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    1. The Other Boleyn Girl
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    1. The Other Boleyn Girl
    by Philippa Gregory
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    Asin: 0743227441
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-04)
    Publisher: Touchstone
    Sales Rank: 241
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king

    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family?s ambitious plots as the king?s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.

    A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the size of the book intimidate you! GO BUY IT!
    This story was an above all thrill! It captivates your imagination and takes you back to the days at the Englishg courts where King Henry the VIII rules and the Boleyn girls play a game of ambition,love, and desire for the throne.
    The narrator of the novel is the young Boleyn girl, named Mary, whom immediately catches the wandering eyes of a king, desperate for an heir, as soon as she arrives to court.
    With its twists and sudden turns the plot thickens ever so deep as soon as Mary is bumped out of the Kings vision and is replaced with Mary's older sister, Anne.
    Now that each sister clearly is envious of the other and that the desperate Boleyn family desires at least one of their daughters to assume the throne as soon as Queen Katherine, Henry's wife, croaks, the powerful Uncle of Mary and Anne blatantly decides Mary and Anne's fate for them.
    Mary, becoming quite lonely, for her family's attention is set upon Anne's happiness, falls in love with a man, named William, who is a mere servant for her Uncle, but she follows her heart for the first time in her life and marries whom she really loves despite the consequences and the wrath of her sister, Anne.
    It is quite clearly the story about Anne's rise and her sad and unexpected fall through the eyes of her sister Mary. And it shows the importance of family, for even though they grow terse and cruel towards each other, they are always there for one another when in need.
    With all this stories strong points the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it gets a bit frustrating while reading it. Not because it's a hard read, far from it, but because poor Mary never stands up for herself and lets herself get beat up, verbally, by her Uncle, Mother, Father, Sister, Bother, and King. You just want to reach into the book and slap some sense into her! I EXTREMELY suggest that you go out and get yourself a copy, it is truely a wonderful tale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction at its best
    While indisposed for a few days, I have never considered myself luckier than to come upon a book so engrossing, intellectual and enjoyable. This book is an incredible telling of the rivalry (and often hatred) between the two Boleyn girls, Anne and Mary. This book contained such vivid detail and fabulous imagery I couldn't put it down! It is a fairy tale in setting and a horrorific battle, involving one of the most powerful families in Tudor England. The character profiles were flawless: I was entirely able to imagine Mary, Henry, William and Anne sitting by my side. As an avid fan of Elizabethan, Tudor and other English historical fiction, Philippa Gregory enchanted my mind. I continue to turn to the book and re-read passages. The wonderful literary style that Gregory drew into this book is unmatched and unequaled. Very few books I have read can rival this wonderful account of love, passion, anger, betrayl and feeling. Kudos to Gregory!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great work of historical fiction
    The Other Boleyn Girl tells the story of Mary Boleyn, sister to the infamous Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. Mary becomes caught up in a series of political intrigues, as her family plots to become more powerful, especially against the Seymour family. Mary gives birth to Henry's child; in the meantime, Anne swoops in to take her place as Henry's mistress.

    Serving as backdrop is Henry VIII's court in the 16th century, where Henry and Katherine of Aragon's marriage is coming to an end. Tired of Katherine for not being able to produce a male heir, Henry breaks away from the Catholic Church in England and starts his own, so that he may divorce his wife. Philippa Gregory describes all of this in startling detail, as we watch Anne and Mary Boleyn vie for the King's affection. Power and status is what drives everybody involved. Its a fascinating look into life at court under the reign of Henry VIII.

    We get to see what Anne Boleyn was really like. Of course, we've heard stories, but I was amazed to see just what kinds of things she could do. Mary was the best kind of narrator for this novel, as we got to see firsthand the court and its going-ons. We often see Katherine of Aragon depicted in the history books as the frumpy, housfrou; here she becomes a real, genuine, loyal woman, who wouldn't give up her religion, no matter how much she loved her husband. That spoke of real character and courage on her part.

    The book takes us up to Anne's beheading. Again dissatisfied with the fact that he does not have a male heir, Henry trumps up charges of adultery against Anne. The ending is frightening, an account of what such a gruesome moment might have been like. It is said that, when the executioner lifted up Anne's head afterwards, the mouth moved. Gregory uses exquisite details to describe this event, and many others throughout the book.

    I've read many other works on historical fiction, and none other compares to The Other Boleyn Girl. It is very definitely a book worth reading.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Fiction-Poor Fact
    This is an interesting book when considered as a work of fiction alone. If one is looking for a book giving accurate historical details, this is not it. Anne, described as plain and flat-chested by her closest friends, is beautful while Mary, who had an affair with the French king before even arriving in the court of Henry VIII, is innocent. If you plan on researching the truth, enjoy this as a farce. If you don't know your history, aviod this fable.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's okay
    Let me just say that I found this book to be a good "fluffy" read. I didn't love it, nor did I hate it--and I think that's because I kept wanting to slap the main charactor for being so weak willed. By the time I reached the end, I threw down the book and exclaimed, "Well, it's about time!" This book is a cross between Tudor England and Cosmo magazine: juicy with gossip but lacking any real depth. But, if you've got nothing better to do, and you happen to be a junkie for the Tudors...have at it! ... Read more

    2. Marriage Most Scandalous
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 1416505458
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
    Publisher: Pocket
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    With the dazzling blend of romance, humor, and poignant storytelling that has made her one of the world's best-loved authors, Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl's daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian.

    Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian--while Sebastian is banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel.

    When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent.

    Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade.

    As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life--and love--he deserves? Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.

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    3. Return of the Warrior
    by Kinley MacGregor
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    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Avon
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    4. To Pleasure a Prince (Royal Brotherhood (Paperback))
    by Sabrina Jeffries
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    Asin: 0743477715
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
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    5. In the Prince's Bed (The Royal Brotherhood)
    by Sabrina Jeffries
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    Asin: 0743477707
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
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    From bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes the first dazzling novel in a sexy new series featuring three half brothers. Bound together by the royal father who denied them, they've formed a pact to help each other achieve their every desire...including the women of their dreams.

    Miss Katherine Merivale is desperate to make a respectable match -- if only her childhood sweetheart would propose! Until he does, she can't touch the fortune she's inherited. So the last thing she needs is notorious rogue Alec Black putting her proposed marriage at risk with his distracting, smoldering gaze and moonlit kisses.

    Alec, the Earl of Iversley -- and one of three bastard sons of the Prince of Wales -- is secretly searching for an heiress bride to pay his debts. Fiery Katherine seems the answer to his prayers, and her passionate response to his practiced seduction soon assures him that she is his. But Alec knows Katherine is looking for a love-match, and he wonders...what will happen when she discovers his deception? ... Read more

    6. A Loving Scoundrel
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 0743456300
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Pocket Star
    Sales Rank: 41730
    Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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    #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers into the privileged world of English aristocrats as she presents a new novel of passion, intrigue, and romantic pleasures featuring the incomparable Malorys -- a family of dashing rogues, rakehell adventurers, and spirited ladies. Now Jeremy, the son of gentleman pirate James Malory, falls in love....

    When Danny, a young woman who grew up on the streets of London with no memory of her real family, is banished from her gang because she helped handsome rakehell Jeremy Malory steal back the jewels his friend lost in a card game, Danny demands that Jeremy give her a job. She is determined to become respectable in order to fulfill her dream of marrying and starting a family. Intrigued by her beauty and spunk, Jeremy hires Danny as his upstairs maid, although he wants her as his mistress.

