Tag Archives: Historical Romance

“A Kiss for Midwinter” by Courtney Milan

22 Aug
On a field of yellow gold, a dark haired young white woman wearing an off-the-shoulder white gown with a wide skirt, and white lace fingerless gloves. She's wearing a couple of poinsettia flowers on her updo, and looking to the side, with a knowing/flirty half-smile on her lips.

I have often talked about my love of Ms Milan’s novellas; for my money, she consistently writes some of the best in genre romance. Inevitably, I immediately realize I have reviewed so few of them (see footnote 1 for links). So for a change, here’s a re-read and a review.

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Without Words, by Ellen O’Connell

1 Aug
Cover for WITHOUT WORDS, by Ellen O'Connell. Silhouette of a man on horseback, wearing a cowboy hat, shot from the back. Farther from the viewer, a white woman wearing a vaguely late 1800s gown with a floppy had. The background is open sky with some clouds. Quote: "First the bounty hunter changed her life. Then he stole her heart."

I’d like to blame Whiskey’s review for this one–but the truth is, I bought it back in December 2014. Was it on sale? Probably. Why I bought it? I honestly can’t remember, except that I know that Kristie J is very much a fan of the author (she has reviews both at her blog and on GoodReads), and that Wendy the SuperLibrarian reviewed another title by the author (“both of their families should be shot, dismembered and sent through a hay thresher”. OH.)

Reader, beware: violence, threat of rape, trauma, whorephobia, “blood is thicker than water”; the theme of this novel seems to be that there are a lot of horrible people in the world, and that there are a lot of people who aren’t actively evil, but who are content letting those terrible people do inhumane things to those who can’t defend themselves.

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The Perfect Rake, by Anne Gracie

18 Jul
Cover for THE PERFECT RAKE: On a white field with faint silver swirly designs, a pair of 1800s white women's shoes, with a little bouquet of white roses and a men's pocket watch are grouped near the bottom. There's a cover quote from author Stefanie Laurens: "For fabulous Regency flavor, witty and addictive, you can't go past Anne Gracie"

The Perfect Rake is the first of the Merridew Sisters books by Anne Gracie.

I mentioned long ago that I had liked this book very much, and I still like many things about it. However, it suffers in the re-read, because I have a lot less patience for some tropes than I once did.

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Someone to Wed, by Mary Balogh

20 Jun
A dark haired white woman dressed in early 1800s white gown, her back about three-quarters towards the viewer. The backgrounds is a path through some fairly spaced-out trees, with sunlight coming through the branches, and almost 'haloing' her head.

Back in 2018, I glommed the first three novels in this series. Now that I seem cursed to re-reading more than reading new stuff (often because the writing voice is comforting, or because, even with the HEA promise of genre romance, I don’t have the emotional spoons to brave the relationship journey with an author I don’t yet know), I re-read them, and, I hope, finally learned my lesson: I cannot enjoy Ms Balogh’s newer work.

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