Saturday, October 21, 2017

Read the Medieval Romance that Won the 2017 RONE Award!




King’s Knight, book 4 in the Medieval Warriors series, has won the 2017 RONE Award for best medieval romance!

See what the reviewers have said:

“… a tantalizing and intriguing tale of medieval chivalry, intrigue, passion, duty, honor and romance. Walker's knowledge of history shines through. Masterfully and brilliantly written!”  
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“Wonderfully researched historical fiction, filled with romance, danger and intrigue. I fell for Sir Alexander the moment he rode through the gates of Talisand. Merewyn is fearless, unconventional, and yet vulnerable. The perfect pair!”   Good Friends, Good Books

“A sweeping tale that pulls you in at the very beginning and doesn’t let you go. Along with a wonderfully developed romance, there is political intrigue and a great cast of supporting characters begging for their story to be told. It's medieval romance at its finest. Well done, Regan Walker! Very, very well done!”  
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“Enticing, captivating, and exciting!! Alex is the type of hero that makes my heart skip a beat. Regan Walker’s attention to historical details and authentic history is astounding!”   —  The Book Review 

The author's style reminds me a little of Sharon Penman… the history I was taught in school was incredibly dry but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will be looking for more of Regan Walker's work.   Brutally Honest Reviews

HE SEIZED LIFE BY THE THROAT

Dubbed the Black Wolf for his raven hair, his fierceness in battle and his way with women, Sir Alexander of Talisand attacked life as he did the king’s enemies. But acclaim on the battlefield and his lusty escapades did not satisfy. King William Rufus would bind him to Normandy through marriage to one of its noblewomen, but the only woman Alexander wants is a commoner he saved from a terrible fate.

SHE KEPT MEN AT BAY WITH HER BOW

The shame of being the child of a Norman’s rape had dogged Merewyn’s steps from her youth. Determined never to be a victim of a man’s lust like her mother, in Wales she donned the garb of an archer and developed extraordinary skill with a bow. Despite her fair beauty, men now keep their distance. No longer in need of protection from other men, can Merewyn protect herself from Alexander when he holds her heart yet can never be hers?

See it on Amazon US, UK and Canada. And get the boxed set for the 4-book series!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Guest Today: Author Denise Domning Shares Longships!

Welcome historical romance author Denise Domning to the blog. Denise writes and raises pigs and sheep on her farm in Northern Arizona.  Her latest book Awaken the Sleeping Heart, the first full length novel in her new "Children of Graistan" series, is set in 13th Century England and Ireland, and includes a trip across the Irish Sea in a Snekke. 

Today she is sharing with us England’s first naval victory and the mode of transportation in the 13th century.  

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England’s First Naval Victory: The Longship

Until I started my latest book, Awaken the Sleeping Heart, none of my stories ever left the shores of England. My previous heroes were men who tended to stay put, guarding their fief from all comers, riding out on a destrier or a courser (never a palfrey), dressed in chain mail and carrying a broadsword.

Of course this wasn’t exactly how life was, even for my staid heroes. In a world organized along the lines of personal allegiances, the key to holding onto your properties was to visit frequently. All noblemen, and even lowly knights, were men constantly on the move, and a horse wasn’t their only mode of transport. In the case of many Anglo-Norman noblemen, this meant getting into a boat and crossing a sea. But what boat? 
The Longship, of course. This is the same vessel previously used by the Vikings, and is still the fastest way to go from shore to shore in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Low to the waves and sleek, with a big square central sail and benches fitted out for up to sixty rowers, this ship remains the Dreadnought of the seas.  Think “Lion in Winter” and the scene where Eleanor, having been freed from Salisbury Keep for a Christmas court, is being rowed upriver to Chignon. Although it looks to me that she’s traveling in a Snekke, the Longship’s smaller cousin.

As for England’s first naval victory, that win lies squarely on the shoulders of an unexpected hero, King John’s younger bastard half-brother, William Longèspee, the earl of Salisbury. William, who was unusually tall and earned his cognomen from the length of the sword he carries, is the illegitimate son of Ida de Tosny and Henry II. Needless to say, he did not start out his life as a sailor. He is, however, completely devoted to his elder half-brother and will do everything he can to support John. And that’s what turns him into England’s first admiral.

