Monday, October 24, 2011

One of my Favorite Authors: Kresley Cole – Superb Historicals!

Kresley Cole is well known to lovers of paranormal romance because of her highly successful Immortals After Dark series (see my review of the first in that series posted today), but did you know she began writing historicals? And what historicals they are! All keepers. So, she is this week’s favorite writer of historical romances.

High Seas Romances:

Her first book was THE CAPTAIN OF ALL PLEASURES, a high seas romance, and it’s one I have read and re-read. Raised aboard her father’s ship, Nicole Lassiter has never encountered an obstacle she couldn’t overcome, until she meets Captain Derek Sutherland. Each has a secret to hide from the other when he mistakes her for a tavern whore. Nicole vows to have her revenge on his stolen kisses by helping her father beat Sutherland in the Great Circle Race from England to Australia. When Sutherland inadvertently prevents her father from sailing, she decides to sail on her own, and takes to the high seas with her father’s ship. But a storm leads to Sutherland’s having to save her. On board his ship, she is treated as a prisoner because he believes she sabotaged his ship before the race began. It’s a great story with a wonderful twist I didn’t see at the end.

The sequel, THE PRICE OF PLEASURE, tells us the story of Derek’s brother, Captain Grant Sutherland, who sails to Oceania on a mission to locate a missing English girl, Victoria Dearbourne, lost at sea a decade earlier. And, when he finds her, he finds a woman he cannot resist. This one includes a stop at the Cape and a wonderful voyage home to England.

The MacCarrick Brothers Scottish Trilogy:

I fell in love with the MacCarrick brothers and couldn’t put these books down. I read one a day for three days, and then promptly re-read them. They are simply absorbing. Set in the mid 19th century, in the Victorian era, they tell of a family of three brothers who live under a 500-year old curse that promises death if any marry. Of course, the curse was not all readable so they don’t know the whole of it...

Unlike some romance authors, Cole really does her homework on the historical setting--it feels authentic--and she makes you fall in love with Scotland and it's men. She seems to like stories involving three brothers (in her paranormal series there are the Wroth vampires, the MacRieve brothers, etc.), which works well as she weaves her tales. These three Scottish brothers are sexy and strong and love their women with a passion that is compelling. They will draw you in, I promise. Here’s the list:


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