    Under the tutelage of Jeremy and his cousin Regina, Danny blossoms into a lady. Although she is drawn to Jeremy by passionate feelings she has never experienced before, she refuses to be anything more than a servant to him because she knows he is not the marrying kind. When Danny undergoes a Cinderella-like transformation and poses as Jeremy's new love in an attempt to help him avert a scandal, a few highly placed members of the ton remark on how familiar Danny looks. Now tongues are wagging, raising the question of her true identity, which threatens not only Danny's chances of capturing Jeremy's heart but her very life.

    With the humor, lovable characters, and romantic intensity that have placed Johanna Lindsey's six previous Malory novels in the ranks of the best-loved and most widely read romantic novels of our time, Johanna Lindsey delights readers with an emotionally powerful tale of an irresistible scoundrel who meets his match in a brave, strong-minded young woman and can't help but fall in love. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally
    I have been waiting forever, like many other Malory family fans for Jeremy Malory's story. I was so surprised, and delighted to have stumbled upon it a few weeks ago. I read many of the reviews and was a little disappointed because though most liked it, most had something negative to say about it. I thought that it was great. I thought it was funny, very sexy, and I highly recommend it. I thought that Danny was the perfect match for the charming Jeremy. And it was great how Mrs. Lindsey revisited the history of the Malory family, and most of its members to give new readers a taste but not too much to cause boredom for the old. Yet to be a little hypocritical, I do wish that it had contained more love scenes, instead of glossing over most. There have been some comments about Jeremy taking advantage of the fact that Danny was drunk. It's a historical romance novel. The female lead is usually seduced during some state of vulnerability or extreme circumstance to justify their fall from virginal grace and show their difference from the females of loose morals. If it had been a modern romance novel then I agree it would have been a little inappropriate but in a age where teenage girls have a season to search out a husband and are expect to do nothing but shop and beautify themselves all day, I think the seduction should be view in a different light. In the end, I thought the book was great and I give it two thumbs, with my sincerest thank you to Mrs. Lindsey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
    Jeremy Malory's book is finally here! As an avid fan of Ms. Lindsey's work, I've been disappointed in her more recent work, but this book lives up to every expectation. Jeremy Malory has all the charm of Anthony and James but has an added depth and compassion which work to make him a very appealing character. Johanna Lindsey does an excellent job of creating Jeremy's perfect mate. Danny, as a pickpocket who grew up in the London slums, fits Jeremy and his own childhood to perfection. It's such a treat to read a book about two people with such a capacity to love! It is my favorite book of Ms. Lindsey's since Tender Rebel and Gentle Rogue!

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Malory clan continues
    I had fallen in love with the Malory clan from the beginning (Love Only Once)and loved each and every book that came out. When Jeremey's story came out, I was so excited. I fell for him when we met him and laughed as he grew in the following stories. I was a little disappointed with his story. This story could have been more for another Malory (one of Eddie's boys) then for Jeremey. However, I am glad that he finally found love. I wish we saw more of his family epescially James and Tony. They were always there for the others it only seem to make since that James would have been around to help his son through his time of love. I do hope that Lindsey continues on with more of the Malory clan. This family is the most loving and the funniest family I have ever met.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Malory Tale
    A Loving Scoundrel by Johanna Lindsey is another marvelous Malory novel.

    Jeremy Malory sets up a trap to catch a thief. He needs this thief to help a friend retrieve jewels lost in a fixed card game. He gets more then he bargained for when he enlists Danny in his scheme.

    Danny had no memory of her life before she joined the street gang at the age of 5. She had disguised herself as a boy to fit in. By helping Jeremy she is kicked out of her gang. Danny figures Jeremy owes her. So, she strikes a bargain with him. Danny will work as his upstairs maid if he will help her refine herself.

    What comes to pass is a battle of wills. Jeremy to bed her and Danny to stay out of his bed.

    When trouble from her past comes to harm Danny, Jeremy will do anything to protect her.

    This is a wonderful continuation of the Malory clan, the witty conversations, smoldering passions and the interfering family.

    You can not go wrong with a Johanna Lindsey novel.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Horrifying
    I could not believe this book. First Jeremy had absolutely no charm whatsoever. He relied solely on his looks and he was just as bad as Emily in this book by doing whatever he deemed nevessary to get what he wanted. The heroine even though she wanted him had morals and since she wouldn't give into him he deliberately waited unti she was drunk to sleep with her which in my book is the same thing as date rape. I expected so much more from Lindsey but after reading this and A Man to Call My Own too I'm taking her off my list. I just could not believe that the 'hero' would resort to date rape to get Danny to sleep with him. This book was flat and nothing up the Lindsey's usally caliber. The only good parts in the book are when James and Anthony are sparing which unfortunately isn't very often. ... Read more

    7. It's in His Kiss
    by Julia Quinn
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    Asin: 006053124X
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 54719
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    8. A Lady of Expectations
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 0778321754
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 3727
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Jack Lester has to find a bride . . .

    But where can he find the perfect woman? She has to be attractive, kind, a good conversationalist . . . and more important, she has to accept him as he is: devilishly handsome, charming and, as far as anyone knows, poor as a church mouse! If London society discovers his hidden wealth, he'll never find the right wife.

    Jack's heart races when he first lays eyes on Sophie Winterton. She is everything he desires -- and more -- but he is caught in his own trap. Believing that Jack needs to marry into wealth, Sophie rejects all his advances, certain he would never marry a poor girl like her. As they play out a game of cat and mouse, can Jack convince her that she is the woman he wants -- and that he is the husband she deserves? ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read
    When i bought this book, I knew it was a reprint.I would say that this book is enjoyable but it does not compare with her newer work. The book has the usual Laurens flare, yet it still is lacking in some areas. I would suggest you read this if you are a die hard fan. if you are new to Stephanie Laurens i would suggest you read her Cynsters novels first.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
    Yuck.I really dislike it when an author's old work is published as if it were new.I unfortunately did not notice that the book was ten years old until after I bought it and started reading.This book is tedious and does not compare to her later works at all.It should at least have gotten a fresh edit or re-write before this publication.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not a the first time in print.
    Stephanie Laurens is one of my favorite romantic authors. I was excited when I saw this on the shelf, I though it would pick-up where the previous book in the series, The Reasons For Marriage, left off. While it does pick up where the preivous book left off, it is not of the quality we the readers have come to expect from Ms. Laurens. The Reasons For Marriage, though a MIRA reprint is more what we have come to expect from Ms. Laurens, but I digress. This is indeed a reprint of a previously issued book. While a pleasant read, it is not anywhere near the quality of Ms. Laurens Cynster series nor her Bastion Club series. Fortunately for us the readers Ms. Laurens style has greatly improved since the days when she wrote this book. I would definitely suggest that you read the authors Cynster series and her Bastion club series, both are excellent.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Check it out carefully
    I am a big fan of Stephanie Laurens and eagerly await her new books. I was very pleased to see this one on the shelf. Unfortunately when I got it home I saw that it was published by Mira (aka Harlequine). This is usually a clue that it is a reissue of an old book. I checked the copy write date and this book was originally issued in 1995. If you have not read it before it's worth a read. Not up to the standards of her Cynster novels or the Bastion Club but okay. Her style has matured since this book was written. If you have been reading Ms. Laurens' books for a while you should make sure you have not already read this one. I believe this particular book has been reissued more than once. It was enjoyable but not really a keeper. I will now have to return to the bookstore and wait for Stephanie's next New book. ... Read more

    9. River Rising
    by Dorothy Garlock
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    Asin: 0446693944
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-12)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 7504
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fine Americana tale
    April Asbury leaves a big city hospital where she worked as an emergency room nurse to work in the small town of Fertile as Dr. Forbes office nurse.On the surface Fertile seems like a serene little town where neighbor helps neighbor survive the Great Depression.She meets Joe Jones when her car breaks down forcing her to walk until she finds herself in a field with a bull.Joe rescues her and takes her into town where she rents a room at Mrs. Poole's and starts work in Dr. Forbes office.