By 1213 John really needs his brother’s support. Since taking the English throne in 1199 the last son of Henry II has had nothing but trouble. First, his nephew Arthur of Brittany, the son of his elder brother Geoffrey, tried to claim England’s throne. It was a potent threat because primogeniture—oldest living son of the father takes the estate—isn’t yet legally established. There were more than a few men who thought Arthur had the better claim. For the record, Arthur accidentally drowned in a boating accident while his Uncle John was visiting. Whoops.

Meanwhile, King Philip of France has driven John out of Normandy, forcing those Anglo-Norman barons, including William Marshal, who yet have estates in Normandy to swear allegiance to him. And the barons of Poitou and the Aquitaine have flat out betrayed John, taking Philip as their new liege lord. Worst of all John had a years long spat with Pope Innocent III over naming the archbishop of Canterbury. To show England’s king just who he’s dealing with, the Holy Father put England under Interdict —forbidding priests from performing last rites, baptisms, and marriages—and excommunicated John. The religious situation has fed the muted rumblings of rebellion from John’s English subjects. Add a recent assassination attempt and Philip’s threat to invade England and you can see that John’s not having a good year.

Here lies William Longèspee
It’s the threat of an invasion that has William Longèspee, now viceroy of Ireland, either building or recruiting ships. He and his royal brother are determined to prevent that invasion by crossing the Channel and retaking Normandy, thus tying Philip to the Continent. It’s a reverse Norman Conquest if you will.

Although William certainly wasn’t born a seaman, I like to think he became one during this period. By May of 1213 his new fleet of around 500 ships gathers on the English side of the Channel in preparation for the crossing, but John dithers. The king is torn between keeping the fleet between Philip and England or sending his longships and the 700 knights they carry to aid the count of Flanders, whom Philip is harassing as he prepares to launch his invasion of England.

The decision is made on May 28, 2013 and the fleet launches for Flanders. Two days later they enter the mouth of the River Zywn where they find a huge French armada, some 1700 ships. But there’s no one on them. Philip has taken all of his army to destroy the city of Ghent. The English are no fools. They immediately pillage the French fleet.

All the ships are laden with both supplies—food and armaments—and the personal belongings of the French army. That includes things like spare swords or helmets or chain mail, all very expensive items. Once they’ve cleaned out the longships, the men of William’s fleet seize 300 of those ships for themselves, set fire to another hundred or so, then set sail for England, laughing all the way home.

Indeed, every man among them was made wealthy by the riches of the French, so wealthy that William Marshal’s biographer notes that “never had so much treasure come into England since the days of King Arthur”.

Knights on the sea. It wasn’t something I ever thought I’d write about, but don’t we all go where the tide takes us?

AN ANCIENT PROMISE OF MARRIAGE,
A WEALTHY WIDOW STOLEN BY A POOR KNIGHT,
AND A KING DETERMINED TO KEEP THEM APART
 

Stephen de Brazdifer sails from Ireland for England, seeking the bride promised to him by an ancient royal writ. But he’s too late. King John has already claimed the rich widow as his royal ward, wanting to cheat a man he dislikes, and keep her wealth for himself. If Stephen is to have his promised wife, he’ll have to steal her from his monarch.

For all her life Cecilia de Gradinton has cursed her wealth and beauty for the freedom they cost her. Now, newly widowed, with all hope of home and happiness gone, she rides toward her new prison under royal escort. But more than one deadly danger stalks her on the road to King John’s court.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Denise Domning’s AWAKEN THE HEART – A Strong Knight Claims His Bride

Set in 1211, this is the story of Stephen de Brazdifer, who leaves Ireland for England, intent on claiming the bride denied him 15 years ago promised to him by an ancient royal writ. But King John has plans to keep her wealth for himself. So Stephen steals her from the cavalcade transporting her to the king.

