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Naturally, that leads to secrets, grudges and all kinds of attraction, for the Everseas and the Redmonds, and anyone else who comes to town. When the king orders Scottish laird Alec Kincaid to take an English bride, he sets his sights on Jamie, the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. But Jamie has sworn she'll never love such an arrogant, brooding Highland barbarian — and that's even before murderous rumors begin to circulate about Alec.

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Lauren Willig takes the plot of The Scarlet Pimpernel and runs wild with it in this swoon-worthy series about florally named spies battling it out against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Bracketing the historical romance is modern-day historian Eloise Kelly, who unmasks the titular Pink Carnation and finds a love of her own while researching her dissertation. We couldn't quite decide where to file this time-traveling romance, but eventually we went with the setting for the start of Nicholas Stafford's story.

He's a 16th-century knight reincarnated in the 20th to clear his unjustly tarnished name, with the help — and soon the love — of Dougless Montgomery, an American abandoned in England by her faithless fiance. Our expert panelist Sherry Thomas landed on the list with this emotionally intense story of a young Victorian nobleman who travels the world to find his estranged wife — a rare-for-her-time surgeon who has made a new life for herself in a far corner of India.

Eloisa James is a professor of Shakespeare when she's not writing romance, and it shows in these sparkling stories, laced not just with Shakespeare, but also with Marlowe and Christopher Smart. It's almost as fun to play spot-the-literary-reference as it is to follow the adventures of James' exquisite duchesses. One of Judith McNaught's most beloved books, Something Wonderful is the story of innocent country girl Alexandra, who saves cynical nobleman Jordan from a highway robbery — and winds up married to him after a misunderstanding.

But Jordan doesn't quite know what to do with his young and very unexpected bride. At over pages, The Windflower may be a little dense for some readers, but this tale of a gently reared young American miss swept away by a dashing English pirate captain is a classic of old-school romance — and it's finally been reissued after years out of print. The lure of the Napoleonic Wars proves strong again in Joanna Bourne's Spymasters books, featuring a cast of dashing French and British spies finding love amid the danger.

Bourne's ability to write convincingly French dialogue — in English — makes this series a standout. Emmaline Martin, betrayed by her caddish fiance, meets soon-to-be-duke Julian Sinclair in India just before the sepoy uprising of They fall hard for each other, but a deception keeps them apart until a cold London spring, years later. Louise Vandermeer is 18, beautiful, rich, bored and very aware that her life is limited by those factors.

To escape, she agrees to marry aristocratic rake Charles d'Harcourt sight unseen, unaware that a scar and a limp mar his looks. For a lark, Charles decides to travel on his fiancee's ocean liner and seduce her secretly in her darkened stateroom — but the prank backfires when he falls madly in love with his own wife to be. Rachel Wade is finally free after years in prison for the death of her husband, a crime she did not commit. But as a thoroughly fallen woman, the only work she can find is as housekeeper to the cynical, jaded Viscount D'Aubrey.

Gillian, the Countess of Greendale, has survived a brutal first marriage. Christian, Duke of Mercia, has survived capture and torture by the French. When she takes over the management of his household upon his return to England, these two terribly damaged people begin to build a new life together.

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This, too, is part of a series that's worth checking out in any order you want to read them. Set in colorful Tang Dynasty China, these richly detailed romantic mysteries center on the celebrated courtesans of the Lotus Palace, who seem to attract as much trouble as admiration. Anne Wilder leads a double life: But Jack doesn't know that the seductive thief who charmed him, and the honorable widow he loves, are one and the same. Portrayals of Native Americans in romance can be problematic, but our judges loved this story of a spoiled Boston heiress who heads west with her father to inspect some gold mines, and the Harvard-educated Absarokee leader who challenges their claims.

Widowed Elly Dinsmore has been treated cruelly in her small Georgia town. She's got two young boys and a third on the way, and she needs a man to help out. So she places a classified ad for a husband — and gets Will Parker, a lonely drifter condemned to live on the fringes of society after serving time for murder. Morning Glory takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster of love, betrayal, war and trials, but Will and Elly finally get their happy ever after.

In the aptly named town of Marrying Stone, Ark. Find a husband by Christmas, or they'll find one for her. The last thing she expects is to fall for farmhand Jess Best, a good man who's been written off by the town because he doesn't think quite as fast as they do. Ruth Berger, daughter of a Jewish professor, was meant to escape Vienna, but her plans went awry. As the Nazis march on the city, her father's colleague Quinton Somerville decides to rescue her with a quick marriage of convenience — he'll sweep her away to England, and they'll get a quick annulment.