    She begins to sense that the postcard prettiness of the town masks secrets that people want kept hidden.Dr Forbes is in love with a woman most people would consider black and is not allowed to legally marry her.Mrs. Poole's brother Fred spies on April when she is naked in her room and Mrs. Poole is going through with a diabolical plan that could destroy innocent lives.April is afraid to give her heart to Joe because she thinks he is a flirt while Joe thinks April would not want to get involved with a poor farmer.When the river threatens to flood the town many secrets and feelings finally see the light of day.

    Dorothy Garlock is the queen of Americana tales and RIVER RISING is a perfect example of her superior writing talent.The romance of April and Joe plays out against the manipulations and actions of the secondary cast who are drawn very realistically.There are multiple sub-plots that all tie to the main storyline that enables readers to feel what it was like in small Missouri town during the Great Depression.

    Harriet Klausner

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    10. Katherine
    by Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory
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    Asin: 155652532X
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Chicago Review Press
    Sales Rank: 1175
    Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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    This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magnificent
    "Katherine" is Anya Seton's finest book, which is high praise considering her talent. She is a very fine writer with excellent attention to detail and historical accuracy, as well the ability to make the characters come vividly alive.

    This is of course a very fine and entertaining story. There is our heroine Katherine, with all of her trials and tribulations, and who finds herself unexpectedly thrust into a turbulent life with a turbulent royal family! It is interesting to note that through the children she had with John of Gaunt, she is a direct ancestress of all of ruling Kings and Queens of England from that time on (and a great many members of European royal families as well)! Katherine made her mark on history in many, many ways.

    This is an utterly charming and beautiful book. I was about 12 when I first picked it up and was immediately enchanted by the writing, the adventure and the history, and return to it time and time again. The book is peppered with other interesting historical characters - for example Geoffrey Chaucer was married to Katherine's sister, and appears from time to time full of wit and stories.

    So read it for yourself, and introduce it to a young lady in your life. You could not bestow a finer gift.

    Written half a century ago, this well-researched historical fiction is as vibrant and as stirring today, as it, undoubtedly, was when it was first written. A best seller in its day, the book regales the reader with the story of Katherine De Roet and John of Gaunt.

    Born commoners to a herald who was knighted before he died, Katherine and her older sister Philippa, who went on to marry Geoffrey Chaucer, were left poor as church mice. While Philippa managed to obtain a post in the household of the Queen, wife to King Edward III of England, Katherine was sent to a convent.

    When she had grown into her early teens and become a raving beauty, Katherine left the convent to join her sister at Court. Upon doing so, her youthful beauty captivated a boorish knight, Sir Hugh Swynford, who lusted after her. He, eventually, married Katherine, when it became clear that it would be the only way by which he could satisfy his desire.

    At the same time that she met her husband to be, she also caught the eye of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, son of King Edward III and brother to the heir to the throne, Edward, the Black Prince. John was, at the time, happily married to a beautiful woman named Blanche, who would befriend Katherine.

    After reluctantly becoming Lady Swynford, Katherine retired to her husband's estates. She would meet John of Gaunt again, igniting a passion that upon the death of Blanche and that of Sir Hugh Swynford would be consummated. For John of Gaunt, Katherine would remain the love of his life and his mistress, even though, for reasons of state, he could not marry her, at the time. He, instead, married the heiress to the throne of Castile.

    Still, Katherine remained with him, bearing him many children. Their illicit union was to cause much unrest and scandal throughout England, until they finally parted, only to reunite in their later years. John of Gaunt would then do something unprecedented. This act would bring them much happiness in their final years.

    This is a richly drawn portrait of a scintillating love affair in a time that was rife with political intrigue. Set in a medieval landscape with all the pageantry, strife, and turbulence that constituted fourteenth century England, this beautifully written narrative is peppered with those characters and individuals that made the period memorable. It is a novel to be savored and one with which the most discerning reader would be well satisfied. Bravo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Katherine
    I read this book in the late '50s. I remember it as one of the best books I ever read and was so sad when the book was finished. I have always recommended it to my friends even though it was a difficult book to find. Now that it has been re-released I look forward to reading it again. The details of living in those days was detailed and as accurate as I have ever read. I lived with Katherine all of the days I was reading about her life. It is a wonderful book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
    This book is more than just a good romance. It is an all-time classic. I am a younger reader, and so I don't have fond memories of the first time this book came out; but I'm glad that they brought Katherine back into print. It is one of those books that all lovers of historical fiction should read, not simply for the history, but because this is an elegantly crafted novel; unarguably one of the very best I've read in a long time.

    The story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt is set against a backdrop of chivalry and heroic adventure during the 14th century. I thoroughly loved this novel; there are parts of it that still stay with me two months after reading it. Whenever I read historical fiction, I always look to see whether the author has done her research- Anya Seton most definitely did hers.

    I decided it doesn't matter whether or not you love the heroes of this book- they were real people, and that's what makes this book so much more vibrant. Thats what I loved most- I felt that I actually knew these characters, had actually sat down at a meal with Katherine Swynford or gone hunting with Prince John. The author Geoffrey Chaucer has become mythical in the annals of English literature; however here he becomes humanized, a real person with a wife and children of his own. I was absolutely amazed by it.

    Another great thing about this book is that the author never mentions what will happen in the future for these people (even though she, and the reader, obviously know). Anya Seton simply let the story take itself along. For example, at the end of Katherine, Richard III is a little boy, newly crowned king. Even though we know he was a tyrant, Seton never lets on that this is what, in fact, he will become. Richard seems like a lost, lonely little boy trying to fill shoes that are too big for him.

    Shame on the publishers for letting Katherine go out of print for so long. It is a book that should be read over and over again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An emmotional read
    This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. It evoked so much emotion and it was a very moving story. I hope someone in Hollywood is willing to take this on someday. If done right it has the potential to be an incredible film. Sincerely it is a fastastic book well worth reading, the story will stay with you for a very long time. ... Read more

    11. Dragonfly in Amber
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    Asin: 0440215625
    Catlog: Book (1993-11-02)
    Publisher: Dell
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    From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...

    For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets.But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills.Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....

    Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
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    5-0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Reading these books will cause a strong addiction!
    And I might add that no amount of therapy will cure you!
    I had to go to a conference this past week--a four hour drive from my home. Since my husband drove, this gave me a glorious block of UNINTERUPPTED time to finish DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. I also brought almost a month's worth of unread newspapers and several unopened PEOPLE magazines. In addition, I brought along a newly published and highly acclaimed book of short stories written by one of my former students. My intentions were to finish my book and then catch up on the aforementioned readings. HA! Thankfully, I also packed Gabaldon's third book because no amount of self-control would allow me to read anything but VOYAGER! I have no idea when I'm going to clean my house or do my Christmas shopping (I do still go to work). The only reason I'm writing this review is that I don't want all the books to 'run together'.
    DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is the second book of the highly acclaimed Outlander series. Jamie and Claire's adventures continue but the story actually begins at the end. It is 1968 and Claire has returned to Scotland with her 20-year-old daughter, Brianna. The next nearly 1000 pages involve Claire, Brianna, and a young historian named Roger and their attempts to find out what happened to Jamie, the love of Claire's life (and Brianna's father). Most of this novel is about what happens to the young lovers in the two years before Claire escapes back through the rocks in the year 1746.
    Gabaldon is an extremely gifted writer. Her character development is so phenomenal that I too, have fallen in love with the red-headed Scottish Highlander. When he says things like: "Oh, Claire, ye do break my heart wi' loving you." or, "Dye think I don't know? It's me that has the easy part now. For if ye feel for me as I do for you--then I am asking you to tear out your heart and live without it." and, " I will find you, (he whispered in my ear). I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you--then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest. Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well,"--it makes me wish I was Claire!
    Well, there I go, I'm crying again! Let me go get my Kleenex and continue with VOYAGER. Thank Heaven for carryout!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FYI:Read-You WONT be disappointed!!
    I'm still riding high from the first book, Outlander. As soon as I finished it I started on Dragonfly in Amber with more relish.

    The characters are so memorable, strong and resilient. It's great that they can be continued and the transition is well done. The strong Red Jamie and the mystical Claire, the healer.

    She doesn't spend too much time retelling and gives us enough glimpse of what happened during those missing years without boring you too much.

    Enter Brianna, Jamie and Claire's only child, who is unaware of the true origins of her heritage.

    Some of the events and scenes are little unbelievable. It seems that everybody wants Jamie the Warrior.

    Their plight in Paris and political escapades are intriguing and we are enlightened about Claire's husband, Frank Randall's relative, Black Jack Randall. Gaps are filled in that weren't there in the first book. As soon as you finish this book, the cliffhanger will make you get the third installment ASAP!

    All in all, you will highly enjoy the second installment of the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still Addicted
    This is a great sequel to OUTLANDER. The hero and heroine are in for more action, wrenching emotions, and the war for Scottish independence. What more can I say? - GREAT READING

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not so easy to change history after all
    I read this whole book with a sense of dread at the impending prospects of Culloden and what Jamie's involvement would be. It was quite stressful! It made me think about how maybe it is not so easy after all for one person (or two) to actually change the movements of history. How awful to go back in time weaponed with knowledge that you can do so little about no matter how hard you try. Perhaps a lesson for our times?

    I was, however, disturbed in this book by the duplicity of Claire. She MADE the decision to stay with Jamie and not return to Frank. So why, then, does she keep Frank's ring on her finger and not let him go? She holds onto Frank out of duty and I felt sorry for poor Jamie and how fiercely he loves Claire. I just kept expecting her to come to a point where she was completely and wholly "with" Jamie! I truly don't understand it (maybe it's just me?). Perhaps it is all just a plot device by the author so we all don't feel too guilty that Claire WAS a married woman when she stepped through the stones and she DID get married again. That we have to feel some semblance of respect for Frank?? I dunno.

    This author has some guts, I tell you. It seems in this book everything pure was turned into the profane. I was constantly shocked that she actually went through with some of these things! I.e., before young Mary was raped, I thought surely.... But then it happens! In vivid detail!

    I approach Voyager with a sense of relief that at least Culloden is over!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outlander
    I just read Outlander and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. The book is fantastic. I now want to go to Scotland to find a carbon copy of Jamie! Incredible storytelling, I strongly recommend this book. ... Read more

    12. One Night of Sin : A NovelNationally bestselling author of Devil Takes a Bride
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    Asin: 0345480090
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-31)
    Publisher: Ivy Books
    Sales Rank: 105827
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    13. Lord of Sin (Seducer)
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    Asin: 0553587307
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 4333
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, she has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university. Readers can contact her through her web site,, where they can also learn more about the characters and historical backgrounds found in her stories.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as others in the series.
    Whoever wrote here that Hunter books display characters different that those of other writers - is right on. There is a much darker edge to these lords and ladies- whether it is their shameless parties or their total disregard to the ton - all of the men in this series have had such a mystery to them. And Ewan was perhaps even more so than the others, might have been a greater addition to have seen him at his worst as the book began to get a true comparison because other than the references to his parties and his former life he almost seemed a little boring. I loved the characters though - Bride and Ewan were a compelling couple - and their story was beautifully written. Some of the mystery involving the engravings and forgery was a little too confusing but it did not totally overwhelm the book. There were some parts I think could have been a little better but overall a good book!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Much Better than last 4
    Still not as good as her medieval romances, but much better than her last 4 books. I actually was so interested in the story I skipped over the sex scenes. I was surprised that the hero couldn't figure out the connection sooner. Also, I was annoyed at the introduction of all of the annoying characters from the last few books. If you're new to her books, read her older books first.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Dependable Hunter - Much better than typical Regency
    Althought the title makes one cringe, the content is classic Hunter with characters who have depth, and a much more interesting view of the Regency period than the endless (boring) rounds of parties, frothy dress details, who was "bad" and who is "good" and the usual angst about the "ton" that is the usual historic romance.Other reviews will give plot details.You will enjoy the fact that there is in fact a plot. This is a sensuous book, probably a bit more than the other titles in her regency series, but the love making is carefully done to fit the characters and not for effect.

    4-0 out of 5 stars engaging historical romance
    Ewan McLean does not believe his Uncle Duncan, the Earl of Lyndale, when he insists he is dying.Instead the womanizing Ewan is irritated that he left the warmth of Mrs. Norton to heed the call.Duncan tells him that the next earl must correct the youthful error caused by his going too far.Reluctantly Ewan agrees to nag the next earl to rectify Duncan's mistakes.The next morning Duncan is dead.

    Within a couple weeks Duncan's heir and spare die in an avalanche leaving their cousin Ewan as the earl.Ewan plans to use his new wealth to add more erotic art to his collection, but first must handle that indiscretion as he promised his uncle on the man's death bed.He heads to Scotland where he meets Bride Cameron, raising her three younger sisters by himself.He offers her help, but she tells him to return to London as she wants nothing to do with the wastrel.Instead of heeding her warning and his own inner advice to scoot, Ewan is curious and attracted to Bride.She reciprocates his feelings as she begins to fall in love with Lyndale, but refuses his charm as she does not want history to repeat itself.

    LORD OF SIN is an engaging historical romance starring two fully developed characters who even as they fall in love are more antagonists than protagonists.The story line is fast-paced filled with intriguing twists as Ewan, though out of the Rake 101 mould, finds he obsessively needs to tame the shrew that demands he go home.The support cast enhances a fine battle of the sexes' tale.

    Harriet Klausner
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    14. The Truth About Love : A Cynster Novel (Cynster Novels)
    by Stephanie Laurens
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    Asin: 0060505753
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: William Morrow
    Sales Rank: 4496
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    When New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens created the Cynsters, a phenomenon was born. Bold, passionate, and possessive, the Cynster men let nothing stand in their way when it comes to claiming the women of their hearts. Now, Stephanie Laurens has written her most romantic and powerful novel to date, one that dares tell The Truth About Love.