Newly widowed Cecilia de Gradinton rides with her mother-in-law under royal escort and then they are attacked and Stephen sweeps her away. After Cecilia has only just met Stephen, lust overcomes her and she sleeps with him in the woods. Stephen thinks of her as his wife but she knows nothing of that. She just likes his body. Once she learns he intends to kidnap her, she changes her mind and thinks of him as a “false knight”.

Rich in history and detail, this is a tale that will immerse you in the politics of medieval England. Domning has done her research and brings to life the era, including the whims of royalty without honor. Stephen is a knight to admire: strong and courageous and determined to have what belongs to him. Cecilia is more wavering, at one point deciding to hate him and then quickly deciding he’s the husband for her.

A tale recommended for those who enjoy a slower pace and lots of historical detail.

Note: Denise will be my guest on the blog tomorrow!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Jennifer Roberson’s LADY OF THE FOREST – An Opus Telling of the Robin Hood Legend, Rich in Historical Detail

Set in Nottinghamshire in 1194, at 608 pages, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be… and the love story of Sir Robert (Robin) of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep. In the words of the author, it’s “…a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to the more familiar adventures depicted in novels…” And so it is.

The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail: Alan of the Dales, Little John, Friar Tuck, William Scarlet, one-handed Wat and the boy, Much, to name some—Saxons made outlaw by Norman cruelty, King John’s egregious taxes and the Sheriff of Nottingham’s “justice” fed by his selfish ambition. Richard the Lionheart, though not a character, is mentioned frequently and motivates the stalwart souls to engage in thievery to raise his ransom.

Sir Robert (whose mother called him “Robin”) returns from the Crusades as a broken man, plagued by memories of his captivity with the Saracens. His father, the Earl of Huntington, has plans for his son to take his place as heir to their castle at Locksley. But much has changed in England while Robert was gone and Robert/Robin has little desire to live in the castle.

Self-serving, ambitious Prince John seeks to rein in his brother’s sted and William de Lacey, the Sheriff of Nottingham, seeks more power and wants Marian in his bed. With the death of her father, Marian is now a ward of the Crown and alone at Ravenskeep.
 
Original cover
Marian begins as a woman too easily manipulated by the conniving Sheriff, but at times shows a backbone as she learns to stand on her own when she is abducted by a murderer (Will Scarlet who, with good reason, murdered four Normans) and is then rescued by Robin with whom she spends the night in Sherwood Forest. She is ruined, no matter that nothing happened.

I am a fan of Roberson and loved Lady of the Glen. So, I couldn’t wait to devour this one. It’s a bit different and you just need to be ready for that. Unlike Lady, this story, though it  kept me turning pages, contains a lot of detail, a lot of perspectives (every character had one) and at times was just a tad repetitive. Still, it’s superb storytelling and it has Roberson’s wonderful characterization and writing.

I love her work and this is an exceptional effort. The sequel is Lady of Sherwood.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Review: Rozsa Gaston’ SENSE OF TOUCH – Sweet Story of Love in 15th Century France

Set in France, beginning in 1497, this is the story of Nicole St. Sylvain and Philippe de Bois. Fifteen-year-old Nicole serves Anne of Brittany, Queen of France as one of her ladies. There she meets Philippe, a young horse trainer, breaking in one of the queen's stallions. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Nicole and Philippe have only a brief time to love before duty and honor separate them.

The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Nicole awaits an arranged marriage to a man of a noble family. She loves the queen and will do her duty even though she has given her heart to Philippe. She has a gift with healing herbs and a touch that heals, both horses and people. After the loss of many of her babes, the queen finally gives birth to a healthy girl. When the child falls ill, she asks Nicole to help. The queen has promised to grant one favor to any who can save her child.

The history is woven into the story and you are swept into the 15th and early 16th century and to the court of Queen Anne and all she endures trying to bring a child into the world. It’s as much Anne’s story as it is Nicole’s. Anne is an independent young woman who makes her own way in a rigid world. Philippe manages to rise in a society that affords little opportunity to do so.