But neither Quin nor Ruth counted on falling in love. Buttoned-up widow Martha Russell is desperate. If she doesn't produce evidence of an heir soon, her late husband's cruel family will seize the estate she loves. There's only one solution, obviously: She offers to pay her rakish neighbor Theophilus Mirkwood for a month of assignations. And Mirkwood is determined that Martha will get her money's worth.

Lady Jane Cummings is finally out of mourning for her mother, but her father is showing signs of dementia, and her brother has only just returned from the Continent, where he escaped the responsibilities Jane has had to shoulder. Jane needs a distraction, and it arrives in the form of reclusive neighbor Byrne Worth — who has mysterious ties to a highwayman who's been plaguing the area. Notorious wastrel Reggie Davenport is only good for gambling and drinking — until a relative offers him a second chance in the form of a manor house, complete with secretive estate manager Alys Weston.

Romance ensues, but Alys' past and Reggie's alcoholism prove to be formidable obstacles to overcome. Rector's daughter Drusilla Delaney becomes a companion to the spoiled, arrogant Lavinia Framling. But which will prove more dangerous to her — a supposedly cursed peacock feather fan, or Lavinia's brooding brother Fabian? Blurbed by Charles Dickens himself, North and South features one of the most memorable heroines in Victorian literature: Margaret Hale, who conducts a stormy romance with industrialist John Thornton while clashing with him over her quest to improve the lives of the workers in their gritty Northern mill town.

A resonant mix of romance and social concern. An epic tale of forbidden love during the British Raj. British botanist's son Ashton Pelham-Martyn is orphaned in India and raised to believe he's an Indian boy named Ashok. Anjuli is a neglected princess, condemned first to an unwanted marriage and then to suttee when her husband dies — but happiness beckons for Ash and Anjuli in the "far pavilions" of the Himalayas, away from the prejudices that have kept them apart.

Jane Austen's most famous work was one of your favorite picks second only to the Outlander series. So much has been said about Elizabeth and Darcy that now their place in the romance canon goes without saying — we'll just leave you with the mental image of Colin Firth diving into that lake. A poor, mistreated heroine, a dour, misunderstood hero, and a mad wife locked in the attic — if that's not romance, we don't know what is! Reader, she did indeed marry him, and they lived happily ever after.

We couldn't have a romance list without Georgette Heyer, the venerable grandmother of the genre. And readers agreed, giving the nod to Venetia, her charming novel about a sheltered Regency beauty who sees the best in a notorious society rake and then convinces her family to approve the match. Rainbow Rowell's story of two misfit kids who fall in love over mixtapes and comic books in s Omaha, Neb.

While the ending is slightly ambiguous, we choose to believe Eleanor and Park got their happily ever after. We love them too much not to! Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, Ga. But then her father decides to send her off to boarding school in Paris. A slight exception to our happily-ever-after rule, the romance in the Queen's Thief series gets off to a rocky start in the first book.

But stick around for the next few volumes in this story of a master thief who steals the heart of a queen, and then must face the reality of being king. High school golden girl Brittany Ellis finds her life turned upside down when she walks into her senior chemistry class and ends up partnered with tough guy Alex Fuentes, a gang member who longs to leave the life and go to college.

Things start to spark when Alex impulsively takes a bet that he can get Brittany into bed. Singer and guitarist Alegria Montero wants to make it big, and she's hoping that a shot on a reality show will help her leave behind her boring life of playing family parties.

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But when she makes it to the finals of a competition for the "next Latin superstar," she has to deal with the whirlwind of publicity, professional jealousy and a budding romance with NYU production major Jaime Lozano. If you ever got annoyed that Lois Lane couldn't figure out Superman's secret identity, try Pamela Clare's I-Team books, featuring tough-minded investigative reporters who find love while digging up dirt on everything from environmental hazards to al-Qaida kidnappings.

Nora Roberts makes her second appearance on the list writing as J. Robb with the long-running romantic suspense series, In Death. After a long debate, we named the Nora Roberts Rule after her: While many great writers were nominated, only Roberts is legendary enough to show up twice! In this classic gothic suspense story, governess Linda Martin arrives at a mysterious French chateau to take care of the 9-year-old master of the house and discovers a sinister uncle, a dashing, sardonic cousin, and a possible plot against the life of her young charge. The ruling Psy have awesome mental powers, but no ability to feel emotions.