    Gerrard Debbington is one of the chosen few -- the gentlemen who've learned their social and amorous skills at the feet of the masters. Handsome and wealthy, protégé and brother-in-law of Vane Cynster, Gerrard is part of the charmed Cynster family circle. One of the most eligible gentlemen in the ton, Gerrard is constantly besieged by offers from London's most sought-after beauties, but as the ton's foremost artistic lion, there's only one offer he wants to accept -- the chance to paint the fantastical but seldom-seen gardens of reclusive Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall.

    That chance is dangled before Gerrard, but to grasp it he must fulfill Lord Tregonning's demand that he also create an open and honest portrait of the man's daughter. Gerrard loathes the idea of wasting his time and talents on some simpering miss, but with no alternative, he agrees ...

    Only to discover that Jacqueline Tregonning inspires him as no other lady has. Certainly she is beautiful, but Gerrard is stunned by the deep emotions she stirs and is captivated by her passionate nature and innate goodness. He is soon convinced that Jacqueline is the soul mate he needs as his wife.

    But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil lurks in the beautiful gardens and along the rambling pathways. And that evil reaches out to ensnare Jacqueline, trapping her in a web of insidious whispers -- whispers that paint her as a double murderess.

    The rumors are false, but someone is actively spreading them. Convinced that Jacqueline is innocent of all wrongdoing, Gerrard is confident his portrait will open others' eyes to the truth he sees, but when a long-dead body is discovered in the gardens, the campaign to blame Jacqueline escalates -- Gerrard and she are running out of time. The days they spend together lead to nights of sweeping passion -- and Gerrard vows to move heaven and earth to protect the woman who, for him, personifies the truth about love.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Sexy and enjoyable
    Gerrard Debbington desperately wants to paint the famous gardens of Hellebore Hall--but has not interest in painting the portrait of another English girl/woman. Finally, though, Lord Tregonning of Hellebore Hall makes him an offer he can't refuse. Paint the portrait--and he'll be given access to the gardens. Refuse and Tregonning will make sure Gerrard is banned for life. But when he travels to Cornwall, to Hellebore Hall, Gerrard discovers that the painting is only one part of a puzzle. Instead of the girl/woman he anticipated, Gerrard discovers Jacqueline Tregonning, a beautiful woman with unplumbed depths, and with the suspicion that she murdered her own mother hanging over her head. Jacqueline and her father have decided that only a painting that reveals her true soul--and her inner innocence--can clear her from the horrible rumors and doubt that have surrounded her since her mother's 'accident.'

    Gerrard falls hard for the beautiful Jacqueline, but he suspects a painting, however clear, won't be enough. He needs to find the true killer, and protect Jacqueline from the threats that surround her. In the meantime, a painter needs to get close to his subject--and Gerrard wonders if he might have strayed too close to this candle to avoid getting burned.

    Author Stephanie Laurens mixes a bit of mystery, post-Regency manners, and a heavy dollop of sex in an intriguing novel. Okay, the mystery isn't hard to guess and Gerrard's goings-ons about owning Jacqueline are a little hard to take, but the sex sizzles, the English manners are in high form, and Laurens adds some slap-bang action to the exciting conclusion.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Well....
    I am torn about this book. The beginning really dragged on for me and I had to force myself to keep reading. It was not until after they went to London that I became interested. I liked the characters and the plot was somewhat different, but the descriptive text went on forever.
    Stephanie Laurens is an excellent writer, but I was disappointed in this story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well...I enjoyed it.
    As always, Laurens manages to write very hot historical romances.Her characters are fairly interchangeable from book to book, but those domineering Cynster males are quite attractive--so I can live with the repetition.I appreciate the fact that her heroines aren't idiots like so many other romance writers.And I always enjoy the mysteries.So...if you've enjoyed Laurens' books in the past, I would recommend this one.

    This IS a novel, so some improbability can be forgiven.I actually found the artist and model "thing" kind of cute.There was some confusion between watercolorists vs. painters in oils.But maybe I just missed that part.And many famous painter (i.e. Turner) did both.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hellebore Hall
    Gerrard Debbington is part of the charmed Cynster family circle. He is also one of the most eligible gentlemen in the town. Gerrard's goal is to paint the private gardens of Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall. In order to get the job he must also paint an open and honest portrait of the man's daughter, Jacqueline. He accepts the terms although he sees it as a great waste of his time and talents. Much to his surprise Jacqueline Tregonning proves to be inspiration.

    He soon comes to realize that evil lurks in the lovely gardens and along the charming pathways. And worst still it overpowers Jacqueline. He must find a way to free her and get rid of the evil that haunts Hellebore Hall.

    Reviewed by Janet Sue Terry author of the Set Me Free Series -Possibilities and Resolutions. President of Just My Best Book Publishing Company.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read - Lovely Prose - Sensually Inspiring
    In a return to the captivating world of the Cynsters, Laurens continues the saga with Gerrard Debbington, brother-in-law to Vane Cynster who married his sister Patience.Gerrard who has now had the good fortune to grow and prosper under the Cynster tutelage has become a much sought after painter.Wealthy in his own right, he chooses only those projects that inspire him. When the opportunity to paint the fabulous gardens, rumored to exist but seldom viewed, at the reclusive Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall he is tempted beyond measure, but with that opportunity comes a price.The catch to painting the gardens only comes if Gerrard agrees to paint an honest portrait of Lord Tregonning's daughter Jacqueline.Gerrard hated the idea of bargaining this one point, but when push came to shove, the chance to see and be allowed into the gardens was too much to pass up.

    Jacqueline Tregonning, is twenty-three andGerrard knew in a glance that this was a woman who would be able to arouse him as no woman ever had. He was captivated at once by not only her beauty, but her cool reserve.What he would soon discover were the layers of her reserve hid a frightened and complex personality that he would soon have the opportunity to free.Within the beautiful gardens of Hellebore Gerrard finds an evil that lurked in the shadows that he would have to conquer before he could liberate the woman he'd come to believe was his soulmate and would inspire him to believe in the truth about love.

    *** In reading the diverse reviews of love and hate this book has caused I will honestly say that Ms. Laurens has not lost her touch with creating beautiful love stories with dynamic and totally dreamy heroes.It is slower than some of her more action sub-plots but the vividness of her descriptive prose in setting the stage and her more than adequate sultry seductions are well worth the read.I was somewhat surprised at the ending and identity of the villain and the ending was poignant enough to have me reaching for tissues.While I will not say it was a great read, it is a good read, and the pure pleasure of revisiting the noble Cynsters will always be a draw for me. --- Marilyn, for ---

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    15. Love Only Once (Malory Novels (Paperback))
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 0380899531
    Catlog: Book (1985-12-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 85263
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    The Malorys

    A family of dashing rogues and rakehell adventurers -- and ladies of uncommon beauty and incomparable spirit -- their amorous exploits are spoken of in envious whispers from Regency London to America's shores.

    Love Only Once

    The exquisite niece of Lord Edward and Lady Charlotte Malory, Regina Ashton is abducted by Nicholas Eden -- an arrogant seducer hardened by a painful secret from his past.