For fans of historical romance that love the history, this will be a great choice. There are some repetitions that slow the pace a bit, and the ending comes quickly, but still, it’s a wonderful story, beautifully told.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Rebecca Brandewyne’s ROSE OF RAPTURE - Superb Medieval Romance Steeped in War of the Roses History

I knew this story, set in the 15th century, was going to make me cry when at the beginning Isabella, age 25, is saying goodbye to the ghosts that haunt her...all those who died in what would become known as the War of the Roses...all those she loved. And then we are sent back 20 years to where it began, when she was just a young child raised among the nobility.

With the death of her parents, she became the mistress of Rushden Castle. She and her treasured brother Giles, who is only a bit older than she and now Lord of Rushden, will have a "warden" appointed by the king to see to the young children's needs. But King Edward IV does not give them a kind man and so their youth is a hard one. Isabella's only solace is in her menagerie in the stables where she cares for and heals hurt animals.

The novel is divided into five "books": Against the Summer Sky, The Rose of Rapture, The Windswept Moors, Tears and Lonely Sojourn. Book one begins in 1490, then we're back to 1470, then back to 1453 as we experience the beginning of Warrick ap Tremayne, a half Welsh bastard of an English lord who grows up at his father's castle, Hawkhurst, to be a favored knight of Edward. When their first warden dies, the king makes Warrick the new warden of Rushden, and though he has no desire to marry, betroths him to Isabella, now 15. But she loves another...

This tale is rich in the history of the time, so much so that at times I had trouble holding all the names in my head as Brandyewyne weaves a complex tale of deception, intrigue, mystery and betrayal. The lives of all are influenced by the battle for the English throne that takes on the appearance of a game of musical chairs before it's done.

I'll warn you the ending is bittersweet, but it's a great love story...a well told tale of two worthy characters living in a tumultuous time. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: Virginia Henley’s THE DRAGON AND THE JEWEL: Enthralling 13th Century Love Story - A Keeper!

In the words of the author, “The story of Simon and Eleanor is one of the great love stories of the thirteenth century,”—a story that Henley masterfully brings to historical romance, a tale of two passionate people and the historical events that swirled around them.

Many women never find one true love; Eleanor Plantagenet was blessed with two, though one, William Marshall, was much older and perhaps more a father figure. The book is divided into those two love stories and each is well told and very precious. Much of this is actual history and Henley weaves fictional romance in so wonderfully, you’d never know it wasn’t fact.

This is the second in Henley's Plantagenet trilogy (The Falcon and the Flower, The Dragon and the Jewel and The Marriage Prize). When King John died, his oldest son, though still young, became King Henry III. Henry had a brother, Richard of Cornwall, and a sister, Eleanor. This is the story of the three siblings, and particularly Princess Eleanor and her second husband, Simon de Montfort, the Earl of Leicester.

When she is nine, Eleanor is wed to William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (the son of the great William Marshal and equally as honorable). Eleanor has loved and admired William her whole life. The fact he is 30 years her senior is not a negative for her. William wants to wait to take her as a wife in truth until she is 16. Meanwhile, King Henry takes as his queen an impoverished and ambitious French Provençal, also named Eleanor, who is jealous of the king's sister and thinks to diminish her.

Others are plotting the demise of William Marshall for his influence with the king. On the night William would finally claim his bride, he suffers an attack and suddenly dies. Poison is suspected. Eleanor is devastated at his death, and in front of the clergy takes a vow of chastity and perpetual widowhood. A year later, the great War Lord, Simon de Montfort, enters her life. Once he sees her, he decides he must have her.

There is no question Henley knows how to write historical romance. (She is one my mentors!) Her story reflects the weak king that was Henry III and the constant fights he had with his nobles who were concerned he was allowing England to be run by foreigners and unworthy men. Henley’s attention to detail in dress, food and the environment is meticulous. She is so good I simply devoured this novel. Like her others, this is a complex, well-written, lusty tale with splendid characters, a strong feisty heroine, a drool worthy hero (two of them!) and an interesting plot. You won't be disappointed, I promise.