They punish any sign of desire, and they're on the brink of war with the shape-shifting Changelings. The action begins with one Psy desperately trying to conceal evidence of her feelings and the Changeling who sees her as the key to solving a murderous mystery. Steampunk is more than just a fashion statement in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas books, set in an alternate world where the Mongols conquered Europe with the aid of fantastical machinery. Dive in with the first book, The Iron Duke, about a military hero who falls for a police inspector when she comes to investigate a dead body dropped — via dirigible — at his doorstep.

Human technological progress has triggered a magical apocalypse, and mercenary Kate Daniels lives in the wreckage. She relies on her skills with a sword to protect her from enemies who want the magic in her blood — enemies who kill her guardian and throw her into the path of shape-shifter Curran, Lord of the Free Beasts.

Poor Prince Charming is cursed: Every woman who looks at him is instantly enslaved by love. And poor Ember turns to the dark arts in order to resist the prince's pull — but can he resist her? Bettie Sharpe reworks the story of Cinderella with, as she puts it, "sex, violence and naughty words.

Jemisin's tale of human women caught up in divine disputes is one of the best fantasy series of recent years, and also one of the most stirring romances: It's packed with gods and lovers whose bonds shape their world — and the worlds to come. Often described as "a Regency romance in space," A Civil Campaign stars Lois McMaster Bujold's memorable hero Miles Vorkosigan and his clone brother Mark as they scheme for the hearts of the women they love and try to keep Mark's nonromantic scheme to engineer food-producing bugs from getting out of control.

In the fallen utopia of Samaria, an angel and a slave girl are thrown together in a divinely arranged marriage that proves anything but divine. Can Gabriel and Rachel overcome their differences in time to perform the holy rite that might save their planet? There are probably more sensible books by the great Johanna Lindsey — she's better known for the pirate yarn Gentle Rogue — but none so outlandishly fun as this tale of a space-faring security officer who lands on a planet of giant leather-trousered barbarian warriors and winds up claimed by the biggest brute of them all.

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and a full-time Grim Reaper, meaning she sees dead people and tries to guide them into the afterlife and occasionally hunt down the people who left them dead. As if that weren't complicated enough, she gets caught up in a devilishly hot romance with the actual son of Satan — a relationship that only gets more intense as the series progresses. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a band of entertainingly named Rhage, Phury, Tohrment and highly trained vampire warriors, brothers who protect their kind from vampire slayers when they're not falling for very special women.

Ward has extended the series to include relatives and friends of the original brothers, but we recommend starting at the beginning with Dark Lover, the tale of vampire king Wrath. In Kresley Cole's world, there are hundreds of paranormal races living secretly alongside humans.

But every years, war breaks out — and that time is now. Vampires and Valkyries, demons and sorceresses spark and court against a backdrop of supernatural battle in these award-winning paranormal romances. When MacKayla Lane's sister is murdered, a single clue leads her into the dangerous world of the Fae and an equally dangerous attraction to two men: Novelist Carrie McClelland hopes to turn an obscure historical battle into a best-seller. But when Carrie discovers a strange connection to the events she's writing about, her novel — about a young Scotswoman battling English spies while falling for a dashing soldier with a price on his head — turns out to be more truth than fiction.

Anna never knew werewolves existed until she became one herself, and not just any old werewolf. Anna is neither an Alpha nor a submissive but an Omega wolf, the rarest of weres, destined to bring peace to warring wolves and love to one of the country's most powerful packs. Damali Richards is a popular spoken-word artist and producer. She's also the Neteru, a special human born once every thousand years to fight the dark threat of vampires with a jewel-encrusted sword that's 7, years old.

Can she keep the world — and her vampire lover, Carlos — safe? We are the Rulers of the Night. And this is a very entertaining, long-running and hot series about immortal warriors dedicated to defending humanity.

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Immortality, it turns out, isn't so great without love. Set in a version of Victorian England where magic is commonplace, this is the story of Lucien Vaudrey, who returns home to take up his title after the deaths of his father and brother. But he needs to fight the magic that's killing off his line, and for that he needs the help of quiet young magician Stephen Day — who bears no love for the Vaudreys.

Four out of four panelists agree: You should read all of Radclyffe's books. Start with Fated Love, the story of trauma surgeon Quinn Maguire and the unexpected mutual attraction she feels with her boss, Honor Blake. The story really gets going when Honor begins to suspect Quinn is hiding something. Ever since the Sept.