    Reggie has vowed to marry the golden-haired rogue who has besmirched her good name--and who arouses her womanly desires to an unendurable level. But her beauty only stirs Nicholas's passion--giving rise to dangerous misunderstandings. . .and a love that can live only once in a lifetime. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ***Lindsey is at her best (as usual)***
    I have been waiting about 2 years to read this book, and it was well worth the wait. Nicholas and Regina make a wonderful pair. I love the Malory series, and I really hope there will be more books in the series than there already is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Warning - this book will addict you to the Malorys!
    I recently re-read all the Malory books and fell in love with them all over again. This is the beginning of the family saga, and after reading it you will crave another Malory book. Regina is a particularly appealing heroine - independent, strong-willed but nevertheless loyal to her family and her husband. You will be cheering when Nicholas finally proves to himself that he is a mate worthy of her. Hurry up and read this book so that you can rush on to Tender Rebel which is even better!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Soo Good!
    This is a funny fast paced romance. Lots of laughs
    and plenty excitement. Nick is manly and charming;
    the yummy silent type. All JL's great characters are
    so witty. This book is sure to please any romance fan.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Infuriating hero.
    The main reason I could not enjoy this book more is that I spent most of the time furious at the hero. He acts callously and selfishly, but above all foolishly, because his "reason" to act like that is stupid in the extreme.

    Imagine this, Nicholas is crazy about Regina, but would not consider marriying her, even after taking her virginity. The fact that she could well be carrying his child doesn't even enter his mind (...)And his reason for resisting marriage is that he is illegitimate and does not want to pass the stigma of his birth to his wife, if this fact comes to be known, as his supossed mother threatens to do. He has to be forced by Regina's uncles to marry her, which he longs to do, but resistes with all his might for the reason I mentioned above.

    Now, this could explain why he rejects the idea of marrying, but does not explain why, once he gives in and marries her he abandons her for almost a year instead of enjoying his wife and even trusting her with his secret. He should have known that she would not reject him after knowing he is illegitimate, since her favorite cousin (who, by the way, is his best friend) is also illegitimate and she loves and accepts him.

    But this is not all, when he finally returns to his wife, he doubts he is the father of her child. Oh, at this point I was boiling with fury and anticipating the part when he would grovel for his wife forgiveness. But guess what? It never came. He never apologizes for his despicable behavior, and his only thoughts are how to get his wife into bed again. And even more infuriating, she forgets about all he has done and wants him back in her bed too! This unrealistic behavior pretty much ruined the book for me.

    And what about all the mistakes with the forms of address? All the males in her family are called "Lord Malory", when the proper form of addres would be for Jason "Lord Haverston" since he is the Marquess of Haverston and for the other brothers "Lord Edward Malory", "Lord James Malory" and "Lord Anthony Malory". Derek could not be the heir to his father's title, since he is illegitimate. And how did the title fo Viscount of Ryding came to be held by James when he is the third son and everybody knows that all the titles are held by the firstborn? And why is Anthony called "Sir Anthony"? Does he have a knighthood? And how did Edward come to be an Earl? It is not a common occurrence for second, third and fourth sons to hold titles, so I think this deserves some kind of explanation.

    All the books in the series are full of these kind of mistakes and this makes me lose respect for the writer. I think that a good writer should know the details about the society she is writting about, to avoid making these silly errors that only cheapen her work and prevent the readers from taking her seriously.

    Other books of the series are amusing, in a light sort of way, but they are enternainning nonetheless. My favorites are "Tender Rebel", "Gentle Rogue" and "Say you love me".

    5-0 out of 5 stars getting better and better!
    I have read Gentle Rogue, Magic of You and Love Only Once, in that order...and the last time I'd written a review i've said that I liked Amy and Warren's story than Georgie' and James's...and now, I take all those back and admit that Love Only Once is now my favorite Malory Book...I dont know if it's a spruce of the moment(however the saying goes) just happened...
    But as I think about it, I wasn't really captivated from the 1st half...I started to be hooked half way through the book. It doesn't have the humor in Gentle Rogue and Magic of you. What I like about this novel is that it invoked deeper emotions than a usual Malory novel. This is where the Malory brothers were united and I noticed that they were not as active on this one as they were on the coming novels, That's why the story is more centered on Regina and Nicky. There are a lot of holes and flaws within the plot of the story but I won't enumerate those all; OBVIOUSLY, that's not the reason I gave this a 5-star rating. I just felt good and satisfied after reading it, and I say, that's what really counts! ... Read more

    16. Tender Rebel (Malory Novels (Paperback))
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 0380750864
    Catlog: Book (1988-06-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 39175
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Tender Rebel

    Scottish heiress Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin--and from the army of fortune-hunting scoundrels who cover her wealth and beauty. And Anthony Malory is everything she has been warned against.

    A ruthless, irresistibly handsome English rogue, Malory's sensual blue eyes speak of limitless pleasures. How Roslynn wishes she dared love such a man, but believing his passionate promises will only lead her into uncertain realms--and to unimagined heights of love. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The second book in the Malory family series
    This is the story Of Roslynn Chadwick and Anthony (Tony) Malory. Roslynn is a proud Scot and Tony is an arrogant English nobleman. When he meets her, he vows she will be his. When they marry, everything seems to be going happily ever after, untill Rosylnn thinks Tony cheated on her. James Malory, ( hero of the third book, Gentle Rogue) helps his brother and his proud Scottish bride fall back into love. This book is full of all the things I love about Johanna Lindsey. Love, Fueding, And Inticate Families.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Malory Series Part 2
    Set in 1818 London. Rosalynn Chadwick, Scottish beauty and rich heiress flees Scotland and her fortune hunting cousin, Geordie Cameron, who is out to get his hands on her money by forcing her into marriage. Rosalynn decides to enter London society in order to find a suitable husband who will protect her from the unwanted attentions of Geordie.

    During her second ball, whilst trying to escape from the persistent but clumsy Lord Bradley, Rosalynn disappears into the garden and runs straight into Lord Anthony Malory, a most handsome black haired, blue eyed rakehell. "...and she was staring at him with a new look, obvious fascination, and he was glad that women found him appealing to the senses." However, Rosalynn had been warned before about rakes and "He was one of them, one of the 'not to be considered'."

    I was looking forward to Anthony's story after reading about him in Love Only Once. As with the previous book, I found this book to be a run of the mill regency romp. I did find that Rosalynn spent too much time of the novel being jealous and angry at Anthony but then where would the fun be without the antagonism? You'll enjoy the book anyway if you are a JL fan like myself.

    Don't miss James' story in Gentle Rogue, the next in the series.


