Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. September 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Jennifer Lohmann's Harpequin Superromance Winning Ruby Heart. This is the first category/series romance to win our Seal of Excellence Award.
BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 | PERMALINK
We’re never ones to shy away from creative endeavors and neither are the heroines you’ll get to meet in this month’s collection of new Historical romances. The leading ladies this month may be ladies of society, but they also hold creative, if not quirky, professions that make them standout heroines. Let’s take a look!
In Elizabeth Hoyt’s Darling Beast, renowned actress and playwright Lily Stump has seen better days. With her son in tow, she moves into an abandoned theater where she stumbles upon Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne, who has escaped Bedlam. As Apollo and Lily grow closer, Lily vows to help clear Apollo’s name of the crime he didn’t commit. But does Lily have the strength to write them a happy ending?
BY Regina Small, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 | PERMALINK
Last week: Claire and Jamie got married! And had sex. A lot. Oh and before that, Claire fell through time from 1946, where she has another husband, Frank.
For the first time since Claire fell through the stones at Craig na Dun, we're taken back to our present timeline of 1946. A detective strolls into a Scotland police station to find Frank waiting, apparently not for the first time. Clearly beleaguered, the detective explains to Frank that his department is doing everything they can to find Claire.
Frank, who's developed quite a growl in Claire's absence, basically tells the detective that the police department has lived down to his low expectations, in spite of an extensive six-week manhunt. The detective theorizes that since they haven't found a body, Claire is probably still alive — and since there were no signs of a struggle by the car, it's unlikely that she was abducted. Um. No? It's possible she got out of the car and then was abducted? Or if Claire were held at gunpoint and ordered out of the car, there wouldn't be signs of a struggle in that case, either. You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to form those theories, detective. I'm taking away your detecting license! Hand it over!
BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | PERMALINK
September and Fall are not the only things to be back in session — students are well underway with the new classes, experiences and relationships. And Heidi Cullinan wants to take you back to college with Love Lessons and Fever Pitch, the first two books in her Love Lessons M/M series! We have one exciting e-book bundle of both books for a lucky reader to win! Read on to enter!
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BY Regina Small, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINKCONTINUE READING OLDER POSTS >
Last week: Black Jack Randall interrogated Claire and ... punched her in the stomach. Yikes. To prevent Claire from another of these delightful chats, Dougal arranges a marriage between Claire and Jamie, since an English officer can't compel a Scottish citizen to report for an interrogation. Let's hope that works!
It's the early 1940s and Claire and Frank are walking happily hand-in-hand down the streets of London. Frank's eye is caught by a pair of newlyweds emerging from the local city hall. This prompts him to propose to Claire and he suggests they get married right then, by a justice of the peace. It's not the most romantic moment in the world, unless your boyfriend only proposing to you because you happened to pass city hall strikes you as incredibly gallant. Jesus, what if they had passed a slaughterhouse? I worry about you, Frank. You're highly impressionable. Meanwhile, Frank's parents are waiting at a nearby restaurant — and they've never met Claire.
But Frank really, really wants to LOCK THIS DOWN so he tells Claire his parents can wait.
"They'll never meet Claire Beuchamp; I'll have the pleasure of introducing them to Mrs. Frank Randall." For a seemingly progressive guy who goes downtown, Frank is disappointingly traditional about this whole marital naming bit.