But then Dante runs into money troubles and proposes that the two friends put on a show for a website that specializes in hunks in uniform. After a few days in the wilderness, Timothy finds himself in Joseph, Oregon where clear cutting by the timber industry has devastated the landscape. Lewis and Clark had survived there, only due to help from the Nez Perce, an Indian tribe who fed them when they were starving. The tribe was later vanquished by white settlers as treaties were broken; and so it goes. Egan marvels at the growing Latino population and the racism they must endure.

He shares their reverence for the Virgin Mary, although he does not see the image. But I was not disappointed. In ten years time, maybe less, I knew I might look at a road sign in one of these valleys, on a day when other things seemed flat, and see the Mother of God. Egan loves the west and this book shows us why. Though written twenty years ago, the book still captures the competing currents that divide and unite the American West. The issues are still timely. Informative and amusing vignettes of the west, from the past and looking forward.

Feb 10, Robin rated it really liked it. A wander across all parts of the west looking for a meaning or coherence long since lost to the vicissitudes of time. Apr 01, Mary rated it really liked it. The essays in this book are dense and interesting, so much so that I spaced reading them out over months. Learned about a massacre in Utah perpetrated by Mormons on would be settlers.

May 25, Janice rated it really liked it Recommended to Janice by: Cyndie Hice Book Club. Love the way Tim Egan writes. Mar 28, Erin rated it it was amazing. Sep 10, Bill rated it it was amazing. See my review at: Jul 12, andrea rated it liked it. Have not been to the places written about but the history and the present were very sad. Apr 18, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't often read nonfiction books that make me laugh out loud, but this one did.

Egan is something of a gonzo journalist, taking on the vast subject of the American West and finding in it cause for both wonder and humor. The book is a collection of 14 essays, in which the author travels to places in 11 different states, giving readers plenty of local history, descriptions of dramatic landscapes, and a portrayal of "custom and culture" that reels under colliding visions of what the West should I don't often read nonfiction books that make me laugh out loud, but this one did.

The book is a collection of 14 essays, in which the author travels to places in 11 different states, giving readers plenty of local history, descriptions of dramatic landscapes, and a portrayal of "custom and culture" that reels under colliding visions of what the West should be. At every turn, he has an eye for ironies that both reveal and entertain. After an introduction that takes place at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, he begins his journey in New Mexico and Arizona, then moves northward, swinging through Colorado, Montana, and the Great Basin states, ending in California.

There is much about cowboys, cattlemen, and Native Americans. We also visit London Bridge at Lake Havasu, an ostrich ranch outside Denver, the pit left behind by the Anaconda copper mining company in Butte, the casinos of Las Vegas, and the site of an appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the back of a road sign in Sunnyside, Washington.

There are accounts of fishing in the Bitterroots of Idaho, river rafting on the American River above Sacramento, and hunting for Anasazi petroglyphs in the canyons of the Escalante in Utah. The most affecting story is the author's retelling of Chief Joseph and the fate of the Nez Perce.

Egan gives us a whirlwind trip across a vast area of the U. He touches on themes that are common in books about the west -- the follies and vanities of those who have defied the realities of its arid climate, laid waste to natural resources, decimated its wildlife, and attempted to eradicate its native populations. While there is much to lament in what it reveals of the devastation brought by settlement of the West, it also seeks earnestly for signs that the spirit of the West still survives and can eventually thrive.

I highly recommend this book as an addition to any bookshelf of Western nonfiction. As a companion volume, I also recommend Frank Clifford's "The Backbone of the World," which recounts a similar journey by a journalist across the states that lie along the Continental Divide. Feb 18, Neil Pierson rated it liked it. In what direction is the West going?

Toward the Old West cowboy culture? Toward the New West expresso shops, large spreads owned by wealthy urbanites, tourism? Toward the True West? Well, what is the True West? Timothy Egan searches for it in a series of essays.

It's a romantic notion, finding the True West, and his writing style is somewhat romantic and lush but very readable. Each essay recounts the history of a location in the west and describes how it's trying to make the transition from In what direction is the West going? Each essay recounts the history of a location in the west and describes how it's trying to make the transition from Old to New. One of the essays resonates today with its description of Kit Laney, a New Mexico rancher who was defying the government by refusing to pay grazing fees, claiming a right to unrestricted use of federal land, and threatening armed resistance The author quickly disposes of the selective history employed by his backers.

The "cowboy culture" we know existed far less than 50 years. Cattle aren't native to North America; they were imported from Spain and England. One individual advised cowboy culture supporters to talk to Native Americans. The author's good guys nature, Indians, buffalo, the Forest Service, John Muir and bad guys conquistadores, missionaries, ranchers, dam builders, loggers, mining companies, wackos become predictable and repetitious.

