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review 2015-06-07 01:09
He's Captured My Heart by Karen Frances Harbaugh
He's Captured My Heart - Karen Frances

He caught my heart is more of a romance story than anything. It mainly about Libby Stewart. Her dad had a client come in and is to show her around.

Alex comes with his friend and business partner. This friend name is Michael. There quite a few things going on as you turn the pages of the book. Though Libby and Alex have a little trouble keeping from being a part.

Though the story starts out about Libby brother Ethan and his struggles to raising his daughter. There seems to be a story of romance. We see a villain in the story that use to be Libby boyfriend. Libby is trying to heal from a broken heart. Alex seems to have other plans for her.

She is attacked by her ex-boyfriend. What will happen to them? Will Libby trust the stranger or will she let him go? I advise this book for though that really like romance but also watch with the age you allow your children to read. For it really has some sexual acts and has some scenes where they are nude together. I suggest the of age 18 and up is best for this book.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2015/06/hes-captured-my-heart-by-karen-frances.html
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text 2014-08-14 16:51
Shy Heroes of Historical Romance
Nothing Else Matters (Harper Monogram) - Susan Sizemore
Simple Jess - Pamela Morsi
Always to Remember - Lorraine Heath
Touched by Fire - Kathleen O'Reilly
Bone Deep - Bonnie Dee
The Sum of All Kisses - Julia Quinn
The Way Home - Megan Chance
The Reluctant Cavalier - Karen Harbaugh
Rising Wind - Cindy Holby
Who Will Take This Man? - Jacquie D'Alessandro

I, at once, love themes and common character traits and at the same time grow weary of them.


A shy hero in Historical Romance seems just the thing to lift the clouds.


Here are some amazing Shy Heroes of Historical Romance!


1. Nothing Else Matters by Susan Sizemore 


In the turbulent twelfth century, politics and pressure from their fathers force French courtier Eleanor and English border knight Stian of Harelby into a marriage that neither wants. He sees her as a colorless mouse. To her, he is an uncouth barbarian. She searches desperately for a way to have the marriage annulled while trying to adjust to life in a cold northern fortress. Lured by an attraction to Eleanor's lovely sister, Stian tries to ignore his wife. But passion soon sparks between them, and with it a growing respect for each other. But when their newfound love is threatened by a war with the Scots that rouses Stian's most barbaric instincts, they must both fight to hold onto what truly matters—each other


2. Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi


Given an ultimatum by her interfering neighbors--to find a husband by Christmas or have one selected for her--reluctant widow Althea Winsloe searches for a possible mate and finds herself drawn to Simple Jess, a sweet and gentle man of less-than-average intelligence.

Proclaimed “a refreshing new voice in romance” by Jude Deveraux, award-winning author Pamela Morsi has charmed millions with her touching stories of simple pleasures and heartfelt romances. Her novels, including Garters, Wild Oats and Something Shady, have won her rave reviews and loyal fans. Now, she presents an endearing story about what can happen when love turns up in the most unlikely place…

The last thing widow Althea Winsloe wanted to do was remarry. Unfortunately, her meddlesome mountain neighbors had other plans. So, one autumn night they banded together and gave Althea a shocking ultimatum: She was to find herself a husband by Christmas…or the town would do it for her! Althea knew she had her choice of any single man in Marrying Stone, Arkansas. Yet the only one she felt truly comfortable with was Simple Jess. Sweet, gentle, Jess wasn’t as smart as your average man. But his tender manner stirred Althea’s heart in ways she had never dreamed possible.

It would take a miracle to find a husband in Marrying Stone. But sometimes miracles are right under your nose …


3. Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath 


Branded a traitor and imprisoned for refusing to fight for the Confederacy, Clayton Holland returns home to Cedar Grove, only to be spurned by the townspeople, except for vengeful Meg Warner, who finds her hatred and grief transformed by love.


4. Touched By Fire by Kathleen O'Reilly 


The hero from his childhood stories personifies the man Colin Wescott, Earl of Haverwood wants to be. As a spy for England, he believes that if he chases Napoleon’s dragons, the evil blood of his father will remain at bay. Afraid he is wrong, he won’t let anyone get close enough to find out. When Colin is forced to find a wife, he searches for the perfect candidate, a mild-mannered woman, not too fetching. A woman completely unlike the notorious Miss Sarah Banks, who has awakened the dragon inside him. 

When the twittering gossips pounce upon the rumors of the eligible Earl and the most notorious Miss Banks, he enters into a marriage of convince, a high-stakes battle of wills between the two. Sarah has thrown the dice, gambling that she can overcome the walls that Colin maintains around his heart, but can she? Or will the secret of Colin's heritage destroy them both?


5. Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee 


In the aftermath of WWII, widowed Sarah is dragged to a carnival by friends where she’s riveted by the unearthly gaze of the tattooed man in the freak show. When this sensitive soul hides in her hayloft after escaping imprisonment by the evil carnival owner, Sarah shelters Tom on her farm. Deeply drawn to the quiet yet powerfully magnetic man, Sarah fights her attraction while learning about his mysterious past and gentle nature. 

When a child goes missing, Tom uses his psychic gift to find her, but his assistance doesn’t stop the locals’ mistrust of such an exotic stranger. Small-town prejudice tears the lovers apart and a very real threat from the carnival owner endangers them both. Can Tom and Sarah rise above obstacles of fear and hatred to create the family both have always craved? 


6. The Reluctant Cavalier by Karen Harbaugh 


Three gentlemen are interested in Miss Annabella Smith—the proud Duke of Stratton, the libertine Sir Quentin Barnaby and the pleasant Mr. Wentworth with his passion for growing roses. When Annabella dances at a masked ball with a Cavalier, she loses her heart to him, but is unable to find out if he is one of the gentlemen interested in her—or someone else entirely.


7. The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn


Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh himself with a badly injured leg. That’s fine with Hugh, who can’t tolerate Sarah’s dramatic ways. But when the two are forced to spend a week together, they find that unexpected kisses, and mutual passion, may have the power to change both of their minds.


8. The Way Home by Megan Chance 


Eliza Beaudry was determined to leave Richmond and poverty behind, and if that meant trading a few kisses for her freedom, she was more than willing to do so. When handsome gambler Cole Wallace sauntered into town, she saw in him her savior. But Cole’s daydreams didn’t include the poor daughter of a sharecropper, no matter how pretty, and when he left Richmond, he left Eliza behind, penniless, and in a world of trouble.

With no other choices, Eliza turned to Cole’s shy brother Aaron. He was nothing like the man of her dreams, nor was his farm in the middle of a Texas nowhere. But there was something about him ... and suddenly Eliza found herself questioning the life she’d always wanted and wondering ... could her dreams change?


9. Rising Wind  by Cindy Holby 


Last of the Duncans, leaving behind the highlands for the New World at the tender age of ten, Connor Duncan quickly learned that only the fit and the fortunate survive. He was both, becoming a scout and an expert marksman...a man to be reckoned with. He knew his way through the backwoods as well as any Shawnee, but he was far less comfortable in the drawing rooms of Williamsburg. What was a rough-hewn frontiersman like he to do with a sheltered beauty like the governor's niece/ But there seemed to be no way to avoid the "Virgin-Widow", especially when she insisited on accompanying him on a dangerous mission through the wilderness to Fort Savannah. Neither capture, not torture, nor the violent birth pangs of a young nation could keep them apart or stop the founding of a brand new dynasty of Duncans.


10. Who Will Take This Man?  by Jacquie D'Alessandro 


Philip Whitmore, Viscount Greybourne, has been deserted at the altar, and Meredith Chilton-Grizedale, the Matchmaker of Mayfair, is ruined. This was the most anticipated wedding of the Season and would have secured her position. But now the word is out that the groom-to-be is cursed, making him the Most Unmarriageable Man in England. If Meredith is to have any hope of a future, she'll need to help him break this curse and marry him off. Unfortunately, the only woman he now wants is Meredith—the Most Unmarriageable Woman in England!



Please recommend your favorite! 


To vote for the best of the best, go to the Goodreads list: Shy Heroes of Historical Romance. 


To enjoy some Shy Hero Eye Candy, wander on over to my Shy Heroes of Romance Pinterest Board

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review 2012-11-13 00:00
Chalice of Roses - Jo Beverley,Karen Harbaugh,Barbara Samuel,Mary Jo Putney The Raven and The Rose by Jo Beverly ★★
I liked the premise but it turned out to be way too religious for my tastes. Actually caused me to put this book down for a full week dreading the other three stories which turned out to be not as religious and mostly enjoyable.

White Rose of Scotland by Mary Jo Putney ★★★★
Excellent story with a sweet romance during a dangerous mission to recover the Holy Grail from an evil German sorcerer during WWII.

The English Rose by Karen Harbaugh ★★
I liked the concept of this story but I didn't feel any real connection bewteen Arabella and William. The relationship seemed forced, not a natural progression. But what can you expect from a 100 page story?

