Crusader series by Kathryn LeVeque, Audio narrated by Brian J. Gill ★★★1/2

The Crusader (#1); and Kingdom Come (#2) This is a general overview of the prequel, The Crusader, and the second book, Kingdom Come. A modern-day archaeologist, Rory Cosgrove, uncovers an incredibly well-preserved knight, Sir Kieran Hage, a friend of, and loyal to, King Richard the Lionheart from the Third Crusade. She becomes obsessed with him after … Continue reading Crusader series by Kathryn LeVeque, Audio narrated by Brian J. Gill ★★★1/2

“The Promise in a Kiss” by Stephanie Laurens, #.5 Bar Cynster series ★★★1/2

Sebastian (5th Duke of St. Ives) & Helena Rebecce de Stansion Comtesse d'Lisle This is a romance between two intelligent, independent, and adventurous people who are made from the same cloth. They discover that they need each other and give to each other in equal measure but in different ways. Their emotions are shared more … Continue reading “The Promise in a Kiss” by Stephanie Laurens, #.5 Bar Cynster series ★★★1/2

“Traitor in Her Arms” by Shana Galen, #1 The Scarlet Chronicles ★★★★★

  [I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] After being left with her deceased husband's gambling debt, as well as the threat of physical harm from the thugs he borrowed from, Lady Gabrielle McCullough resorts to thievery and becomes very successful at picking locks in … Continue reading “Traitor in Her Arms” by Shana Galen, #1 The Scarlet Chronicles ★★★★★

“Blackthorne’s Bride” by Joan Johnston, #4 Mail Order Brides ★★★

I received an advanced digital copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Setting:  American Midwest & England, c. 1870s I've read many of Joan Johnston's novels, most of which I think are really enjoyable. This particular book is connected to her 35 "Bitter Creek" novels which include several different series. … Continue reading “Blackthorne’s Bride” by Joan Johnston, #4 Mail Order Brides ★★★

“My Fair Lover” by Nicole Jordan, #5 Legendary Lovers ★★★★ [Expected Release Date: 8-29-17]

[I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] Setting:  London, May 1817 This is the fifth installment of the "Legendary Lovers" series, but the first I've read of any of these titles. The series name refers to a matchmaking theory the heroine of this story, Lady Katherine … Continue reading “My Fair Lover” by Nicole Jordan, #5 Legendary Lovers ★★★★ [Expected Release Date: 8-29-17]

“The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd ★★★★

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd #1 The Madman's Daughter Trilogy Audio narrated by Lucy Raynor 4* setting: 1895, London & an unnamed tropical island somewhere off the coast of Australia My, oh my, oh my. (Picture me rubbing my hands together in glee.) I just happened across this novel while searching for the word … Continue reading “The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd ★★★★

“Devil in Spring” by Lisa Kleypas, #3 The Ravenels ★★★★★

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas #3 The Ravenels Audio narrated by Mary Jane Wells (Excellent) 5* 1870s - London Superb example of an historical romance and a really fun read! Chock full of humorous banter, characters you'll absolutely adore, and a romance between two likable characters that is heartwarming from the first time they … Continue reading “Devil in Spring” by Lisa Kleypas, #3 The Ravenels ★★★★★

“Private Life” by Jane Smiley ★★★

  Private Life primarily follows the life of Margaret Mayfield spanning her life in the generation following the Civil War up to World War II. After the childhood deaths of two of her brothers and the resulting depression and suicide of her father, a doctor who blamed himself for not being able to save everybody, … Continue reading “Private Life” by Jane Smiley ★★★

“So Worthy My Love” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss ★★★

Durham County, circa mid-1500s.  Lord Maxim Seymour, Marquess of Bradbury, is living in exile after being falsely accused of plotting the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I. His title, possessions, and properties have been taken from him and given to his accuser, the father of his betrothed. Wishing to seek revenge, he infiltrates his (former) home … Continue reading “So Worthy My Love” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss ★★★

“Flight” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★

Narrated in first person by "Zits," a 15yo half-Irish, half- American Indian boy, we are able to see into the mind of a Native American kid who was abandoned by his father at birth, and then orphaned by cancer when his mother died when he was six.  He desperately feels the loss of both.  He's … Continue reading “Flight” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★