Category Archives: Romance

Review of The Iron Rose by Marsha Canham

This is the second story by Canham that I have read and reviewed and I’m happy to say it was a fun summer read! The second in the series follows Juliet Dante – daughter of the Pirate Wolf – on her own high seas adventure. Add in a dashing English Duke, the Spanish treasure ships and a few ruthless pirates and you have yourself a great piece of escapist historical fiction filled with detailed battles, richly drawn scenes and romantic tension that keeps the pages turning.
I do have to note the use of a “miracle” that I noticed – in the first book Across a Moonlit Sea – Lucifer was unable to speak because his tongue had been cut out – miraculously, it grew back (or someone whittled him one, much like a peg leg?) because he could speak in The Iron Rose. Although it annoyed me (obviously enough to for me to mention it!) I still give high praise to The Iron Rose because the two scenes which contained the “healed” Lucifer had enough other things to make my eye rolling minimal and it didn’t really interfere with the story at all. You might be wondering why I mentioned it, so let me confess that when he spoke the first time I stopped reading for a few minutes and the second time it happened I just rolled my eyes and continued reading the story and enjoyed every subsequent moment of it.

Juliet Dante is a wonderful character – even more appealing than Beau was in Across the Moonlit Sea – because Juliet is also a heroine with an attitude and she put the English Duke on notice from the first moment they met – she is not a woman to be trifled with!

The beautiful thing about Canham’s writing is her stories are undoubtedly HISTORICAL romance – not just a “love story” set in a “time-period” – her characters are realistically drawn and there are enough details and real history woven into the tale to make you feel smart to be reading about history while you’re indulging the guilty pleasure of reading romance. I hate historical romance books that have inaccuracies or worse yet, those that seem to have one mention of a time/place and nothing to back it up. Give me a little schooling along with some good old fashioned lust and I’m a happy girl! There’s one more book in the series and I’ll be reading that one soon before detouring to some other books.


Review of Lost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel

If you need an escape, then get Lost in Italy! It’s a fun book with action, romance, mystery, great scenery, likeable characters, and a solid plot. From the beginning (which seems slightly implausible until you read the author’s note at the end and find out it actually happened to her!) until the end (which the author crafted with great skill) it’s a hard book to put down.

Amazingly, this book has a little bit of everything. There’s a murder mystery, an anxiety disorder, a movie star, suspense, TWO romances, family drama and it’s all wrapped up in a travel book. You might think something would get lost in that combination, but it doesn’t. Every part of the plot is solid and it all fits beautifully together to build a satisfying story that held my interest from beginning to end.

If you’re looking for something to read on a rainy day, a sunny day at the beach, or while recovering from an illness this book will get you through in style. Lost in Italy is a fine example of what is good and right about Indie fiction.