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Guest Author - Elizabeth Darrach

Hello, and welcome back! I hope you´re all staying nice and warm inside and enjoying some new romances while Mother Nature treats us to another round of winter. I´m nearly through all of our March titles, and anxiously waiting for the April books to arrive now. And getting ready to paint the boys´ old bedroom and move my books--didn´t I just do that last spring?--upstairs. But it´ll allow me to finish cataloging them, and to take a peek at some old favorites I haven´t read for a while.

The two books I´m going to share with you this week are both historicals, different locales, different time periods, but historical settings. We´ve talked before about some of the things we like best about historicals, including location and time periods, and I hope we can discuss it again for the benefit of those who´re new to Romance Novels at BellaOnline. Just join us in the forum. We´ll be happy to chat with you about it.

First up this week is Donna Fletcher´s Isle of Lies
Isle of Lies
(Jove Historical). This one is set in Scotland, one of my fave places, and stars Moira Maclean and Ian Cameron. Moira marries Ian, believing it to be her father´s dying wish, and finds out too soon that it was a lie. When her husband returns for her several months later, she is none too pleased with him, but she can hardly defy him by remaining in the convent since she is carrying his child. Ian and Moira have a lot of obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is his original lie which prevents her from trusting him with her heart. My biggest complaint is, how can she fall in love when she doesn´t trust him? This one´s earned three of Cupid´s five arrows.

Next up is Marliss Moon´s Danger's Promise
Danger's Promise
(Jove Seduction). Christian de la Croix´s nickname is The Slayer. Clarise DuBoise has to kill the Slayer or risk her stepfather killing her sisters and mother. Instead, she lies to be taken in as a wet nurse to his infant son and then continues to lie to him throughout much of the book. Christian is not the monster people have made him out to be and has little reason to trust her or anyone. This one´s not a keeper for me--far too much deception and lack of trust here on both parts, but especially Clarise, which, in my book, makes her less than heroic no matter what her excuse. The story itself is engaging, but frustrating for the reasons above. I´m giving this one only two arrows.

Until next week, happy reading!

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