In fact, except for Native Americans, the author's True West probably doesn't include people at all except as isolated visitors with a light footprint. Worth reading for the author's acute observations and historical research. Feb 08, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fascinating, diverse, and superbly, superbly written.

I mean, really well written. These essays get better the more focused they are; there were a few times when I forgot what we were really even talking about, but the sentences kept me afloat. For as large a place as "The West" is, Egan covers so much in just pages. This book packs a ton in. There's one essay that's a little more personal than the others often the first-person I completely disappears , and it's completely appropriate and w Fascinating, diverse, and superbly, superbly written. There's one essay that's a little more personal than the others often the first-person I completely disappears , and it's completely appropriate and welcome.

The overall message is mostly an exploration of how the West has been overridden by people and industry dams and cattle , though somehow he avoids doom and gloom. It's sad, but it's not depressing. But it's not skirting the issues, either. Again, I think it's his writing that keeps you from getting discouraged. That makes no sense.

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It's a good damn book; read it. The final essay, "Frontier," which concerns California, was one of my favorites, obviously. I will read anything this guy writes, starting now. Nov 23, Roxanne rated it it was ok. The historical review is quite interesting - interspersed with his particular opinions. At about chapter 4 I started thinking - hmmm - wait a minute. There is another way to look at this. And this feeling kept increasing.

Since I recently retired to ranching country my views are shifting on many things. Until you actually live in an area I don't think you can fully appreciate their issues. Not the same on paper. Age old battles for land and water. It will never end. And who gets it??? Those who The historical review is quite interesting - interspersed with his particular opinions. Those who usurp power. Is it right to protect your ranch with arms? Well I didn't think so before I moved here. Now I have seen and heard first hand how the people here live off the land.

Truly, many, many families do not purchase meat. They hunt and eat what they get. They live without many luxuries prevalent in the city in exchange for free access to public lands and recreation. I believe in regional laws for land use. Apr 06, Richard rated it really liked it. Egan offers a wry, condensed look at some of the interesting events that shaped the growth of the West of the last years.

The traditional line fed to us in high school is that history is a bland and boring series of events notable for little more than the date they ocurred; if History class was half as interesting as the events redcounted here The Mountain Meadows massacre, Butte copper Egan offers a wry, condensed look at some of the interesting events that shaped the growth of the West of the last years. The traditional line fed to us in high school is that history is a bland and boring series of events notable for little more than the date they ocurred; if History class was half as interesting as the events redcounted here The Mountain Meadows massacre, Butte copper mining boom etc.

I would have enjoyed it a helluva lot more and paid considerably more attention to the events discussed in school. I highly recommend this work to anyone with a simialr view. Mar 14, Babs rated it really liked it. Another adventure and learning experience thanks to Timothy Egan. Devoured this book in 24 hours. Most fascinating was the existence of massive building ruins from A. Built by ancestral Pueblo peoples, Chaco Canyon Cultural National Historical Park is a testament to their organizational and engineering abilities.

Egan covers many other interesting Western areas including Lake Havasu, St. If your interest runs history, culture, politics, peoples, and geography of the West, you'll enjoy this book. Dec 07, Deon Stonehouse rated it really liked it Shelves: Egan goes all over the west. Sometimes reveling in its beauty, sometimes stepping into its past, sometimes growing furious at its devastation. Egan visits the Havasipai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon where they live without cars and get along just fine.

He ruminates on the early days of Las Vegas Nevada, and the bloated city it has become today. He gives details on the absolute rape of the land by the copper kings in Butte Montana. He takes us through Yellowstone with all its natural wonders. He continues on to Joseph Oregon, home of the Nez Perce. He keeps on going, the west is a vast area full of light, canyon, tall mountains, and irascible people who love the land.

Mar 04, Donald Shank rated it it was amazing. Timothy Egan examines the struggle for the soul of the American West, between myth and dream, old and new, consumption and conservation, cow and bison. It is battle over resources and world views, a contest between preserving our natural heritage and the insatiable demands of the industrial megamachine whose only use for the planet is to devour it.

Egan grew up in the West and knows the terrain and the people. Jun 10, Victoria rated it it was amazing. Anyone who has lived in or visited the West will appreciate this book. Egan's evocative writing explores the West's heritage and culture through a series of vignettes letting the reader loose themselves in the mountains of Idaho's Bitterroots, the lights of Las Vegas, or miles upon miles of California's aquaduct system.

I found myself at times both celebrating and condemning the west as I read this book, but still enjoying the journey page after page.

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