Eternal Rose by Barbara Samuel ★★★★
This is a story that could have easily been expanded to full length. I loved poor William and Alice was the perfect heroine, thoroughly caught up in the Ballad of William so when he entered her dreams and later her life, she had no trouble believing in fairies. A sweet love story with an intersting premise.
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review 2012-08-27 00:00
Miss Carlyle's Curricle
Miss Carlyle's Curricle - Karen Harbaugh Miss Carlyle's Curricle - Karen Harbaugh This was a nice cozy regency that was just that cozy. Nothing to deep in either the relationship between the leads and the mystery that surrounds the death of the of our heroine's Diana Carlyle's uncle. Both characters ended up being likable, Garvin more so on my part as he was very understanding and watchful to those around him. Diana was to narrow minded and later a little to rash in getting down to the bottom of the death of her Uncle. The characters do tend to go headlong into some stunt to find the villain of the story who was pretty dumb to begin with, making it feel after all is done with the revel a bot anti-climatic. Still an okay read to pass the time with that was pure fluff
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review 2008-11-13 00:00
Dragon Lovers (anthology) by Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Karen Harbaugh, and Barbara Samuel
Dragon Lovers (Includes: Guardians #2.5) - Jo Beverley,Mary Jo Putney,Barbara Samuel,Karen Harbaugh

The four stories in this anthology have in common dragon-related plots and romance (in half the stories, one of the lovers is a dragon). The first story deals with a virgin princess kidnapped by a dragon rider. The second story has a knight sent to slay a dragon, who is later persuaded to defend the dragon and the dragon's granddaughter. The third story deals with a Dutchwoman in 17th century Japan who meets a dragon and a samurai while considering her options for the future. The fourth and final story deals with a recently widowed young woman who moves to Santa Fe, where she finds new love and a house with a dragon that needs protecting.

This anthology will probably appeal not only to readers who enjoy romance, but also to readers who love fantasy and dragons. Personally, I preferred the first and third stories (Beverley's and Harbaugh's), but I don't really think any of the stories in this anthology were very weak.

"The Dragon and the Virgin Princess" by Jo Beverley

Princess Rozlinda is an SVP, a Sacrificial Virgin Princess. At the age of 19, Rozlinda has been the SVP for 7 years, and she's thoroughly tired of it. However, she's also very aware of her duty and cares about the fate of her people. Rozlinda's only job is to stay a virgin until either the next girl in line to be SVP starts menstruating or a dragon comes along from the neighboring country. The previous SVP selfishly risked war with the neighboring country by convincing the man she loved to kill the dragon when it came for her, thereby allowing him to win her hand in marriage when he would not otherwise have been able to. Rozlinda is determined to do things correctly this time around, even when the dragon comes earlier than expected. Unfortunately, the man riding the dragon has come to marry Rozlinda, whether she wants him or not, and take her back to his country in the hopes of using her to keep dragonkind alive.

My summary of this story is hideous, but I tried not to give too much away - that can be hard to do, sometimes, with short stories. I found this story to be pretty impressive, and I'd probably recommend it even to fans of dragons who don't normally read romance. For the most part, I enjoyed the characters, and, although there is certainly romance, the story involving the dragons was interesting enough by itself. I'd love to read something else featuring this country full of dragons and their riders.

Beverley writes from both Rozlinda and Rouar's perspectives (Rouar is the dragon rider mentioned in my summary), something that I always appreciate when I'm reading a romance. I liked Rouar and enjoyed reading about the conflict between his budding feelings for Rozlinda and his duty to his country's dragons. I felt that Rozlinda was a bit uneven, though. She's a strange mix of personality traits: she's resilient, willing to make the best of things, and kind, but she's also spoiled. She's much more willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good than her words and thoughts at the beginning of the story led me to believe.

"The Dragon and the Dark Knight" by Mary Jo Putney

Kenrick is a skilled knight whose frightening face and status as an illegitimate son keeps him from getting what he most desires: land, a wife, and children. At the moment, it's peaceful in England, so he and his squire are having a hard time finding a good place to stay during the winter. When Kenrick hears about a baron looking for a champion willing to kill a troublesome dragon, he decides to check things out. If Kenrick is able to kill the dragon, he'll be given the fief of Tregarth as a reward. However, Kenrick discovers that the dragon isn't as bloodthirsty and dangerous as he was led to believe, and he also begins to fall in love with the dragon's part human, part dragon granddaughter.

