Sunday, January 27, 2008
2007’s Top Three Books for Historical Romance
Title: If His Kiss is Wicked
Author: Jo Goodman
If His Kiss is Wicked is the first Jo Goodman book that I have read. There have been discussions about this book over at the Romantic Times message boards and many have picked this book to be their favorite for 2007. I hadn’t heard of it before that, but if everyone is singing its praises, then I need to see what all the fuss is about. I am really happy to say this book did not disappoint. What I thought was refreshing about the book was that the characters were genuine to the period. They were not twenty-first century people immersed in a nineteenth century story. There also was a nice mystery that the story focused on, as well as a passionate romance. I will definitely be looking into Goodman’s other works.
Title: Lessons of Desire
Author: Madeline Hunter
Lessons of Desire is the second book of the Rothwell Series, featuring Elliot Rothwell and Phaedra Blair. What I loved about this book was the character Phaedra. She is not like any other heroine I have encountered in a historical romance. Her philosophy on women’s lib is before her time. She doesn’t understand all of society’s many rules and doesn’t follow them. She relishes her independence from MEN. It cracks me up because, throughout the whole book, she keeps ending up in one scrape after another, and as much as she hates it, Elliot is the one she has to depend on the get her out of these situations. I thought it made for a jolly good read. Elliot was a great match for Phaedra every step of the way.
Title: Mine Till Midnight
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Yes, I have jumped on the Kleypas bandwagon. For a deliciously light-hearted romance, chock full of fun, interesting characters, she can’t be beat. This book is no exception and both Cam and Amelia are a delight. Each is a very likeable character. Amelia is the glue trying to hold her (sometimes selfish) family together against the odds. Cam whisks into the picture to rescue her and solve all her problems. Sigh, I am such a sucker for this type of story line. The story moved along at a brisk pace which kept me turning the pages quickly, and I can’t wait to read about Merripen and Winnie in the next book of the series.