

Another classic by Laurie McBain. Regrettably, for lovers of historical romance, this was McBain’s last novel.…

Debra Holland’s THE IRISH SISTERS TRILOGY of Novellas: A VALENTINE’S CHOICE, AN IRISH BLESSING, and A ROLLING STONE

This is a well-written set of novellas that, together, make up a sweet story of three…

Amy J. Fetzer’s THE IRISH ENCHANTRESS – Delightful Story of an Irish Princess Gifted with Magic and an English Knight

Set in Ireland’s deep past, this is the story of Fionna O’Donnel, a sorceress from a…

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day…Maureen O’Hara’s autobiography ’TIS HERSELF – The Hollywood Legend Tells of Her Life in Her Own Words

This is the story of Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara in her own words: “Above all else,…

MaryLu Tyndall’s THE REDEMPTION – Christian Pirate (well, sort of) Finds Love in this exciting tale!

Set in 1665, this is the story of Charlisse Bristol, who leaves England for the Caribbean,…

Danelle Harmon’s PIRATE IN MY ARMS – The Pirate and the Puritan Find Love

Set in Massachusetts in 1715-16, this is the story of Maria Hallett, a 15-year-old innocent who—through…

Johanna Lindsey’s GENTLE ROGUE: A Rogue Pirate and a Viscount

Set in 1818, the Regency period, this 3rdin Lindsey’s Malory series is a worthy read. After…

Ellie St. Clair’s QUEST OF HONOR – Female Pirate Steals the Heart of a Captain in the Royal Navy!

February is Pirate, Privateer and Love on the High Seas month! So, prepare for adventure. First…

Victoria Vane’s IVAR THE RED – Great Viking Novella!

This is the second in the Wolves of Brittany novella trilogy and continues the Vikings’ struggle…

Best Viking Romances!

Every now and then I love a good Viking Romance. Not fantasy, not paranormal, just straight…

Catherine Coulter’s SEASON OF THE SUN – Superb Tale of the Norsemen

A well-told Viking tale set in the Danelaw (Danish-ruled territory of England) and Norway in the…