This story also wasn't bad, although I think non-romance lovers/readers may not enjoy this story as much as the first, since I don't think the overall non-romantic story is as strong. I did really like Kenrick, though. He's a nice guy with a strong sense of honor. Putney makes no attempt to make Kenrick's life seem glamorous - at the beginning of the story, it's clear that he's living hand-to-mouth and has been much-battered by his life as a knight. However, Putney also doesn't make things as gory as she could, either. Kenrick does kill a few people, but since this isn't a dark story by any means, the deaths aren't described in any stomach-churning way.

Ariane (the dragon's granddaughter) was... okay. It wasn't that I disliked her, it's just that I didn't find her very interesting. The romance between her and Kenrick didn't really grab me either. Although Kenrick tells her that he loves her because of her part dragon blood and not despite it, and Ariane is pleased by this news, I'm not sure I would've been as pleased by Kenrick's words if I were her. I think I might've liked it more if he had also talked about the things he liked about her as a person. There's not much that he could've said, though, since he doesn't really know much about her, other than that she can heal and knows how to cook. One of the drawbacks of romantic short stories, and one of the main reasons why I don't often read romance anthologies, is that there often isn't enough time for the hero and heroine to get to know each other and fall in love with each other for reasons that aren't shallow. Kenrick likes Ariane's dragon abilities and her kindness towards him, but I needed more than that for the romance to grab me.

"Anna and the King of Dragons" by Karen Harbaugh

This story takes place in Japan in 1650. Anna Vanderzee is a Dutch physician whose parents have recently died. She is uncertain what to do with her life: it's unlikely she'll be able to practice medicine in either the Netherlands or in Japan, she's not sure she'd even fit in in the Netherlands anymore, and prostitution, the one job she'd have the best chance of getting in Japan, is not something she wants to do. While she's considering her position, Anna slips and almost falls and drowns in a pond, but she's saved by a dragon. The dragon lets her go after Anna promises to bring him books. On her way back to the inn she's staying at, Anna is attacked by bandits and saved by a samurai named Nakagawa Toshiro. Anna keeps her promise to the dragon and asks for Nakagawa's help again. Although the two are falling for each other, Anna doesn't see how it would ever be acceptable to Nakagawa's family for them to marry, and she prepares to go back to the Netherlands. However, there is more to Nakagawa than she realizes.

Of all the stories in this book, I think this one is my favorite. Part of the reason for that is the setting - I have to say, I'm a sucker for all things Japanese. Most of what I know about Japan, Japanese history, the Japanese language, and Japanese customs I learned from the vast amounts of anime I've watched and manga I've read, so I can't really say with any kind of authority how accurate Harbaugh's depiction of Japan is. She uses a little bit of Japanese in the story, especially in the beginning - the phrases and words I recognize seem to be correct, although, as I just mentioned, I'm no expert. Harbaugh also includes a few details of Japanese history and customs. One of my favorite bits in the story is the part where Nakagawa manages to get Anna better clothing from an innkeeper by talking about her status, knowing that the innkeeper is eavesdropping.

In addition to liking the setting, I also enjoyed Anna and Nakagawa. It's too bad more of the story wasn't written from Nakagawa's perspective. Overall, I thought Anna and Nakagawa made a nice couple, and Nakagawa's family had a pretty good reason to accept Anna as Nakagawa's wife.

"Dragon Feathers" by Barbara Samuel

Penny Freeman, widowed before she's even turned 30, has come to Santa Fe to learn to weave from Maria Libelula, a famous weaver who only takes 7 students at a time. Before beginning classes, she manages to find a house that seems perfect for her and that, for some reason, is much cheaper than it should be. In and near her new home, she discovers what appears to be pink-dyed peacock feathers. Her teacher's son, Joaquin, tells her not to show the feathers to anyone, and, sure enough, some of the people who've seen the feathers try to break into Penny's new home. Gradually, Penny discovers where the feathers came from and what her new role is to be. If she chooses to accept her role as a guardian, she can also choose to have Joaquin, the first man she's found attractive since her husband died, as her consort.

I'm not really sure how I felt about this story. Of all the stories in this anthology, it felt the least dragon-related - Penny doesn't see the dragon until late in the story, and, in appearance, the dragon seems like it might be more related to birds than anything lizard-like in appearance. Also, for all that Joaquin says Penny is in danger, it feels like a very sedate and slow-paced story. Mostly Penny floats along, adjusting to life in Santa Fe and life as a widow, learning about the feathers, and thinking about Joaquin. It felt a little like a set-up for a full-length novel that would have a great deal more action (and more romance). I didn't think it was a bad story, but, in my opinion, it was either the weakest or second weakest in the anthology.

(Original review, with read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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