The Plantagenet trilogy (in chronological order):

The Falcon and the Flower (1989) - late 12th century/early 13th
The Dragon and the Jewel (1991) - 13th century
The Marriage Prize (2000) - 13th century
The Raven and the Rose (1987) - 15th century
The Hawk and the Dove (1988) - 16th century
The Pirate and the Pagan (1990) - 17th century

And, if you want Scotland's side of the story, you can read her wonderful Kennedy Clan romances, both set in the 16th century after the events of The Raven and The Rose:

Tempted (1992)
The Border Hostage (2001)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review: Adriana Girolami’s TEMPLAR’S REDEMPTION - Unusual Action-Packed Medieval Historical

Set in 1485 in a mythical kingdom, this is the story of Polyxena of Nemours, Duchess of Lorengard-Lorraine, who, as the story opens, is living an idyllic life with her husband, Arsenio, Duke of Lorengard-Lorraine. Into their lives comes a conniving woman, Melora, who becomes Polyxena’s lady in waiting, all the while serving her own evil purposes.

The story refers to others in the series so I recommend reading them in order. Polyxena harbors guilt from her time as a captive of the Muslim leader, Lord Zanar (in another story). And, when Zanar suddenly appears, she worries what he intends. (We do not learn for some time).

The author has a unique style that brings the story to us mostly through a narrator’s storytelling, which takes many paths. Occasionally there is an omniscient voice giving us a spot of history. The romance between Polyxena and Arsenio is not central to the story. As the story develops, we learn about one of Polyxena’s ancestors, Wilfred the Valiant, Third Duke of Nemours, and a “Templar's Treasure” he and her father were involved in protecting. The treasure, believed to be in Nemours, is now threatened by an evil sheik.

Polyxena is a perfect woman, beautiful, brave, able to hunt with the men, charge into battle and keep her handsome husband satisfied. Her only flaw seems to be her fear of her time with Zanar becoming known. It is that fear Melora plays on to get her position.

Many threads come together at the end and there is an exciting battle scene to look forward to.

The Templar Trilogy

The Mysterious Templar
The Crimson Amulet
Templar’s Redemption

Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: Elizabeth Cole’s HONOR & ROSES – Worthy 12th Century Medieval Romance

Set in England, beginning in 1136, during the reign of King Stephen, this is the story of Cecily de Vere, heiress of Cleobury and Sir Alric of Hawksmere. They were friends as children and now they are more as their affection and respect for each other grows. Cecily is a caring woman who ministers to the poor and sick with her herbs and potions. Alric is a brave knight and a leader of men. Though he cares for Cecily, he knows such a fine lady can never be the wife of a mere knight.

Alric understands Cecily will be wed to a high-ranking lord, but he is dismayed when he learns he is the one who must escort her to her betrothed. But when she escapes the fate her guardian has in mind, Alric is there to help her.

The story is well written and kept me turning pages. It was also quite believable in terms of plot and the intriguing references to the attempts to dethrone King Stephen. Pierce of Malvern, the one to whom Cecily is betrothed and quite a villain when it comes to being a suitor, was intriguing. There are some exciting scenes toward the end. What I liked most about this story was the genuine feel of it (despite a few anomalies for a knight’s behavior and a few modern words). And, of course, the history. I recommend it.

Honor & Roses is the first in the Swordcross Knights series. The set up for the three knights and their stories is in the beginning with Sir Rafe, Sir Luc and Sir Alric all swearing to be “brothers” to each other. Book 2 is Choose the Sky, Luc’s story.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Denise Domning’s AUTUMN’S FLAME – A Medieval Rich in Historical Detail

Set in 1194, this is the story of Elyssa of Freyne, a pregnant widow, who seeks to avoid a third, forced marriage. She also wants custody of her young son Joselyn, who she considers too weak to be a squire, as everyone would have him. However, Geoffrey FitzHenry, Lord Coudray, the shire's new sheriff, disagrees. As sheriff, he must make Elyssa his ward until her child is born and he thinks Joselyn should be sent away to become a squire. Instantly he and Elyssa are at odds.