    1-0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As I Had Expected
    I'm a huge JL fan, especially of the Mallory series. Anthony was SO good in the other series and I couldn't wait to read his story. But, for heaven's sake, all he and his bride did was argue, argue, and argue. It was never pleasant to have them in the same room together. As easy going as Anthony was, in this book he's forced to become very moody and depressed, not to mention terribly unhappy.
    I can't imagine anyone even remotely enjoying this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tender Rebel
    This may not be the best Mallory novel Ms. Lindsey has written but it's darned close. Tony is every woman's dream - Tall, dark, and handsome. And who can resist a "bad boy". Apparently not Rosalyn, the beautiful heiress looking for a husband. She gets more than she bargained for in Tony, though. Also great are the reappearence of Nicholas and Regina Eden, Tony's niece and black sheep nephew-in-law from the first Mallory novel. You can guess who is match making. This is an all around great romance second only to Gentle Rogue, the story of Anthony's brother James.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good story but the audio cassette just doesn't cut it!
    This is the second in the Malory series and I listened to the the audio cassette and though the story was good the reader's lack of English and Scottish accents and that she didn't bother even to make her voice sound different for each character was annoying and kind of boring! The story is about a young Scottish lady named Roslynn Chadwick who flees her beloved home in Scotland to escape from being forced to marry a creep who wants her money and land, she goes to England and runs into Anthony Malory a man with a reputation for being the love em and leave em type but soon Roslynn finds herself falling for Anthony and they both find themselves involved in adventure, mystery and suspense when the creep comes after Roslynn. I give the audio version 2 stars just for the reader's lack of accents and different voice sounds and if she had I would without doubt have given it 5 stars! The audio recording is abridged and I hope that Johanna Lindsey has it rerecorded unabridged with the proper accents and changes of voice sounds! ... Read more

    17. McKettrick's Choice (McKettrick Cowboys Trilogy)
    by Linda Lael Miller
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    Asin: 0373770294
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
    Publisher: HQN Books
    Sales Rank: 6292
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    When news came that there was trouble back in Texas . . . Holt McKettrick left a mail-order bride and his family on the spot!

    And he never looked back. He just prayed he'd be in time to save the man who raised him as a son and to keep his best friend from the gallows. He knew he'd encounter rustlers, scoundrels and thieves. But he'd never expected to find a woman like Lorelei Fellows.

    Setting fire to her wedding dress in the town square probably wasn't the best way to stand her ground.

    But Lorelei had had enough. She was sick of men and their schemes. All she wanted was to stake her claim on her own little piece of Texas. And with Holt McKettrick as a neighbor, things were beginning to look up. The man was a straight shooter with a strong will, a steady aim and a hungry heart. ... Read more

    18. The Queen's Fool : A Novel
    by Philippa Gregory
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    Asin: 0743246071
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-04)
    Publisher: Touchstone
    Sales Rank: 540
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    A young woman caught in the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half sister, Elizabeth, must find her true destiny amid treason, poisonous rivalries, loss of faith, and unrequited love.

    It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times

    of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth. Hired as a fool but working as a spy; promised in wedlock but in love with her master; endangered by the laws against heresy, treason, and witchcraft, Hannah must choose between the safe life of a commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are inextricably bound up in her own yearnings and desires.

    Teeming with vibrant period detail and peopled by characters seamlessly woven into the sweeping tapestry of history, The Queen's Fool is another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating historical novel about Queen Mary.
    The queen of England, Mary, who preceeded the more famous Queen Elizabeth on the throne has all but been forgotten. The central character to this book, Hannah Verde, is a Jewish girl pretending to be Christian for her own protection. Hannah has the unpredictable gift of being able to see the future. She is brought to court to work as a "fool" to the short lived King Edward and stays on, through thick and thin, to work for Queen Mary and her half sister Elizabeth. I found this story to be less about Hannah and more about Queen Mary who had a disastrous reign because of her fanatical Catholic faith and her poor selection of a husband. The story also focuses on the manipulative Queen Elizabeth before she was Queen. Although a bit dry at times I found this book to be a fascinating study of England at a time of extreme religious turmoil and intolerance. The message of the book, I think, is that more murder and mayhem has been committed in the name of religion than for any other reason and that the only way to peace is religious tolerance. I highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Purchase!
    Although I'm fond of historical fiction (nothing beats velvet gowns and courtly love for passing the time on an international flight), and the Tudors are my favorite royal family to read about, it makes me nervous when I sense a revisionist gleam in an author's eye. One particularly ill-advised series has Queen Elizabeth I as a spunky Tudor sleuth, solving mysteries while presiding over Britain's golden age. There's nothing wrong with creative interpretations of historical figures' lives, but even the most determined fan can only suspend so much disbelief. After hearing that Philippa Gregory's newest novel featured a teenage psychic spy, as well as extreme personality makeovers for both Elizabeth and Mary, I had my doubts. But long flights demand reading material, and so I stuffed The Queen's Fool into my carry-on and hoped for the best.

    This is the story of Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl who flees Spain with her father after her mother is burned to death by the Spanish Inquisition for heresy. Arriving in London, they open a bookstore and pose as Catholics. All they want is to live quietly and escape persecution in their new country. But Hannah is no ordinary girl: possessed of a remarkable gift called the Sight, she sees visions of the future. Sir Robert Dudley discovers her and brings her to court to be a "holy fool" for the sickly boy-king Edward. Dazzled by Dudley's dashing good looks, Hannah falls in love with him, happily becoming his faithful servant; in her naivete, she fails to realize that she's becoming an accomplice to treason. After Edward's grisly death, Hannah begins a new life as a courtier, serving Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth as companion, friend, and spy - often at the same time. Struggling against her sense of duty to her father, her fiance, and the Jewish community, Hannah embraces the glamour of court life, only to founder in the swift and treacherous waters of political scheming.

    Gregory brings the Tudor era to life with vivid descriptions and period detail; she writes knowledgeably and entertainingly about every aspect of courtly life, from dress and etiquette at a royal banquet to the tortures of the Tower's dungeons. Her writing creatively imagines the much-maligned "Bloody Mary" as a tender-hearted, kindly woman, emotionally destroyed by her husband's rejection and her failed pregnancies, and driven to the burning of heretics by a genuine wish for their salvation. Elizabeth, the "Virgin Queen," is presented as a ruthless, amoral seductress who steals her married-to-England schtick - and the throne - from big sister Mary. Oddly, the great romance between Elizabeth and Dudley is glossed over; Gregory's Elizabeth is a calculating home-wrecker, exploiting her sexual desirability for narcissistic gratification and political clout. Although these unusual portrayals of Mary and Elizabeth aren't always convincing, it's an interesting experiment, and, for the most part, plays well enough. What the premise may lack in plausibility (Hannah is a kind of Elizabethan Forrest Gump, ricocheting blithely through the aristocratic Who's Who of her era), it makes up in enjoyably naughty intrigue, though the improbably warm-and-fuzzy ending pulls punches to satisfy the book-club target audience.

    Fans of Gregory's previous work will enjoy this behind-the-scenes foray into the darker side of sixteenth-century life at court, and the unconventional treatment of Mary and Elizabeth's conflicted relationship. The holy-visions angle turns out to be mostly a narrative tool, useful to readers only because it grants Hannah a backstage pass to the inner workings of court, and the license to speak freely; her most supernatural gift is her ability to conveniently be wherever the action is. It may not be the most historically accurate rendering of the Tudor royals, but The Queen's Fool is still an enjoyably down-and-dirty page-turner.Check it out! (...)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    The historical information presented by the book, even the last detail, is extremely accurate. It serves as a history lesson woven into a fascinating storyline. Although the book lacks a structured plot or even a clear struggle for the protagonist, Hannah Green, it follows her adventures and is definitely interesting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Fairy Tale Story
    This book is about a young girl named Hannah, a jewish fugitive running from the Inquistion. This book takes you through Hannah's struggle, hardships, pain, and encounters that she expericences while at court. It is really a small twist of the Cinderella story theme but ten times better! Great book, I recommend to all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable and Informative
    I loved this book and for the most part couldn't put it down. I have always been fascinated with religious conflict and this book makes both that and the royal character's involved come to life. I bought it on a whim at Barnes and Noble in London and it totally added to my experience in England. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes good historical fiction. Great job author, I will definitely have to look up some of your other books! ... Read more

