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Historical Romance 101: Introduction and Why I Love Historical Romance

Historical Romance 101Welcome Everyone!! This is the start to Historical Romance 101, this is the first installment of a series of various thoughts that we have on our love of Historical Romance. I am on a join effort with three other fellow bloggers who also have a passion for historical romance. We have Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Review, Quinn @ Quinns Book Nook, and Anna @ On A Book Bender.  Continue reading

Book Review- Outlaw by Susan Johnson

OutlawTitle: Outlaw
Author: Susan Johnson
Series: Carre (1)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Format: Paperback
Acquired: Library
Release Date: October 1 1993
Pages: 435
Genre: Historical Romance (European Renaissance Era-Scottish Highlands
ISBN: 978-0-553-29955-7

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Book Review-The Game

The Game
De Warrene Dynasty (4)
Brenda Joyce
Published Mar 1995
472 Pages
European Renaissance/Nautical Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-380-77573-6

Released from the sanctuary of a French convent, highborn, tempestuous Katherine FitzGerald sets sail for her beloved Ireland – only to find herself prisoner of the infamous pirate known to the Elizbethans as the Master of the Seas.

The pirate captain is Liam O’Neill, favored by Elizabeth the Queen. A hardened court player, he is determined to win the willful Katherine while advancing his own secret causes. But now he must risk everything he cherishes in order to triumph at a very treacherous game – through heartbreaking deception…and by breaking all the rules.

The Game has begun…

Katherine, after being in the convent for years and not having heard from her family, decides to leave knowing all she wants is a husband and children. So when she leaved and gets on a ship on her way to Ireland, back home, the ship is captured by pirates and she is a prisoner of Liam O’Neill, the pirate captain, who refuses to let her go. Katherine refuses to give in to the feelings and the desire she starts to feel for Liam, knowing she deserves more than to be a mistress to a pirate, that she deserves love, marriage and a family of her own. Liam is the king of Games, and ever since he first saw Katherine, he knew he would keep her, and even though he has a secret cause he will do everything he can to Win!

The Hero (Liam O’Neill)
Liam is half english and half irish, his father being a ruthless lord, his mother helpless to do anything to protect herself or her children. So Liam learned at a young age how to protect himself, and to never give in, no matter the risk or the cost. When Liam see’s Katherine, he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her in his life even at the risk of pain and death. Katherine is His and will even break the rules of his own game to keep her by his side.

The Heroine (Katherine FitzGerald)
 Katherine, is desperate to get away from the convent, not knowing what has really happened to her family, so when she is captured by the pirate captain, she is most resistent and in the beginning refuses to give in to the feelings that she has for him. However as she starts to find the truth about her family and what has been happening since she has been in the convent, the feelings she has for Liam start to increase, and even though at times she feelings like she should strangle him, she also can’t deny that she loves him.

My Thoughts 
The Game is the 4th in the de Warrenne series, and I have always enjoyed Brenda Joyce and all of her books for the most part, and even though this was a bit longer, it was still a enjoyable read but far from my favorite of her books. The one thing that I really loved about this story, was how there was always a surprise at the next turn of the plot, something I would have never expected to happen, and left me excited to see what would happen next. The title for the book “The Game” is perfect, and fits it with exactness. The characters were fascinating to get to know. Liam would just make me laugh at times, and other make me want to hug him, and other I wanted to throttle him. Katherine however, it took me a while to really warm up to her, she seemed a bit selfish and naive especially in the beginning, but she grew on me as the story started to really develop. Overall it was a really enjoyable read with lots of intrigue and mystery, romance and passion and series of events that might just make your head spin!!

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
 The Conquerer
Scandalous Love
Promise of the Rose
The Game
The Prize
The Masquerade
The Stolen Bride
A Lady at Last
The Perfect Bride
A Dangerous Love
The Promise
An Impossible Attraction
House of Dreams 

Book Review-My Wicked Pirate

My Wicked Pirate
Rona Sharon
432 Pages,
Published November 2006
European Renaissance/Nautical Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-8217-8057-3

Synopsis: (FictionDB)
First He Gave Her A Wicked Kiss . . .
Azure-eyed Alanis was by far the most exquisite treasure ever claimed by the black pirate known as the Viper, but his motives went deeper than his silken promise to ravish the feisty Yorkshire heiress. Commanding the waters of the Caribbean was his means to an end: reclaiming his birthright–and his blood debt against those who had betrayed him.

Then He Gave Her Nights Of Wicked Pleasure . . .
Comfortably betrothed to a nobleman, Alanis never imagined the heady emotions involved in the true games of seduction–games this blackguard seemed to thoroughly enjoy playing with her. Swept up into an adventure that soon revealed a gentleman and kindred spirit beneath the ruthless veneer of a privateer, Alanis began to soften towards her enigmatic captor, as her pride and her heart fell under his erotic spell…

My Review:
Lady Alanis is on a ship headed toward her fiancee one she hasnt seen in years, but is nonetheless dedicated to marrying him. However on the journey, her ship is attacked by pirates, with their leader the well known “Viper”. Who usually attacks fleets not single ships. However he has a ulterior motive for attack Alanis’s ship. He believes his sister is captive by her fiancee no less, so he plans on making a trade. Eros is a tormented man, that is the lost prince of Milan, who lost his birthright when he was young, and he lost his family believing that his own mother betrayed him and his father. When Eros meets Alanis, he finds her to be so different than any other woman he has ever known. He finds himself softening toward her at times, and trusting in her, when the list of people he trusts is small. When he finds out that his sister has fallen in love with Alanis’s fiancee. He agrees to take her to various places around the world, before returning her to her grandfather the Duke of Dellamore. Both Alanis and Eros are drawn into a adventure of a lifetime. As they endeavor to return Eros’s birthright to him, will result in a wave of adventure, passion, love, and a voyage that will bring two souls into a exciting and thrilling ride.

When I first looked at the cover of this book, I knew that I would want to read it. I love historical romances involving nautical scenes, filled with romance and adventure. I wasn’t disappointed with this, and it was one adventure after another. I never got bored, not one bit. This being the first I have read anything from this author, and having never heard of her, I was a bit nervous when I started, but as I got into it, I started to relax and let myself be drawn into the compelling story. Eros is a captivating,handsome yet deal with a inner torment of his past. He knows how to survive, despite all those that are out for his head. He finds himself drawn to the beauty Alanis, and learning the meaning of trust and true love. Alanis is a courageous, witty young woman, who really just wants to travel the world. When she meets Eros, she is drawn to him, not knowing why. He has a jeckyll/hyde personatilty. There are times when he is tender to her, and other when he is furiated with her. I really fell in love with Alanis because she stands up to Eros, she challenges him constantly, and she also finds herself falling in love with him. Both these characters are definitely too different, but somehow they connect and learn to trust 100% in one another, surrounding them is danger at every time, but also a love that strengthens. I loved how well its emotionally portrayed, I felt so drawn in by the story and the way that the author writes, there were times where it felt so real. There were a couple times in the book that it didn’t flow as well as the rest, but apart from that it was a very enjoyable read.

My Grade On This Book:
4 Blossoms