Conspiracy by De’nesha Diamond
(Dafina Books, 2016, 320 pages)
This story is full of twists and turns. You start out thinking it is about sex trafficking and then follow the life of the girl, a victim whose boyfriend is selling drugs. When the drugs turn up missing, murder and mayhem lead to the chase to uncover the twisted conspiracy to hide the development of a human military weapon.
An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
(Kensington, 2017, 263 pages)
This historical romance offered a unique twist on what we normally see. Set during the Civil War we are introduced to Elle and Malcolm as the country is first struggling to come to grips with what’s happening. Elle is a free black woman working undercover as a slave to spy for the Union. Malcolm is a white man who is also spying for the Union, though in the guise of a Confederate soldier. When the two realize they’re supposed to be working together things get complicated. They have to keep their identities secret from those around them, but at the same time there’s an attraction they’re both trying to fight… Can they accomplish the task at hand without blowing their cover or falling for each other?
I appreciated the diverse angle this romance took. It got high praise and while I wanted to like it more than I did, I can understand why it got so much attention. If you’re in the market for a unique historical romance (that’s not overly steamy) this could be just what you’re looking for.
Breathless by Beverly Jenkins
(Avon, 2017, 384 pages)
Diversify your “wild west” mentality.
Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl
(HQN Books, 2011, 384 pages)
Detective connects with the “girl-next-door.”
Moth to Flame by Ashley Antoinette
(Urban Books, 2010, 288 pages)
Drugs, war, abuse, and love.
Possession by A. S. Byatt
(Vintage Books, 2001, 555 pages)
Historiographic metafiction, Victorian desire, academia
Mystic Park by Regina Hart
(Dafina, 2015, 352 pages)
Lovers find contentment in hometown.