    19. Dreams Of Stardust (Jove Historical Romance)
    by LynnKurland
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    Asin: 0515139483
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
    Publisher: Jove
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    At last, USA Today bestselling author Lynn Kurland delivers her newest time travel romance. In the 1200s, Amanda of Artane has one summer to choose from her suitors--and find love forever. ... Read more

    20. Tapestry
    by Lynn Kurland, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Madeline Hunter, Karen Marie Moning
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    Asin: 0515133620
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: Jove Books
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    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Anthology
    TO KISS IN THE SHADOWS - What a great story! Lynn Kurland tells the tale of Lianna of Grasleigh, once beautiful but now her face ravished by the effects of the pox. She was shunned, ridiculed and kept to the shawdows. Jason de Piaget finds her and is attracted by her personality, when he does see her face, he can still see the beauty of the person she is. He was shunned as well - guilt by association because of his connection to the Lord of Blackmour reputed to practice the 'dark arts'. They find a love together that lets them love amongst the treachery and intrigues of court. AN INTERRUPTED TAPESTRY by Madeline Hunter is the story of Andreas von Brennan and lady Giselle. Once close friends but separated for the last 10 years. She comes to him in anger not knowing why he had broken the friendship - he was her last hope to save her brother. The years passed but the attraction is still there. This is another fine entry by a wonderful medieval author. DRAGONSWAN by Sherrilyn Kenyon - This was my introduction to this author. Never considering myself a huge fan of fantasy type stories, I was very pleased with this story. It was written with a huge dose of love and compassion. The dialog was also quite witty and fresh! Super story! INTO THE DREAMING by Karen Marie Moning - Again, another new author for me in this time travel story. Aedan had been tricked by the fairy king in order to save his people, what he thought was imprisonmen for 5 years was actually 5 'fairy' years - (100 human years equals one 'fairy' year) After being frozen in time and for 500 years and given subconscious directions, he had forgotten who he was. Jane had been dreaming of her knight rescuer for years, she knew exactly who he was so when she was sent a tapestry with the face of her knight on it whe was transported back in time. She had one month to make Aedan remember who he was and why they would always be to together!

    All in all - these were four SUPER GOOD stories by four extremely talented authors. Excellent offering and a keeper!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Silky smooth in transition with a common thread of love
    Assemble four of the finest craftswomen of romance writing and the result is an intricate tapestry of boundless love, passion and exhilarating fantasy. The collection of stories in this romantic anthology is sprawling in its imagination, rollicking fun and hopelessly quixotic at times.

    Lynn Kurland hailed as one of the best romantic writers today weaves an unconventional tale of pageantry when Lianna of Grasleigh rouses the jealousy of the palace maidens when the chivalrous knight Kendrick of Artane associates with her. The ward of King Henry despite her blemished beauty finds solace with Jason of Artane - Kendrick's brother who is a notorious sorceror of dark arts. He rescues her from a poisoned death schemed by the maidens - and when Lianna uncxpectedly becomes the prize in a contest of valor between Kendrick and his spiteful cousin, the path to love becomes a tad complicated...

    Madeline Hunter's tale evokes unexpected shades of honor and passion with a rich Venice merchant Andreas claiming back his lost love Giselle when she tries to sell him her cherished tapestry to rescue her debt-ladened brother. Karen Marie Moning tells a silly but entertaining tale of a romantic novelist who receives a tapestry and is transported to ancient Scotland to resuscitate the man of her destiny from 500 years of solitary confinement.

    While the stories mentioned above are equal parts poignant and fantasy, none can match the imaginative Sherrilyn Kenyon in her colourful patchwork of Greek myths like Moirae of the Fates, lycanthrope and exciting time-travel. Historian Channing McRae has no idea that the tapestry she is studying on will bring her to Sebastian, descendent and former sentinel of the Arcadian - a population with human instincts but animal traits. The tapestry made by his demised sister he failed to protect will provide him a chance to rescue his brother and string him to his mate...

    Tapestry is silky-smooth in its transition and the quartet of romance mavericks weave a common thread of passion and adventure. Quite possibly the most consistent anthology, this tapestry is of vintage quality and as fine as gossamer threads.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A mixed-up tapestry...
    As with all anthologies, this is a mixed bunch. Lynn Kurland appears to be billed as the star of the collection, with her mediaeval tale about the ward of the king who is shunned by all the other ladies of the court because - at least, I assume this is the reason - she is scarred from the pox. During one particularly nasty scene, she's saved by the intervention of a mysterious gentleman, who turns out to be Kendrick of Artane, the knight everyone wants to meet and bed. The strange thing about this story is that it's not Kendrick who is the hero of Liana's story - it's his brother Jason. Now, what's the point of that? For a while, it almost looked as if Kurland was setting up a threesome! No, made no sense.

    Madeline Hunter's story about old friends meeting again when she's poverty-stricken and he's wealthy and about to marry someone else is a very nice piece. Giselle pleads with Andreas to loan her some money, but he won't because her brother already owes him far more money than he could ever repay. But there is one thing Giselle owns which Andreas would pay large amounts for... her virtue.

    Sherrilyn Kenyon's short story belongs with her Dark-Hunter series, and is her first were-creature story. Unlike the Katagaria in her books, Sebastian is part-human, part-dragon. He has travelled into the future to 'borrow' the tapestry which Channon is studying; in order to get it from her, he sweet-talks her and takes her to dinner. But he has reckoned without the Arcadian gods, who make her his mate for life... Now what can he do?

    The weakest by far in this collection is Karen Marie Morning's Scottish story. Come on, publishers - romances with Scottish Highland characters are just *boring*, apart from having been done to death! This one is unconvincing, and the narrative rivals the heroine's novel for purple prose. Aeden has been kept prisoner by a faerie god (okay, start counting clich├ęs here) for five hundred years. He's forgotten who he used to be. Jane Sillee (yes, the pun appears to be intentional by the author, but believe me, it fits!) has dreamed about having sex with him for most of her life. When she is transported back into the past, she has one month to make him remember himself and her. The dialogue here is wooden, and the narrative alternates between eye-rollingly over the top and plain boring. Zero stars for this one, two for the Kurland, three for the Hunter, but four for Kenyon.


    5-0 out of 5 stars First 3 Stories Merely Okay, Last One Was GREAT!
    Karen Marie Moning's story was very interesting. I loved the characters and the plot, no matter how far-fetched. A delightful read. I wished it were longer!
    As for the other stories...not very interesting; bland, in fact, especially when compared to Ms Moning's story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology.
    I just finished this book and overall the stories were well done. The first one To Kiss in the Shadows was about a young woman Lianne who was partially disfigured. She finds love in a man who thought that she could never have. The second An Interrupted Tapestry was also well done,but I wish it had been a bit longer. The third,and my favorite Dragonswan written by Kenyon was to me the best of the whole group, I wish that a novel had been written about these two Channon and Sebastian were so good together,I just wish that it had been longer. The final story was very good,Into the Dreaming. Loved the Fairie King and Queen and the young man called Vengance was also a very dreamy and tortured young who finds love again in Jane a young woman from the future who did not belong there. I highly recommend this anthology, but if your like me you will wish that all the stories were longer. ... Read more

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