Geoffrey is scarred from the attack on his face by his mad wife, now dead. All women except Elyssa are repulsed by him. Worse, he despairs of ever having the love of his young daughter, who once loved him but now avoids him. Elyssa’s coming will change all that.

Domning vividly creates the world of late 12th century England with a story that is rich in colorful characters. It’s also a story of a mother's love that holds her young son too close. She will learn many lessons from a man she thought to hate. And he will find the widow too attractive to leave alone.

The action scenes are quite good including an attack on the Freyne castle and the historical detail reflects much research. However, as this is part of a series and other couples appear, I recommend reading it in order so as not to be confused when the other folks show up en masse.

The Graistan Chronicles, 1194-1197, (aka the Seasons series)

Winter’s Heat
Summer’s Storm
Spring’s Fury
Autumn’s Flame
A Love for All Seasons

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Heather Graham’s SEIZE THE DAWN – A Well Told Story with a Scots Hero and a Strong Heroine

October is Medieval month on Historical Romance Review. I’m starting with one from Heather Graham’s Graham Clan Saga. This is the third in the series set in Scotland in the late 13th century. It’s the story of Lady Eleanor of Clarin who has inherited her family's English castle and estate. If she does not produce an heir, it will go to the next male relative who does and she has two brothers, one of whom is married to a shrew.

Eleanor is being told to marry but has rejected many suitors. Finally she is persuaded to marry a friend of her father's, a French nobleman, whom she considers a friend as well. While she is traveling to France by ship to meet her betrothed, Eleanor's ship is seized first by pirates and then by Scottish warriors transporting William Wallace to see King Philip. One of the Scottish men, Brendan Graham, is the same warrior she wounded on the battlefield at Falkirk where the Scots incurred a great defeat.

When they recognize each other she attempts to escape but he brings her back. Once they reach France, Brendan and his friends intend to deliver Eleanor to the French King. During the time they spend together, Eleanor and Brendan find they are attracted to each other and she eventually comes to him telling him she wants him for her lover, knowing she is to wed an old man.

Notwithstanding their love, Eleanor goes forward with the marriage to Alain, much to Brendan's unhappiness, because she believes Brendan will be killed if she attempts to run away with him. Alain knows of Brendan's feelings for her and tells her they will be married in name only.

Brendan returns to Scotland and the raids he conducts on the English for Wallace, hoping to forget Eleanor. Meanwhile, Eleanor and her ailing husband return to Clarin where intrigue and treachery greet them.

The hero, Brendan, is a very likable fellow, even honorable. Eleanor is a strong female with a heart for her people though there is constant conflict with Brendan. The story is rich in history and Graham gives you a feel for what it was like in Scotland at the time, especially the cruelty of the King Edward.

As always, Graham does a fine job of character development and storytelling.

The Graham Clan saga:

Come The Morning
Conquer the Night
Seize the Dawn
Knight Triumphant
The Lion in Glory
When We Touch

Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: Kimberly Cates’ STEALNG HEAVEN – Exciting Regency set in Ireland

Set in Ireland in the Regency period (early 19th century), this is the story of Sir Aidan Kane, a war hero and a man who was wronged by the woman he married. He lives with guilt he may have killed her as some say he did. The child she gave him, Cassandra, is his greatest treasure. When she is fifteen, Cassandra decides to give her father a birthday present, one she thinks he very much needs. But she fails to tell him it’s a wife.

Norah Linton arrived at Castle Rathcannon in Ireland, expecting to find a lonely widower because of the letters she’d received, which unbeknownst to her, were actually written by Cassandra. Instead, she finds a man in temper over the whole idea until it occurs to him that a woman of untarnished reputation, like Norah, could help smooth the way for his daughter into society, a daughter who would otherwise face scorn for her father’s many sins.

