Historical Romance – Never say Never.

Thief by Ava March coverI have learned to never say never. I once said I would not read m/m  historical romance. I had read some and I did not enjoy it as much as contemporary settings.  Then I received an arc of Thief (Brook Street #1) by Ava march. Set in 1822, it had many of the elements I love in a romance within a historical setting.  Click here for Review (4 star).

I read the next two books in the series and enjoyed them but still felt that maybe historical was just not my genre of choice.

Widdershins_Cover_200x300Then a friend recommended Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin 1) by Jordan L Hawk.       I was reluctant to dip my toes into the historical pool yet again but eventually I did. Then I wondered why I had ever hesitated. This is the reaction I had:

This is a beautifully written story with so many elements in it that drew me in and kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire book. I keep saying I am not a fan of historical fiction but again, I was wrong. Set in the late 1800’s, it has an almost Indiana Jones feel to it. Museums,mummies,cults,mystery,magic,a wonderful strong female character and a beautiful romance. I cannot formulate a fitting review at the moment but I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

Here is a lovely review by my friend Dianne at Live Your Life Buy the Book. She eloquently describes what I was trying to say above. 😉

The paranormal aspect of Widdershins is wonderful. Her characters are full of life (there is a delightfully strong female character in this series too!) and mystery too.  I love them! (All 5 star reviews from me!)
There have been four more entries into this series: (covers linked to Reviews on Live Your Life Buy the Books) with a fifth one, Bloodlines, due for release in the Fall of 2014.

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The above list is not quite accurate.  Jordan L Hawk co-authored a novella with K.J. Charles called:
Remnant coverRemnant: A Caldwell & Feximal/Whyborne & Griffin Mystery (The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal; Whyborne & Griffin, #3.5) This would be read between Stormhaven and Necropolis.

This collaboration led me to K.J. Charles – A Caldwell & Feximal series, which I felt I must read, so I would know about the characters interacting with Whyborne & Griffin.  They are very short stories centering on Journalist Robert Caldwell and Ghost Hunter Simon Feximal.  These are fun, and as with Butterflies, a bit creepy. Click the covers for links to their Goodreads pages.

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But wait, I am getting a bit ahead of myself.  Friends had already raved about the K.J. Charles book, The Magpie Lord  (A Charm of The Magpie Lord coverMagpies #1). I was told it was a must read. This time I listened, even though it took a while before I could get to it as I have this huge tbr list… but that is another story)
Here we have another m/m historical romance with a paranormal twist and mystery!  I was thoroughly taken with this series.

I read an excellent Goodreads review by author Jordan Castillio Price that sums up how I felt about historical romance and her thoughts after reading The Magpie Lord. Review.

( Jordan Castillo Price is another author my friends are always encouraging me to read. She writes m/m paranormal thrillers. I met her at GRL last year –  she was very nice :-).  You remember the huge tbr list I mentioned above. She is on it and I Will get there before the next GRL!)

There are two more books in the Charm of Magpie series available:

Interlude with Tattoos Book 1.5 and A Case of Possession Book 2

(covers linked to their Goodreads pages)

Interlude with Tattoos  A Case of Possession A Charm of Magpies 2 cover

with two more due for release later this year:

A Case of Spirits A Charm of Magpies 2.5 cover  Flight of Magpies A Charm of Magpies 3 cover

Think of England coverOn July 1, 2014, K.J. Charles released a stand alone novel titled Think of England.

I have been reading and hearing good things about this one (of course!) and I can’t wait to read it.

Here is a link to a  review by

Lisa at The Novel Approach:

Betrayal And Danger Abound In KJ Charles’ “Think of England”.

 

I have learned to keep an open mind, never say never, and take pleasure in those happy surprises that come my way.

Happy reading,

Melyna

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6 thoughts on “Historical Romance – Never say Never.

  1. So much love for all things historical….and especially the dymnamic Whyborne and Griffin ♥ Thanks for shining some light on this wonderful sub-genre of m/m. JCP is a definite must read, All of them! Reading Think Of England now, well…tonight!

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  2. I’ve read all the KJ Charles books, and most of Jordan Hawk’s books, too. Loved. Them. All. I also really liked Joanna Chambers Enlightened series, set in 1830s(ish) Scotland. Three great m/m historicals for when your TBR pile gets low…

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    • I have read the Joanna Chambers Enlightened series. (just finished Enlightenment) I loved them. Dianne sent a list to me of others she recommends. I will have to add them. Suggestions are always welcome. I love finding new books and authors. I just wish I had more time to read. 🙂

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