It’s a great story, well-told and brimming with angst. There’s a bit of the conflict between the English and the Irish as well since Aiden’s ancestors took their land from the Irish. Norah is a sensitive, caring and brave woman who sees beyond Aidan’s hard crust to the loveable man inside. Cassandra is endearing and the secondary characters satisfy.

I recommend it!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Best Georgian & Regency Romances


I have read many Georgian and Regency romances over the years, so it was inevitable that I should have a “best list” to include them. The Georgian era covers the period from 1714 to 1830, with the sub-period of the Regency, 1811-1820, when George, Prince of Wales (‘the Prince Regent”) reigned during the mental illness of his father George III.

A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
An Indecent Proposition by Emma Wildes
Barely a Lady by Eileen Dreyer
Caledonian Privateer by Gail MacMillian
Come the Night by Christina Skye
Crimson Rapture by Jennifer Horsman
For Love Alone by Shirlee Busbee
Forbidden Love by Karen Robards
Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare
Hearts Beguiled by Penelope Williamson
Highlander’s Hope by Collette Cameron
Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey
Lovers Forever by Shirlee Busbee
Man of My Dreams by Johanna Lindsey
Mine Till Midnight, Seduce Me at Sunrise, Tempt Me at Twilight, Married by Morning and Love in the Afternoon (the Hathaways) by Lisa Kleypas
My Heart’s Desire by Andrea Kane
Once and Always by Judith McNaught
Once in a Blue Moon by Penelope Williamson
Someone to Watch Over Me, Lady Sophia’s Lover and Worth Any Price (the Bow Street Runners trilogy by Lisa Kelypas)
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
Some Like it Wild by Teresa Medeiros
Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
Stealing Heaven by Kimberly Cates
Swept Away by Marsha Canham
The Black Rose by Christina Skye
The Divided Heart by Beppie Harrison
The Irish Duke by Virginia Henley
The Lady and the Laird by Nicola Cornick
The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews
The Perfect Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
The Storm and the Splendor by Jennifer Blake
The Thief’s Daughter by Victoria Cornwall
The Wicked Marquis by Barbara Cartland
Then Came You and Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Till Dawn Tames the Night by Meagan McKinney
To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast and To Desire a Devil (Legend of the Four Soldiers series) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Until You by Judith McNaught
With His Lady’s Assistance by Cheryl Bolen
What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris
Whisper to Me of Love by Shirlee Busbee
Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught

And I do hope you will try my own Georgian and Regency romances: To Tame the Wind, Echo in the Wind, and the Agents of the Crown series: Racing with the Wind, Against the Wind, Wind Raven and coming this November, A Secret Scottish Christmas.

And my holiday Regency novellas: The Shamrock & The Rose, The Twelfth Night Wager and The Holly & The Thistle.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Christina Skye’s COME THE NIGHT – Compelling Tale of a Tortured Highwayman and the Innocent who Stole his Heart

Set sometime in the Regency (since mad King George is referred to), this is the story of Silver St. Clair, the daughter of a famous perfumer who died without giving Silver the formula. Now she struggles to keep the lavender farm in Norfolk running even as she discovers her father’s diary that tells her both her parents were murdered. Evil men want both her and the farm. But she finds an ally in the mysterious highwayman, Lord Blackwood, who is actually Lucien Delemere, the eldest son of the Duke of Devonham.

Luc is a tortured soul with horrible memories of being abducted from London and swept away to an English prison hulk only to be rescued into a life as a warrior slave in Algiers. His good memories are of wide lawns and his family’s estate in Norfolk, but he has long since given them up and now lives as a rogue highwayman. That is until he meets the young innocent Silver.

The author does a wonderful job of bringing us into the business of lavender growing and the mysterious art of perfume making, at which Silver’s father excelled. Silver’s young brother, a delightful character, has the same skills. We experience Luc’s tortured thoughts as well as his burning desire for the girl he must deny himself.

The hero and heroine are compelling, as are the secondary characters, Luc’s faithful caretaker Jonas Ferguson and Silver’s protective friend Tinker. There’s even a faithful sheepdog.

So well done and definitely recommended.

Come the Dawn is book 2 in the Dangerous Delemeres